High-tech metals are used in rapidly growing advanced-technology industries that are now being boosted by consumer demand for a high-tech, connected and environmentally sustainable future.
The Geological Survey of NSW has released a map, report and a series of fact sheets highlighting their state’s contribution to this emerging sector of Australia’s minerals industry.
The variety of products using high-tech metals are almost endless: from tiny mobile phone parts through to medical applications such as hip replacements and pace makers; from storing solar energy at the home to electric vehicle components and parts for huge wind turbines; even flying above us in parts for aircraft and satellites – high-tech metals play an important role in modern life.
NSW is rich in high-tech metals, offering exciting opportunities.
This map shows areas in NSW that currently produce, or have the potential to produce, high-tech metals including:
- copper and gold
- rare earth elements (REEs), including scandium
- platinum group elements (PGEs)
- cobalt, lithium, titanium and zirconium.
The map also explains the sources and uses of high-tech metals, contains important project summaries, and provides charts of current world production and reserves. A detailed glossary and reference list are also included.
Find out more on the NSW Geological Survey website.
Scholarships available for Indigenous, LGBTQ+ and regional STEM professionals
- Indigenous STEM Scholarships for people with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage
- STEM Pride scholarships for people who identify as LGBTQI+
- Regional STEM scholarships for STEM practitioners who work in remote or regional Australia (>150km from a major capital city)
Scholarships will cover full registration including the gala dinner in the Great Hall at Parliament House, as well as travel, accommodation, meals and transfers. Financial assistance for childcare is available upon application.
Science meets Parliament brings around 200 Australian scientists and technologists to Canberra for professional development, networking, and to meet face-to-face with MPs and Senators. It is a highlight of the annual parliamentary calendar and has enhanced mutual understanding between parliamentarians and scientists as well as fostering enduring partnerships and collaborations.
Please note that to be eligible for these scholarships you must be a member of or employed by an STA member organisation. AIG members are eligible to apply through AIG’s membership of the Australian Geoscience Council.
The Indigenous STEM Scholarships are proudly supported by the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems(EQUS).
Applications will close on 15 June 2019, with recipients to be contacted by 30 June 2019 and an announcement made shortly after.
The scholarship application form is available here.