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District Visit Days Promote the importance of geoscience to society: Meet with your congressional representatives and let them know why geoscience is important on a local, national, and global scale when they are at home in their districts during the first ever Geoscience Congressional District Visits Days (GEO-DVD), October 13-19, 2013.
National Park Service
Celebrate National Fossil Day with the National Park Service. Click the logo to find National Fossil Day events near you.
NASA Earth Science Week
Join NASA in celebrating the importance of maps to represent complex phenomena about our planet. Participate in social media events to interact with NASA Earth explorers using mapping technologies in their research, ideas for how to use real data and images, and more! Click here for details about upcoming events planned for NASA Earth Science Week and beyond.
USA Science & Engineering Festival
Past Expo Dates: April 26 & 27, 2014.
Next Expo Dates: April 16 & 17, 2016. The third USA Science & Engineering Festival will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with school programs and nationwide contests throughout the 2015/2016 school year and a finale Expo in Washington DC on April 16 & 17, 2016. The Expo is the nation’s largest celebration of all things science & engineering and features over 1500 hands-on activities and over 75 performances. We have exciting new programs including a Book Fair, Featured Science & Engineering Authors and a Career Pavilion! For more information on all Festival events and how you can get involved, visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org
Each state geological survey may also be sponsoring events. Check their web sites for the latest information.
- Geoscience Australia will again be hosting Australia's Earth Science Week celebrations and aligning activities with the international theme, "Mapping our World". Details for Geoscience Australia's activities for 2013 will be released in the coming months.
2012 International Events
- Geoscience Australia's Earth Science Week 2012 activities included the Geologi short film competition, Top GeoShot photographic competition, and a Careers Expo to boost awareness about the many exciting career opportunities in the geosciences.
- Students from the Colégio Estadual Paulo Freire, Rio de Janeiro celebrated Earth Science Week by filming a short video on a geoscience topic.
- EarthCache events were held in Canada as part of Earth Science Week.
- EarthCache events were held in Germany as part of Earth Science Week.
- The Science Centre in Pune celebrated Earth Science Week with field activities. Researchers participated in a field excursion and participants attended talks on careers in the geoscience field.
- Gurneet Kaur Chhabra of Dilsukhnagar, India won the 2012 Earth Science Week Photography Contest.
- To mark this year’s Earth Science Week, Christian Aid, an international development charity, launched Big River Rising, an interactive documentary demonstrating the importance of science in helping Filipino slum dwellers cope with the monsoon flooding in August 2012.
- The Department of Geological Engineering at Cumhuriyet University held hands-on activities in celebration of Geologic Map Day.
- The Geological Society of London featured Paleocast, a series of Paleontology Podcasts that feature interviews that allow academics to tell the story of their own research in paleontology.
- The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition showcased science institutions across the UK. The exhibition hosted 20 fascinating exhibits, where visitors had the opportunity to come and speak to the scientists about their research, attend talks and panel discussions.
- EarthCache events were held throughout the UK as part of Earth Science Week.
2011 International Events
- The Geoscience Australia and the Australian Science Teachers Association hosted the 2011 Geologi short film competition to celebrate Earth Science Week. All Australian primary and secondary schools were invited to submit a short film based on the theme 'Geology and you'.
- Geoscience Australia hosted the Top GeoShots Photo Competition. Entrants were asked to submit a photograph that captured the essence of Earth science. Top Geoshot is an event which takes place in the run up to and during Earth Science Week. All members of the Australian public were invited to participate.
- The Hunter Earth Sciences Discussion Group (HEDG) held its October meeting to coincide with ESW 2011 on October 11th at Customs House, Newcastle. The speaker, Dr. Silvia Frisia (University of Newcastle), presented a talk titled 'From icehouse to greenhouse to icehouse: what is "normal" in Earth's climate?', in keeping with this year's theme of 'Our ever-changing Earth'. Dr Frisia is a leading researcher of carbonates, and implications for palaeoclimates. The talk discussed changes in CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere from the carbonate record from the Neoproterozoic to now.
