desertSMART Ecofair wins National Science Week funding

desertSMART EcoFair is proud to announce that it is one of 39 national grant recipient winners as part of this years National Science Week.


desertSMART EcoFair is Central Australia’s premier science and sustainability event. This year the event features at the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens over the weekend of August 8th – 10th.


desertSMART EcoFair is in its sixth year, with thousands of people having previously enjoyed high profile speakers, engaging panels and workshops, film festivals and the Sunday Ecomarkets. It is organised by the Arid Lands Environment Centre in partnership with the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, and aims to educate, inspire and activate the community around science and sustainability issues.


“We are thrilled that desertSMART Ecofair has again been successful in winning National Science Week funding,” desertSMART EcoFair coordinator Nicole Pietsch said. “It reinforces the importance of the event not only here locally, but also as an event on the National Science Week stage. Science and sustainability are of critical importance here in Central Australia, and the desertSMART EcoFair really is a showcase for new initiatives, research, information sharing and community discussion.”


“This year desertSMART EcoFair features EcoScience Schools Day, The Great Science Variety Show, Science of Gardening Workshops, the Bicycle Film Festival and the Sunday Eco-markets. It will be a great chance for Central Australians and visitors to Central Australia to attend skillshares and workshops, listen to local, regional and national experts and share ideas,” Nicole Pietsch said.


Todays media release from the Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane lists desertSMART EcoFair as a funding recipient and is included below.


Media Comment: Nicole Pietsch Arid Lands Environment Centre 08 89522497

National Science Week exploding with eye-opening events

31 March 2014

Over 39 new programmes encompassing many hundreds of events will brighten the spotlight on Australia’s scientific endeavours this August during National Science Week.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said that $500,000 of funding will help National Science Week continue to grow after almost 1.6 million Australians took part in some 1800 events held in 2013.

“National Science Week, now in its 17th year, continues to provide new and interesting ways to involve communities in remarkable stories of science,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“This funding will allow National Science Week to continue engaging and exciting Australians young and old on the wonder of science and how it directly relates to their everyday lives.

“I encourage everyone to join in, whether they live in a city or in the bush, either by hosting an event or attending one of the hundreds of events that will be held across the country.”

The 39 National Science Week projects include:

  • ScienceAlert will hit the road to bring science to cities across Australia,
  • MONA will commission a new biological art installation in Hobart,
  • Maths ambassador Simon Pampena’s live comedy show will tour five states,
  • Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute will display biomedical science images,
  • Science festivals on the Gold Coast, Perth, Geraldton, Sydney and Sapphire Coast,
  • There will be a BioBlitz event in Adelaide and an Ecofair in Alice Springs,
  • Astronomy will take place at Burnett Observatory in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges,
  • Science will explode at Brisbane’s EKKA,
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens will host PechaKucha, a fast paced presentation format, and
  • A replica of Cook’s ship the HMB Endeavour will explore science on Sydney Harbour.

National Science Week ( will be held from 16–24 August 2014 and is a focus of Inspiring Australia which aims to engage Australians in science.

A full list of grant recipients is available on



Media contacts: Mr Macfarlane’s office 02 6277 707002 6277 7070

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