Open Day

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Geoscience Australia will celebrate National Science Week 2015 by welcoming the community for its annual Open Day.

When: Sunday 23 August 2015, 10am-3pm
Where: Geoscience Australia, Corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston ACT

This year Open Day will highlight Geoscience Australia's Strategic Priorities:

  • Building Australia's Resource Wealth
  • Ensuring Australia's Community Safety
  • Securing Australia's Water Resources
  • Managing Australia's Marine Jurisdictions
  • Providing Fundamental Geographic Information
  • Maintaining Geoscience Knowledge and Capability

What's on offer?

Geoscience Australia's 2015 Open Day will offer a diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays and talks for all ages.

See the dancing robot which helps make your GPS more accurate, find out how earthquakes are detected, pan for gold, check out Australia in 3D, become a seafloor detective, have a chat with a real geoscientist, or learn about possible geoscience career options.

The roaming Erth dinosaur will be back by very popular demand.

For more information about Open Day please email

Please note: Special behind-the-scene tours of our building will be held during the week in the lead up to Open Day. Further details of these tours can be found via Geoscience Australia's Public Events webpage.

Science Talks

A series of 15 minute talks on a range of topics are scheduled throughout the day.

Venue 1:Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre


How can a 'dancing' robot tell me where I am? - Anna Riddell


Stavely drilling project: Looking UNCOVER - Sarlae McAlpine


Shackleton's Antarctica - Questacon's Excited Particles
Kid friendly


How the Earth works: tectonics and people - Dr Richard Blewett


Natural Hazards: when nature comes knocking - Dr Martine Woolf


Shackleton's Antarctica - Questacon's Excited Particles
Kid friendly


Geology of Minecraft - Lara Sharp and Dr Dave Champion
Kid friendly


Science film making - Michael O'Rourke

Venue 2:Viz Lab


High performance computing for marine conservation - Dr Johnathan Kool


Marine Surveys: Life at sea - Dr Alix Post


Making flood information available to the nation - Martyn Hazelwood


What is scientific computing? - Dr Ole Nielsen


Geoscience Australia's Graduate Program - Dr Chris Folkes


Making flood information available to the nation - Martyn Hazelwood


Geophysics explained - Millie Crowe


Café Rocco will be open for business. Geoscience Australia's Social Club will also be running a sausage sizzle.


Limited on-site parking is available. Disabled parking will be allocated in the first row of the carpark. Please obey all traffic directions and signage.