Baudin Rocks, off of Robe, South Australia - Image courtesy Sarah Hender

South Australia

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Talks & Events

Monthly Division Meetings

21 February 2019 - SA Division Meeting
Speaker: Marita Bradshaw 
Topic: Australia in seven rocks
Location: Mawson Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start

14 March 2019 - SA Division joint BBQ with AusIMM
Details: Students will get a chance to listen to graduate geologists as they share their experiences as early careerists. Free BBQ and drinks will be offered at 7:00pm at the rear of the Mawson Building
Location: Mawson Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start

18 April 2019 - SA Division Annual General Meeting
Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA
Location: Mawson Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start

16 May 2019 - SA Division joint meeting with AusIMM
Speaker: TBA
Theme: Exploration Geology
Location: Mawson Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start

6 June 2019 - SA Division Meeting Ralph Tate Memorial Lecture
Speaker: John Long (Flinders University)
Topic: TBA
Location: Mawson Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start

Previous Division Meetings

1 December 2018 – GeoFamily Picnic Day
Description: GSA, ASEG, AusIMM, GSSA members and their families are all invited to join in the Christmas themed day. It’s free for all and no registration is required, just bring along a child-friendly (nut-free) plate of food to share, along with drinks, hats and sturdy shoes
Marshmallow Park in the Adelaide South Parklands 

5 December 2018 – GESSS SA
Description: The Geological Society of Australia Earth Sciences Student Symposium in South Australia (GESSS-SA) is a conference designed to allow Honours, Masters and PhD students from three South Australian universities (The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia) to come together and present their Earth sciences related research to the local scientific community
Location: University of Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

16 November 2018 – GSA SA Division/GSSA Lunchtime Meeting
Speakers: Georgie Virgo (Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide) and Jarred Lloyd (University of Adelaide)
Topic: Investigating the Neoproterozoic of the Adelaide Rift Complex: Insights from Sedimentology, Geochronology and Geochemistry

13 September 2018 – SA Division Meeting
Topic: Networking and Speed Mentoring night for undergraduate, Masters or PhD students

16 August 2018 - SA Division Annual Dinner and Medal Presentations
Details: dinner, talk and presentation of the Bruce Webb and Walter Howchin Medals
Speaker: Kathryn Amos, Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide
Topic: Rivers on continents on the sea floor

19 July 2018 - SA Division Lunch Time Gathering
Location: Museum of Discovery (MOD) 

7 June 2018 - Ralph Tate Memorial Lecture (joint GSA-SA Division, Field Geology Club of South Australia and Royal Society of South Australia)
Speaker: Professor Gavin Prideaux, Flinders University
Topic: How has Australian mammal evolution been shaped by environmental change, over the past 25 million years?

17 May 2018 - Joint GSA-SA Division / AusIMM Technical Meeting
Speaker: Anthony Reid, Senior Principal Geoscientist, GSSA
Topic: Stick to your books: geoscience contributions to the minerals value chain

12 May 2018 - GeoFamily Picnic (joint GSA-SA Division, AusIMM Adelaide Branch, ASEG and DPC event)
Location: Enchanted Playground, Prospect Memorial Gardens

19 April 2018
SA Division AGM

15 March 2018

Speakers: Mr Ed Lynch, Zach McLeay, Irraisha Soriano and Tamara Chambers
Details: Students get a chance to listen to graduate geologists, metallurgists and mining engineers.

15 February 2018
Speaker: Dr David Love
Topic: Earthquakes and Faults in Australia

14-18 October 2018 – Australian Geoscience Council Convention: Big Issues and Ideas in Geoscience
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
This convention is hosted by the AGC and all the Australian geoscience member societies
More information is coming soon
Themes include:
- Understanding the Earth
- Life on Earth – origins and diversity
- Resources – discovery, development, use and sustainability
- Applied Geoscience in the 21st Century – innovation, technology and the future
- Beyond the Rocks – Geoscience in our society: current application and future trends
Scientific and Technical Program Convenor – Chris Yeats
AGC President and Convention Chair – Bill Shaw  


Chair: Dr Wolfgang Preiss

Vice Chair: Position Open

Secretary: Morgan Blades

Treasurer: Claire Wade

Programme Secretary: Anna Petts

Newsletter Editor: Benjamin Kimpton

General Committee
Sheree Armistead

Barry Cooper

John Foden

Caroline Tiddy

Drew Lubiniecki

Len Altman

Rachael Mahlknecht

Laura Morrissey

Mario Werner

Geological Heritage Subcommittee
Bob Major (Convenor), Wayne Cowley, Pam Hasenohr, Noel Hiern, Ian Lewis

SA Stratigraphy Subcommission
Wayne Cowley (Convenor), Jim Jago, Tania Wilson

Education Subcommittee
Len Altman (Convener), Bernd Michaelsen

Field Guide Subcommittee
Barry Cooper (Convenor), Noel Hiern (Secretary), John Cann, Colin Conor, Wayne Cowley, Jim Jago, Nick Langsford, Bob Major, Cynthia Pyle, Vic Gostin, Pat James

SA Geotourism Subcommittee
Ian Lewis (Chair), Carmen Krapf, Anna Petts, Graziella Caprarelli, Vic Gostin, Kevin Hamdorf, Mark Bishop, Alice Gorman, Phil Plummer, Pat James