desertSMART EcoFair Program 2017

desertSMART EcoFair is Central Australia’s premier science and sustainability event.

desertSMART Ecofair is in its ninth year, with thousands of people having previously enjoyed high profile speakers, engaging panels and workshops, film screenings and the Sunday Sustainable Living Festival. Each year more than 2000 people attend the three day event.

desertSMART EcoFair is organised by the Arid Lands Environment Centre and aims to educate, inspire and activate the community around science and sustainability issues.


  • Engage the local community on science and sustainability issues
  • Provide young people an opportunity to engage in hands on science and sustainability activities
  • Encourage community discussion on sustainability initiatives in the arid zone
  • Expose Alice Springs residents to interstate guest speakers and science experts
  • Showcase Alice Springs unique science and sustainability initiatives and programs
  • Provide opportunities for sharing, networking and developing skills


In 2017 desertSMART EcoFair will be held across a number of venues in Alice Springs, including Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, The Alice Springs Community Garden and Snow Kenna Park.

Friday August 11 – Olive Pink Botanic Gardens

  • EcoScience Schools Day – up to 300 school students undertake hands on science and sustainability workshops
  • ABC Outdoor Broadcast – an outdoor broadcast from the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens featuring EcoFair special guests and the Great Science Quiz.
  • Bicycle Film Festival – local and international films about cycling and bicycle culture

Saturday August 12 – Alice Springs Community Garden

Garden to Plate comprises of 3 components that focus on gardening, food, food energy and nutrition with:

  • Green Thumbs with Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia) – workshop about the science of gardening
  • Bush Wok Cook Off – incorporating bush foods with Raelene brown (Kungka’s Can Cook) and Alice Springs nutritionist Roy Price
  • Food Waste to Energy – key presentation on biogas by Professor Bernadette McCabe (National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture)

Sunday August 13 – Snow Kenna Park

Sustainable Living Festival with feature speakers, workshops, market stalls and entertainment. Key presentations include:

  • Sustainable Living Panel – Hosted by Costa Georgiadis. A practical discussion on sustainable living with the themes of sustainable fashion, local food production, water/energy efficiency and low-waste living.
  • Sustainable Energy – Hosted by Repower Alice Springs. With feature presentation by energy commentator Giles Parkinson (Renew Economy). Examining how Alice Springs could meet the target of 100% renewable energy by 2030.
  • Sustainable Tourism – As part of the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism, this panel will discuss local examples of excellence in sustainable tourism and launch the draft Green Events guidelines for public consultation.

Costa Georgiadis with students from Living Waters School at EcoScience Schools Day 2016

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