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

South Australia

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Talks & Events

Monthly Division Meetings

15 August 2019 - SA Division Annual Dinner
Speaker: Liz Reed (University of Adelaide)
Topic: Naracoorte palaeontology
The evening will include a three course meal and the presentation of the Bruce Webb Medal to Barry Cooper.  There will also be a celebration of Reg Sprigg’s 100th Birthday
ocation: The Norwood Hotel, 97 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067
Time: 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start
Cost: $60 for Full Members and $50 for Retired and Student Members 
Register: Please click here

19 September 2019 - SA Division Meeting
Topic: GSA Speed Mentoring / Careers in Geoscience
Location: Sprigg Room, Mawson Building, University of Adelaide
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start

17 October 2019 - SA Division Meeting
Topic: Student Presentations
Location: Geological Survey of South Australia, 11 Waymouth Street (ANZ House), Adelaide
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start

8 November 2019 - GESSS SA
Description: The aim of GESSS SA is to connect young researchers in South Australia from across the three institutes; University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and Flinders University, to come together and present their research to the local scientific community. Our annual event supports students to promote their talents to future employers, to discover areas of research at other universities or departments, and to meet new people within the Earth sciences field
Location: Bradley Forum, Hawke Building, University of South Australia
Website: Please click here
Abstracts: for more information, please email
Registrations: Please click here

Previous Division Meetings
18 July 2019 - SA Division joint lunchtime meeting with AusIMM
Speaker: Leon Faulkner (Environmental Copper Recovery)
Theme: Advances in In-Situ Recovery at the Kapunda Copper Project

6 June 2019 - SA Division Meeting Ralph Tate Memorial Lecture
Speaker: John Long (Flinders University)

Topic: How ancient fishes built the human body plan: exciting fossil discoveries from Australia and Antarctica

2 June 2019 - GeoFamily Alice in Wonderland Picnic
Details: The first GeoFamily picnic for 2019 is at the newly renovated Pityarilla Activity Hub (formerly Marshmallow Park) with a Mad Hatters Tea Party Theme. All are welcome , families, friends and guests (don't have to be a member). Don't have kids? Come along too and enjoy the social networking

17 May 2019 - SA Division
 Sellicks Hill Quarry Tour 
Details: The GSA SA Division excursion to Sellicks Mine has been organised with the assistance of Southern Quarries. A charter bus will take all registered attendees from Adelaide CDB to the Sellicks Mine, where we will be shown through a short introduction to the site and the special environmental management strategies utilised across the site to minimise dust and noise, plus have a brief overview of the geology. The charter bus will be used to travel around site and we will be shown some of the fantastic pit views, quarry exposures and mining setup for the site.

11 April 2019 - SA Division Annual General Meeting
Speaker: Wolfgang Preiss (Geological Survey of South Australia)
Topic: Retiring Chairs Address

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

 21 February 20-19 - SA Division Meeting
Speaker: Marita Bradshaw
Topic: Australia in seven rocks

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

Student Group Sponsorship
Do you belong to an earth and environmental science-focused student group at one of South Australia’s universities? Are you looking for support for activities, excursions and events (up to $500)? The GSA SA Division would like to provide support for student activities and all is required is filling out an application form, provide a budget and commit to writing a short article for GSA’s quarterly magazine, The Australian Geologist (TAG). Want to know more? Please contact our Secretary, for an application form. Past sponsorship has been provided to the Adelaide University GeologicalSociety (AUGS) and the Flinders University Palaeontology Society (FUPS).


Chair: Morgan Blades

Vice Chair: Alan Collins

Secretary: Anna Petts

Treasurer: Jarred Llyod

Programme Secretary: Anna Petts

Newsletter Editor: Mario Werner

SAEMC Representative: Dillon Brown

AUGS Representative: Celina Sanso

General Committee
Sheree Armistead

Barry Cooper

John Foden

Caroline Tiddy

Drew Lubiniecki

Laura Morrissey

Teagan Romyn

Diego García-Bellido

Wolfgang Preiss

Geological Heritage Subcommittee
Bob Major (Convenor), Wayne Cowley, Carmen Krapf, Noel Hiern, Ian Lewis

SA Stratigraphy Subcommission
Wayne Cowley (Convenor), Jim Jago, Mario Wener

Education Subcommittee
Len Altman (Convener)

Field Guide Subcommittee
Barry Cooper (Convenor), Bob Major (Secretary), Colin Conor, Jim Jago, Nick Langsford, Ian Lewis, Cynthia Pyle, Vic Gostin, Pat James

SA Geotourism Subcommittee
Ian Lewis