AusGeo News  September 2008  Issue No. 91

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Earth Science Week 2008 celebrations

The 2008 Earth Science Week theme 'No child left inside' was announced by the American Geological Institute to encourage young people to get away from the television, off the computer and explore the world outside. Earth Science Week 2008 will be celebrated between 12 and 18 October.

In Australia, celebrations will focus on encouraging 'outside science', inspiring students, teachers and members of the community to step outside and discover the earth sciences. In addition, this 'outside science' theme aligns Australia's Earth Science Week celebrations with the United Nations endorsed International Year of Planet Earth 2008.

To celebrate Earth Science Week 2008 Geoscience Australia is again hosting the national Geologi short film competition. Geologi08 invites all budding geoscientists from around Australia to submit a short film celebrating one of three nominated International Year of Planet Earth themes: Natural Hazards, Earth Resources, and Deep Earth.

The presentation of awards and official screening of the winning entries will take place at Geoscience Australia's headquarters in Canberra during Earth Science Week. The winning entries will also be screened on Australia's Earth Science Week website, and will be a significant contribution to Australia's International Year of Planet Earth outreach program ('bringing earth sciences to everyone').

Earth Science Week celebrations are taking place around Australia, and any individual, school or organisation hosting an event or activity is encouraged to register on Australia's Earth Science Notice Board. All registered events will be sent an Earth Science Week promotional kit, including posters and bookmarks to assist in raising awareness about this significant international celebration.

Related websites

International Year of Planet Earth

Short film competition (Geologi08)

Earth Science Week

Earth Science Notice board

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