Open Day explores the wonders of geoscience

12 August 2013


Earth movers and shakers are invited to explore the wonders of earth science at Geoscience Australia's Open Day this coming Sunday.

Geoscience Australia's annual Open Day, a highlight event of National Science Week in the ACT, offers a diverse program of activities, science displays, tours and talks that showcase Geoscience Australia's wide range of work.

CEO Dr Chris Pigram said Geoscience Australia's scientists are excited about sharing the work they do for the national geoscience agency in the fields of 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 discovering new ways to uncover Australia's hidden mineral wealth," Dr Pigram said.

Visitors can try their hand at panning for gold, sieving for sapphires, make their own slime, check out Australia in 3D, or become a seafloor detective. A roving Erth dinosaur will also be making a return by popular demand.

"It is through public events like our Open Day that we generate community interest in our work, and hopefully inspire younger visitors to become tomorrow's geoscientists," Dr Pigram added.

The following science talks will be presented on the day and also streamed live via the Geoscience Australia website:

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.