Open Day

Staff member and visitor engaging in an activity

Geoscience Australia staff member
engages with young visitors during
Open Day

Geoscience Australia celebrated National Science Week by welcoming the community for its annual Open Day on Sunday 23 August 2015.

Our 2015 Open Day offered a diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays and talks for all ages, with 5,000 visitors enjoying a fun and informative day.

Interactive and innovative displays kept visitors busily engaged with Geoscience Australia's work across our six Strategic Priorities. Visitors found out how earthquakes are detected, chatted with geoscientists, learnt how a dancing robot helps to make Australia's GPS system more accurate, discovered a dazzling array of mineral specimens and explored a wide variety of geoscience career options.

In our lecture theatres, 15 science talks on a diverse range of topics overflowed with interested audiences. The Education Centre was also a hive of activity, with 1000 geological chatterboxes created. Excited children, with parents in tow, created 1000 erupting volcanoes. Others worked their way around the displays collecting stamps, with almost 1000 prizes awarded for completed stamp hunts. In the grounds of Geoscience Australia, 800 visitors tried their luck panning for gold and precious stones, while the roaming Erth dinosaur made a return visit by very popular demand.

Winners of the 2015 Geoscience Australia Lucky Door Prize were S. Caputo, M. Owens, A Wilford, A. Sheehan and W. Gee.

For more information about our annual Open Day please email openday@ga.gov.au.