inSight: a sneak peek into our future

Monday 29 August – Friday 2 September 2016

Catalyst presents a five-day festival of science, technology and innovation with over 20 FREE films, talks, demonstrations and other events designed to excite all the family. We bring you a sneak peek into our future and the opportunity to investigate the big issues, access the experts and explore possible paths ahead for our community.

We’ll be releasing details of inSight events in the coming days, so stay in touch through this website and our Facebook page ( or email

inSight has three streams:

1. Leading Edge – provocative public presentations and events

Take a sneak peek at the latest research and expertise in a series of public presentations featuring superlative scientist-communicators exploring the complex operations of our brain, get hands on with experimental science at Lab in a Box, and explore the criminal mind at a science and citizenship session.

2. Sci Shorts – science short film festival

Crazy critters, troubled ecosystems and compelling human stories light up the screen in our science short film festival, featuring six movies over three nights by talented, much-awarded young filmmakers.

3. Fast Forward – schools investigate ‘Future Queenstown’

Get a sneak peek at Queenstown’s future, according to those who’ll be living in it – today’s students. Local schools participate in a packed programme of activities, and Wakatipu High School showcases the culmination of their months of work on science fair projects at a public open day on Thursday 1 September.

All events are FREE. Donations are welcome.

Building on the inaugural ‘QUESTION IT – Bringing Big Science to Queenstown’ programme presented by Catalyst in 2015, we intend that inSight becomes a regular event in Queenstown’s calendar.

We’d like to thank our supporters including the Brain Health Research Centre, Curious Minds, University of Otago, Centre for Science and Citizenship, Centre for Science Communication, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Mainfreight and Fluid Design.

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