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March/April 2019 issue of GeoEdLink published

The March/April 2019 edition of AGC’s GeoEdLink newsletter has been published. This edition includes a wrap of progress with AGC-supported initiatives, what’s on the minds of our Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad candidates, and links to a range of upcoming events in Geoscience and Geoscience education.

Latest beneficieries of the AGC/AAS Early Career Geoscientist Travel Grants Scheme announced

The Australian Geoscience Council and the Australian Academy of Science are pleased to announce the latest recipients of a travel grant under our 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists. Five geoscientists in the early stages of their careers have received funding to travel internationally to undertake activities that will be of benefit to Geoscience in the Australian region. Read more on their projects here.

MEDIA RELEASE: AGC welcomes Bipartisan support from the Coalition and Labor that will help our resource sector dig deeper for Australia’s secure future

As the peak body for Australia’s 8,000 geoscientists, the Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) has strongly welcomed commitments from both the Coalition Government and Australian Labor Party to boost support for the exploration of ‘next generation’ hidden mineral deposits in Australia.

 “While Australia is endowed with significant mineral resources and the resources sector contributes massively to our economy, the ‘easy to find’ minerals of past decades have largely been discovered and exploited” AGC President, Dr Bill Shaw, said today.

Read the Media Release

Read a report by Science and Technology Australia, Australia’s peak body in science and technology – representing about 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists working across all scientific disciplines.

November/December Issue of GeoEdLink published

The November/December edition of AGC’s GeoEdLink newsletter has been published. This edition includes a wrap of the successful AGC Convention held during Earth Science Week in October 2018, a synopsis of the new Superstars of STEM with Geoscience links, and an overview of Weekend Geology, a great new initiative to improve the public’s access to Geoscience.

National Geotourism Strategy

In pursuit of its inclusion as a Geoscience advocacy opportunity under the current AGC 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the Australian Geoscience Council recently appointed Angus M Robinson FAusIMM (CP) to coordinate the process of developing a draft National Geotourism Strategy under the umbrella of the AGC Advocacy Sub-committee.

Australian Tertiary Geoscience Education Profile 2017 Released

AGC is pleased to publicly release the Australian Geoscience Tertiary Education Profile 2017. The report summarises data collected in a 15 year longitudinal study of Geoscience departments across Australia, including teaching loads, higher degree completions, staff numbers and other data.

Further information, including links to previous reports, can be found here.

Snapshot of Geoscience in the Australian Tertiary Sector 2003–2017

Two new AGC National Geoscience Champions

On 17 October 2018, during the Australian Geoscience Council Convention in Adelaide, we announced two new National Geoscience Champions. Dr Marita Bradshaw and Emeritus Professor David Groves have joined Roy Woodall AO, our inaugural National Geoscience Champion, as leading Australian Geoscientists recognised for their major contributions to our science, craft and art, as evidenced by their technical, leadership, mentoring and collegial endeavours.

Read more about our National Geoscience Champions.

National Geoscience Champion, Dr Marita Bradshaw, during her acceptance speech at the Australian Geoscience Convention in Adelaide (Photo: Graham Carr)

National Geoscience Champion, Emeritus Professor David Groves (left), receives his commemorative plaque from AGC Chairman, Dr Jon Hronsky (Photo: Graham Carr)

34th IGC Travel Grant Scheme – 2018 Call for Applications

Applications are now being accepted for our 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists. This scheme provides funds to support travel by Australian and New Zealand geoscientists in the early stages of their careers.

The application deadline has been extended to 14 December 2018. Check out the details on how to apply and previous grants awarded.


2015 AGC/AAS Travel Grant recipient Paul Ashwell (at right) during field work in Chile

Inaugural AGC Convention 14-18 October 2018

Earth Science Week 2018 in Australia was dominated by the inaugural AGC Convention “Big Issues and Ideas in Geoscience” (14-18 October in Adelaide).

The Convention program included a stellar line-up of Plenary and Keynote speakers and an innovative Big Issues and Ideas in Geoscience Day that focussed on:

  • Our energy trilemma options – security, accessibility and sustainability
  • Resource-driven development of Northern and Regional Australia
  • Geoscience education and new modes of communication
  • Smoothing the impact of boom and bust commodity cycles

There was something for everyone at AGCC 2018, including the comprehensive technical program, events celebrating Diversity in Geoscience, opportunities for Early Career Geoscientists, and the Santos Education Workshop for science teachers.

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