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The Festival of Bright Ideas is a showcase of the full spectrum of the Tasmanian science sector and aims to offer a program that is accessible and collaborative, engaging people of all ages and interest levels in science. This is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate the science in your work in a fun and interesting way, and to join us in celebrating National Science Week in Tasmania.

Registration is now open for the 2022 program. You can register here.

Accepted applicants will be notified on Wednesday 15 June.

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The 2022 festival will be open exclusively to schools on Friday 9am-2.30pm and to the public on Saturday 9am-4.30pm.


Participation in the festival if free. The only cost to you will be resourcing your activity. 


You can participate in the festival program as an Exhibitor or as a Workshop Provider. We also welcome contributions outside these main participation types and encourage you to contact us to discuss your idea.

It is a requirement that all participants provide a hands­-on activity or experience that demonstrates an aspect of the sciences, engineering, innovation, technology and mathematics. 



Exhibitor spaces include:

  • 3 metre wide x 2 metre deep space (additional surrounding space may also be utilised) with back and/or side walls (each white vinyl display backing panel is 2340mm (H) x 950mm (W))
  • 12 amp power outlet (*Please note that all electrical equipment must be tested and tagged prior to the commencement of the festival. Please bring your own power board if required)
  • Exhibition space lighting 
  • Festival sign (95cm wide x approximately 120cm high - example below)
  • Trestle table (1.8m x 74cm deep) - if you require more than one table let us know on the registration form.

If you have additional requirements outside the standard exhibitor package please let us know on the registration form and we will do our best to accommodate your requests.

  • Please note double-sided tape to adhere display materials to the backing boards will be provided.

Designing your space 

How you present your space is completely up to you. No theming will be provided other than consistent signage for each exhibitor or activity. Each space will have smooth surface back and side wall to which you can adhere signage and other theming materials with blu­tac, double sided tape or velcro spots.


There will be a dedicated space available to workshop providers. Both seated and open spaces are available. If you are planning a workshop we will provide you with a space and schedule a time for your workshop within the program.

We ask that workshop providers resource their own activities. If you require additional audiovisual or equipment that you are not able to supply please indicate on the online registration. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.


High school open session 9.00am – 10.30am:
This session for years 7-12 will be aimed more toward careers where students will be able to freely explore the festival. All activity providers will run their hands-on activities 'on-demand' for this session, much in the same format as Saturday, and with a focus on career pathways. There will be no stage shows during this session to encourage students to engage with you and your science.

Primary sessions 10.30am – 12.30pm and 12.30pm – 2.30pm:
Exhibitors - During these sessions groups of 8-12 children will visit your site for 10 minutes at a time. Be prepared to engage the students in your exhibit for this period of time and repeat your presentation to different groups between 20 times throughout the day. Prior to the festival we will provide you with a schedule detailing the times, school and year groups visiting your activity during this primary session.

Workshop Providers – Class groups of between 20-30 students will attend your workshop for a 35 minute session. Your workshop session must be completed within this 35 minute time-frame to allow students time to move to their next activity.


We are committed to maintaining the quality and standard of activities provided at FoBI and have allocated two places in the festival program to schools wishing to participate as an Activity Provider. Schools may only participate as an exhibitor (i.e. not as a workshop provider) and will be selected based on the activity offered and its fit within the overall program.  School Activity Providers are expected to participate for the full duration of the event.


A copy of the FOBI COVID safety plan will be uploaded here and distributed to activity providers closer to the event.

The purpose of the plan is to ensure that FOBI is a safe and responsible event for all participants and visitors, and is a working document which be reviewed according to the current Public Health directions. 

The current guidelines and more information can be found at


Bump-In: Thursday 19th - 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Bump-out: Saturday 21st - 5.00pm - 7.00pm.


Each participant will be provided with one large festival sign that will describe the science and/or activity offered (example below). You will be asked to provide wording that describes your activity and science you are demonstrating when registering. 

When designing your space, please allow space for this sign to be displayed on the backing board panels - it will take up one 2340mm (H) x 950mm (W) display panel.

Exhibitor signage


There are no limitations on the type of activity you can provide ­ it’s up to you, your resources and your imagination! The festival program will be developed around the contributions of participants and we are happy to help you formulate or tailor your concept to attract as many visitors as possible to your exhibit. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your ideas

Need Ideas? This website is a great resource for activity ideas

As a guide activities should:

  • Be hands­-on
  • Be simple and efficient
  • Engage with a broad audience

Schools Day Activities (Friday)

There will be three sessions available for schools - two fully scheduled sessions in the same format as last year and aimed toward children years 3-6, and one new non-scheduled session for older students in years 7-12. 

Schools attending sessions for years 3 - 6 will receive a two-hour fully scheduled itinerary which will include a workshop, 3 x 10 minute exhibitor sessions and a stage presentation.

Schools Day sessions for years 7-12 will be aimed more toward careers where students will be able to freely explore the festival. Activity providers will run their hands-on activities 'on-demand' for this session, much in the same format as Saturday, and with a focus on career pathways.

For the scheduled sessions we ask exhibitors to be prepared to present to small groups of school children (between 5-­10 participants) for 10 minute timeframes. Workshops will run for a set duration of approximately 30 minutes and cater for one class group of between 20-30 students.

Each exhibitor will present to between 12-16 scheduled groups throughout the day, and workshop providers will run up to 5 workshops.

Open day Activities (Saturday)

There is no time limit for activities. Your activity can run continually, or for a set duration at specific intervals.


Short breaks of 10 minutes will be scheduled for activity providers throughout the primary schools sessions. We ask that you ensure that you have adequate presenting staff to cover yourself for a very big day on Schools Day and for more substantial breaks.


During the registration process you will be asked to briefly describe the science in your activity e.g Oceanography, Chemistry, Human Biology, Astrophysics, Environmental Sustainability, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering – or any combination of scientific disciplines. This information will be forwarded to teachers prior to Schools Day to assist them to prepare their students for their visit.


The festival website and printed program are the primary spaces where your activity will be promoted.  We strongly encourage you during registration to provide a relevant photograph that demonstrates your science as this will be included with your short activity description on the program page of the website. 


As the entire festival will be contained within PW1 the festival is not weather dependent.

Festival of Bright Ideas acknowledges the palawa people as the original and traditional custodians of lutruwita/ Tasmania. We commit to working respectfully to honor the achievements of the palawa people as Tasmania's first scientists and engineers, living and working sustainably on this land.

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