Geoscience Events


INTRA GSA (Informal NetwoRk cAtchup for GSA Members) are gatherings for GSA members that are in the Early (ECG) and Mid-Career (MCG) stages of their career. ECG (students, graduates and early careerists) and MCG GSA members can dial in, have a chat and form networks, share ideas and ask questions.⁠

The first gathering is on Wednesday 10th June (2.00 pm - 2.40 pm AEST) and will continue on the second Wednesday of every month.⁠

Click here to register.

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) and Amber Jarrett (GSA-ACT).⁠


The next speaker for GSA GOLD is Professor Kate Trinajstic from Curtin University. Kate's expertise is in vertebrate palaeontology, where her work focuses on how early vertebrates evolved novel morphology such as an internal skeleton and complex musculature. In particular she is studying the role of internal fertilization and how this impacted on the diversification and radiation of early fishes. Kate is an accomplished in a variety of micro-analytical techniques, including the application of micro- CT and synchrotron scanning for fossil materials. Kate’s other research interests encompass a variety of topics such as biostratigraphy using conodonts and the teeth and scales from sharks to date rocks, the mechanism of soft tissue preservation and the evolution of electroreception. Her primary field work is in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and has recently worked on sites in Morocco and South Africa

The title for Kate's talk is The Gogo Formation, a Western Australian Lagerstätte

Abstract: Exceptionally preserved fossils from the Late Devonian Gogo Formation, in the Canning Basin, Western Australia have provided major insights into not only on the evolution of many vertebrate anatomical features; both skeletal and soft tissue, but also the preservation of biomarkers and record anatomical details not normally obtained from Devonian sites. The use of synchrotron and neutron micro tomography have provided further detail at sub-micron resolution of internal structure not able to be examined through traditional methods of acid preparation. Although, recently studies of vertebrate fossils have dominated the literature; invertebrate studies, especially those on fossils with muscle preservation have provided important palaeoecological data. Geochemical analyses of bothe vertebrate and invertebrate fossils have provided data on the pathways involved in the exceptional preservation of this Devonian Konservat-Lagerstätte. Fossils from the Gogo Formation show extensive soft tissue preservation through phosphatization. 

The next GSA GOLD will be held on Tuesday 6 October at 1.30pm AEST, 1.00pm ACST (Adelaide), 11.30pm AWST (Perth).

Registration for GSA GOLD is free for all GSA members, but non-members can also register for just $10.00.

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.

Registration: Please click here. Following your registration, you will be sent a link to attend GSA GOLD on Zoom.

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  


17 September 2020 – SA Division Careers in Geoscience Event
Details: Are you an undergraduate, honours, masters or PhD student and would like the opportunity to network with professional geoscientists who can help shape your career?
Do you have questions you'd like to ask professional geoscientists about working in industry, government or academia?
The Geological Society of Australia (GSA) invites you to participate in our South Australian networking and speed mentoring night.
Time: 5.00pm - 8.00pm
Location: Sprigg Room, Mawson Building, University of Adelaide
Registration: Click here

22 September 2020 - Queensland Division Technical Talk - Virtual and Face-to-Face Meeting
This meeting will  be streamed by Zoom and held face-to-face
Speaker: Dr Matt Valetich from the Geological Survey of Queensland
Time: 6.00PM 
Location: Transcontinental Hotel, 482 George St, Brisbane
Note: A Zoom link will be sent to members to watch the meeting 

27 September 2020 - WA Division Star Swamp Geotrail Project Field Trip
Details: Friends of Star Swamp, GSA WA Division, Geoparks WA and City of Stirling invite you to assist in researching and presenting the geological heritage of Star Swamp. This information will be interpreted to inform the establishment of a geo-trail within Star Swamp. Alan Briggs and David Pike will be facilitating this fieldtrip and the Friends of Star Swamp have pre-booked the venue.
Time: 9.00 am
Location: Meeting point is car park 50 m south of the Henderson Environment Centre - North end of Groate Street, North Beach, Western Australia 6020
Cost: Free


