Breakfasts and lunches
Social functions
Friday day tours
Satellite events
Site visits & tours
Australian science
Organising committee


The Australian Science Communicators are hosting the conference in collaboration with the World Federation of Science Journalists.


See Australia - site visits and tours

Why not take a few days either side of the conference to see a bit of the country? Take advantage of the Easter break and see some sites, meet some scientists.

Listed here are some of the science sites around Australia, as well as a few tours which are being offered by science organisations. For all sites we have provided, where possible, a weblink and a contact person. Please contact the sites directly to arrange your visit.

  • Site visits

  • Organised tours

  • Organised tours - from 2 hours to 2 and 5 day tours on offer

    Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Melbourne) - Friday 20th April, 10am-12noon

    The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is the Australian government's lead agency charged with applying science and technology to protect and defend Australia and its national interests.  It delivers expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for Defence and other elements of national security.

    DSTO Melbourne is the centre of expertise in technologies underpinning the concept development, maintenance and operation of military platforms for air and maritime environments.  It also makes a significant contribution to land platforms and is a valuable source of expertise in relation to human sciences (such as physiology, psychology and nutrition) aimed at optimising the performance of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.  It is also the centre for DSTO's chemical and biological warfare defence program.

    We are pleased to offer journalists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the Fishermans Bend facilities.  During the tour you will hear from renowned scientists and see first-hand some of the projects currently underway.  The tour will include:

    An overview of DSTO;

  • Structural Test Laboratory where a full scale fatigue test is being conducted on the Hawk Lead-in-Fighter airframe and an F-111 wing;

  • Air Operations Simulation Centre specialising in simulation of fixed and rotary wing aircraft;

  • Miniature smart sensors that are being developed by DSTO for ongoing environmental monitoring; and

  • Individual protective ensembles using smart materials for heat and flame protection, that maximise thermal comfort.

  • Tour numbers are strictly limited to a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 conference delegates.  Delegates will need to register by COB Monday 16 April and complete a security clearance form.  Please note tour will not run if less than 10 delegates nominate.

    Tour will commence and conclude at 506 Lorimer Street Fishermans Bend, Melbourne
    Friday 20th April 2007 10 am - 12 noon.

    Helen Ward
    Manager Defence Science Communications (Melb)
    Defence Science and Technology Organisation
    506 Lorimer Street, Fishermans Bend VIC 3207
    Ph: +61 (3) 9626 7130; F: +61 (3) 9626 7133
    M: +61 418 103 691
    E: helen.ward@dsto.defence.gov.au
    Web: http://www.dsto.defence.gov.au/

    Australia's High Country: its people and their environment - 2 day tour: Monday and Tuesday 23-24 April

    • To book this tour, contact the Institute directly. There is a cost involved.

    Join the director of the Institute, Professor Allan Curtis and leading scientists, on a two day tour which takes in Australia's spectacular Alpine environment at Falls Creek; Victoria's gold-mining towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah; Lake Hume, a major water storage for the Murray Darling Basin; an Indigenous "meeting place" on the banks of the Murray River, Mungabareena; the birdlife at Wonga Wetlands just out of Albury; Australia's native animals at night; and the University's unique ecologically sustainable campus at Thurgoona. As you visit these sites, scientists will give you an account of important research that the Institute is involved in including:

  • The value and management of our native grasslands

  • Contemporary indigenous land management

  • Fresh water systems and irrigation

  • Protection of our endangered fauna species

  • Our cultural heritage

  • The tour includes an afternoon seminar with 10 minuted presentations by the Institute's key researchers Dr David Roshier, Prof Nick Klomp; Dr Robyn Watts; Dr Ian Lunt; Dr David Watson and Prof Allan Curtis.

    Day One:

    8am start: 9.30am: Walk into Alpine National Park with a day pack including lunch
    2pm: tour of gold-mining towns of Yackandandah and Beechworth for afternoon tea
    6pm: BBQ dinner at the Wonga Wetlands followed by spotlighting at night

    Day Two:

    9am start: Visit to Mungabareena
    10 -12 noon: Visit to Lake Hume with lunch at the Hume Dam Resort
    2pm: Afternoon seminar 4pm: Tour of the campus
    5pm: tour ends

    There will be a cost associated with this tour. For more information, please contact Margrit or Wes.

    Margrit Beemster
    Communications Coordinator
    Institute for Land, Water and Society
    Charles Sturt University
    Ph: +61 2 6051 9653

    Wes Ward
    Media Officer
    Charles Sturt University
    Ph: +61 2 6051 6906


    Australian Observatories - 5 day tour: Tuesday-Saturday 24-28 April

    To book this tour, contact the Institute directly. There is a cost involved.

    Astronomy is one of Australia's strongest sciences. Join us to visit Australia's major optical observing site, at Siding Spring near Coonabarabran in New South Wales, and its two largest radio observatories, near the towns of Parkes and Narrabri. You'll be guided on this tour by an astronomer who has worked at these locations. Along the way we'll have a chance to sample the wines of central New South Wales and the Hunter Valley. This tour is limited to ten participants.

    Day 1: Leaving Sydney, we head west across the Blue Mountains, stopping at a scenic spot for morning tea. Lunch will be in the Central West town of Orange. We continue on to Parkes, where we'll visit the Parkes radio telescope for dinner and star-gazing (weather permitting). Then we'll stay overnight in the town of Parkes.

    Day 2: We tour the Parkes telescope in the morning, before heading up the road to Coonabarabran, stopping at a Dubbo vineyard for lunch. After checking in at our Coonabarabran motel we make a night-time visit to Siding Spring Observatory for a tour of one of the telescopes.

    Day 3: This morning we return to the observatory for a more extensive tour. After lunch we visit a nearby National Park, then head up the road to Narrabri.

    Day 4: A morning tour of the Australia Telescope Compact Array is followed by a barbecue lunch on site. We then head down the Hunter Valley, stopping in Cessnock overnight.

