Find out how nature and science can create good from bad

Australia is home to many of the planet’s most venomous creatures, carrying evolution’s most exquisitely engineered biological weapons. In a fortunate twist of pharmaceutical fate, this arsenal of natural chemical structures also offers myriad opportunities for scientists to fight some of humanity’s most intractable ills including chronic pain.

Join ABC presenter Dr Norman Swan and our panel of biologists, chemists and innovators to learn how technological advances in recent decades are harnessing new drug candidates from our ‘backyard’ apothecary to improve human health.

Meet the UQ presenter

Glenn King

Glenn King is a pioneer in the field of venoms-based drug discovery, in particular the development of drugs and environmentally friendly insecticides derived from spider venoms. Professor King’s early work on venoms led him to found an agricultural biotechnology company (Vestaron Corporation) that is developing safe, eco-friendly insecticides for use on crops.

Professor King’s current research focus is the development of venom-derived drugs to treat chronic pain, epilepsy, and stroke. His laboratory at the University of Queensland maintains the largest collection of venoms in the world, comprising more than 600 venoms from ants, assassin bugs, caterpillars, centipedes, cone snails, scorpions and spiders. Professor King has published 3 books, 19 book chapters, and more than and 230 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals.

Adult: $30
Concession: $25
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.


State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101, Australia
SLQ Auditorium