The Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba - image courtesy Paul Harvey

New South Wales

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Talks & Events

Monthly Division Meetings
Date: Talks are held the 2nd Thursday of the month

Monthly Meetings Presentations on YouTube
Click here if you want to watch the presentations from NSW Division Meetings online
Upcoming Meetings

11 October 2018 – NSW Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Vasileios Chatzaras (University of Sydney)
Description: Geological record of the seismic cycle at the deep levels of plate boundary strike-slip faults 
Time:  6.00pm (5.30pm for drinks)
Location: Bar L3 & Goulburn Room L4, City of Sydney RSL, 565 George Street
Vasileios’ talk will be about the rheology of major strike-slip faults that traverse the entire lithosphere.  He will present data from: 1) the Bogota Peninsula shear zone in New Caledonia, a transform fault within the oceanic lithospheric mantle currently exposed at the Earth’s surface, and 2) xenoliths from the San Andreas fault system and the Baja California shear zone.  The data indicate that spatial and temporal changes in stress and strain rate occur within and adjacent to strike-slip faults, and there are geological structures that record earthquake-related deformation in the upper mantle.  Further, the strength of the lithospheric mantle and lower crust in strike-slip faults is significantly lower than predicted by experimental studies.  These new results are discussed in the context of the seismic cycle, and the lithospheric model is proposed for how mantle-crust interactions control the operation of plate boundary strike-slip faults.

8 November 2018 – NSW Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Students from NSW Universities (TBA)
Description: Topics TBA
Time: 6.00pm (5.30pm for drinks)
Location: Bar L3 & Goulburn Room L4, City of Sydney RSL, 565 George Street

3-4 December 2018 – GESSS NSW
Speaker: GESSS NSW is moving to the University of Sydney for 2018. Our mission is to educate, engage and interact with Earth Science students across NSW, to develop long lasting networks and friendships for our future.
Location: Abercrombie Building, University of Sydney
Abstracts: Click here to submit your abstract. Abstract submissions close 12 October 2018 
Register: Please click here
Website: Please 
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Other Meetings

4-6 December 2018 - Short Course in Epithermal Au-Ag and Porphyry Cu-Au Exploration
Presenters: Greg Corbett and Stuart Hayward
Location: Dec 4 & 5 - York Club, 99 York Street, Sydney, Dec 6 - W B Clarke Geoscience Centre, Londonderry
Price: Students $150, but if you need assistance contact; unemployed geologists $400; employed geologists $1500
Registration: To register, click here
Details: Please download flyer below
Past NSW Division Meetings, Events and Activities

13 September 2018 - NSW Division Meeting
SpeakerSean Murray (Macquarie University GeoAnalytical)
Topic: A lot of indirect evidence that some dolomites in the Bahamas were made by bacteria: What I wouldn’t give to get sulfate pore fluid data from 30 years ago

11 and 18 August 2018 - NSW Division stall at Blue Mountains and Royal Botanic Gardens  
Topic: Come along for this free free outdoor events to celebrate the environmental sciences! Explore the Royal Botanic Garden (Aug 11) to get hands-on with science experiments, explore behind-the-scenes, visit state-of-the-art science facilities and use scientific equipment! Take a trip through time to the ancient land of Gondwana for a fantastic family day of hands-on science fun at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden (Aug 18)!

9 August 2018 - NSW Division Meeting
Speaker: Kate Hine (Mitre Geophysics)
Topic: An update on exploration success at the Woodlawn Deposit, NSW

12 July 2018 - NSW Division Meeting
Speaker: Marita Bradshaw 
Topic: The seven rocks that made Australia: A review of the last 4 billion years and a look to the future that links key geological events to their impact on Australia’s economy and society

14 June 2018 - NSW Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Claire Mallard, University of Sydney
Topic: Fully-dynamic global models to explore processes that control plates reorganizations


10 May 2018 - NSW Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Tara Djokic (UNSW)
Topic: Life in Archean hot springs and implications for astrobiology

12 April 2018 - NSW Division Monthly Meeting

Topic: Permian pumice to Miocene magmas: a new geological map of Warrumbungle National Park
Speaker: Dr Kate Bull (Geological Survey of NSW) 

8 March 2018 - NSW Division Monthly Meeting

Topic: Cuu Long Basin Exploration Rejuvenation: A multidisciplinary approach to rejuvenating the play portfolio of a mature basin
Speaker: Dr Pedro Restrepo-Pace (Oil Search)

8 February 2018 - NSW AGM
Speaker: Dr Tim Chapman (University of Sydney)
Topic: Looking up from the base of a magmatic arc: A perspective on Zealandia

9 November 2017 - NSW Division Monthly Meeting

Topic: Student Presentations

12 October 2017 - NSW Division Monthly Meeting

Topic: Regional mapping with the Geological Survey of NSW: projects and directions
Speaker: Phil Gilmore (Geological Survey of NSW)

14 September 2017 New South Wales Division Meeting
Topic: Towards a grand unified theory of the Earth's interior: Marrying geophysics, geodynamics, and geochemistry
Speaker: A/Prof Juan-Carlos Afonso, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Macquarie Uni

5 August 2017 New South Wales Division Meeting
Topic: Eastern Australia's submarine landslides and their tsunamogenic potential
 Dr Samantha Clarke, School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney

13 July 2017 
New South Wales Division Meeting
Topic: River piracy in the Caribbeans: evolution of fault arrays and river networks within the plate triple junction of Guatemala
Speaker: Dr Gilles Brocard 

11 May 2017 - New South Wales Division Meeting
Topic: Hydrothermal activity in the Eastern Manus Basin, Papua New Guinea: A natural laboratory, or the birthplace of a new industry?
Speaker: Dr Chris Yeats, NSW Geological Survey

13 April 2017 - New South Wales Division Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Topic: Unravelling a miner's myth that environmental contamination in mining and smelting towns is naturally occurring
Speaker: Prof Mark Taylor, Macquarie University


Chair: Anthony Lanati,
Macquarie University

Secretary and Newsletter Editor:
Mira van der Ley, 
University of New South Wales

Treasurer: Vacant
(Please contact either Anthony Lanati or Mira van der Ley if you are interested in filling this position) 

Talk Co-ordinator:
Sabin Zahirovic, University of Sydney

General Committee members:
Kelsie Dadd, Curious Minds – Girls in STEM
Elizabeth Dowding, UNSW
Joanna Parr, CSIRO
Graham Carr, formerly of CSIRO
Patrick Smith, Australian Museum


General Heritage Subcommittee:
Armstrong Osborne (Chair)
Phil Gilmore
Cressida Gilmore 
Paul Meszaros
Iain Paterson
Ian Percival

NOTE: Please contact the committee if you have any ideas regarding speakers/topics for technical talks or require sponsors for membership