Geoscience Events

2020 Australia Event Listing   


26 November 2020  - Geological Survey of South Australia Discovery Day
Reducing the risk through geoscience and innovation
Location: Adelaide, SA. Online and in person
Registration: GSSA Discovery Day Registration


27 November 2020 - Australasian Palaeontologists Annual General Meeting
Details: The AAP AGM will be a hybrid event, comprising a face-to-face sit-down dinner in WA which will also be shown online. The committee will also award the first AAP Dorothy Hill Award, the Mary Wade Prize and the Robert Etheridge Jr Medal during the AGM.
Location: Rambla on Swan, South Shore Shopping Centre, 39/85 S Perth Esplanade, South Perth, Western Australia
Time: Guest will arrive at 5:30pm for a 6pm start (WA time). Awards and reports will be presented between 6pm and 7pm, with festivities ending by 10pm. Virtual guest will be able to join us on Microsoft Teams to view the Awards and report at the following times: 6pm (WA), 7:30pm (NT), 8pm (QLD), 8:30pm (SA), 9pm (NSW, VIC, TAS).
Registration: Booking is essential as the dinner is limited to 22 guests, and virtual attendees will be sent a link a few days before the event to view it online.
Perth locals:
Virtual AGM (non-Perth locals):


2 December 2020 - Specialist Group in Economic Geology (SGEG) - Facets of Exploration Webinar
Speaker: Andrew Cook (Iluka)
Topic: Exploration in mineral sands
Time: WST: 12.00pm - 1.00pm (WA), AEST: 2.00pm - 3.00pm (QLD), ACDT: 2.30pm – 3.30pm (SA), AEDT: 3.00pm - 4.00pm (ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC)
Registration:  Click here
Bio: Andrew Cook has been combing the world’s paleo-beaches for mineral sands for over 30 years in his role as the principal geologist of Iluka Resources Ltd, one of the mineral sands industry’s major players
“Mineral Sands” is a catch-all term for a group of concomitant minerals that supply feedstock to the chemical industry producing coatings. Stop now and look at all the painted and coated surfaces that surround you. These are bigger businesses than most people realize.
On December 2nd Andrew Cook will provide the basics on:
• where mineral sands accumulate
• how good concentrations form
• what the chemical industry customers seek
• what constitutes a commercial occurrence, and
• how you might go about finding and developing mineral sands deposits
Ilmenite and rutile are the commonly occurring titanium minerals, with ilmenite by far the more naturally abundant. But most titanium is never made into titanium metal. Most ends up as titanium dioxide pigment. With a high refractive index, Titanium Dioxide can act as cover and coatings for paints and fillers.
Ilmenite and rutile are also resistate minerals and, when liberated from rocks, can travel and be incorporated into sediments. Being heavier than quartz sand they also concentrate as placer deposits, most particularly on beaches, and often with other heavy minerals such as zircon and monazite, which can also become useful and profitable by-products.
The mineral sands geologist, thus, is fortunate in being able to work on the beach, or at least where the beach used to be.
Bring your bucket and spade for an informative session aimed at industry starters.

3 December 2020: 10th Geoscience Forum, Tasmania
The GSA TAS Division, AusIMM Tasmania Branch, IAG and Tasmanian Government are pleased to bring you the 10th Geoscience Forum. The purpose of this forum is to assemble geoscientists in one pleasant place to share their progress in exploration, mining and research. This event is for sharing results and ideas in the geosciences and learning more about geology, in particular the geology of Tasmania. Field trips are planned the day after the Forum to visit historic and geological sites of interest.
Expressions of Interest for Guest Speakers: Please email the Tasmanian Branch if you have any suggestions for speakers (
Location: Strahan Village, The Esplanade, Strahan, Tasmania
Time: 9 am - 5 pm, 7 pm Forum Dinner
Registrations: Click here
Field Trips: Friday, 4 December 2020

1 - 3 December 2020 - Asian Current Research on Fluid Inclusions
Location: Townsville, Australia
Abstract Submissions close 31 July 2020
For programme details and registration click here

1 – 3 December 2020 - Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference 2020
Location: Margaret River, WA

