World Science Festival Brisbane 2020 cancelled

13 March 2020

Queensland Museum Network is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID19) situation and the health and safety of our visitors, partners, staff and the wider community is our key priority.

These are unprecedented times, and following today’s advice from the Prime Minister on mass gatherings, Queensland Museum Network is cancelling World Science Festival Brisbane 2020 (25-29 March) and some of the remaining World Science Festival Queensland events in Gladstone, Toowoomba and Townsville in 2020.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the cancellation was a precaution to help slow the spread of transmission of the virus.

“We are disappointed to cancel World Science Festival Brisbane, but the health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and participants is paramount to us at Queensland Museum Network,” Dr Thompson said.

“Queensland Museum Network campuses remain open to visitors and operate as normal,”

“We are working closely with the Queensland Government to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and will continue to keep our visitors informed and follow all health advice from the Queensland and Australian Governments.”

All paid tickets to World Science Festival Brisbane will be fully refunded via our ticketing partner QTIX.


If visiting our museums, visitors are encouraged to follow the advice of Queensland Health regarding hygiene practices for prevention.

Queensland Health should always be your first port of call for accurate, up to date information, visit


For more information and updates about World Science Festival Queensland events visit





World Science Festival Brisbane

25-29 March 2020


Regional Program



World Science Festival Queensland


20-21 March 2020


World Science Festival Queensland


18-20 April 2020


World Science Festival Queensland


15-16 May 2020

19 Sept – 5 Oct 2020



World Science Festival Queensland


27 June – 12 July 2020

27-28 November 2020




Media Enquiries:

Kylie Hay, Senior Media Officer, Queensland Museum   M: 0434 565 852 or P:(07) 3842 9388

Christine Robertson, Senior Media Officer, Queensland Museum   M: 0417 741 710 or P: (07) 3840 7789


World Science Festival Brisbane 2020 is presented by Queensland Museum with generous support from Queensland Government and Strategic Partners Tourism Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing Academic Partners Griffith University, QUT and The University of Queensland City of Science Partner BHP Foundation Media Partners Nine and ABC Principal Partners Queensland Performing Arts Centre and SEQ Water Community Partner QGC Shell Project Futures Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers Program Partners Australian Academy of Science, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, C&K Childcare and Kindergarten, Celestron, Inspiring Australia, QAGOMA, Queensland Ballet, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and State Library of Queensland Official Suppliers AARNet and The Mantra Group.