desertSMART EcoFair wins National Science Week Grant

desertSMART EcoFair will once again be shining a spotlight on science and sustainability in Central Australia as part of National Science Week activities in August.

desertSMART EcoFairhas connected thousands of people to science and sustainability in Alice Springs since 2009. The event is organised by the Arid Lands Environment Centre and is supported by a range of community organisations and sponsors.

In 2018 the event will be celebrating its 10thyear with a program of events running from Thursday9th August – Sunday 12th August. This includes Eco-Science Schools Days, The Transitions Film Festival, Green Science with Costa Georgiadis and the Women in Science Presentation.

“The Arid Lands Environment Centre is really proud to have again secured funding from National Science Week to support our focus on science and sustainability and to celebrate ten years of EcoFair,” said Nicole Pietsch, desertSMART EcoFair Coordinator.

“desertSMART EcoFair aims to encourage information sharing and community discussion on how we can create a shared sustainable future. Science has a big role to play in informing these discussions.”

“The funding enables us to engage national science communicators who are making a significant impact in understanding the world in which we live, and who are helping to find solutions to some of the challenges we face.”

“We have also secured funding from the Northern Territory Department of Environment and Natural Resources to expand Eco-Science Schools Day from one day to two. This now means that up to 600 local school students can participate in hands-on workshops in the areas of water, energy, waste, land management, engineering and health – doubling the capacity of last years event.”

“Our EcoFair ambassador Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia will be back to help us celebrate our 10th desertSMART EcoFair, and we look forward to showcasing some inspiring scientific research and initiatives that are impacting our world, ” said Nicole Pietsch. 


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