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Sn-W-Critical Metals & Associated Magmatic Systems

An EGRU conference with a session in honour of Dr Roger Taylor

24 – 28 June 2019
Tinaroo Lake Resort,
Tinaroo, Atherton Tablelands, north Queensland, Australia

Registration for the conference is now open. Information regarding delegate registration, the field trip and the accommodation options is available on our conference website

Important Information

  • Abstract Submission closes 28 February 2019
  • Delegate numbers are limited by the venue size – Register early!
  • Places on the field trip are limited

The conference will address advances and breakthroughs in understanding the setting, genesis and characteristics of magmatic systems  related to Sn-W-Critical Metal mineralisation, including rare metal pegmatites. 

The program will feature presentations from world-class researchers in the field, including:

  • Prof. Rolf Romer (GFZ, Potsdam, Germany)
  • Prof. Jingwen Mao (Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, China)
  • Prof. Shao-Yong Jiang (China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China)
  • Dr Phillip Blevin (Mineral Systems, Geological Survey of NSW, Maitland, Australia)
  • Prof. David Cooke (CODES, Hobart, University of Tasmania)
  • Dr Peter Pollard (Pollard Geological Services, Brisbane, Australia)
  • Dr Ryan Mathur (Juanita College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Dr Yanbo Cheng (EGRU, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia)

EGRU warmly welcomes academic, industry and government colleagues, including students and young professionals, to join us at the conference and take part in discussions while enjoying the glorious setting of the Atherton Tablelands in tropical far north Queensland.

Delegate numbers will be limited by the venue capacity.

Visit the conference web page or contact a conference convener for more information.

EGRU Short Course Update

Places for the EGRU professional geologist short courses being offered during February in Townsville are filling fast.

Details for all the 2019 courses are available here

  • Ore Textures and Breccias: Recognition Techniques – full
  • Core Logging Techniques – full
  • QAQC for Mineral Exploration & Beyond –  places available
  • Integrating Geochemistry and Mineralogy for Exploration – limited places available
  • Management in Mineral Exploration – postponed
  • QGIS for Geologists – 9th Feb full; 10th Feb very limited places available
  • The JORC Code: An Introduction – places available
  • The JORC Code: A Refresher places available
  • Advanced Field Training (July) – places available

Course flyers are available here.

Professor Ross Large awarded Order of Australia in this year’s Australia Day Honours

AIG extends sincere congratulations to Professor Ross Large AO, recognised for his distinguished service to education, and to scientific research, in the field of economic geology, and to professional societies on this years’ Australia Day Honours.

Professor Large is Distinguished Professor and Professor of Economic Geology at the University of Tasmania.

Distinguished Professor Ross Large, ABC image

Professor Large has shaped economic geology teaching and research at University of Tasmania, through a number of roles including:

  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Economic Geology, since 2016.
  • Director, National Key Centre for Ore Deposit and Exploration Studies (CODES), 1989-2012. Member, Professorial Board and Academic Senate, 15 years.
  • Member, University Research Committee and Research College Board.
  • Member, University Promotions Committee, 2009-2011.
  • Chair, University Club, 2002-2005.
  • Representative, University Mentoring Circle, 2009-2010.
  • Senior Lecturer, 1984-1989.
  • Lecturer, 1984-1989.

Professor Large is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and served as the society’s President, 2004-2005, an Executive Committee Member, 2003-2005. Vice President, Australasia, 1993-1996. He was the society’s Distinguished Lecturer, 1998.

Awards and recognition received by Professor Large include:

  • Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, Australian Museum, 2016.
  • Lindgren Award for excellence in research, Society of Economic Geologists, 1983. Recipient, Distinguished Lecturer, Society of Economic Geologists, 1998.
  • Fellowship, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 1999.


AEGC 2019: Call for Abstracts

The theme for the 2019 conference is “Data to Discovery”. The AEGC technical program committee has a focus on Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry and how these are applied in exploration for both Petroleum and Mineral systems in Australasia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.
The conference has major sub-themes encompassing but not limited to:

  • New technologies
  • New information from old data
  • Local understanding from regional context
  • Workflows and methods that reduce cost/turnaround on projects
  • Cross disciplinary co-ordination
  • Case studies
  • Interacting and communicating science to the wider community.

The Organising Committee for the 2nd Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the Conference, to be held at Crown Perth on 2 – 5 September 2019. The extended abstract is a short paper summarizing your presentation (oral or poster). It should include figures and references. It will be published in the conference digital proceedings and given to all conference attendees. Extended abstracts will be reviewed for technical content and selection purposes.

Full papers for the West Australian Basins Symposium (WABS) will also be accepted. Authors submitting for this should e-mail the WABS editorsdirect.

Presentations focusing on other Australian basins or Other basins Internationally should submit an extended abstract.

Conference Themes

The theme for the 2019 conference is “Data to Discovery”. The AEGC technical program committee has a focus on Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry and how these are applied in exploration for both Petroleum and Mineral systems in Australasia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

View the full list of conference themes.

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Welcoming Woodside as AEGC 2019 Platinum Sponsor

Woodside is an Australian company operating 6% of global LNG supply, with more than 60 years of experience.We are recognised for our world-class capabilities – as an explorer, a developer, a producer and a supplier of energy. We continue to expand our capabilities in marketing, trading and shipping and have enduring relationships that span more than 25 years with foundation customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region. We recognise that long-term, meaningful relationships with communities are fundamental to maintaining our licence to operate. We help create stronger communities through programs that improve knowledge, build resilience and create shared opportunities.

Conference Sponsors

Jon Hronsky’s contributions to the mining sector recognised with Order of Australia Medal (OAM)

Congratulations to Dr Jon Hronsky on being awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours for services to the mining sector.

Dr Jon Hronsky MAIG OAM

Dr Hronsky, an AIG member, has almost 30 years experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry. He is a Principal of Western Mining Services (WMS), a consultancy group with offices in Perth and Denver that provides strategic-level services to the global mineral exploration industry, and a Director of Encounter Resources, a Western Australian focused base-metals explorer. 

Dr Hronsky received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Geology from the West Australian School of Mines in Kalgoorlie in 1983 and completed a PhD at UWA under Professor David Groves in 1994.  He was awarded the Gibb Maitland Medal in 2005, the highest award of the WA Division of the Geological Society of Australia and was the 2009 Society of Economic Geology Distinguished Lecturer.  He is also on the board for the Centre for Exploration Targeting at UWA and an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Dr Hronsky’s contributions to exploration and mining include:

  • Advisory Board Member, ARC Centre for Excellence for Core to Crust Fluids, current. Member, Advisory Board to the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University.
  • Adjunct Professor, Macquarie University, current.
  • Advisory Board Member, Geochemical Evolution and Metallogeny of ContinentsNational Key Centre (GEMOC), Macquarie University, current.
  • Member, Minerals Down Under Flagship Advisory Board, Commonwealth Scientificand Industrial Research Organisation, current.
  • Member, Regional Geological Mapping and Mineral Resources T echnical Sub-Committee; Geological Survey Liaison Committee, Geological Survey of WesternAustralia, since 1996.
  • Member, Human and Intellectual Capital Sub-Group,Mineral Exploration ActionAgenda, Commonwealth Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, “for several years”.
  • Minerals Advisory Council Member, Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration Cooperative Research Centre, 2002-2008.
  • Executive Research Council Member, Predictive Mineral Discovery CRC, 2001-2008.
  • Science Steering Committee Member, Deep Exploration Technologies CRC, 2010-2017.

The AIG Council extends congratulations to Dr Hronsky the formal recognition of his contribution to exploration and mining in Australia.