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AGCC 2018 Arriving Soon!

Only two weeks left for the largest Convention on Geoscience in the Asia Pacific Region since 2012. AGCC 2018’s highlights include:

  • An impressive line up of 47 keynote and 22 plenary speakers
  • Over 500 oral presentations and more than 220 posters
  • A day exclusively dedicated to the Big Issues and Ideas in Geoscience
  • Professional development workshops before, during and after the Convention
  • Geoscience related field trips around South Australia
  • A number of opportunities to network with fellow professionals and industry delegates
  • A GeoEXPO featuring more than 40 organisations

Download the program and start planning your visit to Adelaide! Full and Day registrations are still available, please visit  www.agcc.org.au/registration to view all registration options and inclusions and to register.

IMPORTANT DATES

Professional development workshops
Wednesday 3 October is the last day to register for AGCC 2018’s workshops. Visit www.agcc.org.au/workshops for detailed information on presenters, dates, costs and to register. These professional development workshops are open to delegates and non-delegates.

Publication bar
If you are interested in distributing items to delegates on the Convention’s Publication bar, email jess@ccm.com.au for approval before 5pm on Friday 28 September. This service is free of charge for Sponsors and Exhibitors. For non-sponsors and non-exhibitors the Publication bar will incur a cost of AU$800 plus GST. 

Crèche facilities
Register on or before Monday 1 October to make use of the Crèche facility at the Adelaide Convention Centre, specially set up for AGCC 2018 with the support of NExUS. Arrangements and registrations at rhiannon@hesselgroup.com.au.

Special registration offer for Early Career Geoscientists and students
If you fit the criteria for Early Career Geoscientist status, you can pay just AU$765 for full Convention registration. That’s a saving of AU$235 on the current full member rate. The offer has been extended to Saturday 6 October. Click here for full details.

Students can register for only AU$250 if members of one of the AGC Member Organisations. If not a member, the registration cost is AU$500.? Opportunities to volunteer are open until Wednesday 3 October.

Standard registration
Standard registration for the Convention closes on Saturday 6 October. Please visit www.agcc.org.au/registration for more information and to register.

GeoEXPO’s bookings
Booth bookings for AGCC 2018 close at 5pm this Thursday 27 September. Don’t miss the opportunity to give extensive exposure to your brand to more than 1,000 industry leaders. Visit www.agcc.org.au/geoexpo for further information. 

AGCC 2018 is proudly sponsored by Geoscience Australia (Patron sponsor) and Santos Limited (Major sponsor)

View all AGCC 2018 sponsors and partners

Participate in the second ever #OzRockStocktake: the annual social media ‘stocktake’ of Australian geology

Join in the fun!

Participate in the second ever #OzRockStocktake: the annual social media ‘stocktake’ of Australian geology

Held during Earth Science Week, 8-14 October 2017

It’s free, and everyone is invited to participate — school kids, university geology students, professional geoscientists, gem collectors, members of the public…and everyone in between!

Significant book prizes to be won!

Last year’s #OzRockStocktake was such a success that we are doing it again!

Please join in the fun during international Earth Science Week (8-14 October 2017) and get involved in the Australian Geoscience Council’s second ever #OzRockStocktake!

#OzRockStocktake is the annual social media ‘stocktake’ of Australian geology.

 

Whether you are a seasoned geoscientist, a school student, a gem collector, a member of the public or anyone else, it’s easy (and free) to participate! Simply…

  • Take a photo of your favourite gem, stone, rock, fossil, outcrop, mountain or other geological feature
  • Post it on any social media outlet (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / LinkedIn) from 8-14 October, with the hashtag #OzRockStocktake and a description of what it is or where it was taken
  • You are most welcome to post multiple photos — please note that your photos must be originals that have been taken by you or a member of your family
  • Search for #OzRockStocktake on social media to see all posts
  • The best photos posted during Earth Science Week on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram — using the #OzRockStocktake hashtag — will win a stunning print copy of Shaping a Nation: A Geology of Australia, edited by Richard Blewett and kindly donated by Geoscience Australia ($75 value each). Four copies will be given away — one to each photo from the four social media sites.

