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Australian Earth Sciences Convention
AESC 2016

The Geological Society of Australia biennial convention.

Uncover Earth's Past to Discover Our Future

26-30 June 2016
Adelaide, SA

GSA events just around the corner!

AESC Call for Abstracts - open for submissions

The AESC 2016 Call for Abstracts is open for submissions. AESC 2016: Uncover Earth's Past to Discover Our Future with six themes and four symposia has many opportunities for you to contribute.

  •    Earth's Environment - Past to Present
•    Tectonics of the Planet
•    Deep Earth Geodynamics
•    Mineral Endowment
•    Geoscience and Society
•    Earth Science for Energy

Call for Abstracts: Click here

Joint GSA-ASEG-AIG course:

16 and 17 February 2016
Professor Mike Dentith
Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist
The course targets geologists who have had limited training in exploration geophysics.

The Barbarian Room, Rugby Place, Sydney CBD
For registration and more details follow this link: click here


GSA Queensland Division Workshop
18 February 2016
Mount Isa Province - Stratigraphic Overview, Geodynamics & Mineral Systems
D'Arcy Mitchell Room, Broncos Leagues Club, Brisbane
This is GSA Queensland Division event.
For registration and more details follow this link: <click here>

GSA National Governing Council Elections and Division Councillors

If you are considering becoming a Governing Councillor, know someone who may be interested,
or are keen to know more about becoming a GSA Governing Councillor, the following information may be helpful.
Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact the GSA office email or (phone: 02 9290 2194).

For more information, click here: GSA Governing Council Election Process 2016
For more information, click here: Divisional Councillor Nomination Form (Northern Territory, NSW, Tasmania, Western Australia)
For more information, click here: General Councillor Nomination Form

Palaeo Down Under 2

Australasian Palaeontologists (AAP) cordially invites all palaeontologists from Australia, New Zealand
and around the world to participate in Palaeo Down Under 2 (PDU2) in Adelaide on 11 - 15 July, 2016.

Provisional list of Symposia:

•    Ediacaran (ISES) and Cambrian (ISCS) Meeting
•    Palaeontology from New Zealand
•    Dinosaurs in Australia
•    Cave Palaeontology
•    Latest technologies applied to Palaeontology
•    Palaeontological Illustration
•    Palaeontological Heritage: Protection & Promotion
•    Palaeontological Collection Managing & Curation

Visit to find out more about the conference and the pre- and
post-conference field trips and to register your expression of interest in attending.


Did you miss the 12th SA Exploration and Mining Conference?
You can download the presentations from the website.
For more information <click here>

Congratulations to the SGTSG for another landmark biennial meeting.
Riding the Wave: A conference to showcase current research and ideas in Structural Geology and Tectonics
Caloundra, Queensland
For more information <click here>

Member renewals

The GSA has sent the 2016 member renewals.
Payment options are online, by cheque or EFT.
Membership of the GSA is based on a calendar year: 1st January - 31st December.
If you have questions about membership, please contact the GSA office: or phone (02) 9290 2194.

In between jobs or retrenched during the downtown?

If you are a GSA member of five years or more and have been retrenched in the downturn
please contact the GSA as you will be eligible for membership assistance. Membership fees
for unemployed members receiving AJES (online or hardcopy) are reduced to $25.00
for 2016 and will be waived for unemployed members not receiving AJES.
Contact the office for more information:

Member-for-Member discount benefits for 2016 fees

The Geological Society of Australia is offering a Member-for-Member discount
for 2016 fees. If you are a full member and sign up another full member for
2016 you both will receive $50.00 off your 2016 membership.
Already paid 2016 fees? Sign up a full member and we will reimburse you $50.
Contact GSA for more information:


AAP Memoirs End of Year booksale
AAPM1 - AAPM43 are 50% off!!
GSA members can take advantage of this booksale
For more information download the order form