- Students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) celebrated Geology Day on October 13 in Varanasi.
Trinidad and Tobago
- The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) hosted a public photo exhibition under the global theme “Our Ever-Changing Earth”. The exhibition, held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in the capital Port of Spain, displayed a range of photographs covering the themes of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis and the role of the SRC. The exhibition reinforced the global dilemma of coping with geological hazards and the disasters they can incur on human populations.
- The Geological Society organized 'Poetry and Geology: A Celebration,' a special event to coincide with Earth Science Week and National Poetry Day on October 10, 2011. The event celebrated the strong links between geology and poetry. Poets have long been inspired by geology and landforms to create some of their most memorable work. Likewise, geologists, stretching back to the Geological Society’s Founding Fathers, have been keen readers and writers of poetry. The event included talks, performances, discussion and readings by contemporary poets.
2010 International Events
- Geoscience Australia held their annual Geologi short film competition and "Top GeoShots" Photography Contest. Entries highlighted the role Earth science plays in our interactions with an "ever-changing Earth". Geoscience Australia also hosted a range of activities to celebrate ESW in its annual Open Day. The event offered a diverse program of activities, science displays, tours, and talks showcasing Geoscience Australia's latest endeavors in the fields of petroleum, mineral, marine, mapping, groundwater and natural hazard research.
- Residents of Austria celebrated the International EarthCache Day in Salzburg.
- The Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) initiated ESW 2010 with an official launch at the Montserrat Public Library. The event included an exhibit filled with Earth Science literature, a public lecture and an open day at the MVO.
Trinidad and Tobago
- The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) commemorated ESW 2010 with an Educational Earth Science Poster Display on Earthquake Energy in the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago.
- The SRC also delivered an educational workshop to students on the Science of Earthquakes and fundamental earthquake safety information. This incorporated a lecture delivered by an SRC scientist with safety information and procedures including an earthquake scenario drill and interactive activities including online earthquake scenario games and a hands-on activity on the design of building earthquake resistant structures.
2009 International Events
- Residents of Argentina participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW photography contest.
- Geoscience Australia held its annual Geologi short film competition, which was open to all school-aged Australian students. The theme was “Earth science in everyday life.” Geoscience Australia also held its annual “Open Day” at the national headquarters in Canberra, New South Wales. Activities included science and career displays, rock identification, panning for gold, sieving for sapphires, science talks, and other children’s programs.
- Residents of Australia participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Residents of Bangladesh participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Residents of Bulgaria participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Residents of Burma participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Residents of Canada participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Residents of Columbia participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Residents of Egypt participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Ethiopians participated in Earth Science Week by organizing an open lecture on paleo-anthropology and climate for students and interested persons at the Earth Sciences Department of Addis Ababa University.
- Residents of Hungary participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Residents of India participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Residents of Iran participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Residents of Malaysia participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- Residents of Mexico participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- The Society of Petroleum Engineers at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals held a photo contest and a presentation concerning the recent hurricane in Saudi Arabia.
Trinidad and Tobago
- The Seismic Research Centre and the University of the West Indies held events for Earth Science Week 2009. Their Earth Science Week theme was “Tsunamis and Other Coastal Hazards,” which promoted scientific understanding and safety knowledge for residents in the Eastern Caribbean. All secondary schools within Trinidad and Tobago were invited to participate in activities such as workshops and field trips, “Ask a Geoscientist,” and a tsunami safety competition.
- Residents of Turkey participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
- The Earth Science Education Unit at Keele University held Earth Science Week events for local schoolchildren, including presentations and lessons on the rock cycle, plate tectonics, the atmosphere, and Earth science in the classroom.
- Residents of the United Kingdom participated in the 2009 IYPE-ESW Photography Contest.
2008 International Events
- Geoscience Australia and the National Geographic Channel sponsored the Geologi Short Film Competition for secondary school students. Students were invited to produce a short film with an “Earth Science” theme, and the winning entry was showcased on the National Geographic Channel website.
- Small events were held in the Sydney area during Earth Science Week, and larger events are planned for next year in the Dismal Swamp area and Long Reef.
