AGC News – opportunities for geoscientists

The Australian Academy of Science Decadal Plan for Earth Sciences

A survey questionnaire is now available for Australian geoscientists to provide input into the Decadal Plan for Earth Sciences. The link to the survey is here.

The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) develops decadal (10 year) plans for all the sciences in Australia. The Academy’s National Committee of Earth Sciences (NCES) is a committee of the AAS that is responsible for developing the Decadal Plan for the Earth Sciences. The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) is an active participant in this process on behalf of its  Member Organisations, including AGIA.

Opportunities for Scientists - 2017 awards now open

The Australian Academy of Science invites nominations and applications for its 2017 honorific awards, research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships. Read more here

From CAPSTAN: Collaborative Australian Sea Training Alliance Network

CAPSTAN is a first of its kind sea-based training programme for post-graduate students on-board Australia’s principal research vessel, RV Investigator.
In 2017-2019, 3 pilot voyages will be run with up to 30 post-graduate students along with research active academics and trainers.
In order to help us achieve the most effective post-graduate training at sea programme, we are seeking input and advice from industry, government, tourism and academia on how to deliver the most effective training programme. We are conducting short-answer surveys with industry, government and tourism departments and organisations as well as marine science academics and students around their previous experiences, current perceptions and expected outcomes of on-board graduate training and marine science generally. We invite you to take one of the three surveys at our website. The closing date for the surveys is 1 April, 2016.


Enrolments for university-enrolled marine master-level students on the first pilot mission in mid-late 2017, will open in 2017.


Dr Kerry Smith AM

Dr Kerry Smith is now a Member of the Order of Australia ‘for significant service to library and information sectors as an academic and researcher, and to professional organisations.’

Kerry has held numerous positions on several organisations, including ALIA, IFLA and AGIA. Kerry has contributed to AGIA in the following roles

  • National Membership Secretary, 2005 onwards
  • National Committee Member, 1989-1992, 1998-2001, and since 2005
  • National President, 1990-1992
  • Founding President WA Branch, 1984-1986
Congratulations to Kerry from the AGIA committee

Roy Woodall announced as inaugural National Geoscience Champion

In recognition of his contribution to geoscience in Australia, Roy Woodall AO FAusIMM has been unanimously elected as the inaugural National Geoscience Champion by the Australian Geoscience Council (AGC).

The award presentation will be made to Mr Woodall at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC 2015) in Melbourne during the ‘AusIMM Explorers’ Forum – Challenges and Opportunities’ which is also known as ‘The Woodall Symposium’. Mr Woodall will provide the keynote address on ‘Science, Trust, Persistence and Discoveries’.

Roy Woodall’s scientific approach to exploration contributed to many significant ore discoveries in Australia. Discoveries include the Kambalda nickel field (1966), uranium at Yeelirrie (1971), the Olympic Dam copper-gold-uranium deposit (1975), the St Ives gold field (1980), the East Spar oil-condensate field (1993), plus contributions to many others.

Roy set high scientific standards for the recording of scientific data, using the best equipment and analytical facilities available at the time, leaving a significant legacy of scientific methodologies and successes. Roy’s standard of training and mentorship of other geoscientists has advanced the capabilities of Australia’s mining and exploration industries and the development of our nation.

Recognition of Roy Woodall AO FAusIMM as a National Geoscience Champion is made by the AGC on behalf of its eight member organisations, representing over 8,000 geoscientists in Australia. This prestigious honour will be accorded to living geoscientists for contributions to the science, craft and art of geoscience by way of their technical, leadership, mentoring and collegial endeavours.

You are invited to attend the complimentary forum and join us in congratulating Mr Woodall on this extraordinary achievement. Hear him speak firsthand and gain further insights from other leading geoscience industry experts. The session is complimentary to attend and is on Tuesday 10 November 2015, 9.00 am – 11.00 am at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Register at .

For more information, please contact:

Dr Bill Shaw
Australian Geoscience Council
P: 0438 010 851

AGIA 2015 Geoscience Information Seminar – Looking at the past, thinking of the future

Bookings are now open for the AGIA 2015 Geoscience Information Seminar – Looking at the past, thinking of the future. There is a great line-up of speakers from across government and industry. If you are unable to make it to Perth, AGIA is also making the seminar available as a webinar.
Date: Thursday 22 October 2015
Time: 1.00pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Technology Park, Bentley, Perth, Western Australia + webinar option
Registration: At, by Wednesday 14th October 2015
Cost: $50 AGIA 2015-2016 financial members, $75 non-members, $50 webinar
Includes: Afternoon tea & sundowners

Details of the presentations are available on the flyer here: AGIA_2015_Seminar_Flyer_20151007

Presentations in brief:

Data Metallogenica – the principle database of samples, data and information on the world’s mineral deposits past, present and future
Joe Cucuzza, Managing Director AMIRA International

Keeping petroleum data alive: the GSWA experience
Fiona Dodd, Geoscience Data Officer, Petroleum Exploration Information, GSWA

Geoscience legacy data and collection management in South Australia
Julie Roberts, Business Analyst, Knowledge Information and Data, Santos Ltd
• The Santos experience
• AESIS – a different type of legacy

Shelagh Krummel, Volunteer Map Project Co-ordinator, University Libraries, University of Adelaide: A legacy map collection at the University of Adelaide

Pam Aagaard, Librarian, Geoscience Library, Resource Information of the Resources and Energy Group, Department of State Development, SA: Resources and Energy Group, Department of State Development, SA: Adding value to geoscientific data for exploration

Mining for Value in Iluka’s Legacy Data Systems
Sarah Pinfold, Information Analyst, ILUKA

Oh what a legacy! — The WAMEX (WA Mineral Exploration Report) experience
Ann Fitton, Manager, Mineral Exploration Information, GSWA

Legacy Data – lessons learned (and ignored) from the past
Guy Holmes, Director, KDM SpectrumData

A laboratory-based system for managing and distributing publicly funded geochemical data in a collaborative environment
Professor Brent McInnes, Director John de Laeter Centre, Curtin University