Join the fight against superbugs with cutting-edge science at your defence.

Antibiotic drugs have saved millions of lives since the 1940s. However, while disease-causing bacteria have changed, our pharmaceutical defences have not, raising the threat of deadly armies of superbugs and a return to the dark days of uncontrolled infection. The medical and scientific community is rallying but will they crack the microbial codes in time?

Award-winning broadcaster Norman Swan leads our panel in analysing how science, government and industry must join forces to defend us in the escalating war of resistance.

Meet the UQ presenter
Mark Blaskovich

Doctor Mark Blaskovich is an antibiotic hunter based at the Centre for Superbug Solutions in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland. A medicinal chemist with 15 years of industrial drug development experience, Mark previously worked for two biotech companies in the USA and one in Brisbane.

Since starting at UQ in 2010, Mark has been developing new antibiotics to treat drug resistant bacteria and researching the use of modified antibiotics to detect bacterial infections. He helped establish the Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery, a global initiative to crowd-source new antibiotics, has published over 60 research articles, authored The Handbook on Syntheses of Amino Acids (definitely not a bestseller!), and is an inventor on 11 patent families including more than 100 granted and pending applications.

Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Student: $10

About UQ at World Science Festival Brisbane

The University of Queensland is proud to partner with the Queensland Museum for the third World Science Festival Brisbane from 21-25 March 2018.

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 will showcase our expertise across all aspects of science through talks, panels and engaging science demonstrations during World Science Festival Brisbane.

Full program.


Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
140 Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Conservatorium Theatre