11 December 2020 - ACT Division End of Year Picnic
We know this year has been tough in so many ways, so we want to get everyone together to celebrate the achievements of 2020, no matter their size, say goodbye to the year and welcome in the new one. This event is family friendly and the park has access to all. We invite you to bring your whole family along to share in the fun. The event is also open to friends of GSA Members. There will be a few activities for the kids, and maybe even some for the adults. If we are lucky we might even see some of the local wildlife that like to visit the park around sunset. Please ensure that you are Covid Safe during the event by maintaining good hand hygiene, physical distancing, and staying home if you are unwell. In adhering with COVID-19 protocols, we ask everyone to bring their own food, drinks, rugs and chairs - we will not be sharing like previous years. The ACT Division will have some beverages available, for a gold coin donation. Remember, when you are attending GSA events, you are expected to adhere to the GSA Code of Conduct (available upon request). 
Cost: Free
Time: 5.50pm onwards
Location: Weston Park, Weston Park Rd, Yarralumla. We will be walking distance from the Prescott Lane carpark. Look for the GSA pull-up banners
RSVP: Please RSVP to by 5.00pm, 30 November with the number of people that will be attending

2020 International Event Listing


2021 Australia Event Listing

15 January 2021 – GESSS SA - Rescheduled from 24 November 2020
Description: GESSS SA is the only GSA Earth Science Student Symposium to be held face-to-face in 2020 - you can also watch it online via Zoom from anywhere in Australia (or the world)! GESSS SA will allow students from Flinders University, University of South Australia and University of Adelaide to promote their talents to future employers, discover new areas of research at other universities, and meet new people within the Earth sciences field.
Location: Function Rooms, Flinders University and streamed online
Registration: Click here
Website: Click here
T-Shirts: Click here

Keynote Speakers
Professor Peter Betts is a Professor of tectonics and structural geophysics in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University. He is also the Associate Dean of Graduate Research in the Faculty of Science and the inaugural Geological Society Ambassador and touring lecturer. He will be presenting his talk Changing the Geoscience narrative to improve the way we are perceived by the general public via livestream GESSS SA.

Dr Margaret Shanafield completed her PhD in hydrogeology at the University of Nevada (USA) before moving to Adelaide, Australia, where her research has focussed on surface water groundwater interactions and streambed processes, especially in arid climates. She is a Senior Researcher/Lecturer at Flinders University and the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training with over 15 years of experience in water resources. She will be presenting her talk Stepping into the water: a career in something that should be important to everyone! 

2 February 2021 - Specialist Group in Economic Geology (SGEG) - Facets of Exploration Webinar
Ravi Anand (CSIRO)
Topic: – Regolith and regolith geochemistry
Time: WST: 11.00am – 12.00pm (WA), AEST: 1.00pm - 2.00pm (QLD), ACDT: 1.30pm – 2.30pm (SA), AEDT: 2.00pm - 3.00pm (ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC)
Registration: coming soon

9-12 February 2021 - Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2021: Core to Cosmos - Virtual Conference
Details: The convention will showcase current trends and advances in earth science, including the latest findings on the deep structure and composition of our planet, our diverse crust and surface environments, developments in the energy and resources sectors and critically, the essential role that geoscience plays in our sustainable future. Themes for the convention include:
Theme 1: Energy and resources
Theme 2: Earth structure
Theme 3: Core to crust
Theme 4: Crust, surface and cosmos
Theme 5: Geoscience in society, education and environment
Theme 6: Earth observations and models

Website: Click here
Registration: Click here (Early bird registration closes 4 Dec)


16-18 February 2021 - Short Course - EPITHERMAL Au-Ag and PORPHYRY Cu-Au EXPLORATION
Location: Sydney
Presentor: Stuart Hayward
Details: This short course has been running since the early 1990’s, then with the late Terry Leach, as an introduction to exploration for epithermal Au-Ag and porphyry Cu-Au ore deposits - Two days of powerpoint lectures draw on over 40 years of Dr Corbett's  work as an Exploration Consultant in over 40 countries. A third day held at the W B Clarke Geoscience Centre, Londonderry, studies drill core and Greg’s specimens of these ore types. Here, Stuart Hayward, an explorationist with similar Pacific rim experience to Greg, helps to teach field relationships (spot the mineral) using drill core and many of the same specimens as feature in the powerpoint presentation. Participants are provided with a draft of the new short course notes which proceed at snail’s pace towards publication, as a colour update with over 1000 rock photos of the earlier notes (Corbett and Leach, 1998, Economic Geology Special Publish 6).
Registrations open 1st October 2020. Contact to be put on the priority list. GSA member students are subsidised.
For Flyer Click Here