    Day 5: We visit a couple of wineries in the morning to do some wine-tasting. After lunch it's back on the bus and we're off to Sydney.


    Helen Sim

    Media liaison and public relations

    CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility and Anglo-Australian Observatory

    Ph: +61 2 9372 4251; M: +61 419 635 905


    National Measurement Institute - Tuesday 24th April, 10am-1pm

    Marvel at the roundest object in the world ever.  Watch the sparks fly in our high voltage laboratory.  Be amazed at how sensitively we can detect tiny amounts of unwanted substances - from drugs in the urine of elite athletes to genetically modified organisms. 

    These are just a few examples of the wide range of expertise at the National Measurement Institute (NMI) where we maintain Australia's standards for measurement.

    Talk to us about:

  • how production of new-generation cosmetics, sunscreens and wrinkle-free textiles depends on our ability to measure the size of nano particles;

  • how computing networks, telecommunications and date stamping of electronic commercial transactions rely on time standards of extraordinary accuracy;

  • how protection of our ecosystems depends on detection at ultra-trace levels of contaminants such as dioxins.


    You'll be surprised at how everything depends on how well we can measure!

    Come for an eye-opening tour of some of the laboratories of NMI and see the measurement work that underlies many of the things that we take for granted in our every day lives. 


    Tuesday 24th April 2007 10 am - 1 pm

  • Silicon spheres - roundest object in the world

  • High voltage laboratory - watch the sparks fly!

  • Sports drug testing of elite athletes

  • Bioanalysis - GMO testing

  • Time & frequency - watching the clock

  • Contact:

    Yen Heng

    Communications Manager

    National Measurement Institute

    PO Box 264, Lindfield NSW 2070

    Ph: +61 2 8467 3771; F: +61 2 8467 3756

    M: 0418 616 118



    Outback Alive - Field Day with a Research Edge, 27 April 2007

    • To book this tour, contact the Institute directly. There is a cost involved.

    Beltana and Parachilna, neighbouring communities in the northern Flinders Ranges, are inviting visitors to celebrate Outback Alive at the Beltana Racecourse on 27 April.

    The event is an opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of outback Australia and to find out how remote communities can build strong futures.

    "Outback Alive is a field day with a difference," says Jan Ferguson, Managing Director of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

    "Research plays a big part in shaping the future of desert communities. Our nationwide research network has partnered with Outback Alive to present some exciting innovations," she says.

    "Our 21st Century Pastoralism project, for example, is coming up with some high-tech solutions that will save pastoralists time and money.

    We'll show an ingenious Walk over Weighing system for cattle and clever telemetry that can boost their bottom-line by cutting down on labour and fuel. Our WaterSmart project will present more efficient ways to manage water."

    She says researchers from the Sheep and Beef CRCs will join their colleagues from the Desert Knowledge CRC to demonstrate how they can beat the drought by managing their stock more effectively.

    The Desert Knowledge CRC will also show how its bush products research is strengthening the growing desert bush tucker industry and demonstrate a sturdy fire trailer custom made for remote communities.

    Outback Alive is a unique chance for tourism operators, pastoralists, equipment suppliers bush food growers and processors to explore with researchers how they can work together to make desert communities more sustainable. 

    In the lead-up to Outback Alive the Desert Knowledge CRC will hold its quarterly research meeting at nearby Iga Warta, one of Australia's most successful Aboriginal-owned tourism businesses.

    "It's a great opportunity for research leaders from around Australia to experience local Adnyamathanha culture up close," says Ms Ferguson. "They are very keen to hear from local people what difference their work could make to northern South Australia. "

    A Taste of the Outback banquet at Parachilna's award winning Prairie Hotel will tempt food lovers with a delicious blend of traditional Aboriginal bush tucker and "Flinders Feral Foods" on the evening of April 27.

    The mouth-watering tastes of the Australian desert will add a bush flavour to prime meats courtesy of the Beef and Sheep CRCs.

    Media Contacts:

    Elke Wiesmann
    Ph: +61 (8) 8950 7162
    M: +61 427 009 240

    Jan Ferguson
    Ph: +61 (8) 8950 7162
    M: +61 401 719 882


    Site visits:

    By State:



    Australian Capital Territory

    South Australia

    New South Wales

    Northern Territory/Top End


    Western Australia

    By field of interest:

    Antarctic Research

  • Australian Government Antarctic Division

  • Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science

  • Australian Flora and Fauna

  • Bushfire Site Visit

  • Cranbourne Gardens

  • Healesville Sanctuary

  • Phillip Island Penguins

  • Kakadu National Park

  • Fossil Sites

  • Lake Mungo

  • Naracoorte

  • Riversleigh

  • Geology, Mining & Minerals

  • Flinders Ranges National Park

  • Science of Desert Living - Northern Flinders Ranges - 26th - 28th April 2007

  • The Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT)

  • Medical and Life Science

  • Australian Animal Health Laboratory

  • Australian Institutes of Sport

  • Centre for Plant Genetics


  • CSIRO Gungahlin

  • Clinical Training and Education Centre - CTEC

  • Howard Florey Institute

  • The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

  • Living Cell Technologies Ltd (LCT)

  • Melbourne and Surrounds

  • Melbourne Museum

  • Melbourne Zoo

  • ScienceWorks

  • River Ecosystems and Australia's High Country

  • Australia's High Country: its people and their environment - 2 day tour

  • Marine Ecosystems

  • Australian Institute of Marine Science

  • Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour

  • Southern Cross University Lismore Whale Research Centre

  • The Centre for Coral Reef Research

  • CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research

  • Great Barrier Reef

  • Reef and Rainforest Research Centre

  • National Marine Science Centre

  • Ningaloo Reef

  • Research Hubs

  • Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian National University

  • CSIRO Aspendale

  • CSIRO Clayton

  • CSIRO Canberra

  • CSIRO Information and Communication Technologies Centre

  • CRC Associations

  • Physics and Astronomy

  • Australia Telescope National Facility

  • The Australian Synchrotron

  • National Measurement Institute

  • IPS Radio & Space Services

  • CRCs - The Cooperative Research Centres Association

    The Cooperative Research Centres Association has as its members all the Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) in Australia.  The CRCs cover six industry sectors - Manufacturing technology, ICT, Mining & Energy, Agriculture and Rural-based manufacturing, the Environment and Medical Science & Technology.  There are currently 57 CRCs in operation and they are spread right across Australia.  To arrange visits it is best if contact is made directly with a particular CRC; contact details can be found in the section "CRCA members" on the CRC Association's web site www.crca.asn.au


