Geoscience Australia celebrates National Science Week

08 August 2011

Geoscience Australia will open its doors to the community as part of National Science Week when it holds its annual Open Day on Sunday 21 August 2011 from 10am to 4pm. Come and find out in a fun and engaging way how we are Applying Geoscience to Australia’s Most Important Challenges.

Visitors to our building will be able to discover how earthquakes are detected, pan for gold, tour the building, see Australia in 3D, discover the secrets of the seafloor and talk to the people who work for Australia's national geoscience research organisation.

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

During the day, there will be something for the whole family. Children can navigate the grounds using GPS, take a walk through geological time, make a pet rock, learn the science behind sediments or bring along a rock from home and have it identified by an expert.

There will also be a range of science presentations throughout the day, including:

10:30am – In between the cracks: The Groundwater Story
11:30am – Shake, Rattle and Roll: Earthquakes, Tsunami and Volcanic Eruptions
12:30pm – Hot Rocks: Cool Place: Antarctica

When: Sunday 21 August, 10am - 4pm
Where: Corner Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston ACT. View map.
Cost: Free
Contact: (02) 6249 9111 or

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