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Women in Science Feature at desertSMART EcoFair 2018

Friday 10th August - Sunday 12th August, Alice Springs

The role of women in science and in the transition to renewable energy will be a strong feature of the desertSMART EcoFair program, happening over the weekend Friday 10th August - Sunday 12th August, in Alice Springs.

desertSMART EcoFair is in it’s tenth year and is Central Australia’s feature science and sustainability event. EcoFair is organised by the Arid Lands Environment Centre and is a National Science Week Event. EcoFair has connected thousands of people to science and sustainability in Alice Springs since 2009. 

Amanda McKenzie, science communicator and CEO of The Climate Council will be a feature speaker at the Women Changing the World, 2.30pm Sunday 12thAugust at Alice Springs Cinema. This event will also featureProfessor Jenny Davis (Charles Darwin University), Dr Karen Barry (University of Tasmania), Deepika Mathur (Charles Darwin University) and Roxanne Highfold who will talk about their experiences of careers in science and research. 

The Future Energy Forum,10am Sunday 12thAugust at the Andy McNeill Room, Alice Springs Town Council, will be opened by Hon Dale Wakefield MLA, Minister for Renewables & Essential Services. The event will feature three inspiring women who are working towards the renewable energy transition, Sara Johnston (Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy), Sonya Williams (Cities Power Partnership - The Climate Council) and Harshini Bartlett (RePower Alice Springs).

Local bush tucker champion, Rayleen Brown from Kungka’s Can Cook will also feature at the Garden To Plate event, 2pm Saturday 11thAugust at the Alice Springs Community Garden.

“desertSMART EcoFair is proud to feature such a strong group of Inspiring Australian women at this year’s event,” said Nicole Pietsch, Strategy and Communications Manager at the Arid Lands Environment Centre.

“All of these women are contributing to our understanding of the world, and are key contributors to helping provide solutions in the areas of climate science, renewable energy, food production, waste and our built environment, bushfoods and indigenous knowledge,” said Nicole Pietsch.

“The EcoFair has now been running for 10 years, and each year we strive to find new ways to engage the community on science and sustainability issues. We urge community members to make the most of these opportunities to learn, be inspired and be part of the conversations that will shape our future,” said Nicole Pietsch

desertSMART EcoFair ( is organised by the Arid Lands Environment Centre ( as part of National Science Week. The event is supported by Inspiring Australia.

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