  • CRC for Advanced Composite Structures www.crc-acs.com.au

  • CAST CRC www.cast.crc.org.au

  • CRC for Construction Innovation www.construction-innovation.info

  • CRC for Functional Communication Surfaces www.crc-fcs.com

  • CRC for Polymers www.crcp.com.au

  • CRC for Railway Engineering & Technologies www.railcrc.cqu.edu.au

  • CRC for Wood Innovations www.crcwood.unimelb.edu.au


  • Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) www.acid.net.au

  • Capital Markets CRC www.cmcrc.com

  • CRC for Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM) www.cieam.com

  • CRC for Smart Internet Technology www.smartinterent.com.au

  • CRC for Spatial Information www.spatialinfocrc.org


  • Australian Biosecurity CRC for Emerging Infectious Disease http://www1.abcrc.org.au

  • Australian Poultry CRC www.poultrycrc.com.au

  • Cotton Catchment Communities CRC www.cotton.crc.org.au

  • CRC for Australian Sheep Industry www.sheep.crc.org.au

  • CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies www.beef.crc.org.au

  • CRC for Forestry www.fcrcforestry.com.au

  • Grain Foods CRC Ltd www.grainfoodscrc.com.au

  • CRC for Innovative Dairy Products www.dairycrc.com

  • CRC for an Internationally Competitive Pork Industry www.porkcrc.com.au

  • CRC for Molecular Plant Breeding www.molecularplantbreeding.com

  • CRC National Plant Biosecurity www.crcplantbiosecurity.com.au

  • CRC for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology www.crcsugar.com

  • CRC for Sustainable Aquaculture of Finfish www.aquafincrc.com

  • CRC for Value Added Wheat www.wheat-research.com.au

  • CRC for Viticulture www.crcv.com.au


  • Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems (ACE) CRC www.acecrc.org.au

  • CRC for Australian Weed Management www.weeds.crc.org.au

  • CRC for Bushfire www.bushfirecrc.com

  • CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment www.crccare.com

  • Desert Knowledge CRC www.desertknowledge.com.au

  • Environmental Biotechnology CRC Pty Ltd www.ebcrc.com.au

  • eWater CRC www.ewatercrc.com.au

  • Invasive Animals CRC Ltd www.invasiveanimals.com

  • CRC for Irrigation Futures www.irrigationfutures.org.au

  • CRC for Plant-based Management of Dryland Salinity www.crcsalinity.com

  • Sustainable Tourism CRC www.crctourism.com.au

  • CRC for Tropical Savannas Management http://savanna.cdu.edu.au

  • CRC for Water Quality and Treatment www.waterquality.crc.org.au


  • CRC for Aboriginal Health www.crcah.org.au

  • CRC for Asthma & Airways www.asthma.crc.org.au

  • CRC for Biomedical Imaging Development CRC for Chronic Inflammatory

  • Diseases www.crccid.com

  • CRC for Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Innovation www.bionicear.org/crc

  • CRC for Diagnostics http://diagnostics.CRC.org

  • CRC for Oral Health Science www.crcoralhealthscience.org.au

  • Vision CRC www.visioncrc.org


  • CRC for Coal in Sustainable Development www.ccsd.biz

  • CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies www.apcrc.com.au

  • CRC for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration http://crcleme.org.au

  • CRC Mining www.crcmining.com.au

  • Parker CRC for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions www.parkercentre.com.au

  • CRC for Predictive Mineral Discovery www.pmdcrc.com.au

  • CRC for Sustainable Resource Processing www.csrp.com.au

  • Victoria

    Australian Animal Health Laboratory - happy and healthy animals: livestock management and infectious animal disease diagnosis and control

    CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) is a national centre of excellence in disease diagnosis, research and policy advice in animal health. It is a major facility of CSIRO Livestock Industries and plays a vital role in maintaining the health of Australia's livestock, aquaculture species and wildlife. AAHL celebrated 21 years of operation in 2006, the secure laboratory having been officially opened on 1 April 1985.

    Australian Animal Health Laboratory, 5 Portarlington Rd East Geelong VIC 3219 Australia

    Lisa Palu

    Manager, Public Affairs & Communication

    CSIRO Livestock Industries

    P: 07-3214 2960

    E: lisa.palu@csiro.au



    Bushfire Site Visit (Brisbane Ranges and Anakie) - fire and the Australian bush: a love hate relationship

    Visit Anakie and the Brisbane Ranges National Park, which were badly burnt by bushfire early in 2006. Walk amongst Australian bushland with scientists talking about the research into prevention and suppression of bushfire, preparation of home owners, and regeneration of the bushland post-fire. Climate change, drought, conservation priorities, land management, urban growth, community emergency education, animals, insects, will also be discussed in relation to this.

    David Bruce
    Communications Manager
    Bushfire CRC
    Ph: +61 3 9412 9606
    Mobile: +61 414 223 281




    CSIRO Aspendale - atmospheric and climate research

    CSIRO's Aspendale laboratories undertake research into the atmospheric environment, including atmospheric pollution and the prediction of climate, weather and ocean processes. It houses about 150 staff with expertise in understanding modelling, monitoring and predicting changes in the atmospheric environment and climate system. Research facilities include the Cape Grim air archive, an ice analysis laboratory, a gas analysis laboratory and a wind tunnel. Additional research tools include a range of computer-based climate and atmosphere models, and atmospheric monitoring instruments. Areas of research include focusing on policies, actions and methodologies for the responsible use of the atmosphere, understanding and predicting climate change impacts, and climate processes and model development.

