Creative Brain Week Australia | June 12-14

Event Details


Get excited! Creative Brain Week is coming to Australia.

Creative Brain Week is the premier international event at the intersection of creativity, the arts, and brain science. Its prestigious flagship event has been held at Trinity College in Dublin for the last three years.

In a bold and audacious move, Creative Brain Week is expanding its program to include four global Satellite events. The events in Cairo, Brisbane and Gaborone, which took place between March and May, were a major success. We are thrilled to announce that the Brisbane event will take place from June 12-14, 2024.  

Organized by Atlantic Fellow in for Equity in Brain Health, Kim-Huong Nguyen and Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity, Juanita Wheeler Creative Brain Week Australia (CBWA) is ‘Thematically Connected and Locally Informed’, bringing knowledge and nuance to the Dublin recipe.

Who should attend?

The event will bring together the general public, neuroscientists, educationalists, policymakers, artists, innovators, decision-makers, funders, and people who have lived experience in anything involving our brains being creative, or developing creative solutions.

What's it about?

The goal of the event is to share knowledge, break down silos and celebrate how brain science and creativity collide to seed new ideas in social development, technology, entrepreneurship, wellbeing and physical, mental and brain health across the life cycle.

The fully curated program runs across three consecutive mornings, showcasing some of the latest and most significant ideas, research, and programs in the creative brain space. General admission and concession tickets are available for the full three-morning program or on an event-by-event basis.

We are eager to welcome you as part of the creative brain community.


Wednesday 12th June: Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct

Wednesday 12 June | 10:30am - 12:45pm | Register from 10:00am | Cohort, 16 Nexus Way, Southport, Queensland.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Dinesh Palipana - Doctor, lawyer, & Co-lead research for BioSpine
  • Maggie Bell - composer and PhD candidate whose music and compositional processes offer new insights into Dissociative Identity Disorder.
  • Dr Martina de Witte - Leading an umbrella review of meta-analyses of arts-based interventions which will be
    part of a Lancet Global Series publication (led by the Jameel Arts and Health Lab NYU and WHO).
  • Richard Nash - CEO at BrainEye, a brain health smartphone technology
  • Funmi Akindejoye - Environmental health researcher, visual artist & Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health.

Thursday 13th June: Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland

Thursday 13 June | 9:30am - 12:30pm | Register from 9:00am | Queensland Brain Institute, Building 79, Research Road, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia

Speakers/performers include:

Plus a panel on Innovative Approaches and Creative Therapies for Brain Injury

Friday 14th June: Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

Friday 14 June | 9:30am - 12:30pm | Register from 9:00am | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Queensland Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Speakers include:

  • Debbie Brittain - QAGOMA Art & Dementia Program, Churchill Fellow
  • Professor Felicity Baker - Music Therapy & Dementia Researcher, Uni Melb
  • Zara Gomes - Van Norton Li Community Health Institute, Queensland Ballet & Lily Spencer, Head of Community & Education, Queensland Ballet
  • Jim Hogan - Innovator, Neuroinclusion Pioneer & Chief Innovation Evangelist @ Google Cloud
  • Waveney Yasso - Composer, performer and proud Yuwi Burra & South Sea Island descendant

Fellows and Faculty Mentioned


Current Fellows, Faculty, GBHI Mentors, Global Atlantic Fellows, People with Lived Experience of Dementia, Public, Regional Mentors, Staff