Cape Schanck - image courtesy Michelle Grosser


Talks and Events
Monthly Division Meetings

Date: Last Thursday of each month (Except January and December)
Location: Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start
Contact: Michelle Grosser, email
Details are also posted on the Victorian website

Upcoming events

29 March 2018 - Victorian Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Dr Jim Peter Driscoll (Monash University)
Topic: Soft Rock versus Hard Rock: Using sedimentological principles to constrain the structural evolution of a late Cambrian–Early Ordovician rift event, central northern Tasmania
Location: Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start

26 April 2018 - Victorian Division Annual General Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Gresley Wakelin-King (Wakelin Associates)
Topic: Topic: Landscapes of the Diamantina: greenfields geomorphology investigations supporting sustainable land use
Location: Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start

31 May 2018 - Victorian Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Prof Trevor Ireland (ANU)
Topic: Earth elements
Location: Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start

June 2018 - Victorian Division Howitt Lecture with the Royal Society of Victoria
Details: TBA

July 2018 - Victorian Division Monthly Meeting
Speakers: Postgraduate students
Details: TBA

30 August2018 - Victorian Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Mr Dean Turnbull (Dart Mining)
Topic: Dorchap Dyke Swarm -Lithium exploration
Location: Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start

27 September 2018 - Victorian Division Monthly Meeting & Selwyn Lecture
Details: TBA

Previous Meetings
22 Febraury 2018
Speaker: Dr Chris Hall (Australian Synchrotron)
Topic: Imaging and Medical beamline (IMBL): revealing material structures in 3D

30 November 2017
Speaker: Vince Morand, La Trobe University
Jan van Eyck: the first artist to paint rocks realistically

26 October 2017
Topic: Technology or taphonomy? Understanding site formation processes and its effects on the anthropogenic nature of purported osseous tools
Rhiannon Stammers

28 September 2017
Topic: Lithospheric evolution and the supercontinent cycle
Speaker: Peter Cawood

31 August 2017
Topic: Sea level rise and acid sulfate soils
Speaker: Vanessa Wong

27 July 2017
Topic: Student night
Speakers: Vera Korasidis, Maxwell Lechte, Martin Schwindinger

22 June 2017
Topic: Meteorites and Cosmic Dust: Insights to the Early Solar System and Earth
Speaker: Dr Andy Tomkins (Monash University)

25 May 2017
Topic: Deep challenges: using geochemistry to understand water quality and quantity problems in China’s stressed aquifer systems
Speaker:  Matthew Currell

28 April 2017
Topic: Salty Megafauna
Speaker: Eric Fitzgerald

30 March 2017
Topic: Granite formation and the origins of isotopic heterogeneity
Speaker: Kieran Iles

25 February 2017
Topic: Non-plate tectonic interpretations for the Superior Craton, Canada, and Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia − exploration implications
Speaker: Prof. Lyal Harris, National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS-ETE)

Other talks and events
13-17 August 2018 – Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA 2018)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

25-28 September - Granites 2017: crustal evolution and mineralisation
Location: Benalla, Victoria

Geological Society of Australia, Victoria Division, Student Research Scholarships
The scholarship is valued at up to $500 for travel within Australia and $700 for travel outside of Australia. The number of and value of the scholarships awarded each year is made at the discretion of the GSA(Vic) committee. Funding will not be granted retrospectively and applicants are asked to submit forms no later than 6 weeks prior to their trip to give the committee time to consider the application. For more information and application form click here

Applicants must be members of the GSA and enrolled in a full-time degree at a Victorian Tertiary institution and undertaking research in Geology. The scholarship will be awarded to assist with conference travel for honours and postgraduate students, who are presenting (either poster or talk) at the conference. Honours and postgraduate students that receive this scholarship will be required to submit a report for publication in ‘The Victorian Geologist’ newsletter following their trip. A presentation may also be requested by the committee, which will consist of a short 10-15 minute presentation prior to the monthly seminar. Students who have previously received a GSAV research scholarship are not eligible. Scholarships and bursaries from other sources are acceptable.

Applications forms can be scanned and emailed to: or mailed to:
Geology Research Scholarships Victoria
Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division)
GPO Box 2355
Melbourne VIC 3001

More information can be found by contacting Barbara Wagstaff,


Chair: David Cantrill

Vice-Chair: Adele Seymon 

Secretary: Michelle Grosser

Treasurer: Vacant

The Victorian Geologist Editor: 
Kieran Iles

Divisional committee members
Karen Kapteinis
Jennifer Ryan
Barbara Wagstaff
David Moore - Investments Administrator
Fiona Glover - membership secretary

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Education: Shannon Burnett

Heritage: Susan White

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