GSA Earth Sciences Student Symposia (GESSS)

GESSS is a national program of symposia and an initiative of the Geological Society of Australia. Student conferences organised by students for students nationally. Registration is free for Students and Non Student GSA Members. For more information about GESSS contact

GESSS 2020
12-16 October 2020 - Virtual GESSS
In response to the COVID pandemic, Virtual GESSS will be entirely online and held during Earth Science Week 2020. The Earth Science Week theme is Earth Materials in Our Lives. Participants will be encouraged (but not obligated) to base their presentations around this theme.

Each day's session will be organised by a GESSS committee representing a different state - NSW, WA, QLD, TAS and the ACT. Daily sessions will be 2.5 hours in length with the first 2 hours dedicated to 6-8 student presentations and the final 20 minutes will be an INTRA GSA for participants and viewers to network.

Time: AEDT – 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm; ACDT – 4.30 pm to 7.00 pm; AEST – 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm; AWST – 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm; ACST – 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm.

Abstract submissions and registrations: Coming soon

Webinars: There will be two webinars held in conjunction with Virtual GESSS. These are designed to give presenters (and other interested participants) skills that are associated with presenting at an online event. The webinars will be open for all GSA members as well as GESSS registrants.

Webinar 1: Promoting on Social Media 
Hosted by Verity Normington, this webinar will provide participants with practical tips and skills on using social media to promote their participation in the event. The aim of this will be to generate an online conversation around Virtual GESSS and further engage the GSA members in the event. The webinar will also include basic skills for using social media for science communication and having an online presence. 

Webinar 2: Presenting Online
This webinar will give participants some practical skills for presenting in a virtual event. The skills required to present online are different to those typically adopted for traditional events.

More details for Virtual GESSS to come!

25 November 2020 – GESSS SA
Location: Alere Function Rooms, Flinders University and streamed online
Description: Students from Flinders University, University of South Australia and University of Adelaide can either attend or present their research in person or participate digitally online. Students will promote their talents to future employers, discover new areas of research at other universities, and meet new people within the Earth sciences field.
Registration: Click here
Website: Click here
Abstract submission: Coming soon