News National Science Week

Published:9 August 2023

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Held from Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 August 2023, National Science Week will feature more than 1,000 events across Australia. The school theme for 2023 is Innovation: Powering future industries. Visit National Science Week to see what events are happening around the country.

Join Geoscience Australia as we explore how geoscience has boosted innovation across Australia and around the world.

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Science in the Centres – Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August at Westfield Woden ACT

We are partnering with Inspiring ACT and excited to bring you ‘Science in the Centre’s at Westfield Woden ACT on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August from 10am – 4pm. We will have a variety of free hands-on geoscience activities for the whole family.

Science in the Centres will be across different locations during the weekends of National Science Week (13–14 and 20–21 August). There is something for everyone so make sure you check out the schedule on the Inspiring the ACT website to find something to broaden your knowledge and learn something new. Science in the Centres

Fuzzy Logic Science Show – Sunday 13 August on 2XXFM

Tune in to hear Geoscience Australia's Dr Verity Normington and Alice Ryder on the Fuzzy Logic Science Show, Sunday 11am on 2XXFM. They'll discuss our new exhibition, Rocks that Shape Australia, as well as some of the local geology of the Canberra region.

Listen live or subscribe to their podcast to listen later. Available here

Dig into Earth science at Westfield Woden on 12 and 13 August with a range of hands on activities for the whole family

Rocks that Shape Australia exhibition launch – 10.30am Monday 14 August at Geoscience Australia Headquarters

Geoscience Australia is launching a new exhibition in the public area of our Symonston building in Canberra called Rocks that Shape Australia. The exhibition encourages visitors to explore how key geological features of Australia have impacted our environmental history, economy and social history.

We invite you to visit our brand new exhibition and be there when we unveil the name of our ichthyosaur at our Symonston headquarters. Register now

Free Seminar: The Rocks that Shaped Australia – 11:30am Monday 14 August Online and at Geoscience Australia Headquarters

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances Dr Marita Bradshaw will no longer present this special seminar. Geoscience Australia Chief Scientist Dr Steve Hill will give this presentation on her behalf.

Why are rocks so important? Over the last 4 billion years rocks have formed Australia’s present day environment, economy and society. Geoscience Australia Chief Scientist Dr Steve Hill will talk about Dr Marita Bradshaw’s popular paper ‘The seven rocks that made Australia’ which is the inspiration behind Geoscience Australia’s new exhibition The Rocks that Shaped Australia. Register now

The new Rocks that Shape Australia exhibition located in the Geoscience Australia public foyer

National Science trivia – 1pm AEST Wednesday 16 August online

Teachers and students, don your thinking caps! We are joining DART Learning to test your knowledge with dose of lunchtime trivia across Australia. Challenge yourself, test your knowledge and compete against students from your school or across the country.
Register now

Exploring for the Future Showcase – 15–17 August online (free)

The Australian Government’s Exploring for the Future program, led by Geoscience Australia, will be holding an online public Showcase on 15–17 August 2023.

Since 2016, the $225m Exploring for the Future program has been gathering, analysing and providing precompetitive geoscience data, information and tools to help inform decision-making by government, community and industry on the sustainable development of Australia's mineral, energy and groundwater resources, supporting our transition to net zero.

The 2023 Showcase is a free online event, where a team of geoscience experts will reflect on the value of the program and share scientific highlights and precompetitive geoscience results with the minerals, groundwater and energy sectors, government, academia, research, colleagues, collaborators and the public.

Register now! Exploring for the Future Showcase

Unconformity Geology Tours – Friday 11 & Saturday 12 August at Australian Parliament House

Journey deep under Parliament House where Geoscience Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Steve Hill, or one of our expert geologists explore the Unconformity – an ancient rock formation and a fascinating piece of a puzzle which helps us understand the Earth in the Canberra region.

The 1 hour tours are on offer Friday 11 August 2023 at 5:30pm and Saturday 12 August at 2:00pm, 2:30pm and 3:00pm. Sold out

Chief Scientist Dr Steve Hill and expert geologist Dr Verity Normington explore the unconformity under Parliament House