    Location: CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research - 107 - 121 Station Street, Aspendale VIC 3195 Australia


    CSIRO Enquiries
    Ph: 1300 363 400*
    Alt Ph: 61 3 9545 2176

    *local call within Australia


    CSIRO Clayton - tissue engineering and medical textiles; wood products and composites; mining and minerals; better fuel cells and more...

    CSIRO is Australia's largest scientific research agency. Located adjacent to Monash University and the Australian Synchrotron, CSIRO's Clayton site is part of a growing research hub. Clayton is a suburb of Melbourne in Victoria and is about 25 km southeast of Melbourne city. More than 1000 staff members work at Clayton on projects designed to benefit the community and industries.

    Location: CSIRO Minerals - Clayton Bayview Avenue Clayton VIC 3168 Australia Box 312 Clayton South VIC 3169 Australia


    CSIRO Enquiries
    Ph: 1300 363 400*
    Alt Ph: +61 3 9545 2176

    *local call within Australia


    Howard Florey Institute - Australia's brain research institute: thinking about the brain

    The Florey is Australia's largest brain research institute. Its scientists are working towards better treatments for brain and mind disorders.

    The Florey is now part of bold ambition to establish one of world's top 10 neuroscience centres in Melbourne. The Florey is amalgamating with the Brain Research Institute and National Stroke Research Institute to become Florey Neuroscience Institutes (FNI). The Mental Health Research Institute will also co-locate with the FNI and new facilities will be built at the University of Melbourne and at the Austin Hospital.

    This united effort will result in a critical mass of skilled researchers from different disciplines focused exclusively on the brain, which will accelerate discoveries to benefit those affected directly and indirectly by brain disorders in Australia and around the world.

    Some areas in which the Florey's scientists currently work include:

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Huntington's disease

  • stroke

  • traumatic brain and spinal cord injury

  • addiction

  • epilepsy

  • multiple sclerosis

  • brain function in gifted children

  • dementia

  • schizophrenia

  • For more information about the Howard Florey Institute visit www.florey.edu.au

    Merrin Rafferty
    Public Relations Manager
    Howard Florey Institute
    Ph: +61 3 8344 1658
    Fax: +61 3 9347 0446



    The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research: studying the immune system

    The work of the Institute covers cancer, genetics, malaria, autoimmune diseases, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery and translational research taking scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the clinic. The WEHI Biotechnology Centre, located in the La Trobe University R&D Park, provides laboratories for the commercial incubation of the Institute's discoveries, including the establishment of start-up biotechnology companies.

    The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is located in Parkville, just north of Melbourne's CBD.

    Brad Allan
    Communications Manager
    Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
    1G Royal Parade
    Parkville VIC 3050
    Ph: +61 (3) 9345-2345


    Living Cell Technologies Ltd (LCT) - Targeting Type 1 diabetes with xeno cell transplants

    Living Cell Technologies is an ASX listed advanced biotechnology company with a focus on market-driven encapsulated natural porcine cell transplants, for the treatment of type I diabetes and neurological disorders. LCT implants healthy cells to replace or repair damaged organs without the use of toxic drugs. LCT's main competitive advantage, apart from their unique biocapsule technology, is the source of biocertified cells - from a highly isolated Australasian pig herd located on the Auckland Islands south of New Zealand.

    With its corporate head office and its scientific panel based in Melbourne , Australia , LCT was formed in 1987 to research cell extraction and to develop procedures for advanced living-cell replacement therapies.

    Paris Brooke
    General Manager
    Living Cell Technologies Ltd

    Living Cell Technologies Ltd
    Pacific Tower
    Suite 2.11, 737 Burwood Rd
    Hawthorn VIC 3122
    Ph: +61 3 9813 5501
    F: +61 3 9813 5502



    Melbourne Museum - DNA fingerprinting owls, the march of the crabs and other research programs

    Explore a rainforest. See Phar Lap. Touch a dinosaur bone. Walk onto a set of the TV show Neighbours. Live a lifetime in no time at all at Melbourne's award-winning museum.

    11 Nicholson St Carlton, Victoria

    Open 10am-5pm daily



    The Australian Synchrotron

    The Australian Synchrotron will open in 2007. It will be a 3GeV third-generation synchrotron.



    Monash Centre for Synchrotron Science - better beams for breast cancer screening, protein crystal structure analysis and much more...

    The Monash Centre for Synchrotron Science was created to encourage and promote cross-faculty and interdepartmental research programs in synchrotron-related fields at Monash University.

    Ms Madeleine Soederberg
    Executive Officer

    Dr John McDougall
    Associate Director Professor
    Rob Lewis, Director
    Ph: +61 3 9905 8059

    Senior Media Communications Officer
    Science and Technology Marketing and Public Affairs
    Monash University Box 65A Monash University Clayton VIC 3800
    Ph: +61 3 9905 5828



    Phillip Island Nature Park's Research Centre - studying Little Penguins, seals, seabirds, koalas in the ecosystem of Phillip Island.

    Phillip Island Nature Parks is an award-winning, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to international excellence in nature conservation and ecotourism. Welcome to the world-famous Penguin Parade, Australia's most popular natural wildlife attraction. Each night at sunset, the world's smallest penguins, the Little Penguins, emerge from the sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows. This is a truly memorable natural wildlife experience.

