More than 4000 people joined ChemCentre and our partner agencies for ChemCentre Open Day 2019 -  a day of  free, educational and fun activities, displays and demonstrations celebrating the the role science and chemistry plays in safeguarding the Western Ausralian community and its impact on our economy.

Tours of our forensic and environmental laboratories, explosive science shows and the opportunity to experience how we use science to help police deal with clandestine drug laboratories - ‘clan labs’ were availble throughout the day.

You could chat to the HAZMAT chemists and colleagues from the Joint Hazardous Response Team, explore the laboratory on wheels and test the portable chemical instruments!

With free soil analysis for the ‘green thumbs’, career advice for the 'future scientists', ‘little hero’ missions for younger children, fairy floss and liquid nitrogen ice-cream, and more - there was something for everyone!

ChemCentre Open Day is your chance to learn more about local science and how it impacts you; plus meet many of the partners we work with including, WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, PathWest, The Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Curtin University, Murdoch University, University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and others!

Pack a picnic or visit the food trucks and make a day of it. With ample free parking and free entry, make sure you mark this event in your 2021 calendar.

ChemCentre Open Day is occurs ever second year, so stay tuned and don’t miss this opportunity to Make Science Your Mission!

Date: Saturday 2021, date to be confirmed.

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Location: ChemCentre, Corner Manning Road and Townsing Drive, Bentley.

Cost: Free entry, free parking and free activities. Food trucks and picnic areas will be available.

Want to know more? The 2019 event map and program still available to download below or read more about the 2019 activities below.

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Who knew science was so awesome!!! Thank you so much, had a blast with my family.
2017 Attendee Feedback
Really awesome day full of fun, interactive activities aimed at different age groups. My 11 year old son now has a clear path of the type of science he would like to pursue. The lab tours were great, the activities really hands on and the volunteers were so friendly and happy to answer questions. Bath salt making was our favourite. What a fantastic initiative, great work!!
2019 Mother and son attendees Feedback

Didn't make it to Open Day 2019?

Review the wrap up video or check out some of the activities and partner organisations who joined us for 2019 below or learn more about ChemCentre here.


Activities for 2019

The Clandestine Laboratory Experience

Discover what it is like to investigate the dangers of a clandestine laboratory (illicit drugs laboratory)with WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and ChemCentre. Collect samples from the mock scene, wear the important protective clothing and finally make sure you are decontaminated before leaving the scene.

Death Detectives

ChemCentre Chemists and PathWest Forensic Pathologists will be on hand to explain the science behind investigating ‘death’. What different fluids or organs are sampled during a post-mortem and why? How sensitive are our instruments at detecting drugs? How long after death can drugs be detected? Do you know the location of the organs in the body? Why are new drugs a challenge for us? How does automation help us work smarter and faster?

Want to know more? Come and ask us a question!

Explore the laboratory!

When you arrive make sure you book a forensic science or environmental chemistry laboratory tour!

You’ll be guided past the laboratories with your own ChemCentre expert highlighting a number of exciting cases, interesting instruments and at the ready to answer any of your questions.

Tours will run every 20 minutes. Capacity is limited.

Under the Influence

See how you fair at simple tasks while ‘under the influence’ wearing our alcohol and drug goggles.

Curious what happens to a road-side drug sample once collected by WA Police? Board the WA Police ‘booze bus', quiz the chemists and learn more about the process.

POW! Science Show

Children (and those who are young at heart) will love this exciting and exhilarating show where a ChemCentre Chemist will guide the audience through four exciting, explosive experiments.

Shows run for 15 minutes, located on the main stage, at 10:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm.

Free Garden Soil Testing

Our environmental chemists are ready to analyse your garden soils. Just bring 4-5 tablespoons of soil in a ziplock bag or small container to the Soil Testing stall on the day, where our experts will analyse it for FREE!

Learn more about the salinity and pH of your soil, and how this will impact your garden. Chat to an environmental chemist on the day and take home some handy tips for your garden

Make your own Bath Salts

Make your own take home bath salts and learn more about the chemistry of odours and volatile compounds with the ChemCentre Chemists!

HAZMAT Emergency Response Mobile Laboratory

Everyone has an important role when dealing with critical chemical incidents… Learn how collaboration is critical when you meet Department of Fire and Emergency Services First Responders who manage the State’s chemical incidents with the assistance of ChemCentre Chemists.

Explore ChemCentre’s Hazardous Material Emergency Response team’s ‘laboratory on wheels’, which includes a range of scientific equipment and portable devices used to detect and identify unknown chemicals in an emergency incident!

Future Scientists

Curious where a career in chemistry can take you? Learn about the diverse career paths available within chemistry and how to kick start your careers by chatting to academics from South Metropolitan TAFE, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia, as well as practising chemists from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and ChemCentre.

Future Research

Where is the future taking us?! Quiz the chemists who lead a range of our research and innovation projects including ChemCentre’s Proteomics and Honey Research programs. These projects have had, and will continue to have, an impact on our community and economy into the future.  

Learn more at ChemCentre Open Day.

Little Heroes Missions

There is something for everyone at ChemCentre Open Day including our Little heroes’  tent for younger children. Come and play with the oobleck, get your face painted with the Science Superheroes and join in the colouring in station

Photoshoot for science superheroes with FREE printout
  1. Snap a photo at the photobooth, or the Science Superhero photo board or any of the activities throughout the day.
  2. Share to Twitter or Instagram using #ChemCentreOpenDay 
  3. Collect your free photo printout at Mission Control on level 2.
Fairy Floss and Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Sample the delicious delights and learn more about the intriguing science behind our favourite treats.

Mission Briefs and Take Home Science Kits

Will you accept your mission?

Collect your mission brief  at Mission Control (on level 2), explore the world of chemistry and earn your take home science kit.

Your kit includes four activity guidelines, a beaker, a test tube, a pipette and more!

Ideal for children and parents to complete together. 

Postal address

PO Box 1250

t: (08) 9422 9800
f: (08) 9422 9801

ABN : 40 991 885 705

Street address

Resources and Chemistry Precinct
Corner Manning Road and Townsing Drive
Bentley WA 6102

Reception: Level 2, South Wing, Building 500.

Deliveries: Ground floor - use Conlon Street entrance