This is a great opportunity to be involved in an innovative social media project that is tracking and recording Australia?s vast geological heritage. Post anything from your favourite precious stone to your favourite geological outcrop or mountain landscape!

We look forward to your involvement… and remember, please upload your photos on social media from 8-14 October!

For more details / updates:
www.agc.org.au
@AUGeosciCouncil on Twitter
AustralianGeoscienceCouncil on Facebook

Big Issues and Ideas in Geoscience

The Australian Geoscience Council Convention (AGCC2018) will highlight the fundamental role that Geoscience has as a major field of science throughout the Asia Pacific Region. The Convention (AGCC 2018) will be the largest Geoscience event to be held in Australasia since 2012, with delegates from all branches of Geoscience plus experts in mining, energy, engineering, environment and other disciplines interested in resource development expected to attend.

AGCC 2018 is supported by all eight Member Organisations of the Australian Geoscience Council, and is proudly sponsored by Geoscience Australia.

Please follow this link to the FIRST CIRCULAR for the Australian Geoscience Council Convention 2018.

Program

The Australian Geoscience Council is pleased to announce the draft program for AGCC 2018.

The Convention’s program will cover all aspects of geoscience, with technical themes on theoretical and applied Geoscience, mineral and energy resources, environmental and societal science, Geoscience education and communication, and emerging technologies.

Details of the program, how to register your interest in chairing a session and more can be found in the AGCC 2018 First Circular.

Field Trips and Workshops

Pre-and post- Convention field trips to classic locations in South Australia and a variety of day tours to places of geological, scenic and cultural interest will complement the Convention.

Please read the AGCC 2018 First Circular for more information on field trips and how to register your interest in running a field trip or a workshop.

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

AGCC 2018 is pleased to announce Geoscience Australia as Patron Sponsor.

The AGCC 2018 exhibition space will offer the opportunity to showcase your brand, services and products to industry leaders, major Government and corporate decision makers, as well as expand your network with the industry leaders of Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

A range of sponsorship options are available to suit varying needs and budgets. For a copy of the Partnership Opportunities document, please contact our Industry and Event specialist Jess Tuffley,

Connect With Us

• Join our mailing list
AGCC 2018 website
• AGCC 2018 First Circular

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Geoscience Australia to Sponsor AGCC 2018

The Australian Geoscience Council Convention, AGCC 2018, is excited to announce Geoscience Australia as the Patron Sponsor of the event, which will be held in Adelaide from Sunday 14th to Thursday 18th of October next year.

The Convention, which is expected to attract more than 2,000 delegates from Australia and overseas, will cover all aspects of Geoscience, with technical themes on theoretical and applied Geoscience, mineral and energy resources, environmental and societal science, Geoscience education and communication, and emerging technologies.

Geoscience Australia Chief Executive Officer Dr James Johnson said sponsoring the Convention was a great opportunity to showcase the importance of Geoscience and the work of the organisation in the lives of all Australians, from maps that support decision making and GPS positioning on your mobile phone, to environmental monitoring and understanding the nation’s resource wealth.

“The Convention is a great opportunity for us to come together with representatives from around the world and across the field of Geoscience to discuss not only scientific developments and emerging technologies, but also new approaches to education and communication” he said.

Geoscience Australia is Australia’s pre-eminent public-sector Geoscience organisation. They are Australia’s trusted advisor on the geology and geography of the country. Geoscience Australia applies science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia.

About AGCC 2018

AGCC 2018 will be the largest Geoscience event to be held in the Asia Pacific Region since 2012. It will feature a wide ranging scientific program, a range of pre- and post- Convention field trips, a large exhibition, expert training workshops and an education program.

Under the theme Big Issues and Ideas in Geoscience, AGCC 2018 will examine and address current and emerging issues that affect geoscientists and our society, with particular focus on energy security, resource development in Northern Australia, Geoscience education and communication, and the impact of boom-and-bust commodity cycles.

The Convention, which will attract some of Australia’s and the world’s leading geoscientists, will occupy the entire East Building of the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC).

