Open Day unearths the geosciences

13 August 2012

Geoscience Australia will open its doors this coming Sunday for its annual Open Day as part of National Science Week.

Discover how scientists from Australia's national geoscience agency are working to reduce Australia’s carbon footprint, helping communities better prepare for natural disasters and uncovering Australia’s hidden mineral wealth.

A diverse program of activities, science displays, tours and talks will showcase Geoscience Australia’s wide range of work in the fields of petroleum, mineral, marine, mapping, groundwater and natural hazard research.

CEO Dr Chris Pigram said that visitors can come and learn how earthquakes are detected, pan for gold, sieve for sapphires, tour the purpose built building, view Australia in 3D or become a mineral detective. They can also spot the roving Erth dinosaur or talk to a real geoscientist.

"Our Open Day is a very exciting day for our staff to be able to share their work with interested members of the public," Dr Pigram said. "It is through events like this that we generate community interest in the work that we do, and hopefully inspire some of our younger visitors to become tomorrow’s geoscientists."

Visitors can also navigate the grounds using a GPS, take a walk through geological time, make their own pet rock or bring along a rock from home and have it identified by one of our experts. School aged visitors can also take part in a GeoLogi film making workshop.

Highlighted science talks on the day will include:

  • 10.30am   Looking after Nemo: Seabed mapping and habitats
  • 11:15am   Our Place from Space: Earth Observation
  • 12:00pm   Searching the Deep Earth: uncovering Australia’s hidden mineral
  • 1.00pm    Earthquakes in our Backyard

When: 10am – 4pm, Sunday 19 August.

Where: Geoscience Australia; corner Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston ACT. View map.

More info: phone 6249 9111 or visit

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