26 Mar 2020 10:00am to 27 Mar 2020 11:30am

World Science Festival 2020

Would you like to present your signature science or your most innovative ideas to more than 90,000 people?

Street Science is back and 2020 is set to be the biggest year so far offering science-focused hands-on family-friendly activities to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths! World Science Festival Brisbane is seeking applications from activity providers and artists to be part of Street Science Brisbane. If you/your group would like to be involved please get in touch with [email protected]

About Street Science:
Energetic and interactive, messy and loud, Street Science turns South Bank into a science playground for one weekend a year.

Street Science provides an exceptional platform to raise awareness for your current research. Individuals or groups will need to create a science-focused hands-on activity for all of the family to enjoy. 

Street Science will take place on Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th March 2020 

World Science Festival Brisbane will be returning from 25 – 29 March 2020. As part of the Festival, TRI is hosting two Apprenticeship Programs aimed at high school students on the 26th-27th March. Program activities are ‘hands on’ and provide opportunities for students to actively engage in higher order thinking and problem solving. The students have the options of becoming a 'DNA Detective' through the Molecular Geneticist's apprenticeship or can learn how '3D could be used to repair broken bones' during the Stem Cell Bioengineer's apprenticeship. 

Education Program


Ever wanted to be a “DNA detective”? Here’s your chance, working alongside molecular geneticist Dr Sandy Richardson and bioinformatician Dr Adam Ewing. Our DNA holds an incredible amount of information that can be used for everything from solving crimes to treating disease. However, it is so small that researchers must use special tools to unlock its secrets. As an Apprentice, you’ll learn about the different approaches used to study DNA sequences. Then, you’ll do a hands-on experiment using enzymatic digestion and gel electrophoresis to analyse and identify a piece of “mystery DNA”.

  • Date: Thursday, 26th March 2020
  • Time: 10:00am-11:30am
  • Venue: SPARQ-ed lab, Translational Research Institute 
  • Tickets: $10.00 - available here


Dr Sandy Richardson

Dr Sandy Richardson is a Career Track Fellow in the Genome Plasticity and Disease Research Group at Mater Research. She received her PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan. Sandy is interested in how new genetic mutations come about during human development, and the impact of these mutations in areas such as infertility, pregnancy loss, and genetic disease.

Dr Adam Ewing

Dr Adam Ewing is the leader of the Translational Bioinformatics Research Group at Mater Research. He earned his PhD in Genomics and Computational Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and did his post-doctoral work at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The University of California Santa Cruz. Adam’s research focuses on deciphering the information encoded in patients’ RNA and DNA to understand disease processes improve health outcomes.


Ever wondered about how you could use 3D printing to repair broken bones? Here’s your chance to find out, working inside a PC2 classified laboratory at the Translational Research Institute alongside Dr Mike Doran. He knows all about stem cells, regenerative medicine and cancer models.  As an Apprentice you will learn about bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) and their use in tissue repair.  You will stain differentiated stem cells, and learn how to use a 3D printer to make scaffolds for bone repair.

  • Date: Friday, 27th March 2020
  • Time: 10:00am-11:30am
  • Venue: SPARQ-ed lab, Translational Research Institute 
  • Tickets: $10.00 - available here


Associate Professor Mike Doran

A/Prof Mike Doran completed a BSc (Genetics) and BEng (Chemical) at the University of Alberta in Canada, worked as a Project Manager for Exxon (Oil and Gas).  He subsequently relocated to Australia to study Biomedical Engineering, and graduated with a PhD from the University of New South Wales (2006).  In 2010 he established an independent research group at the Queensland University of Technology.  He is currently a lecturer in the QUT School of Biomedical Sciences and a Group Leader at the Translational Research Institute (TRI).  His research team is interested in bone development, and has research projects focused on cartilage repair, bone repair, blood stem cell expansion, and cancer metastasis to the bone. 

Dr Kathryn Futrega

Dr Kathryn Futrega received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from QUT in 2016 and is currently an Early Career Researcher (ECR).  Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc, Honours) in Biochemistry with a specialisation in Biotechnology from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her current research interests include cartilage tissue engineering, bone and bone marrow biology, as well as the development of novel cell culture devices, and development of strategies to maximise the therapeutic potential of stem and progenitor cells through ex vivo manipulation.