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Australian Earth Sciences Convention
AESC 2016

The Geological Society of Australia biennial convention.

Uncover Earth's Past to Discover Our Future

26-30 June 2016
Adelaide, SA

GSA National Governing Council Elections and Division Councillors

If you are considering becoming a Governing Councillor, know someone who may be interested,
or are keen to know more about becoming a GSA Governing Councillor, the following information may be helpful.
Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact the GSA office email or (phone: 02 9290 2194).

For more information, click here: GSA Governing Council Election Process 2016
For more information, click here: Divisional Councillor Nomination Form (Northern Territory, NSW, Tasmania, Western Australia)
For more information, click here: General Councillor Nomination Form


NEW Geoscience Management positions at the
Geological Survey of NSW
The following six Manager positions have now been opened for application on the
I Work for NSW (formerly Jobs NSW) website.

Links for the six roles (and the names of their hiring managers) are listed below:

- Manager, Regional Mapping (refer to John Greenfield, hiring manager)
- Manager, Geophysics and Modelling (refer to John Greenfield, hiring manager)
- Manager, Publications and Outreach (refer to Sam Wilkin, hiring manager)
- Manager, Mining and Exploration Assessment (refer to Paul Dale, hiring manager)
- Manager, Petroleum and Renewable Resources (refer to Kevin Ruming, hiring manager)
- Manager, Mineral Resource Assessment (refer to Kevin Ruming, hiring manager)

Applications close on Sunday, May 22.


Endowment Fund application form <click here>

Applications close on Friday, May 20.

One-Day Workshop: Core Logging with Hylogging
Thursday 19th May 2016
WB Clarke Geoscience Centre, 947-953 Londonderry Road, Londonderry
Time: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Registration fees for GSA and AIG members:
•   Young geoscientist (< 10 years experience): $88
•   Unemployed/Underemployed geoscientist: $55
•   MSc or PhD student: $55
•   Full employment Member geoscientist (> 10 years experience): $110
Register for this workshop click here  

New Post-Conference Workshop for the AESC

Orogenic Gold Deposits:  Geology, Geochemistry, Exploration Criteria, and Global Patterns
Speaker: Dr. Richard J. Goldfarb
(Colorado School of Mines & China University of Geosciences Beijingtralasian
When: Friday, 1 July 2016
Where: Adelaide, venue to be confirmed.
Cost: Standard registration $200, Students/Unemployed $55
Register here:

Palaeo Down Under 2

Australasian Palaeontologists (AAP) cordially invites all palaeontologists from Australia, New Zealand
and around the world to participate in Palaeo Down Under 2 (PDU2) in Adelaide on 11 - 15 July, 2016.

Provisional list of Symposia:

•    Ediacaran (ISES) and Cambrian (ISCS) Meeting
•    Palaeontology from New Zealand
•    Dinosaurs in Australia
•    Cave Palaeontology
•    Latest technologies applied to Palaeontology
•    Palaeontological Illustration
•    Palaeontological Heritage: Protection & Promotion
•    Palaeontological Collection Managing & Curation

Visit to find out more about the conference and the pre- and
post-conference field trips and to register your expression of interest in attending.


Limited Funding Available for Participation in IGCP Projects
Geoscience Australia, through the Australian IGCP National Committee, supplies limited funding to assist the involvement of Australian geoscientists in formally approved, relevant IGCP projects. This funding is designed to supplement other sources. Priority is normally given to young researchers actively involved in a particular project, but can include others.

If you think this applies to you, please have a look at the 2015 report of the committee in the March issue of TAG, and download the application form and the conditions of assistance.
Application form <click here>

CAPSTAN: Collaborative Australian Sea Training Alliance Network
In 2017-2019, 3 pilot voyages will be run with up to 30 post-graduate students along with research active academics and trainers. Enrolments for university-enrolled marine master-level students on the first pilot mission in mid-late 2017, will open in 2017.

More information: click here

Congratulations to the SGTSG for another landmark biennial meeting.
Riding the Wave: A conference to showcase current research and ideas in Structural Geology and Tectonics
Caloundra, Queensland
For more information <click here>

Member renewals

The GSA has sent the 2016 member renewals.
Payment options are online, by cheque or EFT.
Membership of the GSA is based on a calendar year: 1st January - 31st December.
If you have questions about membership, please contact the GSA office: or phone (02) 9290 2194.

In between jobs or retrenched during the downtown?