    Sally O'Neill
    Communications Manager
    Phillip Island Nature Parks
    Ph: +613 5951 2825
    Mob: 0408 101 976



    Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

    Cranbourne Gardens - conserving native orchids and other threatened species

    The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, a division of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, is one of Victoria's most precious areas of native bushland and offers nature-lovers the chance to explore 363 hectares of untouched heath lands, wetlands and woodlands. These expansive natural gardens are also home to thriving bird and animal life, including several rare and endangered species. As the key scientific institution within Victoria focusing on the documentation of plant biodiversity, the Royal Botanic Gardens is an invaluable resource, underpinning plant science research and conservation throughout Victoria and significantly contributing to the management of the state's natural resources.

    Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne 1000 Ballarat Road (a 50 minute drive from Melbourne (via the South Gippsland Highway)). Cranbourne 3977

    Eleanor Bridger
    Marketing Manager
    Ph: +61 3 9252 2387

    9am - 5pm daily




    ScienceWorks - hands-on science for all ages: push it, pull it, spin it, bang it!

    Through hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, tours, activities and shows, you'll find science has never been quite this much fun. You can have fun exploring the mysteries of science and technology. It's a great value day out for curious minds and active bodies.

    10:00am - 4:30pm daily
    2 Booker Street Spotswood, Victoria Australia



    Zoo Victoria

    Jill Rischbieth
    Ph: +61 3 5957 2856



    Melbourne Zoo - conservation programs in Australia and across the Pacific.

    Elliott Avenue, Parkville, VIC 3052

    Healesville Sanctuary - native fauna and a platypus breeding program.

    Badger Creek Road, Healesville, VIC 3777


    Australian Capital Territory

    Australian Academy of Science

    The Australian Academy of Science is a private organisation of Australia's leading scientists. It recognises research excellence, advises government, organises scientific conferences, publishes scientific books and journals, conducts international scientific relations, and fosters science education and public awareness of science and technology.

    Jack Docherty
    Communications Manager 
    Ph: +61 2 6201 9414
    Ian Potter House
    Gordon Street
    Canberra ACT 2601

    Jacinta Legg
    Media Officer 
    Ph: +61 2 6201 9417



    Australian National University - putting native compounds to good use; better treatments for aging brains; solving genetic mysteries with kangaroo and platypus genomes and insights into bee vision - just a taste of some of the research being done at the ANU

    The Australian National University commands a magnificent position between lake and mountain in the centre of the nation's capital, Canberra. ANU is one of the world's foremost research universities and attracts leading academics and outstanding students from Australia and across the world.

    Media Office
    Ph: +61 2 6125 5001




    Australian Institute of Sport - applied research centre improving athlete monitoring and performance

    The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) leads the development of elite sport and is widely acknowledged in Australia and internationally as a world best practice model for elite athlete development. The AIS is a pre-eminent elite sports training institution in Australia with world class facilities and support services.

    Peter Logue
    Senior Media Adviser
    Corporate Communications
    Australian Sports Commission
    Ph: +61 2 6214 1204 and +61 402 067 614
    Belconnen ACT 2616
    Leverrier Crescent
    Bruce ACT 2617



    CAMBIA - life science for a better world: research and innovations, more patent transparency and seeking solutions for disadvantaged communities

    CAMBIA is an international, independent, non-profit research institute. For more than a decade, CAMBIA has been creating new enabling tools to foster innovation and a spirit of collaboration in the life sciences. In Spanish and Italian, CAMBIA means "change". This meaning is at the very heart of CAMBIA's mission.

    Building 401B
    Clunies Ross Street
    Black Mountain, ACT Australia
    Ph: + 61 2 6246 4500



    CRC Association



    CSIRO Black Mountain - plant biotechnology, wheat breeding, insects and observing earth from space

    CSIRO is Australia's largest scientific research agency. Four of its research divisions are located at its Black Mountain laboratories in Canberra: CSIRO Plant Industry, CSIRO Entomology, CSIRO Land and Water and CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. The site has extensive facilities to cater to a range of insect, plant, atmospheric, agronomic, land and water science. The site houses the National Insect Collection, the National Herbarium and CSIRO Discovery, an exhibition and education centre showcasing CSIRO's achievements. CSIRO Discovery is open to the public daily. Tours of the site and an opportunity to meet scientists are available for special interest groups.

    Jane Kahler
    Communication Manager
    CSIRO Plant Industry
    Ph: +61 2 6246 5077
    Black Mountain Laboratories
    Clunies Ross Street Black Mountain
    ACTON ACT 2601 Australia



    CSIRO Gungahlin - historic buildings, sustainable agriculture, vertebrate pest control and the Australian National Wildlife Collection

    CSIRO's historic Gungahlin Homestead serves as the head office for CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems and has offices for CSIRO Complex Systems Science and Environment ACT. The primary research focus at Gungahlin includes environment, sustainability and natural resource management science. The research encompasses conservation biology, ecology, biodiversity, systems modelling, natural resource management and agricultural systems. The site also houses the Australian National Wildlife Collection.

    Gungahlin Homestead

    Bellenden Street

    Crace ACT 2911 Australia

    Ph: 1300 363 400*
    Alt Ph: +61 3 9545 2176
    *local call within Australia




    DFAT - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    The department's aim is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally.

    R.G. Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton, ACT, 0221 Australia

    Ph: +61 2 6261 1111
    Consular Duty Officer:+61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 toll free (within Australia only)
    Media enquiries: +61 2 6261 1555.



    New South Wales

    Australia Telescope National Facility - understanding the universe

    The Australia Telescope National Facility is a division of CSIRO that operates and develops the Australia Telescope as a national research facility—that is, a facility that can be used by researchers from institutions around Australia and all over the world. The Australia Telescope is made up of radio telescopes at three observatories, near the towns of Parkes, Coonabarabran and Narrabri in New South Wales. These comprise a set of six 22-metre diameter dishes near Narrabri, called the Australia Telescope Compact Array (where the dishes work together as one telescope); a single 22-metre dish near Coonabarabran, known as the Mopra telescope; and the 64-metre Parkes telescope (affectionately known as "The Dish" and featured in the movie of the same name) near the town of Parkes. CSIRO is also applying its skills in radio astronomy technology to the development of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which will be the world's largest and most powerful radio telescope.

