Earth Science Week 2011


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(9-15 October)

National activities

Geologi Short Film Competition - Closed

The Geologi Short Film competition 2011 is hosted by Geoscience Australia along with the Australian Science Teachers Association and invites all school aged groups, individuals or classes to submit an Earth science film based on the theme 'Geology and you' in one of three age divisions:

  • Primary
  • Years 7-10
  • Years 11-12

Winners will be announced in a special ceremony at Geoscience Australia on Tuesday 11 October 2011.

For more information and tips about the Geologi Short Film Competition, go to Geologi Short Film competition 2011 or email

Top GeoShot Photographic Competition - Closed

Geoscience Australia is looking for a collection of ‘Top GeoShots’ to display throughout Earth Science Week.

The image can be anything from an unusual land formation, a link to our dynamic planet or even your favourite landscape. Be as creative as you like when choosing subject matter as Earth science is all around us and we interact with it everyday. So get out there, explore and take an image that captures the essence of earth science in Australia.

For more information, go to the 'Top GeoShot' webpage.  Email your entry to by 23 September 2011 along with a completed entry form and you could see your image featured in Geoscience Australia’s public foyer in Canberra, throughout Earth Science Week.

Winning entries will be announced and displayed at Geoscience Australia throughout Earth Science Week and winners will receive a professionally framed enlargement of their image.

Submit an Earth Science Week event

Anyone is invited to submit an Earth Science event to the 2011. Make sure you include details of the event, location and a contact number. To submit an event to the Earth Science Week archive contact

Activities by State



Geologi 2011 Awards Ceremony

See the winning films from Geoscience Australia's Geologi short film competition. Entries were invited from schools all over Australia for short films based on the Earth Science Week theme of 'Geology and you'.

The official awards ceremony will be held at 11.30am on Tuesday, 11 October showcasing the highlights from the competition and screening the winning films. This is a cinematic experience not to be missed.

When: Tuesday 11 October
Time: 11.15am to commence 11.30am
Location: Geoscience Australia, cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr, Symonston, ACT.

Top GeoShot Photographic Competition - Closed

Geoscience Australia is looking for a collection of ‘Top GeoShots’ to display throughout Earth Science Week. The image can be anything from an unusual land formation, a link to our dynamic planet or even your favourite landscape.

For more information on the photo competition, please visit the Top GeoShot webpage or contact the Geoscience Australia Education Team on 02 6249 9673 or

Winning entries will be announced during Earth Science Week.


Fossils of the Hunter Valley 3 - 28 October 2011

The fossil record provides us with information about the climate, environments and landscapes that existed when the fossilised plants and animals lived. Plant fossils include pollen, leaves and trunks, and animal fossils include whole or partial remains, as well as tracks and burrows made by animals. The relative age of the fossils can be determined by comparing fossil assemblages of fossils in different rocks around the world, and also by dating minerals in these rocks by isotopic methods. The lower Hunter Valley contains a rich diversity of fossil life forms that lived from about 250 to 300 million years ago, during the Permian period.

The Geological Survey of NSW will display fossils found in the Hunter Valley region at the East Maitland Library during the month of October to celebrate Earth Science Week's 2011 theme of Our Ever Changing Earth.

East Maitland Library: 3 Garnett Road, East Maitland

Library opening hours:
More information:

Brochure: Fossils of the Hunter Valley [PDF 349KB]

The Hunter Earth Sciences Discussion Group (HEDG) is holding its October meeting at Customs House, Newcastle at 6pm on Tuesday 11 October to coincide with Earth Science Week 2011.  The speaker will be Dr Silvia Frisia (University of Newcastle) who will be presenting a talk titled 'From icehouse to greenhouse to icehouse: what is "normal" in Earth's climate?', in keeping with the 2011 Earth Science Week theme of 'Our ever-changing Earth'. Dr Frisia is a leading researcher of carbonates, and implications for palaeoclimates. The talk will look at changes in CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere from the carbonate record from the Neoproterozoic to now.

Brochure: HEDG Presentation 11 October [PDF 133KB]

Entry is free, but please RSVP to Phil Gilmore ( by Monday 10 October. Customs House is located at 1 Bond Street, Newcastle. Drinks and nibbles at the bar from 6pm, with the presentation to start at 6.30pm.

Australian Museum - Geology Rocks

To celebrate International Earth Science Week (9-15 October 2011) and to raise awareness of the wonderful world of all things geologic, the Australian Museum is holding a drawing competition – ‘Geology rocks!’

The competition is open to amateur illustrators and has four entry categories:

  • Infants
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Open (18 years and over)

Suggested themes for 2011 - Dynamic Earth; the ring of fire; active, dormant or extinct volcanos; minerals, gems or crystals produced by volcanic activity; plate tectonics, earthquakes, tsunamis.

For further information and entry forms visit


2011 Victorian Gold Panning Championships

You’re guaranteed to catch gold fever on Sunday 9 October as Central Deborah Gold Mine hosts the Victorian Gold Panning Championships in partnership with the Victorian Gold Panning Association.

The Championships are open to anyone of any age and any skill level and the first prize is a trip to compete in the 2011 New Zealand Gold Panning Championships. Competitors are travelling from all parts of the country to compete so this event for the whole family is not to be missed.

The categories will include; Children (under 12), Youth (13-16 yrs), Novice, Skilled, Traditional Pan, Batea Pan and the Teams Challenge.

All visitors on the day will receive free access to the surface of the mine and for those who aren’t avid gold panners the day will also include Gold Pour Demonstrations, Fossicking Challenges, Cage Rider, Underground Mine Tours and a BBQ lunch.

Date: Sunday 9 October
Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Where: Central Deborah Gold Mine, 76 Violet Street, Bendigo VIC 3550
Contact: (03) 5443 8322 or visit
Brochure: Victorian Gold Panning Championships 2011 [PDF 218KB]


Queensland University of Technology

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Natural Resource Society (student society) is hosting a Student-Industry Night at QUT GP on Thursday 13 October from 6pm.

There will be presentations of interest to geologists, ecologists and environmental scientists from BMA, QGC, AWT International, GeoConsult, Predrill Stresses International, Bow Energy, Origin Energy, and PESA in the Gibson Room (Z1064), GP.

Presentations will be followed by pizza, drinks, and the opportunity to converse with company representatives and find out more about potential job and study opportunities.

RSVP by email by 5pm Wednesday 12 October is essential.

Free for QUT NRS members, $10 for non-members.  Open invitation.

QUT NRS Industry Night Flyer

QUT Campus Map

QUT NRS Promotion Flyer

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