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World Science Festival heads to Chinchilla, The Chronicle, 8 February 2016

Carina NebulaMinister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said taking the World Science Festival to Chinchilla was an excellent opportunity for residents to explore and find out more about what’s happening in the world of science.

“There’s not one part of our lives that science and technology does not touch these days,” she said.

“And in the very near future, we’re looking at driverless cars, artificial intelligence and robots, 3D printing, personalised medicine, and even a manned space mission to Mars,” Ms Enoch said.

“It doesn’t matter where you live – remote Queensland or metropolitan cities, we are all facing some exciting changes, and science and technology is shaping our new world.

“For our kids, it means new jobs that didn’t even exist a few years ago and new opportunities for our businesses. It means new ways of farming, getting the best out of the land, but still being sustainable,” she said.

The festival presenters include ABC’s Surfing Scientist Rueben Meerman, who will share the magic of quantum mechanics in an action-packed demonstration using balloons, liquid nitrogen and laser beams.

“People might not think about quantum mechanics very often, but regional towns are now globally connected thanks to these quirky laws of nature, so I’m excited to demonstrate some of its awesome powers on stage in Chinchilla,” Mr Meerman said.

Queensland Museum CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller said the event will provide a unique opportunity to connect with top Queensland scientists and researchers.

“This event gives some of Australia’s best scientists and researchers an opportunity to connect with Darling Downs communities and hopefully spark enthusiasm for science and inspire a new generation of scientists,” she said.

“Science is for everyone regardless of their location. That is why the World Science Festival Brisbane Regional Program in Chinchilla is so important – it brings science out of the cities and into the Darling Downs.

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A full program of city and regional events can be found here.

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