    Helen Sim
    Communication Manager
    Australia Telescope National Facility
    Ph: +61 2 9372 4251



    IPS Radio & Space Services - monitoring space-weather and its impact on the earth

    In December 2006 a series of massive solar flares disrupted long range radio communications and GPS navigation on earth and required protective measures be taken by power grid operators.

    These events are not rare."Ionospheric Prediction Service (IPS)"The Australian Government IPS Radio & Space Services operates the Australian Space Weather Agency which monitors solar activity and the resultant effects on the earth. IPS provides forecasts, alerts and warnings of imminent space weather effects to Australasia and the world as well as software for radio management, space weather data and advice. Groups that rely on our services include defence, emergency services, airlines, satellite operators, geophysical and mining industries and amateur radio enthusiasts.

    Support is also provided for regional and global research into the space environment. The skies of the Australian outback offer ideal viewing conditions for solar observatories. IPS operates an extensive network of solar observatories and atmospheric monitoring stations within Australia, PNG, the Pacific and Antarctica to gather information on the solar-terrestrial environment. IPS exchanges this information with similar organisations worldwide.

    Dr Andrew McDonald
    IPS Radio & Space Services
    Ph: (02) 9213 8032
    Level 6, North Wing,
    477 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000


    CSIRO Information and Communication Technologies Centre - building the future now

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are not only becoming fundamental to our home, work and leisure activities; they are also increasingly essential to the advancement of science. CSIRO is developing key technologies for the future in wireless communications, networking, robotics, information engineering, and many related fields. They are applying these to solve problems and improve outcomes in health, mining, telecommunications, the environment, agribusiness and more. At the ICT Showcase at the Centre's head office in Sydney, you will see demonstrations of many of these technologies and meet with the innovators behind them.

    Tom McGinness
    Communication Manager
    CSIRO ICT Centre
    Ph: +61 2 9372 4309; M: +61 419 419 210


    Mungo National Park - 40,000 years of continuous human occupation.

    In 1981 the Willandra Lakes Region was inscribed on the World Heritage list for outstanding natural and cultural universal values. The Willandra Lakes, especially Lake Mungo, record more than 40,000 years of climate and landscape change. Aboriginal people lived around the lakes throughout this time leaving a near continuous record of their life in this changing landscape. The largest fossil track way in the world was discovered at Mungo National Park. The footprints, which are now completely covered over, have been dated to around 20,000 years old. Today, three Traditional Tribal Groups look after the landscape and archaeological treasures of the World Heritage Area, in partnership with pastoralists, scientists and government.

    Melbourne University's Professorial Fellow Jim Bowler discovered the remains of Mungo Woman in 1969, and those of Mungo Man in 1974. Separately and with others, he has published many articles in scientific journals concerning the chronology of human occupation of Australia, and the geology of southern Australia.

    110 km from Mildura/Buronga: from Mildura, cross the bridge to Buronga and follow the Silver City Highway towards Broken Hill. As you leave Buronga you'll see Arumpo Road with a sign indicating Mungo National Park. Follow this road to its end. Road quality: unpaved sections.

    Park office:
    Corner Sturt Highway
    and Melaleuca Street,
    Ph: +61 3 5021 8900

    Dr Jim Bowler
    School of Earth Sciences
    University of Melbourne
    Victoria 3010
    Ph: +61 3 9344 6740


    Jo Gorman
    Area Manager,
    Ph: +61 3 50218903


    Michael Westaway
    Executive Officer - Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area
    Ph: +61 3 50218908



    National Measurement Institute - measurements from nano to sports drugs (Tour - 24 April)

    Marvel at the roundest object in the world ever.  Watch the sparks fly in our high voltage laboratory.  Be amazed at how sensitively we can detect tiny amounts of unwanted substances - from drugs in the urine of elite athletes to genetically modified organisms. 

    These are just a few examples of the wide range of expertise at the National Measurement Institute (NMI) where we maintain Australia's standards for measurement.

    Talk to us about:

    • how production of new-generation cosmetics, sunscreens and wrinkle-free textiles depends on our ability to measure the size of nano particles;

    • how computing networks, telecommunications and date stamping of electronic commercial transactions rely on time standards of extraordinary accuracy;

    • how protection of our ecosystems depends on detection at ultra-trace levels of contaminants such as dioxins.


    You'll be surprised at how everything depends on how well we can measure!

    Come for an eye-opening tour of some of the laboratories of NMI and see the measurement work that underlies many of the things that we take for granted in our every day lives. 


    Tuesday 24th April 2007 10 am - 1 pm

    • Silicon spheres - roundest object in the world

    • High voltage laboratory - watch the sparks fly!

    • Sports drug testing of elite athletes

    • Bioanalysis - GMO testing

    • Time & frequency - watching the clock


    Yen Heng

    Communications Manager

    National Measurement Institute

    PO Box 264, Lindfield NSW 2070

    Ph: +61 2 8467 3771; F: +61 2 8467 3756

    M: 0418 616 118




    Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour - marine science, whale research, plant genetics

    Southern Cross University is a leader in the fields of plant conservation genetics, cetacean research and marine science. The Lismore campus, in northern NSW and just 30 minutes from Byron Bay, is home to the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics and the Australian Plant DNA Bank. It is also home to the Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre. The National Marine Science Centre is located at Coffs Harbour, two hours south of Lismore.

