Earth Science Week

Geoscience Australia is ready to rock with a range of events to celebrate Earth Science Week this October. Join us as we explore the theme of Diversity in Earth Science. Our events celebrate the many ways Earth science impacts our everyday lives, feature a diverse range of amazing Earth scientists, and offer activities for just about everyone.

Wednesday 6 October - Preview of Geoscience Australia’s Science Strategy. 11am – 12noon. Online (register here from Thursday 30 September)

Geoscience Australia’s CEO James Johnson and Chief Scientist Steve Hill will preview Geoscience Australia’s new Science Strategy, and explain how we apply our science to support a strong economy, resilient society and sustainable environment. Learn what makes Geoscience Australia the nation’s trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia.

Saturday 9 October- Satellite Sleuths preview. 9:30am. Radio interview on 2CC with Earth Observation Data Scientist Matt Alger. Via radio on 1205 AM or here.

Earth Observation Data Scientist Matt Alger will be promote Geoscience Australia’s Satellite Sleuths campaign, and share how Earth observation data from satellites and other sources matters to our everyday lives. He will also share stories about some of the more surprising used of satellite imagery.

Sunday 10 October- Fuzzy Logic Radio Show Earth Science Week Special. Via radio in the ACT on 98.3FM, 11am – 12noon, or the following week via podcast at

Move over Batman, there are new crime fighters in town! Guests from Geoscience Australia will share fascinating stories about how geoscience can be used to fight crime on the Fuzzy Logic Radio Show.

Geochemist Patrice de Caritat, will dish the dirt on how researchers in Canberra trialled a new method of tracking the movements of criminals using soil, Collection Officer Natalie Schroeder will share how Australia’s first female Commonwealth palaeontologist helped to solve a crime at Canberra’s Federal Golf Club in 1952 using her knowledge of fossils, and Geoscience Australia Laboratories Director Keith Sircombe will explain how a machine that uses radioactivity to date ancient rocks was used to match gunshot residue with specific brands of ammunition as part of ground-breaking research.

10–16 October- Geoscience Geniuses Earth Science Week Quiz. Accessible any time. Online. Use this link or enter this code 6019 8302 at to compete against people from around Australia, or is this link if you want to generate a code to test your knowledge against a group of friends or classmates.

Think you know your granite from your gold? Gather online with your fiendishly-clever family, competitive classmates or fun-loving friends to participate in our Earth Science Week quiz! Test your knowledge of earthquakes, fossils, mountains and more! Are you a Geoscience Genius?

11 October- Geological secrets in your suburb. 6:50am. Radio interview with Geoscience Australia’s Chief Scientist Steve Hill and Lish Fejer on ABC Radio Canberra Breakfast. Time TBC. Via radio on 666 AM or online here.

At a time where more us are getting to know our suburbs due to coronavirus lockdowns, Geoscience Australia Chief Scientist Steve Hill will share some of the hidden geological wonders of the ACT, including some of the special features Canberrans can spot in their own neighbourhoods. From violent volcanoes to fascinating fossils, Canberra has more than its fair share of geological stories to tell.

11–15 October- Satellite Sleuths. Social media campaign. Accessible any time via Geoscience Australia’s Facebook page.

While many Australians cannot currently travel, they can still explore the country virtually through Satellite Sleuths. Each day from 11–15 October inclusive, Geoscience Australia will share an earth observation image showing something fascinating somewhere in Australia. Your task is to identify what the image depicts. Don your trilby hat and trench-coat and test who is the most super of all sleuths amongst your friends and family.

Tuesday 12 October - Earthquake Excitement webinar for students. 9:30am – 10:15am. Online (Register here).

Did you feel the earthquake that shook south-eastern Australia? What makes the earth rumble and how do we measure and record earthquakes? Join Geoscience Australia educators in discussing these questions and more. This online program is targeted at upper-primary students but is available to all students, teachers and parents across Australia.

This online session is hosted by Distance and Rural Technology Learning (DART) and Virtual Excursions Australia (VEA) as part of their Earth Science Week programming.

Tuesday 12 October - Teacher Professional Development webinar. 3:30pm – 4:45pm. Online (Register here).

Do you teach science? Join us to hear about the variety of Earth science resources available for teachers to use in the classroom.

This online session is hosted by Distance and Rural Technology Learning (DART) and Virtual Excursions Australia (VEA) as part of their Earth Science Week programming.

Tuesday 12 October - ‘The Wholesome Show live show- the Earth beneath our feet’ podcast and live Zoom show. 7pm – 8:30pm via Zoom (Register here).

Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts from the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science will conduct a live recording of their much-loved podcast, described as ‘the science show for people who sat up the back of the classroom’ through Zoom. They will be joined by Tanja Pejic from the National Earthquake Alerts Centre for a special Earth Science week edition of the podcast exploring the history of geoscience and how our understanding of the earth beneath our feet has changed over time.

Wednesday 13 October- Treading lightly: How geoscience is revealing human impacts in Antarctica, Distinguished Geoscience Australia Lecturer talk. 11 am – 12 noon. Online (register here from Thursday 7 October).

Antarctica conjures images of expansive white icesheets but what about the 1% not covered by ice? Though small, these exposed islands of rock are hotspots of human and animal activity, and our presence leaves an enduring legacy on the fragile landscape. In this seminar from Dr Steph McLennan, you’ll find out about Geoscience Australia’s work to help better manage our environmental impacts in Antarctica.

You can also download a range of new Earth science activities to complete with your family at any time here. Try making edible igneous rocks, or conglomerate rocky road!