Dudley Beach - image courtesy Gavin Ayre

Hunter Valley Branch

HEDG - Hunter Valley Earth Sciences Discussion Group

HEDG formed in 2008 with the aim to increase the interaction between geoscientists in the Lower Hunter, promote geoscience, provide a platform to learn about current research and provide an opportunity for students to look at career options.

Upcoming talks and events

17 November 2020 - Hunter Valley Branch (via Zoom)
: 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
Registration. Click here to register. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Previous HEDG Meetings

1 September 2020 - Hunter Valley Branch Meeting (via Zoom)
Speaker: Tara Djokic, UNSW
Topic: Implications for astrobiology from early signs of life preserved in the Pilbara, Western Australia 

March 2020 - HV Branch Meeting

11 December 2019 - HV Branch HEDG Christmas Social Event

Description: An opportunity for festive catch-up with others involved in HEDG this year. Financial members drinks will be subsidised (ticket system, more details on the day). Don’t hesitate to check with Bronwyn if you’re not sure of your membership status. Feel free to bring a friend
Location: Wil & Sons, 102 Darby St, Cooks Hill (Newcastle). 

15 October 2019 - HEDG
Simone Meakin (GSNSW), Ron Boyd (University of Newcastle), Phil Gilmore (GSNSW) and Guy Fleming (GSNSW)
Topic: Geoscience is for everyone (Earth Science Week).  Geotrails 101 and examples from NSW

13 August 2019 - HEDG
Speaker: Craig O'Neill (Macquarie University Planetary Research Centre)
Topic:Destination Moon: more missions, more science (National Science Week)

2 July 2019 - HEDG (HV Branch AGM)

Speaker: Paul Ashley (
Paul Ashley Petrographic and Geological Services)
Topic: An earth science perspective of Bhutan 

14 May 2019 - HEDG
Speaker: Joanna Parr (CSIRO and GSA President)
Exploring the ocean floor, the last frontier 

19 February 2019 - HEDG
Speaker: Shaping and managing the Newcastle coastline
Topic: Verity Rollason and Paul Donaldson (BMT WBM Environment)
Location: McIntyre Theatrette, Newcastle Museum, 6 Workshop Way Newcastle


Chair: Lindsay Gilligan
E: lgilligan@bigpond.com

Vice Chair: John Watkins
Email: rocsolid@bigpond.net.au

Secretary: Simone Meakin
E: simone.meakin@planning.nsw.gov.au

Treasurer: Robert Musgrave
E: robert.musgrave@planning.nsw.gov.au

Committee members
John Greenfield
Phil Gilmore