GSA responds to the Hornsby Quarry Project EIS

The GSA response to 2015 EIS Hornsby Quarry Road Construction Spoil Management project, prepared by AECOM Australia for RMS.
The Geological Heritage Subcommittee of the NSW Division, Geological Society of Australia, made a submission to the
NSW Department of Planning & Environment concerning one important aspect of the above report which does not
appear to been investigated to the same level of thoroughness as is evident throughout the remainder of the EIS.
We are concerned that the Geological Society of Australia, despite having commissioned the initial report into the
Geological Heritage of New South Wales (Percival 1979) in which the geoheritage aspects of the Hornsby Diatreme
at the Hornsby Quarry site were first documented, was not regarded as a stakeholder during the preparation of the
EIS and therefore was not previously consulted. As a result, the significance of the geological phenomenon uniquely
exposed in the quarry wall at the eastern end of the site has been overlooked and disregarded, leading to formulation
of a plan for infilling the quarry which will largely obliterate this feature of State, National and arguably Global significance.
Click here to read the submission in ful


NSW's New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling round 2 is now open
Applications close: Friday, 29 April 2016
Successful applicants notified: Thursday, 30 June 2016
The Invitation to Apply document can be downloaded from:

Powering Sydney into the Future: the science of Alternative Energy
A GSA Public Forum

As part of the Sydney Science Festival, the GSA held a Public Forum on Monday, 17 August, during National Science Week 2015.

Special thanks to: Robyn Williams, ABC science journalist and broadcaster for impressively moderating the discussion.

Special thanks to the Panelists:
Prof. Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer
Prof. Ben Hankamer
, University of Queensland, Director of Solar Biofuels Consortium
Dr Gary Ellem, Tom Farrell Institute
Tony Irwin
, Technical Director, SNR Nuclear Technology
Scientia Professor Deo Prassad
, CEO of the CRC for Low Carbon Living

Thank you for joining us for this stimulating evening and for your questions and engagement.
Listen to the Public Forum (this is a large file)


For media querie please go to the media page.

The GSA office has moved!

The new address as of July 1 is:
Suite 8, Level 2, Front Office,
141 Peats Ferry Road
Hornsby NSW 2077

Queensland Division launches new app

A self-guided walking tour through the heart of Brisbane featuring the use of
building stones from the early days of European settlement to the modern
expansion of Australia's third largest City.
Download it here

New AAP Memoir available now!
Memoir 46:
Ordovician (Darriwilian-early Katian)
trilobite faunas of northwestern Tarim, Xinjiang, China

Edited by Zhou Zhiyi, Yin Gongzheng & Zhou Zhiqiang
AAPM 46 Download the order form here

Public Forum: Energy 2050

As part of the AESC, we held a Public Forum.
The forum was moderated by Paul Bevan, from ABC Radio 1233 in Newcastle.
The panellists included:
Prof. Iain Stewart, Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University (UK)
Dr Gary Ellem, The University of Newcastle
Prof. Ben Hankamer,University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Dr Tony Irwin, Technical Director SMR Nuclear Technology
Dr Alex Wonhas, CSIRO
Ms Rachel Connell, Director, Office of Coal Seam Gas, NSW Trade & Investment.
DOWNLOAD the recording: <click here>

Or PLAY from ABC Soundcloud:
1233ABC N
ewcastle Soundcloud <click here>

GSA membership renewals for 2016

2016 Member renewals have been posted.
Membership is from the 1st January - 31st December.
If you haven't received your renewal information, please contact the GSA.
Now is the time to contact the GSA office to update your membership details.

If you want to pay online:
Internet Explorer is the most ‘user-friendly’ browser to enable online membership
Firstly, Click the member login area
Login: this is your member number
Password: on your member renewal form, unless you manually changed it.
The blue box on the left has your profile, click: Pay My Membership

This window has the details listed on your member renewal, if you do not
want to change anything, simply ‘add to basket’ to make the payment.
If you wish to make changes click on the tick boxes and ‘add to basket’.
You will now be in the checkout window.
Insert your credit card details in this secure area and complete your transaction.
If you would like a receipt, please email:
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