Earth Science Week 2013 Events


Maps [More]

Data/Applications [More]

Publications [More]

Multimedia [More]


Geoscience Australia will again be hosting Australia's Earth Science Week celebrations and aligning activities with the international theme, "Mapping our World".

If you would like to register an Australian Earth Science Week 2013 event please contact

Activities by State

National | ACT | WA | NSW | QLD


Earth science is all around us. Many of us barely notice it influencing our daily lives. Top GeoShot is an annual competition taking place in the lead-up to Earth Science Week, 13-19 October 2013.


1. Petroleum Geology: helping to secure Australia’s energy future

Geoscience Australia petroleum geologist Chris Nicholson will present a public lecture at Questacon explaining the science being done to help secure Australia’s energy future.

A secure supply of adequate, clean, reliable energy at an affordable price is vital for Australia’s economic growth and prosperity. The talk Petroleum Geology: helping to secure Australia’s energy future will explain Geoscience Australia’s work in helping to understand the basic geology of sedimentary basins where petroleum is likely to be found.

This public lecture will be hosted by Questacon as part of Earth Science Week.

Date: Tuesday 15 October
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Where: Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT
Cost: Free entry

2. Geology of Australia: how a continent shaped a nation

Australia’s geography and geology have shaped the nation in many ways, through the climate, soils and landscapes, seascapes, water, minerals and energy, as well as the unique flora and fauna of this continent and what the fossil record tells us about the evolution of life and the planet in general.

Join Dr Richard Blewett from Geoscience Australia for a public lecture exploring the challenges and opportunities presented by Australia’s rich geological heritage.

This public lecture will be hosted by Questacon as part of Earth Science Week.

Date: Tuesday 15 October
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Location: Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT
Cost: Free entry

3. Using satellites to track floods and monitor natural resources

Geoscience Australia has been acquiring satellite imagery over Australia for the last 40 years.  This archive of satellite imagery provides a unique opportunity to understand how land cover responds to various drivers such as bushfires, tropical cyclones, droughts and floods. 

Leo Lymburner will explain how archival and newly acquired satellite imagery can be used to provide decision support information to resource managers and emergency management agencies.

The talk will be followed by the official awards ceremony for the 2013 Top GeoShot and Earth Science Bake-Off competitions as part of Earth Science Week celebrations.

Date: Thursday 17 October
Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre,Geoscience Australia - corner Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston ACT
Cost: Free entry
For more information: email

4. GPS, robots and Earth science

Geoscience Australia Geodesy researcher Dr John Dawson will present a public lecture on GPS, robots and Earth science.

Dr Dawson will explain how the state-of-the-art Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) robotic antenna calibration facility recently installed at Geoscience Australia will help to significantly improve the accuracy of satellite positioning technologies. Improving the accuracy of the national GNSS network also improves the accuracy in hand-held devices and smart phones that rely on GPS.

This public lecture is brought to you by Geoscience Australia and Inspiring Australia as part of Earth Science Week.

Date: Friday 18 October
Time: 5.30pm for refreshments, followed by lecture from 6.30pm
Location: CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross St, Black Mountain, ACT 2601
Cost: Free, however bookings are essential via the Inspiring the ACT External site link website

5. Solid as a rock…or Not?

Geoscience Australia paleontologist Tegan Smith will present a public talk at Questacon on Saturday19 October explaining the rock cycle.

Tegan’s talk Solid as a rock…or Not?’ will be aimed at primary school level audience and will use props and audience participation to explain the three main types of rocks, how they form, and how rocks can be transformed from one type of rock in to another.

This public lecture is being hosted by Questacon as part of Earth Science Week.

Date: Saturday 19 October
Time: 11am – 12pm
Where: Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT
Cost: Free entry

Tegan will also be presenting a hands-on activity for kids about how fossil pollen is used to explore for oil and gas in Questacon’s Q-Lab gallery External site link between 2 and 4pm on Thursday 17 October, and 12.30 and 3.30pm on Saturday 19 October.

6. Inauguration of the Federation Rock Display

A tribute to Australia’s geological legacy, the National Rock Garden will display rock specimens from across the continent in a single location in the nation’s capital city, Canberra. The National Rock Garden will be a world-class educational and tourist destination for all Australians as well as for international visitors.

The ACT Chief Minister will be the principal guest at the inauguration of the Federation Rock Display at the National Rock Garden. The inauguration will include the unveiling of the Federation Rocks from eight States and Territories of the Commonwealth, some of them quite spectacular. The landscape design for the National Rock Garden External site link will also be made public for the first time at this event.

Join us and celebrate the geological heritage of Australia.

Date: Sunday 20 October
Time: 10.30am
Where: National Rock Garden, Corner of Barrenjoey and Lady Denman Drives, Canberra, ACT
Cost: Free


Jewels of the West

Gemstones and decorative stones speak of our attachment to pretty things. The colours and shapes we value are reflections and refractions of facets of our lives. Some rough diamonds are adamant that they are brilliant. Other sparklers are solitaires or bobby-dazzlers. The captivating sparkle of a flashy rock complements our natural good looks, and is designed to entice the apple of our eye.

The display will feature a selection of gemstones, semi-precious stones, and other ornamental natural materials, mostly from Western Australia.

When: Open throughout Earth Science Week (14-18 October), and until the end of October
Time: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Ground Floor foyer, Mineral House, 100 Plain Street, East Perth, WA


'Mapping Our World' - Hunter Earth Sciences Discussion Group (HEDG) Earth Science Week Presentation

Professor Martin Van Kranendonk (UNSW)

When: Tuesday 15 October, Newcastle Museum, 6 for 6.30pm

Martin’s research interests include early Earth and the evolution of the planetary system through time. Martin’s talk will look at how mapping the Earth has led to discoveries of early life, global geodynamics and planetary dynamics. There will also be a display of NSW geoscience maps through time and with different technologies.

About HEDG

HEDG formed in 2008 with the aim to increase the interaction between geoscientists in the Lower Hunter, promote geoscience, provide a platform to learn about current research, and provide an opportunity for student and professional networking. HEDG is sponsored by the Geological Survey of NSW External site link and the Geological Society of Australia External site link, Hunter Valley Branch.


Nine schools in Moranbah, Mt Isa and Townsville will be undertaking activities with industry geologists, university staff and students and CSIRO. Activities include basic rock and mineral ID, understanding the rock cycle, core correlation and field work. 

10 October - Moranbah student activity
14 October - Mt Isa teacher PD workshop
15 October - Mt Isa student activity
18 October - Townsville students activity

Tracey Lawson
Business Manager
Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy
Level 13 133 Mary Street
Brisbane Q4000
Ph 0437 228 829

Topic contact: Last updated: October 14, 2013