Baudin Rocks, off of Robe, South Australia - Image courtesy Sarah Hender

South Australia

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Talks & Events

Monthly Division Meetings
31 August - SA Division 'Behind-The-Scenes' Tour of the South Australian Museum
Location: South Australian Museum
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Notes: This ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the SA Museum’s collections and exhibitions will be led by Senior Collection Manager (Earth Sciences) Ben McHenry. There will also be an opportunity to hold the world’s 2 most valuable Opals – The Virgin Rainbow and the Fire of Australia. 
Booking: Numbers are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please RSVP to Morgan Blades ( and for any enquiries please contact Claire Wade (

7 September 2017 – SA Division Monthly Meeting (Ralph Tate Memorial Lecture)
Speaker: Prof Jim Gehling 
Topic: Eating on Ediacaran Seafloors
Location: Mawson Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide, North Terrace
Time: 5:30 for a 6:00pm start
Note: This is a joint meeting with the Field Geology Club and RSSA

14-18 October 2018 – Australian Geoscience Council Convention: Big Issues and Ideas in Geoscience
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
This convention is hosted by the AGC and all the Australian geoscience member societies
More information is coming soon
Themes include:
- Understanding the Earth
- Life on Earth – origins and diversity
- Resources – discovery, development, use and sustainability
- Applied Geoscience in the 21st Century – innovation, technology and the future
- Beyond the Rocks – Geoscience in our society: current application and future trends
Scientific and Technical Program Convenor – Chris Yeats
AGC President and Convention Chair – Bill Shaw  

GESSS South Australia Registration
24 November 2017 - GESSS South Australia - Earth Sciences Student Symposium
For more information please visit the Symposium website here.
Previous Division Meetings
2 August 2017 - SA Division Annual Dinner
Speaker: Ross Large
Topic: Climate Change Through Geological Time

18 May 2017

Topic: Nuclear Waste Disposal – the Facts and the Future
 Ms Kyra Reznikov 
Note: This was a joint event between the SA Division and AusIMM

30 April 2017
Topic: Family picnic

20 April 2017
Topic: AGM

21 February 2017
Topic: Excursion of the Tonsley Drill Core Storage Facility

17 November 2016
Topic: The generation of ore deposits in volcanic arcs starts with sulfate metasomatism in the mantle wedge: The source of oxidised arc magmas
Speaker: Dr Andy Tomkins

20 October 2016
Topic: Student Careers Night
Speaker: Graduate speakers discuss career options and personal journeys in geoscience


Chair: Graziella Caprarelli 

Vice Chair: Anna Petts (acting)

Secretary: Morgan Blades

Treasurer / Conference Administration: Claire Wade

General Committee
Brandon Alessio

Len Altman

Sheree Armistead

Barry Cooper

John Foden

Simon Holford

Sian Howard

Benjamin Kimpton

Drew Lubiniecki

Laura Morrissey

Tom Raimondo

Caroline Tiddy

Mario Werner

Geological Heritage
Bob Major (Convenor), Wayne Cowley, Pam Hasenhohr, Colin Conor, Ian Lewis.

SA Stratigraphy Subcommission
Wayne Cowley (Convenor), Jim Jago

Geological education: Len Altman

Field Guide Subcommittee: Barry Cooper (Convenor), Noel Hiern (Secretary), John Cann, Colin Conor, Wayne Cowley, Jim Jago, Nick Langsford, Bob Major