For more information and to explore exhibition and partnership opportunities, please visit www.agcc.org.au.

Australian Geoscience Council Convention 2018 Update

The development of big issues and ideas for AGCC 2018

An outline of the technical program for our inaugural Australian Geoscience Council Convention (AGCC 2018) was published recently, when geoscientists were invited to engage directly with planning the program. The technical program will provide the opportunity for all geoscientists to communicate their work to a wide audience, and to hear about relevant developments presented by other geoscientists in multiple fields. Essentially, this broad program will provide the ‘bedrock’ of AGCC 2018 in a format familiar to regular attendees of the AESC, IGC and other large events. As is always the case, these sessions will be predominantly self-organising mini-symposia, strongly influenced by the actual papers that you submit as speakers, with guidance from our member organisations (eg, the International Association of Hydrogeologists) and overall direction by the Scientific and Technical Committee.

A proposed new approach

AGCC 2018 will provide opportunities to examine and consider some of the emerging issues that affect us all in geoscience. We anticipate these will be topics that attract attention from industry, government and academia, while also creating opportunities for non-geoscientists to engage and participate in our deliberations in Adelaide. This interaction will be a significant differentiator of this convention and will help us achieve our vision to ‘raise the profile of geoscience to be pre-eminent in Australia’. We also hope to expose delegates to ideas they would not normally engage with in routine technical talks, and to attract those people who don’t normally attend our various member organisation conferences.

To do this, we plan to have several focused discussions that raise the Big Issues, explore the Big Ideas (hopefully some including new approaches and directions for some of the Big Issues!) and reach consensus about providing commitment and support for ways to take geoscience forward. We are aware of the value of strategic planning and believe that exciting times are ahead for geoscience. Some of these have become apparent to many of us during the current formulation of a new Decadal Plan for Earth Science, sponsored by the Australian Academy of Science.

An example of one topic we favour will be built around the early commitment to attend by Iain Stewart, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute in Plymouth, UK. Iain is a riveting speaker who is passionate about geoscience communication and education. We will hold a plenary session on this topic with additional key thinkers, an interactive question and answer session, the opportunity during the day to formulate an agreed convention position and a summing up statement (press release) that will be issued. We look forward to your thoughts on the merits of this approach and your likely level of commitment and engagement.

What are the big issues and ideas in geoscience?

We are seeking ideas about the Big Issues (and Big Ideas) that you want to explore, and about possible champions of these that will attract widespread community interest, support from major sponsors and the attention of policy makers.

At this stage, we have a think-tank subcommittee that has formulated the following possible topics from a much larger field of possible candidates:

  1. The future of the nuclear cycle in Australia
  2. Unconventional gas and energy security
  3. Resource-driven development of regional and northern Australia
  4. Reducing the impact of the boom-and-bust commodity cycle on Australian geoscience
  5. Geoscience education and communication.

Other possibilities could be the ever-increasing role of automation (robotics), improved drilling technologies, innovative geological models and the search for novel or unusual commodities, although these might be addressed comprehensively in the broad technical program. We are seeking your input on:

  • possible world-class thinkers to help us develop these or other topics
  • your own possible contributions eg, five-minute spoken position statements framing the issues and ideas
  • your interest in participation
  • your thoughts on our proposed approach (eg, whether these should be spread across the four days of the convention or all addressed on a single day)
  • whether these are the topics most important to you as geoscientists.

In conclusion

To reiterate, the broad technical basis of AGCC 2018 will allow us all to present papers on our specific technical interests (subject to acceptance by the Scientific and Technical Committee), which are of course very wide ranging and inclusive. There will no doubt also be embedded mini-symposia sessions covering the collective interests of many diverse groups and of our member organisations (eg, UNCOVER, JORC, Valmin).

We are now seeking your thoughts on the BIG ISSUES and BIG IDEAS component of AGCC 2018. To let us know your views, please get in touch with any member of the Organising Committee at our website: https://www.agcc.org.au/committee.

BILL SHAW

On behalf of the AGCC 2018 Organising Committee