- Residents of Australia participated in the IYPE-ESW photo contest.
- Triassic Park in Victoria invited people to visit as a part of Earth Science Week. The park is a small former quarry with the only known Triassic Age sedimentary rocks in Victoria. Triassic fossils can be found in the sediments.
- Residents of Bahrain participated in the IYPE-ESW photo contest.
- The IYPE-ESW photo contest received images submitted by Botswana citizens.
- Citizens of Bangladesh participated in the IYPE-ESW photo contest.
- Residents took part in the IYPE-ESW photo contest. A finalist was from Bulgaria.
- The Ontario Science Center hosted a series of lectures by Canadian professors and other geoscience professionals for students in grades 4-12.
- The Pacific Museum of the Earth in British Columbia held an open house that included tours, explorations, hands-on demonstrations, and 20-minute presentations regarding geologic hot topics.
- Residents participated in the IYPE-ESW photo contest. The second place winner was from Costa Rica.
- The IYPE-ESW photo contest received images from Czech Republic citizens.
- Residents entered photos in the IYPE-ESW photo contest. The first-place winner was from Germany.
- Citizens of India participated in the IYPE-ESW photo contest.
- The IYPE-ESW photo contest received images from residents of Ireland.
- Citizens of Italy took part in the IYPE-ESW photo contest.
- The IYPE-ESW photo contest received images from residents of Netherlands Antilles.
- Residents of the Philippines participated in the IYPE-ESW photo contest.
- The Puerto Rico Seismic Network ordered 75 Earth Science Week Toolkits to distribute throughout Puerto Rico during its Earth Science Week events.
- The Puerto Rico Seismic Network celebrated Earth Science Week, for the seventh consecutive year, with a full day of shows, interactive activities, exhibitions and presentations. Months in the planning, this event attracted approximately 3,000 people from all over Puerto Rico. There were 45 schools representing all education levels. There were about 40 exhibitors including Tsunami Ready and GPS stations, both from Puerto Rico Seismic Network, USGS, National Weather Service, DNR, governmental agencies, fossils and coral exhibitions.
- The IYPE-ESW photo contest received images from citizens of Slovenia.
- Residents of South Africa submitted entries in the IYPE-ESW photo contest.
- The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in South Africa hosted a seminar for Earth Science Week called “Our Wonderful Universe,” by Claire Janisch. The talk focused on a combination of extraordinary science, ancient wisdom, and the implications of our world. It brought together music, art, math, science, and nature in a synthesis designed to inspire and educate young minds.
- Citizens of the United Kingdom took part in the IYPE-ESW photo contest.
2007 International Events
- The Department of Geology and Departmental Library at the Universidad Nacional de San Luis hosted a series of lectures and video presentations in conjunction with the UNESCO and IUGS "Year of the Planet Earth" initiative.
- Geoscience Australia and the National Geographic Channel sponsored the Geologi Short Film Competition for Australian secondary school students. The students were invited to produce a short film with an "Earth Science" theme, and the winning entry was showcased on the National Geographic Channel website.
- The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum offered ½ price entry in celebration of Earth Science Week, and held special curator's museum highlights tours.
- The University of Western Australia and Curtin University of Technology held an Earth and Environmental student day with hands-on activities.
- The CSIRO Laboratory at Scitech, West Perth conducted hands-on laboratory sessions for students learning about the mining processes
- Caveworks in Margaret River sponsored displays, activities and presentations at their facility.
- The Council Trench Reserve in Victoria held Triassic Park Open Day, where visitors could Come view recently installed geology and flora/fauna information panels, hear discussions on plant fossils found around the park and walk to the summit of the park to have the distant views described.
- Werribee Gorge State Park held a celebration of the centenary of its designation of a public park, with talks about the Gorge geology and history.
- The Ontario Science Center hosted a series of lectures given by Canadian professors and other geoscience professionals for students in grades 4-12.
- The Pacific Museum of the Earth (British Columbia) held a Museum open house - including tours, explorations, and hands-on demonstrations - and a public lecture on climate change.
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