desertSMART EcoFair Program 2018

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

desertSMART Ecofair is in its tenth year, with thousands of people having previously enjoyed high profile speakers, engaging panels and workshops, film screenings and the Sunday Sustainable Living Festival.

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 2018 desertSMART EcoFair will be held across a number of venues in Alice Springs, including Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, The Alice Springs Community Garden and the Alice Springs Cinema.

Thursday 9th, Friday 10th August  – Olive Pink Botanic Gardens

  • EcoScience Schools Day – up to 300 school students undertake hands on science and sustainability workshops

Friday 10th August  – Olive Pink Botanic Gardens

  • 783 ABC Outdoor Broadcast – A live outdoor broadcast from the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens featuring EcoFair special guests and the Great Science Quiz.
  • Transitions Film Festival – The Transitions Film Festival aims to inspire, inform and engage by connecting audiences to cutting-edge ideas from around the globe and the local community groups that are creating impact in Australia.

Saturday 11th August – Alice Springs Community Garden

Garden to Plate focuses on science, gardening, food, and nutrition with:

  • Green Science 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
  • Science Presentation – a science presentation facilitated by Inspiring Australia Science Engagement program.

Sunday 12th August – Alice Springs Cinema

  • Keynote Presentation: Amanda McKenzie – Amanda is the CEO of the Climate Council, on the board of the Centre for Australian Progress and on the board of Plan International Australia.
  • Women Changing the World Panel – This panel has a focus on women scientists, their research and how that contributes to our broader understanding of the world we live in.




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

© Arid Lands Environment Centre & Partners 2016. Participate Learn Create.