Open Day unearths the geosciences

13 August 2012

2012 Geoscience Australia Open Day logo.

2012 Geoscience Australia
Open Day logo.
© Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia will open its doors on Sunday 19 August for its annual Open Day as part of National Science Week. Discover how scientists from Australia's national geoscience organisation are working to reduce Australia’s carbon footprint, helping communities better prepare for natural disasters and uncovering Australia’s hidden mineral wealth.

There will be 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.

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. Spot a roving Erth dinosaur or talk to a real geoscientist.

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.

Featured science talks on the day will include:


Looking after Nemo: Seabed mapping and habitats


Our Place from Space: Earth Observation


Searching the Deep Earth: uncovering Australia’s hidden mineral wealth


Earthquakes in our Backyard

When: 10am – 4pm, Sunday 19 August.
Where: Geoscience Australia; corner Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston ACT. View map.

For more information: ring 6249 9111 or visit our Geoscience Australia Open Day webpage.

National Science Week (11-19 August) is an annual celebration of science with events taking place across Australia. It is a great opportunity for all Australians to explore the wonders and benefits of science.

Topic contact: Last updated: October 4, 2013