    Janet Hanlan
    Marketing Manager
    Southern Cross University
    Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
    Ph: +61 2 6659 3063
    Mobile: +61 418 451 395

    Brigid Veale
    Communications Manager
    Southern Cross University
    Ph: +61 2 6659 3006
    Mobile: +61 418 680 748



    The Centre for Coral Reef Research - coral reef ecology, reproduction and effects of pollution

    The Centre for Coral Reef Research (CCRR) is a leader in research on subtropical and tropical coral reef ecosystems and their management. CCRR conducts research into coral reef ecology, reproduction, pollution effects on corals, coral bleaching, ecotoxicology and management and planning for conservation and marine protected areas. Research projects include: studies on mass coral spawning along the Great Barrier Reef; impacts of coral bleaching and temperature stress on tropical and subtropical reef coral communities; effects of natural and pollution stressors including oil pollution, oil dispersants, nutrients, trace metals, temperature and low salinity on coral reproductive success; coral larval settlement patterns and dispersal potential of coral larvae; effects of nutrient enrichment on coral tissues and growth responses; and long-term monitoring of the status of tropical and subtropical coral reefs. The CCRR works overseas with: Caribbean Reef Research Centre; United Nations, Kuwait; University of Perpignan, France; and has a major research project based at Moorea, French Polynesia. In Australia, it works with: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority; Museum of Tropical Queensland; other government agencies and Australian universities.

    Dr Peter Harrison
    School of Environmental Science & Management
    Southern Cross University
    Military Road
    Lismore NSW 2480 AUSTRALIA


    National Marine Science Centre (Coffs Harbour) - corals, whales, sea anemones and wetlands

    The National Marine Science Centre (NMSC), jointly developed and managed by Southern Cross University and the University of New England, is situated within the 71,100 hectare Solitary Islands Marine Park - a thriving and diverse marine habitat, home to over 280 species of fish, four species of turtle, 90 species of coral and large numbers of temperate and tropical marine invertebrates. The NMSC features its own aquarium, boat and scuba area, experimental aquaculture facility and research vessel. It has significant research capabilities in biodiversity of marine and estuarine habitats, patterns and biological processes in marine communities, and human-induced impacts on marine systems. Staff at the NMSC also undertake research in other marine environments, including the Indo-Pacific and Australia's subantarctic regions.

    School of Environmental Science & Management, Southern Cross University, Military Road Lismore NSW 2480 AUSTRALIA

    Dr Peter Harrison
    SCU marine science programme



    Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre (Lismore) - monitoring humpback whale population, genetic research

    The Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre (SCUWRC) was established in 2001 to undertake research into cetacean (whales and dolphins) populations in the Southern Hemisphere for the purpose of contributing to their conservation. Researchers, led by the Centre director Associate Professor Peter Harrison, are currently developing cutting-edge DNA research techniques to age whales. It will provide a model for determining the age structure of humpback whale populations in Australia and overseas using innovative non-lethal ageing techniques. In 2004 the Centre obtained the first known DNA samples of Migaloo, the world's only known white whale, and confirmed he was a male. The Centre is involved in numerous national and international research projects and has links with organisations such as the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium and The Oceania Project.

    Dr Peter Harrison
    The Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre



    Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics (Lismore) - maintaining plant gene banks, analysing plant diversity and creating new plant traits

    The Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics (CPCG) at Southern Cross University is a world leading centre in the application of molecular methods to the analysis and manipulation of plant genomes for agriculture, forestry and food production. The CPCG has advanced facilities for high through-put plant DNA analysis including automated DNA extraction, sequencing and genotyping using capillary electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, microarray and nanotechnology based platforms. The CPCG has a leading capability in working with cereals and other members of the grass family (Poaceae), conducting internationally significant work on the genomes of wheat, rice, barley, sorghum and sugarcane and on forest species especially Eucalypts. The CPCG operates an Australian Plant DNA Bank as a resource for conservation and biological discovery in the extensive Australian flora (around 10% of all plants worldwide).




    Australian Government Antarctic Division

    The Australian Government Antarctic Division leads Australia's Antarctic Program. As an agency of the Department of the Environment and Heritage, their charter is to ensure Australia's Antarctic interests are advanced. Public visitors are welcome at the AAD's headquarters at Kingston, Tasmania, which is open from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm on each business day.

    Sally Chambers
    Communications Manager
    Australian Government Antarctic Division
    Ph: +61 3 6232 3405
    Channel Highway Kingston
    Tasmania 7050 AUSTRALIA



    CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research - monitoring ocean moods from space, linking atmospheric particle behaviour to global climate.

    CSIRO is Australia's largest science research agency. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (CMAR) aims to advance Australian climate, marine and earth systems science. Its research focuses on issues affecting Australia and the world, and it provides a range of scientific and consulting services that are underpinned by this research. Australia is the custodian of one of the largest marine jurisdictions in the world, an area more than twice that of our land mass. An enormous range of economic and recreational opportunities exist, while the oceans around Australia play a major role in controlling world and regional climate. The atmospheric composition of the Southern Hemisphere and the exchange of gases with the land and sea are important in measuring, modelling and analysing climate change and ozone depletion.

    Craig Macaulay
    Science Journalist
    CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research
    Ph: 03 6232 5219
    Hobart Castray Esplanade
    Hobart TAS 7001



    Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science - the effect of fishing on fish populations and Antarctic ecosystems

    University of Tasmania
    Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

    PO Box 213
    North Hobart 7002
    Tasmania Australia
    Ph: +61 3 6210 1111



    Western Australia

    Ningaloo Reef - snorkel with whale sharks on this reef, 500 km north of Perth on the west coast of Australia

    Ningaloo Marine Park is located along the coast of Western Australia, stretching from Red Bluff up to Bundegi Reef in the Exmouth Gulf. The park covers 5076 km2 and includes both Commonwealth Waters (2436 km2) and State Waters (2640 km2). The park protects a diverse range of environments, flora and fauna. The state component includes habitats from the shorelines, lagoon, reef and the waters extending approximately three nautical miles out to sea from the edge of the reef. The major habitats of the Commonwealth component are the waters and seabed of the continental shelf and slope which extend three to nine nautical miles seaward from the state boundaries.