8 – 9 July 2021 – The Gordon Packham Meeting on New South Wales Geology

A Milestone Meeting on the understanding of the Geology of NSW and adjacent areas
Location: Macquarie University
First Circular


23 - 27 August 2021 - Advancing Earth Observation Forum, Brisbane 
Earth Observation Australia Inc. is a collaboration and coordination hub for ALL people who collect and use Earth Observation Data in Australia.
Registrations: Open Thursday 7 January 2021

24-26 August 2021: The Bowen Basin Symposium
Details: The BBGG has a proud history of presenting the Bowen Basin Symposium (BBS) every 5 years since 1985. The theme of 2020’s event is  “Coal:Embracing Change and Innovation”. This is the premier event run by geoscientists, for geoscientists and associated personnel, who study, explore, evaluate and mine the occurrence of coal throughout the Bowen and other basins in Queensland. This event was postponed to 2021 from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic  
Location: Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay, QLD
Call for abstracts: Click here - closes 12 July 2020
Field Trip: Dinosaur Safari
Website: Please click here
Registration: Click here - we understand that the postponement of the Symposium to 2021 from 2020 raises questions in regards to current registrations, sponsorships, payments, accepted abstracts, program and accommodation booked. Please Click here to view a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) to assist you to navigate your way forward.

September 2021 - 15th International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry
Location: UNSW Sydney, Library Road, Kensington NSW 2052
Contact: ANSTO Event Coordinator:

27 September to 1 October 2021 – 19th Biennial Conference for the Australia and New Zealand Geomorphology Group
Location: Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs, NT

2-5 November 2021- 'Earth, Sea and Sky' SGGMP Biennial Conference
Details: Join us in the beautiful southwest of Western Australia for the latest discoveries and developments in rock and mineral chemistry down under. An intimate four day meeting comprising talks, posters, discussions, field trips and and social gatherings
Themes: Low and high T processes, Critical minerals and Global cycles
Location: Historic Caves House Hotel, Yallingup, 250 km south of Perth, in the heart of the southwest, an area renowned for its majestic karri forests, surf beaches, limestone caves, wineries and Indian Ocean sunsets
Website: Click here
First Circular: Download here

21 to 26 November 2021 – 9th International Acid Sulfate Soils Conference, Adelaide
Details: This is the premier interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of acid sulfate soil research, policy and management practices. 
Location: Adelaide

2022 Date to be Confirmed - International Archean Symposium 
Location: University Club and the Octagon Theatre at the University of Western Australia, Perth
Details: The 6th International Archean Symposium (6IAS) represents the premier international scientific gathering for geoscientists interested in the Early Earth. The program will reflect a decade’s worth of advances in our understanding of how the Early Earth evolved and aims to develop future directions for Precambrian geoscience for the decade to come. The symposium continues the series of highly successful IAS meetings presented every decade by Geoconferences (WA). We invite academic, government and industry geoscientists involved in Precambrian geoscience to attend the 6th International Archean Symposium.
Website: Please click here

2022 Date to be Confirmed - Target 2022
Location: Perth, Western Australia

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2021 International Event Listing

25 July - 1 August 2021 - 18th International Congress of Speleology
Details: The UIS hosts an International Congress of Speleology every four years, which is the world’s most significant gathering of cave and karst scientists, managers, educators, and explorers. This year the congress will be expanded into the major international event that will celebrate the International Year of Caves and Karst.
Location: Lyon – Villeurbanne, France
Website: Click here

15-18 November 2021 - 16th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA)

Details: The meeting will feature presentations on topics related to mineral deposit research, exploration, sustainable development and environmental and social aspects related to mineral deposits. The oral and poster presentation sessions, and pre- and post-conference short courses and field trips will provide a comprehensive programme. The conference is organised by SGA with support from professionals in universities, research organisations, government, minerals industry, and service providers.
Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Website: Click here
First circular: Click here