BrisScience is The University of Queensland's free public lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

BrisScience has been delivering engaging monthly lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

Upcoming event

  • 9 September 2019 6:30pm7:30pm
    Join us to hear how a team of remote sensing specialists, coral reef ecologists, geomorphologists, citizen science organisations and conservation agencies are working together in an unprecedented collaborative effort to make the first-ever atlas of coral reefs.

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Arrangements Doors open at 6:00pm
Refreshments Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
Cost This is a free event. 


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The Edge, State Library if Queensland, South BrisbaneBrisScience events are held at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.

Imagined as a model for the library of the future, The Edge is a visionary space for creatives and innovators, providing the resources and platform to explore creativity across art, science, technology, and enterprise. Day-to-day, the community and venue spaces are filled with artists, researchers, makers, hackers, hobbyists and programmers working on their own and collaborative projects, or attending hands-on workshops and courses facilitated by The Edge.


Parking is available at the Cultural Centre car parks for a flat fee of $17. The closest parking is located off Stanley Place.

Public transport

The Edge at the State Library of Queensland is very well serviced by public transport. Please visit the TransLink website for specific information regarding the best route from your location.


The Edge is located approximately 150 m from the Cultural Centre bus stop. Walk down the river-side of the Queensland Art Gallery. The Edge is located 100 m on the right.


The closest CityCat ferry stop is Southbank. After disembarking from the ferry, turn right and walk along the river for approximately 600 m. To enter The Edge walk up the stairs on the left located 100 m past the Victoria bridge.


South Brisbane train station is located on Grey Street, approximately 250 m from The Edge. Exit South Brisbane Train Station on to Grey Street and turn left. Walk down Grey Street to the Melbourne Street intersection and cross both streets to the Queensland Museum. Walk down Melbourne Street past the Queensland Museum and turn left to walk down the river-side of the Queensland Art Gallery. After 100 m The Edge will be on the right.


St Leo’s Catering are proud supporters of BrisScience, supplying the delicious post-event refreshments we all enjoy so much.

Leaf and tablets

Growing medicine

12 August 2019 6:30pm7:30pm
Hear how scientists are combining traditional with modern by creating plants that can make new pharmaceuticals. Using plants instead of labs to make modern medicines could help reduce the cost and environmental impact of their production, and allow medicines to be more accessible across the globe.

Facial recognition’s true potential

8 July 2019 6:30pm7:30pm
Facial recognition technology has great potential for social and consumer applications. Each of us spends three working weeks of the year simply identifying ourselves to others - if we could simply reduce that to two weeks, world productivity could be boosted by almost 2%.

Join us to discuss the science of facial recognition technology and how it can help us get back – at least some – of our lives.
Vegan caviar

Algae - From seafood to solar

10 June 2019 6:30pm7:30pm
By 2050 the human population is forecast to expand from 7.5 to 9.6 billion people. The world will require 70% more food, 50% more fuel and 50% more fresh water, while CO2 emissions need to be reduced by over 80%.

But one unlikely hero – algae – may help us achieve economic, social, climate, food and fuel security.

What makes a whale song catchy?

13 May 2019 6:30pm7:30pm
What makes a hit song? This talk will explore the aspects of a whale’s song which make it easier to learn, leading to the phenomenon of population-wide cultural song learning.
Fruits and vegetables

Good Enough to Eat? Next Generation GM Crops

8 April 2019 6:30pm7:30pm
This talk will focus on the benefits and risks associated with GM crops, and outline some of the exciting new breeding technologies, such as gene editing or CRISPR.
ultrasound technology

Quantum sensing: From gravitational waves to ultra ultrasound

11 March 2019 6:30pm7:30pm
The nanoscale world operates by different principles than our everyday world – quantum principles. Recently it has become possible to reach this quantum regime, find out more at BrisScience.
microbiome illustration

The Mighty Microbiome

3 December 2018 6:30pm7:30pm
Most people know this has something to do with bugs (microbes) that live inside us and play an important role in our health. But where did this microbiome come from? And why all the interest now?

The Dark Side of the Universe: Cosmic mysteries and their histories

5 November 2018 6:30pm7:30pm
Everything we’ve ever experienced – every person, every planet and every star - is made up of atoms, and all of them together represent less than five percent of the universe.

Can digital platforms help us move toward more sustainable cities?

8 October 2018 6:30pm7:30pm
The sharing economy has been gaining traction through platforms such as Uber, Airbnb and Airtasker as a novel way of connecting people as small-scale consumers and producers

A Stroke of Inspiration: Advancements in Stroke Research

10 September 2018 6:30pm7:30pm
Dr Lavinia Codd is investigating ways of improving cognitive recovery following stroke by activating precursor cells to increase the production of new brain cells (neurogenesis), which is a form of neuroplasticity

Volcano alert! Towards predicting volcanic eruptions

6 August 2018 6:30pm7:30pm
Join Dr Teresa Ubide on a journey ‘inside’ volcanoes. Every volcano has a story, which can be read on volcanic crystals using microscopic laser chemical techniques.

Ancient Egyptian Mummies - May they live forever

16 July 2018 6:30pm7:30pm
Join Dr Serena Love as she explores how and why the Egyptians created these immortal remains, from natural to artificial mummies, and all the gruesome details in between.

Speed breeding - accelerating crop research

11 June 2018 6:30am7:30am
The world has to produce 60-80% more food by 2050 to feed the world’s projected population of 9 billion. However, traditional plant breeding is slow and the current rate of genetic improvement is insufficient to meet this demand.

The superbug wars: Managing antibiotic-resistant infections

14 May 2018 6:30pm7:30pm
One of the great threats to global health is the rise of bacteria that are resistant to all of our current antibiotics, the so-called ‘superbugs’. Researchers from the University of Queensland are at the forefront of efforts to develop solutions to this important problem.

Wild yeasts for tasty beer

9 April 2018 6:30pm7:30pm
Yeast is essential for making beer, turning sugars into alcohol and bubbles. However, the flavours yeast provide are just as important, as seen in the differences between ales and lagers.

Could cryptocurrencies let you control & sell access to your DNA data?

5 March 2018 6:30am7:30am
Last year saw an incredible surge in demand for direct to consumer genetic tests – but it raises a lot of questions…

Artificial Intelligence

11 December 2017 6:30am7:30am
Is your brain smarter than a computer?

Mother nature inspiring science

23 October 2017 6:30am7:30am
How would you best describe the natural wonders around you? Would you write a poem or paint a picture?
Maybe develop a mathematical equation?

War against waste

11 September 2017 6:30am7:30am
Plastics are everywhere! They’re handy and cheap, which is why their use has increased 20-fold in the last 50 years.

Life beneath the bay

14 August 2017 6:30am7:30am
This month we explore the wonders of Moreton Bay!

Transforming Australia’s electricity system

19 July 2017 6:30am7:30am
Australia’s electricity system is in a period of rapid transformation.

Forensic facial reconstruction

17 July 2017 6:30am7:30am
In 2011, the NSW Police Homicide Squad discovered the remains of a young woman in the notorious Belanglo State Forest.

Australia’s Jurassic Park

22 May 2017 6:30am7:30am
Which species of dinosaur roamed Australia 130 million years ago?

Scientists in the kitchen

4 April 2017 6:30am7:30am
Join us for a feast of the senses as celebrity chef Ben Milbourne and BrisScience’s own Joel Gilmore turn the lecture theatre into a live test kitchen.

Sharks: A deep dive

20 March 2017 6:30am7:30am
Every summer it seems there are more reported shark attacks at our beaches, but is the number of attacks really on the rise or is there just more media coverage?