Our sleeping hours may be filled with sweet dreams, insomnia and nightmares. Between sleep and wake many of us sleep talk, some sleep walk, while others suffer through visceral night terrors. Venture into the dark hours as we explore sleep patterns, REM and the wondrous world of dreams.

Meet the UQ presenter

Bruno Van Swinderen

Bruno van Swinderen received a PhD in evolutionary biology from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. His postdoctoral work at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California led him to the scientific study of consciousness.Taking an evolutionary view, he developed novel paradigms to study perception in the smallest animal brains. His discoveries include uncovering neural correlates of sleep and selective attention in flies, as well as fundamental mechanisms of general anaesthesia.

In 2008, he moved to Australia to run a research lab in the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland. His lab uses flies and bees to understand how the brain is able to block or prioritise sensory stimuli, as happens during sleep and attention. He is particularly interested in how sleep and attention might have co-evolved to optimise behaviour, and is keen to promote research in simpler animal models to understand complex brain processes.

Adult: $20
Concession: $15
Student: $16

The ticket price includes a beverage on arrival.

This is an 18+ event. This venue is licensed. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The Queensland Museum Network supports the responsible consumption of alcohol at all events.

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.


Cultural Forecourt, Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Festival Lab, South Bank