Curious Conversations is a series of free, thought-provoking discussions with creators, makers, scientists and engineers. Immerse yourself in a world of ideas hosted by our Master of Curious Conversations Benjamin Law. Curious Conversations are presented in collaboration with nbn™.
Brett Leavy

Saturday 13 March

10:30am to 11:30am

Virtual Time Machines For Cultural Storytelling

with Brett Leavy and Professor Peter Anderson
The Gardens Club
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
75 Gardens Point Road
Brisbane City

Delve into the world of temporal spatial storytelling, where satellite generated terrain enables travel into The Dreaming landscapes of First Nations People. It’s a place where cultural knowledge and practice is shared and preserved.

We will be navigating this futuristic space with self titled ‘Virtual Heritage Jedi’ Brett Leavy and Guest.

Guillaume Crédoz

Tuesday 16 March

10:30am to 11:30am

Recycling, Science, Design - Repeat. When waste looks sexy!

with Guillaume Crédoz & Professor Veena Sahajwalla
The Pavilion - Flowstate
The Arbour, Tribune Street
South Bank

We are all well-versed in the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). But what would it look like to recycle and create new things from your home, studio or garage? What if it could be your new business?

Join us for a creative conversation (that isn’t recycled!) as we travel from the heart of Beirut to Brisbane through science, design and invention.

Karin Schaupp and Composer, Vanessa

Saturday 20 March

10:30am to 11:30am

An Engineer and a Guitarist walk into a bar....

with Vanessa Tomlinson, Dr Hassan Karampour & Karin Schaupp
The Pavilion - Flowstate
The Arbour, Tribune Street
South Bank

What happens when an engineer and a guitarist walk into a bar? They have a conversation and decide to embark on building the world’s largest acoustic guitar, of course. 

Well, that may not be the full story. The idea, the maths, the timber, the sound… these are all part of an important journey and process. 

Delve into this story and hear first-hand why the coming together of creative and mathematical minds equates to harmonious beauty.


Thursday 25 March

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Exploring the Hyperconnected Underworld

with Tara Pattenden, Steve Axford & Catherine Marciniak
World Science Festival Brisbane
Cultural Precinct

Beatrix Potter’s sketches of mycelium over 100 years ago were considered irrelevant, however, today those same sketches are regarded as significant.

Mycelium is vital to our soils, breaking down organic material for reuse. They are also a vital communication and nutrient network supporting 92 per cent of Earth’s flora.
Explore this hyperconnected underworld of mycelium through the eyes and lens of artists and naturalists Tara Pattenden, Steve Axford and Catherine Marciniak

David Morton

Saturday 27 March

10:30am to 11:30am

How can cross-collaborations shape the ‘STEAM’ conversation?

with David Morton & Professor Peter Corke
Hilton Hotel Wintergarden
Queens Ballroom
190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City
Or enter via Queen Street Mall

Dead Puppet Society (DPS) is one of Queensland’s most innovative theatre companies. In 2020 as the pandemic shut down all touring and theatrical performances, the company took a pause to think about its future.

The result of that pause has enabled DPS to expand its repertoire. Key to this has been choosing to cross-collaborate with other skillsets within the world of STEM.

DPS have the ‘A’, but who are they collaborating with from the STEM space and what are they creating?