    Exmouth District Office
    WA Department of Conservation
    and Land Management
    22 Nimitz, Exmouth WA 6707
    Ph: +61 8 9949 1676

    The Director
    Marine Protected Areas Management Section
    Department of the Environment and Heritage
    Canberra ACT
    Ph: +61 2 62 74 1111


    The Clinical Training and Education Centre: simulating surgical situations

    The Clinical Training and Education Centre (CTEC) at The University of Western Australia is the most established medical and surgical skills training centre in Australasia. Since opening in 2000, over 20,000 health professionals have attended a wide range of crisis management and procedural simulation courses. CTEC provides a safe environment for health professionals to learn new skills and refresh established skills, before transposing them to the clinical setting.

    CTEC is located at The University of Western Australia in Perth and is adjacent to the School of Anatomy and Human Biology on the Crawley Campus, overlooking the Swan River.

    Claire Pulker
    Marketing Manager CTEC
    Ph: +61 8 6488 8144



    Australian Institute of Marine Science - fish, coral, crown-of-thorns starfish, and coral disease survey and pharmaceutical candidates from the sea

    The Australian Institute of Marine Science is one of the most innovative and progressive research laboratories in the world with unparalleled capability in the field of cutting-edge tropical marine science and technology.

    Ph: +61 7 4753 4444
    Science Communication Service Group



    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

    The Great Barrier Reef is undisputed as one of the world's most important natural assets. It is the largest natural feature on earth stretching more than 2,300km along the northeast coast of Australia from the northern tip of Queensland to just north of Bundaberg. The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) is 347 800 square kilometres in area (an area bigger than the United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland combined). It extends from the top of Cape York to just north of Fraser Island, and from the low-water mark on the Queensland coast seaward to the outer boundary of the Marine Park beyond the edge of the continental shelf. It is the largest World Heritage Area and marine protected area in the world.

    Communications Unit
    Ph: +61 7 4750 0846



    Reef and Rainforest Research Centre

    Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, operating in Cairns and Townsville, is implementing the Australian Government's Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility in North Queensland. This Facility is providing scientific research in support of the conservation and sustainable use of the reefs and rainforests of North Queensland.

    Dr Russell Reichelt BSc PhD FAICD FTSE
    Managing Director
    Ph: +61 7472 9845 1
    Mobile: 0419 784 120


    Riversleigh - World Heritage Australian Fossil Mammal Site: the marsupial 'lion' (Thylacoleo) and co. - giant kangaroos, thylacines, possums, diprotodontids, etc

    The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/Naracoorte) World Heritage Area were inscribed in 1994 for their outstanding representation of the evolution of Australian mammals and the quality of their fossils, which are preserved in limestone. The Riversleigh section, which covers 10,000 ha of land, is located in the southern section of Boodjamulla National Park in northwest Queensland and is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
    PO Box 2316

    Mt Isa QLD 4825 AUSTRALIA
    North West Area Office Corner Hilary and Butler Streets
    Mount Isa Qld 4825
    Ph: +61 7 4743 2055



    The Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) - an R&D precinct for the mining, minerals processing, energy technology and manufacturing industries

    QCAT is a partnership between CSIRO - Australia's largest scientific research agency - and the Queensland State Government. Five CSIRO divisions are represented on site: CSIRO Exploration and Mining, the ICT Centre, CSIRO Minerals, CSIRO Manufacturing and Materials Technology and CSIRO Energy Technology. The precinct also includes the Centre for Low Emission Technology, the CRC for Coal in Sustainable Development, the CRC for Cast Metals Manufacturing and the Alcan Queensland R&D Centre. The site has extensive facilities catering for research into the geosciences; mine safety, sustainability and automation; minerals processing; clean coal technologies, light metals manufacturing; and autonomous systems for land, air, water and underground applications.

    Helen Gray
    Science Communicator
    Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies
    Ph. +61 7 3327 4477

    Technology Court
    Pullenvale, Qld, 4069


    South Australia

    Flinders Ranges National Park - mind-bending geology

    Rugged mountain ranges, spectacular gorges, sheltered creeks lined with river red gums and abundant wildlife are just some of the attractions that make the Flinders Ranges National Park one of South Australia's most popular destinations. This area is world-renowned for its geological history, Aboriginal rock art sites, impressive fossil remains and its ruins of early European settlement.

    Flinders Ranges National Park is located in the Flinders Ranges between the townships of Hawker and Blinman.

    Flinders Ranges National Park
    PMB 22 Hawker
    SA 5434 Australia
    Visitor Enquiries Wilpena Visitor Centre
    Ph: +61 8 8648 0048

    Continental Evolution Research Group
    School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Ph: +61 8 8303 5324




    Naracoorte- World Heritage Australian Fossil Mammal Site

    The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/Naracoorte) World Heritage Area were inscribed in 1994 for their outstanding representation of the evolution of Australian mammals and the quality of their fossils, which are preserved in limestone.

    SA Department of Environment Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs
    Mount Gambier Office SGIC Building 11 Helen Street
    Mount Gambier SA 5290 Australia
    Ph: +61 8 8735 1111

    Naracoorte Caves National Park.
    Ph: +61 8 8762 2340



    Northern Territory

    Kakadu National Park - a wealth of biodiversity: 60 mammal species, 280 bird species, 117 reptiles species, 53 freshwater fish species, and more than 10,000 types of insect

    Kakadu is a cultural landscape. It was shaped by the spiritual ancestors of Aboriginal people during the Creation Time. These ancestors or 'first people' journeyed across the country creating landforms, plants, animals and Bininj/Mungguy (Aboriginal people). They brought with them laws to live by: ceremony, language, kinship and ecological knowledge. They taught Bininj/ Mungguy how to live with the land and look after the country.

    The majority of travel to Kakadu National Park is via the Arnhem Highway from Darwin using either self-drive vehicles or through organised coach tours. There are sealed roads from Darwin to the Park via the Arnhem Highway and from Katherine to the Park via the Kakadu Highway. By road, you will need to allow around three hours' travelling time from Darwin.

    Park Manager Kakadu National Park
    Ph: +61 8 8938 1120