40th Sydney Basin Symposium

The theme of the 40th Symposium is "Weathering Change", focussing upon both the changing times in the industry, changing environmental considerations, and the sedimentary nature of the basin

Scientific Program: Weathering Change

In 2017 the Sydney Basin Symposium will celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Initiated by the University of Newcastle in 1966, the long-running series of symposia on ‘Advances in the Study of the Sydney Basin’ has become a well established focal point for the discussion of research findings and other studies of academic, industrial and community interest for one of the most significant geological provinces in Australia.

The Sydney Basin forms part of the Sydney-Gunnedah Bowen Basin, a major foreland basin system which extends from southern coastal New South Wales to Central Queensland. This Permo-Triassic basin is bounded by older Palaeozoic rocks of the Lachlan Fold Belt, to the south and west, and the New England Fold belt to the northeast. The basin has both an onshore and offshore component which extends to the edge of the continental shelf. Three major cities are located in the region - Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. There has been a long history of coal exploration and mining within the basin, with several thousand boreholes that have been drilled. Petroleum exploration has been modest but the basin is considered prospective for oil, gas, coal seam methane and oil shale.

A wide range of topics are presented at the ‘Sydney Basin Symposium’, including:

  • Coal Geology
  • Climate change
  • Community Engagement and Social Responsibility
  • Environmental
  • Exploration
  • Gas and petroleum geology
  • Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Igneous geology
  • Mine engineering
  • Mine geology (mining and extractive industries)
  • Mine management and rehabilitation
  • State of the industry now and in the future
  • Structural geology

The Sydney Basin Symposium will be held in the Semillon Room of the Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens Resort. Refer to the section of Additional Information on the right.

The Symposium Program is available in pdf format. Refer to the attachment  on the bottom right hand side of the page.

Delegate Registration options & pricing

Registration Options                                       Price

2 Day Delegate Registration                            $360.00

Day 1 only Delegate Registration                    $240.00

Day 2 only Delegate Registration                    $240.00

2 Day Student (full-time) Registration             $130.00

Day 1 only Student (full-time) Registration     $  65.00

Day 1 only Student (full-time) Registration     $  65.00

Delegate Dinner - For Delegates wishing to participate in the Conference Dinner & Drinks held on 27th April 2017 please add the Dinner option to your registration when registering.
Delegate Dinner                                               $  96.00
Student (full-time) Dinner                               $   96.00

Greg Mortimer - Guest Speaker at the Dinner

Greg Mortimer, OAM is an Australian geologist and mountaineer who is most well known as one of the first two Australians to successfully climb Mount Everest without oxygen. Their ascent was the first via the North face and Great Couloir and is now one of the established routes used to climb the mountain. Greg was also one of the first two Australians to climb K2, the first to climb Annapurna II by its south face and the first Australian to climb Antarctica's highest peak, Vinson Massif. Since 1992 Greg has led over 80 expeditions to Antarctica, many on a commercial basis with his company Aurora Expeditions, and has worked as a survival-training instructor and as a Scientific Affairs Adviser for the New Zealand Antarctic Division.

Once you have selected your symposium registration options and answered the questions please scroll to the top of the page and click on the cart next to your name to process and register for the event.

Wednesday 26th April 2017

All attendees are welcome to meet/socialise in the Elements Bar (Restaurant also available) of the Mercure Resort on the evening of Wednesday 26th April 2017.

Delegate Discount Accommodation Details:

Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
Delegates who book directly with the resort can receive $169.00 bed and breakfast rate per night (valid for Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th April 2017). Note: this is based on single occupancy room.
T +61 02 4998 2000

27/04/2017 8:00 AM - 28/04/2017 4:10 PM
Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens 2090 Broke Road Pokolbin, NSW 2320 AUSTRALIA

6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
27/04/2017 6:30 PM

Proceeding to Payment

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Conference Dinner & Drinks Sponsor

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GSA Coal Geology Specialist Group

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Geological Survey of NSW

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Additional Information:

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is included with your delegate registration.

Trade Displays are located in the foyer of the Semillon Centre (refer to attachment below)

Lots of free parking nearby (refer to attachment below)
For further information about this event visit: http://www.sydneybasinsymposium.net
The Symposium Flyer is in the attachment below.
Symposium Program
(Adobe PDF File)