Stephen Hawking suggests we must look to the stars to ensure the survival of the human race. Do we need a new home? While colonising distant planets is thousands of years off, scientists are already taking the first steps toward making humans an interplanetary species.

In August 2016, astronomers announced the detection of Proxima B, an Earth-sized exoplanet in the habitable zone of the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. Meanwhile, private investment in space technology has launched a next generation space race as we strive to create technologies to steer us to the stars.

Our panel separates science-fact from science-fiction to determine if we really are on the verge of colonising space.

Moderator: Professor Tamara Davis

Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Students: $10

About UQ at World Science Festival Brisbane

The University of Queensland is proud to partner with the Queensland Museum for the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane from 22-26 March 2017.

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Held annually in New York since 2008 the World Science Festival is now one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world, and this year it's coming back to Brisbane!

The University of Queensland is proud to showcase our expertise across all aspects of science through talks, panels and engaging science demonstrations during World Science Festival Brisbane.



Cremorne Theatre