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Earth Science Week 11th - 17th October 2020

‘Earth Materials in our Lives’ is the theme for this year’s Earth Science Week.

Check our Member Organisations’ websites to see what activities there may be around you. You can find the links to the websites on our home page www.agc.org.au/

Alternatively create an event of your own.

ANNOUNCING: Australian Geoscience Council Indigenous Scholarship

The Australian Geoscience Council, representing over 8000 geoscientists in Australasia, is excited to announce the opening of the AGC Indigenous Scholarship. The scholarship, providing $5000 per annum, will be available to Indigenous Australians, who have completed at least the first year of their undergraduate geoscience degree at a University in Australia. The scholarship will be available to go towards the cost associated with education fees, books and other costs.

To find out more about the scholarship and links to the online application form visit
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www.agc.org.au/australian-geoscience-council-indigenous-scholarship/

You can also find the listing on the Aurora Education Foundation Indigenous Scholarships website

www.indigenousscholarships.com.au/

34th IGC Travel Grant Scheme – Latest Recipients Announced

The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) and the Australian Academy of Science (Academy) take great pleasure in announcing the recipients of the 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme. This year the travel grant has been awarded to three early career geoscientists who intend to use the grants to attend International Geoscience conferences and conduct field and laboratory work to advance their research Objectives.

All three grant recipients will be actively involved in the conferences they attend, whether it be as presenters, running workshops or organising conference sessions. They aim to present their research findings to international audiences and further their experience by collaborating with leading researchers at Universities in the UK, US and Canada.

A diverse range of applications were received and these three applications were selected, based on merit, to share the funding pool of nearly $15 000. The Travel Grants have been made possible through a trust fund administered by AGC and the Academy, which was set up after the 34th International Geological Congress held in Brisbane in August 2012.

Past recipients of the 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grants have attended conferences, completed field work, carried out ground breaking laboratory work in places like Greenland, New Zealand, Switzerland, Chile, Canada, Croatia and Japan. All recipients are asked to provide a short report on their experiences and achievements they have gained through the travel grants. You can read some of the past reports on the AGC website at www.agc.org.au/resources/geoscience-grants/previously-awarded-travel-grants/

To find out more about the 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists and how to apply for a grant go to 34th IGC Travel Grants
Previously awarded travel grants

To find out more about the 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists and how to apply for a grant go to 34th IGC Travel Grants

34th IGC Travel Grant Scheme – 2019 Call for Applications Now Closed

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019 round of 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 was 16 December 2019. . Check out the details on how to apply and previous grants awarded.

AN INITIATIVE OF THE AUSTRALIAN GEOSCIENCE COUNCIL AND THE AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE


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

March/April 2019 issue of GeoEdLink published

The December 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.

AN INITIATIVE OF THE AUSTRALIAN GEOSCIENCE COUNCIL AND THE AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE


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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