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Walk – David Pike will lead a walk around Star Swamp
  • Workshop findings – coordinated by Alan Briggs (GSA WA members are encouraged to research Star Swamp prior to the event)
  • Where to from here – Alan Briggs

All attendees will be required to “sign in” for insurance purposes.
Please bring sun protection and water.
All attendees to self-cater. We will finish off with morning tea around 11.30 am
Registration: Click here 

30 September 2020 - VIC Division Online Lunchtime Meeting
Speaker: Gresley Wakelin-King, 
Wakelin Associates; and Dept. Ecology, Environment and Evolution, La Trobe University
Topic: Australia’s longest coastal cliffs: size, reasons, rarity
Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Details: Members will be sent the zoom link via email prior to the meeting


6 October - GSA GOLD
Speaker: Kate Trinajstic (Curtin University)
opic: The Gogo Formation, a Western Australian Lagerstätte (see details at the top of the page for the talk abstract)
Time: 1.30pm AEST, 1.00pm ACST (Adelaide), 11.30pm AWST (Perth)
Registration:  Click here

7 October - WA Division Annual General Meeting & Monthly Division Talk
The Annual General Meeting will precede the Monthly Talk. 
Speaker: Raphael Baumgartner (Research Associate, University of New South Wales)
opic: Sulfidized stromatolites of the 3.48 billion-year-old Dresser Formation, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia: A “benchmark” for the oldest evidence of life on Earth
Time: Meet for drinks from 5.30 pm. AGM begins at 6 pm
Location:  Irish Club, 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco

8 October 2020 - GSA NSW Division Online Meeting 
Speaker: Jill Terry, BHP
Topic: Geoscience Education Requirements (an industry perspective) 
Time: 6.00pm 
Details: Zoom links will be sent to NSW Div members on Thursday prior to the meeting. There will be a quiz and question time for those joining us live. For more information please contact:⁠ 

12-16 October 2020 - Virtual GESSS 
Virtual GESSS will be held online 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 - QLD, TAS, ACT and WA. 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.

Abstract submissions for VIRTUAL GESSS are now open!
Deadline: 15 September 2020

Abstract requirements:
- title
- name
- affiliation of present and co-authors
- 4 keywords
- Arial font, size 10 in a word document
- no more than 400 words
- no citations or figures

QLD students – submit your abstracts to:
TAS students – submit your abstracts to:
ACT students– submit your abstracts to:
WA students – submit your abstracts to:

Registration openClick here

Virtual GESSS will be held at different times across Australia
Monday, 12 October: Queensland
AEST: 2.00 - 4.30pm
AEDT: 3.00 - 5.30pm
ACDT: 2.30 – 5.00pm
AWST: 12.00 – 2.30pm

Tuesday, 13 October: Tasmania
AEST: 4.00 - 6.30pm
AEDT: 5.00 -7.30pm
ACDT: 4.30 – 7.00pm
AWST: 3.00 – 5.30pm

Wednesday, 14 October: ACT
AEST: 4.00 - 6.30pm
AEDT: 5.00 -7.30pm
ACDT: 4.30 – 7.00pm
AWST: 3.00 – 5.30pm

Thursday 15 October: timing tbc

Friday, 16 October: WA
AEST: 4.00 - 6.30pm
AEDT: 5.00 -7.30pm
ACDT: 4.30 – 7.00pm
AWST: 3.00 – 5.30pm

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.

10 September 2020 - Webinar 1: 'Promoting on Social Media', hosted by GSA Governing Councillor Dr Verity Normington, 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.
Registration: Click here

Webinar 2: 'Presenting Online', hosted by Dr Sandra McLaren (University of Melbourne), 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.

20 October 2020 - Hunter Valley Branch AGM (via Zoom)
SpeakerKelly Tucker, Geological Survey of New South Wales
Topic: Making NSW's geoheritage sites more accessible
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 

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


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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29 November - 4 December 2020 - Soil Science Joint Conference of Soil Science Australia and the New Zealand Society of Soil Science
Location, Cairns, Australia
Early Bird Registrations close 18 September 2020
For programme details and registration click here


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

2020 International Event Listing


2021 Australia Event Listing

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.

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