World Science Festival Brisbane made its debut in 2016, and will return to Queensland Museum in 2017 as part of a six-year deal with World Science Festival in New York.

Direct from the New York festival, the main event will see World Science Festival co-founder Professor Brian Greene host a spectacular discussion on gravitational waves.

The game-changing 2015 discovery that finally confirmed Albert Einstein’s century-old prediction will be discussed by a stellar panel, including former Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) director Barry Barish, for the Gravitational Waves: A New Era of Astronomy Begins event.

Guests will also have a chance to explore the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s biggest and most powerful science experiment, in Collision: A Walk Through the World of Hadron, featuring a discussion with international guests like particle physicist Dr Harry Cliff, the in-house physicist and curator of the Hadron Collider exhibition at London’s Science Museum.

Unveiling the program yesterday, Queensland Museum CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller said the 2017 festival will include a mix of free and ticketed performances, debates and demonstrations. For more information on displays, events and workshops, visit worldsciencefestival.com.au.

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