Geoscience Australia welcomes virtual visitors

12 August 2013

For the first time, visitors nationwide will be able to participate in Geoscience Australia's annual Open Day event, through a live online stream of keynote speakers.

In recent years, attendance at Geoscience Australia's Open Day has increased dramatically. Recognising the need to meet this demand, the agency hopes to increase public access by offering a live web stream of science talks, accessible to visitors wherever they are.

CEO Dr Chris Pigram said the online broadcast will enable Geoscience Australia's scientists to share their work for the national geoscience agency with people across the country, covering fields including petroleum, minerals, marine, mapping, groundwater and natural hazards.

"Geoscience Australia's work is helping to reduce Australia's carbon footprint, better prepare communities for natural disasters and discover new ways to uncover Australia's hidden mineral wealth," Dr Pigram said.

"The live stream will help us to reach more people across the nation and build community interest in this important work," he added.

The following science talks will be streamed live from Geoscience Australia:

11.00 am Managing groundwater in a changing climate
12.00 noon Shaping a Nation: a Geology of Australia
1.00 pm GPS, robots and earth science
2.00 pm Establishing the ACT 'Now and Then'

When: 10am - 4pm, Sunday 18 August.
Where: Geoscience Australia; corner Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston ACT.
More info: phone 6249 9111 or visit

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Geoscience Australia's 24 hour Media Hotline 1800 882 035.