Students help secure Australia's water future

24 January 2013

The country’s top Year 11 science students will converge on Canberra this week to learn techniques used to identify possible groundwater resources which are essential to Australia’s sustainability in a changing climate.

The students will participate in a half-day workshop at Geoscience Australia as part of the 2013 National Youth Science Forum, where they will interact with geoscientists to help find possible sources of groundwater.

“This workshop provides students with a hands-on experience to engage with some of our leading scientists and learn about the major challenges facing Australia – in this instance helping to identify alternative water sources in arid Australia,” said Geoscience Australia’s Deputy CEO Dr James Johnson.

A range of geoscience techniques have been chosen to maximise the students’ exposure in both an outdoors and laboratory setting. This will include undertaking a scaled seismic and magnetic survey using geophysical equipment to ‘image’ the ground beneath our feet; or analysing sediment and water samples in the laboratory.

“We hope these talented students will be inspired by this experience to consider pursuing a career in the geosciences, and even consider applying for a place with Geoscience Australia’s work experience and graduate programs in the future,” Dr Johnson said.

The National Youth Science Forum is a two week program held each January in Canberra for talented students moving into Year 12 with a potential career interest in science, engineering and technology.

Geoscience Australia is one of the many science education experiences offered to the students as part of the program. The Geoscience Australia Education Centre is staffed by trained educators, science communicators and geologists and offers structured hands-on activities with a science and geography curriculum focus for visiting school groups.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Geoscience Australia 24 hour Media Hotline 1800 882 035.

Topic contact: Last updated: October 4, 2013