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).⁠

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  


13 August 2020 - GSA NSW Division AGM and technical talk
Details: We are looking for office bearers in all positions. Please email with expressions of interest or nominations
Speaker: Marissa Betts, University of New England

Topic: Assembling the Jelly Jigsaw
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:⁠ 

18 - 19 August 2020 - Lithium and Battery Metals Digital Conference 2020 
For programme details and registration click here

20 August 2020 - SA Division AGM (via Zoom)
Details: The SA Division AGM will be held online via Zoom. An email with a link to register for the AGM has been sent to all SA Division members. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For questions regarding the SA Division AGM please email
Time: 6:50pm

25 August 2020 - Queensland Division Technical Talk & AGM - Virtual and Face-to-Face Meeting

This meeting will be streamed by Zoom with the option to also hold a face-to-face meeting if circumstances permit. A nomination form for the Divisional Committee is included in the August edition of The Queensland Geologist.
Talk Topic: Hyperspectral scanning applicatoins in coal measures
Speaker: Professor Joan Estserle, University of Queensland
Location: Transcontinental Hotel, 482 George Street, Brisbane - directly opposite Roma Street Station. Meet at the back of the main bar on the ground floor for complementary finger food. The Queensland Government's mandated restrictions for pubs will be in force.
Time: 5:15 pm for 6:00 pm
Zoom Link: An invitation will be forwarded prior to the meeting.

27 August 2020 - Victoria Division Online AGM

Speaker: TBC
Time: 6.00 pm
Please note that Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before each meeting



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

22 - 23 September 2020 - Minesafe International Digital Conference 2020
For programme details and registration click here

8-10 September 2020: The Bowen Basin Symposium - Rescheduled 24-26 August 2021 - see 2021 Listing for Details

10 September 2020 - GSA NSW Division Online Meeting 
Speaker: Luke Milan, University of New England
Topic: A review of the Great Serpentinite Belt in the Southern New England Orogen 
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:⁠ 
Talk abstract: The Great Serpentinite Belt of Eastern Australia is a ~1500km long dismembered ophiolite assumed to be Cambrian in age despite the contrasting ages (Cambrian - Devonian) and complex P-T histories of studied inclusions within it. A reinvestigation of the belt involved gathering new datasets on poorly understood sections of the belt and comparing them with previously studied components. With this new data we are able to gain a fresh look at the belts history and its significance for the eastern Gondwana margin in the Palaeozoic


12-16 October 2020 - Virtual GESSS 
In response to the COVID pandemic, Virtual GESSS will be entirely online and held during Earth Science Week 2020. The Earth Science Week theme is Earth Materials in Our LivesParticipants 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 - NSW, WA, QLD, TAS and the ACT. 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.

Time: AEDT – 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm; ACDT – 4.30 pm to 7.00 pm; AEST – 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm; AWST – 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm; ACST – 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm.

Abstract submissions and registrations: Coming soon

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.

Webinar 1: Promoting on Social Media 
Hosted by Verity Normington, this webinar 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.

Webinar 2: Presenting Online
This webinar 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.

More details for Virtual GESSS to come!


14 October 2020 - GESSS-TAS, Virtual Symposium
In response to the COVID pandemic, GSA Earth Sciences Student Symposium (GESSS) will be entirely online and held during Earth Science Week 2020 (12 – 16 October). 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 - NSW, WA, QLD, TAS and the ACT. 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.

Convened by Earth and Marine Science students from the University of Tasmania (UTAS), the symposium will provide students with a unique opportunity to be the stars of the show, promoting themselves and their interests and talents to prospective employers, mentors, academic supervisors and fellow students in a variety of fields. This conference is an initiative of the Geological Society of Australia’s (GSA) Governing Council, the Tasmania Division of the GSA, and UTAS postgraduate students, and we hope it will be widely attended by appreciators of water, rock, the environment, and life. We aspire for this conference to benefit students at all levels by providing broader exposure to other Earth Science sub-disciplines, as well as providing examples of good scholarly research and project management. 
Time: Tuesday GESSS TAS will be held on14th of October, 5 - 7 pm
Further details, abstract submissions and registrations coming soon! See:
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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: OPEN
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