If you are a GSA member of five years or more and have been retrenched in the downturn
please contact the GSA as you will be eligible for membership assistance. Membership fees
for unemployed members receiving AJES (online or hardcopy) are reduced to $25.00
for 2016 and will be waived for unemployed members not receiving AJES.
Contact the office for more information:

Member-for-Member discount benefits for 2016 fees

The Geological Society of Australia is offering a Member-for-Member discount
for 2016 fees. If you are a full member and sign up another full member for
2016 you both will receive $50.00 off your 2016 membership.
Already paid 2016 fees? Sign up a full member and we will reimburse you $50.
Contact GSA for more information:

New AAP Memoir available now!
Memoir 48: The early Cambrian tommotiid genus Dailyatia from South Australia

C.B. Skovsted, M.J. Betts, T.P. Topper & G.A. Brock
AAPM 48 Download the order form here

GSA responds to the Hornsby Quarry Project EIS

The GSA response to 2015 EIS Hornsby Quarry Road Construction Spoil Management project, prepared by AECOM Australia for RMS.
The Geological Heritage Subcommittee of the NSW Division, Geological Society of Australia, made a submission to the
NSW Department of Planning & Environment concerning one important aspect of the above report which does not
appear to been investigated to the same level of thoroughness as is evident throughout the remainder of the EIS.
We are concerned that the Geological Society of Australia, despite having commissioned the initial report into the
Geological Heritage of New South Wales (Percival 1979) in which the geoheritage aspects of the Hornsby Diatreme
at the Hornsby Quarry site were first documented, was not regarded as a stakeholder during the preparation of the
EIS and therefore was not previously consulted. As a result, the significance of the geological phenomenon uniquely
exposed in the quarry wall at the eastern end of the site has been overlooked and disregarded, leading to formulation
of a plan for infilling the quarry which will largely obliterate this feature of State, National and arguably Global significance.
Click here to read the submission in ful


NSW's New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling round 2 is now open
Applications close: Friday, 29 April 2016
Successful applicants notified: Thursday, 30 June 2016
The Invitation to Apply document can be downloaded from:

Powering Sydney into the Future: the science of Alternative Energy
A GSA Public Forum

As part of the Sydney Science Festival, the GSA held a Public Forum on Monday, 17 August, during National Science Week 2015.

Special thanks to: Robyn Williams, ABC science journalist and broadcaster for impressively moderating the discussion.

Special thanks to the Panelists:
Prof. Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer
Prof. Ben Hankamer
, University of Queensland, Director of Solar Biofuels Consortium
Dr Gary Ellem, Tom Farrell Institute
Tony Irwin
, Technical Director, SNR Nuclear Technology
Scientia Professor Deo Prassad
, CEO of the CRC for Low Carbon Living

Thank you for joining us for this stimulating evening and for your questions and engagement.
Listen to the Public Forum (this is a large file)


For media querie please go to the media page.

Queensland Division launches new app

A self-guided walking tour through the heart of Brisbane featuring the use of
building stones from the early days of European settlement to the modern
expansion of Australia's third largest City.
Download it here

Public Forum: Energy 2050

As part of the AESC, we held a Public Forum.
The forum was moderated by Paul Bevan, from ABC Radio 1233 in Newcastle.
The panellists included:
Prof. Iain Stewart, Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University (UK)
Dr Gary Ellem, The University of Newcastle
Prof. Ben Hankamer,University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Dr Tony Irwin, Technical Director SMR Nuclear Technology
Dr Alex Wonhas, CSIRO
Ms Rachel Connell, Director, Office of Coal Seam Gas, NSW Trade & Investment.
DOWNLOAD the recording: <click here>

Or PLAY from ABC Soundcloud:
1233ABC N
ewcastle Soundcloud <click here>

GSA membership renewals for 2016

2016 Member renewals have been posted.
Membership is from the 1st January - 31st December.
If you haven't received your renewal information, please contact the GSA.
Now is the time to contact the GSA office to update your membership details.

If you want to pay online:
Internet Explorer is the most ‘user-friendly’ browser to enable online membership
Firstly, Click the member login area
Login: this is your member number
Password: on your member renewal form, unless you manually changed it.
The blue box on the left has your profile, click: Pay My Membership

This window has the details listed on your member renewal, if you do not
want to change anything, simply ‘add to basket’ to make the payment.
If you wish to make changes click on the tick boxes and ‘add to basket’.
You will now be in the checkout window.
Insert your credit card details in this secure area and complete your transaction.
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