ESW-thumbEarth Science Week is an annual event, aiming to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year’s Earth Science Week will be held from October 13-19 and will celebrate the theme “Mapping Our World.”

Earth Science Week 2013 aims to engage young people and others in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, fault lines, geologic heritage, and more.

As part of Earth Science Week, Geoscience Australia will be running a series free public events around Canberra, including a photographic competition and a geocaching activity.

rrgt_introGeocaching, for those of you who hadn’t heard this term before, (including myself) is essentially a 21st Century version of hide and seek using GPS devices (there are free apps available to download so that you can use your smartphone as a GPS device!). You are provided with a set of GPS coordinates and are required to find a container hidden at that location. Check out the Geoscience Australia website for more information on how you can participate in this event.

Geoscience Australia, in conjunction with Questacon, is also holding a series of free public seminars around Canberra. Details of these seminars are provided below.

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

Date: Tuesday 15 October 2013

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

GA13550Australia’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 is being hosted by Questacon as part of Earth Science Week.

Date: Tuesday 15 October 2013

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

_50705664_sat-before_afterGeoscience 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.

This lecture is being hosted by Geoscience Australia as part of Earth Science Week.

Date: Thursday 17 October 2013

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 education@ga.gov.au

 

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?

imagesGeoscience Australia paleontologist Tegan Smith will present a public talk at Questacon on Saturday 19 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 2013

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 between 2 and 4pm on Thursday 17 October, and 12.30 and 3.30pm on Saturday 19 October.