FOR the first time the Geological Society of Australia will hold its national conference outside a capital city.
Newcastle will host for the four-day Australian Earth Science Convention that will attract more than 600 geologists and scientists to the region from July 7 to 10.
In another first, the convention will include a public forum and a public lecture series.
The Public Forum Energy 2050: The Future of Energy in Australia will be held on Monday, July 7, at The Civic Theatre, 7.30pm.
The forum, which will be held in a Q&A-style format and facilitated by 1233 ABC Newcastle's Paul Bevan, features some of the world's most notable commentators.
Panelists include science rock star, Professor Iain Stewart, who has popularised geology (and its impact on humans).
Tickets for the public forum are $10 each or $20 a family (two adults and two children).
Go to aesc2014.gsa.org.au and follow the booking link.
The Star has five family tickets to give away.
For your chance to win phone 1900 915 306 and leave your name and contact details.
Calls cost 55¢ including GST and winners will be notified by phone. Entries close Friday, July 4, noon. LTPM/12/00962