News National Science Week

Published:5 July 2024

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Held from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 August 2024, National Science Week will feature more than 1,000 events across Australia. The school theme for 2024 is Species Survival – More Than Just Sustainability.

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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Unconformity Geology Tours

Friday 9 - Saturday 10 August and Friday 16 – Saturday 17 August at Australian Parliament House

Journey deep under the Australian Parliament House where Geoscience Australia’s expert geologists explore the Commonwealth Heritage Listed unconformity – an ancient rock formation and a fascinating piece of a puzzle which helps us understand the Earth in the Canberra region.

The 45-minute tours are on offer Friday 9 August 2024, Saturday 10 August, Friday 16 August and Saturday 17 August. Book your tickets now via the Unconformity Geology Tours ticket portal.

Science in the Centres

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August at Westfield Woden ACT (free)

We are partnering with Inspiring the ACT and are excited to take part in Science in the Centre’s at Westfield Woden ACT on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August from 10am – 4pm. We will have a variety of free hands-on geoscience activities for the whole family.

Science in the Centres will feature across different major shopping centres during the weekends of National Science Week (10–11 and 17–18 August). There is something for everyone so make sure you check out the schedule on the National Science Week website to find out what's on in your area.

Government Scientists Group (GSG) STEM Expo 2024 at Australian Parliament House

Thursday 15 August 10am – 4pm (free)

We are excited to take part in the GSG STEM Expo, showcasing the diversity of careers available within the departments, agencies, and regulators that make up the Government Scientists Group (GSG).

The Expo is an opportunity to interact with scientists, engineers, technologists, mathematicians, and researchers and will feature a range of exciting presenters including Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley. Geoscience Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Steve Hill and Strategic Science Director Dr Verity Normington will be giving a presentation on the amazing and diverse science done by Geoscience Australia.

If you are a student interested in a career in STEM, or a person already working in the industry looking for new and exciting career possibilities this would be a perfect event for you to attend during National Science Week.

Register your interest to attend in-person or through the livestream via the GSG STEM Expo web page.

Exploring for the Future Showcase

13–16 August online (free)

The Australian Government’s Exploring for the Future program, led by Geoscience Australia, will be holding an online public Showcase on 13–16 August 2024.

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 2024 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.

For more details and to register please visit the 2024 Exploring for the Future Showcase page.