Geoscience Events


INTRA GSA (Informal NetwoRk cAtchup for GSA Members) are gatherings on the second Wednesday of every month. GSA members to dial in, have a chat and form networks, share ideas and ask questions.⁠

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Once registered for INTRA GSA, you will be sent an email with a link for attending INTRA GSA on Zoom. Links will be sent on the day before each INTRA GSA.⁠
INTRA GSA gatherings are hosted and facilitated by Verity Normington (Governing Council and GSA-NT), Tim Holland (GSA Business Office) and Amber Jarrett (GSA-ACT).⁠

GSA GOLD (Geoscience Online Lecture an Discussion)
GSA GOLD is a series of online monthly technical talks and discussion sessions featuring dynamic speakers from GSA Specialist Groups. Presentations showcase the high-calibre research and work of influential speakers and also provides a platform for participants to connect with others in their field and beyond!

GSA GOLD is held on the first Tuesday of the month {1.00pm AEDT (NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS), 12.00pm AEST (QLD), 12.30pm ACDT (SA), 10.00am WST (WA)}

Registration for GSA GOLD is free for all GSA members, but non-members can also register for just $10.00. Following your registration, you will be sent a link to attend GSA GOLD on Zoom.

Non-members can also use the GSA GOLD registration fee as part of their joining fee when applying for membership with the Geological Society of Australia. Please email for more information.

Click here to register for the next GSA GOLD and read below to learn more about our next speaker.

GSA Virtual Geoscience Initiative 

COVID-19 has impacted on our regular talks and meetings. In the interests of the health and safety of our members we have cancelled or postponed all face-to-face GSA gatherings for the immediate future.

In place of physical meetings we are currently igniting our members’ inner geos with twice weekly virtual geoscience presentations featuring GSA members. This Virtual Geoscience Initiative is proving to be very popular with members and presenters alike! It creates a great opportunity for the presenters to share their passion and knowledge about a subject with our extensive membership network on a regular basis wherever they may be.

Examples of presentations that have been sent so far include:

Clive Willman Islands of Gold in an Ocean of Land' - evolution and the mineral potential of the Macquarie Arc (courtesy Geological Survey of New South Wales) 

Marita Bradshaw Themes in future Australian Geoscience (courtesy Geoscience Australia) 

Ian Withnall On the trail of the Ice-age Floods: geotouring the Channelled Scablands of eastern Washington State, USA (courtesy GSAQ) 

Geoscience emails are sent to members every Monday and Thursday, with content from Mondays’ emails also shared on Facebook two weeks later.

If you would like to join our Society please go to our Join page.

2020 Australia Event Listing  


22 October 2020 - GSA SA Division Lunchtime Talk - The Geoscience Treasures of Flinders University Plus an Excursion to the Magpie Creek Geological Trail
Details: The GSA SA Division would like to invite GSA members and guests to a lunchtime meeting at Alere Function Centre, Flinders University. This lunchtime event will incorporate a short, informal seminar on the geology of the Flinders Uni Campus and the global importance of Sturt Gorge and Magpie Creek which was recognised in 1970 by the placement of a GSA plaque at a nearby rock face – the Sturt-Tillite-Tapley Hill Formation boundary. After the short talk, attendees will be invited to view the plaque and nearby key sites of interest which were deposited during vast climatic upheaval pre-emergence of life on Earth. For more information please see the registration page.
Time: 12.00pm – 1.15pm (talks), 1.15pm – 1:45pm (geological trail)
Cost: Free for GSA Members, $15 for non-GSA members
Registration: Please click here

28 October 2020 - ACT Division Meeting (via Zoom)
Details: ACT Division members are invited to meet the new Division Committee and say hello to members they haven't seen for a while
Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Details: Members will be sent a link to enter Zoom via email

31 October 2020: Tasmania Division - Spring Field Trip to the Tasman Peninsula
Contact Phil for further details


3 November - GSA GOLD
Speaker: Anthony Reid (Geological Survey of South Australia)
Topic: Magmas, metasomatism and the mantle: a journey through three papers I wish I had read earlier in my career
Time: November GSA GOLD is on 3 Nov 2020 {1.00pm AEDT (NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS), 12.00pm AEST (QLD), 12.30pm ACDT (SA), 10.00am WST (WA)}
Cost: GSA Members are free. $10 for Non-members
Registration: Click hereFollowing your registration, you will be sent a link to attend GSA GOLD on Zoom.
Abstract: In this talk I’m going to discuss three key papers that I would give to my younger self to read. Admittedly, choosing three papers from many was difficult, but these are papers that I learnt so much from. Two of these papers I’ve read, one I’ve written. Firstly, what is the significance of the dark blobs you sometimes see in granites? Previously I had no idea, really. That was until I worked with my Geological Survey of South Australia colleague Mark Pawley on the magmatic rocks exposed in spectacular coastal outcrops of the western Gawler Craton. Out of that we wrote a paper this year (2020) on a 1.62 Ga igneous suite that is (from my side at least) an attempt to make sense of magma mingling, mixing and magma transfer. Secondly, what happens when fluids are the dominant force driving mineral crystallisation, rather than pressure or temperature? The mineralogy of metasomatic rocks can be weird. Messy even. I had worked in the eastern Gawler Craton iron oxide-copper-gold terrane for several years, but it took a trip to Quebec before I could piece together what the mineral assemblages were telling me. That was thanks to work by Louise Corriveau in the Great Bear terrane, as described in her 2016 paper. Finally, the mantle. Deep, mysterious, green. Electrical geophysics and isotope geochemistry shows that is actually quite complicated down there. But is it really that important? Yes! Double yes! And a 2009 paper by Graham Begg on the evolution of Africa really brought this home. What is a craton, and how important is mantle structure is in controlling magmatic and metallogenic processes? All of these papers have been instrumental in building the mental map I use to navigating geology. So this talk will be a journey from the bottom of the lithosphere towards the mineral deposit. If you are free, you might like to join me for the ride. For references, please see registration page.

