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European Federation of Geologists Annual Employment Survey

The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) conducts an annual survey of geoscientist employment across Europe and other parts of the world.

Interested AIG Members may participate by following this link.

AIG regularly collaborates with EFG in a number of areas and shares data from the Australian employment surveys to help examine trends and differences in geoscientist employment between Europe and Australia.

Please see below reports submitted for the 2020 Annual General Meeting.

President’s Report

Treasurer’s Report

Auditor’s Report

We regret to inform members that J. David Lowell has passed away, at the age of 95.

Lowell received degrees in mining engineering from the University of Arizona in 1949, and geology from Stanford University in 1957. By 1959, he was specialising in porphyry copper exploration for Utah Construction and in 1961 became an independent consultant.

David was amongst the most successful minerals exploration geoscientists of the last 60 years, having participated in the discovery of at least 12 major ore bodies that have become major mines since, including Escondida (Chile), Toro Mocho (Peru), Pierina (Peru), and closer to home, the down-dip, faulted-off part of San Manuel/Kalamazoo in Arizona, applying the then evolving alteration zoning concept for drill targeting.

David Lowell at Escondida, Chile, 2004

Generous endowments by J. David Lowell helped establish professional programs in economic geology and mineral resources at the University of Arizona where the Lowell Professional Programs are designed to accommodate working professionals in the mineral resources industry. Their focus is on continuing education, non-thesis master’s degrees, practical and intensive field courses, and distance learning, both live and on-demand. Programs offer a mix of geology, engineering, business, and environmental coursework.

He was the key author in the Lowell & Guilbert 1970 paper on the alteration zoning surrounding porphyry copper deposits. This zoning is amongst the most critical tools in exploring for porphyry copper deposits and, once within the porphyry, to vector where to drill next. He was the author of more than 50 published articles.

Extremely successful as an entrepreneur, David always maintained very polite and very modest manners. He was a true gentleman. His very focused and unassuming thoughts of successful exploration are described in his easy to read book ‘ The Intrepid Explorer’.

We have lost an outstanding professional, a great colleague and mentor.

Lowell is survived by his wife, Edith, as well as his daughter and two sons.

Wolf Schuh and others

Amira Global is partnering with ALTA2020 to co-ordinate a the 24hr Global Muster on Future Processing on the key issues facing mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.

Spanning a full 24 hours, Amira will host conversations, discussions, panels, workshops and roadmapping allowing the world to collaborate and shine a light on the latest advances, showcase research, development, technology, innovation and implementation.

Dr Aleksandar Nikoloski, Associate Professor, Academic Chair | Extractive Metallurgy at Murdoch University ( will chair the Muster.

Help shape a step change in Mineral Processing.
This is an opportunity to grow our industry’s global
capability and expertise!

If Australian Institute of Geoscientists has technology, project or ideas to demonstrate advances in mineral processing or extractive metallurgy please email to Sara Sulway (

Please lodge your interest at .We will get back to you with your timeslot, login and preparation information.

AIG has teamed with DeRisk Geomining Consultants to produce a five-module JORC training course.  The first course will be delivered in May 2020.  Full details of the course and registration information will be released in the next few days.

Each module will be delivered as two, two-hour, interactive webinars on consecutive days, at times designed to foster both Australian and international participation.  The modular structure of the course enables participants to register for the modules that they feel they need, and to complete different modules at a time that suits them.  

Individual or combinations of modules will be of interest to exploration and mining geoscientists involved in public reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves in compliance with the JORC Code,, end-users of JORC reports, including legal and finance industry professionals and investors, and others involved in JORC report preparation.

Watch your inbox and the AIG web site for details.