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Inside this latest issue…

aig_news_122_pagesFrom Your President: Our land abounds in nature’s gifts; Institute News; Membership Updates; Registered Professional Geoscientists Applications; Geoscientist Employment in Australia Continues its Slide; Geologists in the age of commodity turmoil; Upcoming Events; Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis of the Epsilon Formation, Merrimelia Ridge, Cooper Basin – South Australia; Origin of ladder dykes and associated rocks; Ravenswood: Implication of Magmatic Evolution, Fluid inclusion and trace element study of stockwork quartz at the Red Mountain porphyry copper deposit; 4: Seven Wonders of the Hydrogeological World – Iconic Blue Lake; Industry – Academic Research Projects: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; VALMIN CODE 2015: What has changed and why?; Geologists Are Highly Biased—How to take Business Advantage of this Bias; Events Calendar; And much more…

 

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Sexual harassment in geosciences

TGGGPThe IUGS Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism (TG-GGP), of which AIG is a member, is seeking papers for inclusion in the TG-GGP sessions at the upcoming International Geological Congress in South Africa.

The topic of sexual harassment in science has been attracting considerable media attention in recent months, focussed on a prominent case in the United States which resulted in the International Astronomical Union adopting anti-harassment guidelines in February 2016.

The issue was also a subject for discussion at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall meeting last December, and recent articles in ScienceNature, and New Scientist.

Please contact the TG-GGP Secretariat if you wish to contribute.

The purpose of the Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalsim (TGGGP) to ensure that geoscientists, engaged in all areas of geoscience, are fully engaged in the transformation of their profession; a profession that is increasingly relied upon by the public to provide expert opinion and service, and to safe-guard the public interest.

New website highlights the mining industry’s commitment to rehabilitation

A new website produced by the Minerals Council of Australia highlights the commitment of Australian mining companies to land rehabilitation.

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The Australian minerals industry is committed to contributing to sustainable development outcomes, as evidenced by the widespread adoption of internationally recognised frameworks. Minerals Council of Australia member companies are signatories to Enduring Value – The Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development. Enduring Value provides guidance for the implementation of the 10 Sustainable Development Principles developed by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Key elements within the ICMM Principles and Enduring Value framework relate to mine closure and rehabilitation and provide guidance for the responsible decommissioning of mining operations.

The Minerals Council of Australia has also developed a Land Stewardship Policy which describes a vision and the key elements required to achieve sustainable land management throughout the mining life cycle, from exploration to relinquishment.

The Australian Academy of Science Decadal Plan for Earth Sciences

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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.

Professor Sue O’Reilly is the Chair, National Committee for Earth Sciences.

The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) is an active participant in this process on behalf of its eight Member Organisations (GSA, AIG, AusIMM, ASEG, PESA, AAG, IAH and AGIA).

A survey questionnaire for Australian geoscientists to provide input into the Decadal Plan for Earth Sciences is accessible here.

The decadal plan developed by NCES should help shape the priorities, direction, and emphasis of Earth Sciences in Australia including the education, training, and research that supports it. Community input and feedback is an important part of this process.

The survey is divided into five sections:

  • Roles of Earth Sciences
  • Training, education and employment
  • Research
  • Strategies for the next decade
  • Personal information

This survey should take around 15 minutes to complete, and we recommend completing on Desktop/Laptop devices.  The responses will be collated and form an integral part of the formulation of the draft decadal plan. Data from this survey will not be individually identified but will be aggregated to inform the Committee about community views and concerns.  Please note there will be an opportunity for formal submissions after the release of the draft document.

CAPSTAN: Collaborative Australian Sea Training Alliance Network

CAPSTAN: the Collaborative Australian Sea Training Alliance Network is a first of its kind sea-based training programme for post-graduate students on-board Australia’s principal research vessel, RV Investigator.
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CSIRO’s new research vessel, RV Investigator, was commissioned in 2015.

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.

https://research.science.mq.edu.au/capstan/

Enrolments for university-enrolled marine master-level students on the first pilot mission in mid-late 2017, will open in 2017.  Keep an eye on the website for details.  A one page brochure outlining the programme is also available here.

We are currently looking for industry investment in and sponsorship of the CAPSTAN programme – we can leverage additional government funding with your support. We would also encourage you to spread the word about this exciting new programme within your professional networks.

Our current partners include.

Macquarie University · Marine National Facility -CSIRO · Geoscience Australia · Integrated Marine Observing System · Sydney Institute of Marine Science · Department of the Environment – Australian Antarctic · University of Tasmania · Australian Maritime College · University of Canberra · Australian National University · University of Sydney · University of New South Wales · University of Technology Sydney · University of Western Australia · Western Sydney University.

For more information on the project or to discuss potential involvement with the CAPSTAN programme, please contact us:

Chief Investigator:
Dr Leanne Armand
leanne.armand@mq.edu.au

Project Officer:
Dr Michael John Wilson
michael.wilson@mq.edu.au