4 November 2020 - Specialist Group in Economic Geology (SGEG) - Facets of Exploration Webinar
Speaker: Sarah Jones (SJGeology Ltd)
Topic: Structural geology for ore deposit exploration
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: click here

Sarah's Biography: After 3.5 years working for Gold Fields Ltd as their Chief Structural Geologist, Sarah Jones is currently living back in NZ and working in her own structural geology consultancy (SJGeology Ltd). She has over 20 years of extensive field mapping experience within Australia and overseas. Sarah has worked as a structural geologist for the last 12 years on numerous deposits and deposit styles. Prior to Gold Fields, she was based in Kalgoorlie as a regional mapper with GSWA for about 5 years after completing a PhD at CODES at the end of 2001. The PhD study was on a VMS deposit (Myra Falls) in Canada. She worked in the Eastern Goldfields at Darlot Gold Mine as an exploration geologist for a few years after completing her BSc and MSc at Otago University, New Zealand. Her Masters project was based on a mapping study in South Victoria Land, Antarctica. In 2018, Sarah received the AB Edwards medal from the Geological Society of Australia's Specialist Group for Economic Geology.

Talk Abstract: Successful exploration for any type of ore deposit requires a good understanding of the formation and likely setting of the targeted ore body. To understand a mineralised system, we need to know the nature of the host rocks (their age, composition, geological setting), the nature of the host structures, and relative timing of mineralisation vs the local/regional deformation history. This information can then guide us to the most likely type of orebody present in the target area.

Commodities like copper or manganese occur in numerous geological settings and it is important to understand the different modes of formation. For example, manganese is found in large stratabound sedimentary deposits or in smaller high-grade fault-hosted hydrothermal deposits. Structural geology is a key component for understanding the geological setting and mode of ore formation.

Structural geology is also key to determining the setting and timing of gold deposits. In the Eastern Goldfields, WA, recent work has shown that although many deposits are associated with horizontal east-west compression (D2-3 event; orogenic gold), others have formed during an earlier D1 event (granite-up, greenstone-down tectonics). The setting and structural controls on ore formation on these older deposits differs markedly from the more typical D2-3 orogenic gold deposits.

This presentation examines two exploration case studies: manganese deposits in the Pilbara, and gold deposits in the Agnew district, Eastern Goldfields. Successful exploration requires an open mind on deposit types and possible ore formation, regardless of the commodity. 

4 November 2020 - WA Division Meeting 

Speaker: Bill Power (Power Geoscience) 
TopicFluid Flow and Faults – new constraints from outcrop and fault seal studies
Location: Irish Club of WA (Inc.), 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco, between Hay Street and Churchill Ave
Time: 5.30pm

12 November 2020 – NSW Division Online Meeting
Speaker: Rhiannon Garrett, University of Sydney
Topic: Calibrating a numerical model of Late Quaternary source-to-sink sediment transfer in the Gulf of Papua
Time: 6.00 pm 
Details: Members will be sent a link to attend prior to the meeting

17 November 2020 - Hunter Valley Branch AGM (via Zoom)
Speaker: Peter Betts, Monash University
Changing the Geoscience narrative to improve the way we are perceived by the general public
Time: 5.15 pm start / 5.30 - 6 pm Talk /6 - 6.30 pm AGM
Details: Members will be sent a link to register for the meeting via email 

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


2 December 2020 - Specialist Group in Economic Geology (SGEG) - Facets of Exploration Webinar
Andrew Cook (Iluka)
Topic: Exploration in mineral sands
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

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

2020 International Event Listing


2021 Australia Event Listing

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
Abstract submissions: Click here

Message from GSA President Joanna Parr:

I expect that, like me, you have been looking forward to our next Australian Earth Science Conference (AESC) in Feb 2021. Perhaps, like me, you were hoping that travel restrictions would have eased enough for us to travel to Hobart to enjoy a week meeting friends and colleagues at the Core-to-Cosmos AESC 2021.

The organising committee have been working hard to deliver the best possible conference for the Earth Science community, but it has become increasingly obvious, given the very real chance of travel restrictions, the viability of a face to face meeting in Hobart is in jeopardy. So, having considered all the potential scenarios, including postponing to 2022, the committee have decided that the AESC 2021 will be a virtual conference that will run 9-12 February in 2021. They are currently testing software platforms, looking at innovative ways of running difference facets of the meeting and working on providing the best possible interactive conference for all the registrants.

It’s obviously very disappointing that we will not all gather in Hobart in February, but I am confident that the Organising Committee will deliver a benchmark virtual experience with a Tasmanian flavour. More information will come out soon.

Best wishes

Jo Parr

President, Geological Society of Australia

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.
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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

20 July 2021- Target 2020 Rescheduled from July 2020
Location: University Club, University of Western Australia, 
Details: Geoconferences is organizing Target 2020 in collaboration with the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) to showcase innovations developed to aid the discovery of new tier-one deposits and broaden the exploration search space under cover. Target 2020 will focus on all aspects of mineral exploration and provide a unique opportunity to workshop solutions to the mineral industry challenges that lie ahead.
Website: Please click here
Registration: Please click here

21-23 July 2021 - International Archean Symposium Rescheduled from July 2020
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, which will be held from July 14 to July 16, 2020, at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia.
Website: Please click here
Registration: Please click here


23 - 27 August 2021 - Advancing Earth Observation Forum, Brisbane Rescheduled from 2020
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

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

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