International Day of Women and Girls in Science

ESWA, Earth Sciences Western Australia, is holding a live, on-line event Monday 12 February to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

The event will be streamed live on ESWA’s YouTube channel between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Perth time (GMT+8:00) and will be recorded for viewing later if you can’t join the live stream.

Hear from outstanding women in Science and interact by submitting live questions.

Suitable for girls and boys, women and men of all ages. Pitched at girls and boys in upper primary and lower secondary school.

Click here for the event schedule and speaker details.

This is a great opportunity for anyone to hear from a great selection of speakers on science career options for young people, not just in Western Australia.

Deadline extended – 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists

Applications for 2018 deadline extended – 15th November 2017!

Specific funding is available to provide Australian and New Zealand geoscientists in the early stages of their careers with opportunities to travel internationally to further their careers as geoscientists by, for example, undertaking field work in appropriate areas, visiting and working with appropriate international experts, inspecting appropriate mines or other geoscientific features such as type localities, participating in professionally-organised geoscientific conferences or conventions, etc.

For the 2017 round of applications, additional funds will be made to early-career geoscientists that propose to make a significant contribution to the Australian Geoscience Council Convention to be held in Adelaide in October 2018. Significant contributions that will be considered include, but are not limited to: contributing to the organisation of the convention by joining a Sub-committee, convening a session or workshop, leading a fieldtrip.

To apply for these grants, or just to find out more, go to

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:
@AUGeosciCouncil on Twitter
AustralianGeoscienceCouncil on Facebook

The Call for #RFG2018 Abstracts is officially open!

Resources for Future Generations 2018 (RFG2018) will showcase advances in earth science, societal and technical innovation, and education that can change the course of history.

Anchored in six themes — Energy, Minerals, Water, the Earth, Education & Knowledge, Communities & Resources — RFG2018 will showcase advances in earth sciences, education, and innovation that can change the course of history.

Present your work to an international cohort of scientists, policy-makers, innovators, educators, industry leaders, and visionaries who are committed to creating a sustainable future.

Be part of the sustainable future. Submit an abstract.  Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2018.

AIG is a partner organization for this conference.

Applications for 2017 AIG Student Bursaries Close this Friday (4th August)

Third year, Honours and Postgraduate geoscience students are invited to apply for an AIG Student Bursary.

Applications for this year’s program close on Friday 4th August.  Application guidelines are available here.

The Australian Institute of Geoscientists’ Student Bursary Program was initiated to promote and support geoscience research and education in Australia. The Bursary Program began in 2001 to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and, since then, the AIG has awarded 173 bursaries to geoscience students in Australian universities. In 2017 the AIG is again offering bursaries to Honours, Postgraduate and Third Year geoscience students.

Applicants must be current and financial Fellows, Members, Graduate Members or Student Members of the AIG at the closing date for applications.

The AIG Bursary awards are generally announced and awarded in early- to mid-October each year. Applicants seeking funding for specific activities should ensure that the timing of these activities is appropriate to this schedule.

The bursaries are funded via the AIG Education Foundation. This is a charitable foundation and, under Australian taxation legislation, awards can only be made to Australian citizens or permanent residents.

AIG Bursary Programme Donors & Sponsors


Chris Bonwick – Independence Group
Geoff Davis – Medusa Mining
Macquarie Arc Conference – GSNSW
AIG NSW Branch


AIG State Branches
Alexander Research


Gnomic Exploration Services
Terra Search


Doug Young

AIG Bursary Awards 2016




Katherine Gioseffi  QUT Testing new in-situ methods for probing microstructural and chemical changes in carbonates under geological loading conditions: insights from X-Ray and Neutron Scattering AIG Postgraduate
Shawn Hood  UTAS Interpreting structural and geochemical patterns at various scales using machine learning AIG – SMEDG Postgraduate
Charmaine McGregor  UWA New ID-TIMS U-Pb geochronology of the Tayatea dyke swarm of Australia – identifying Tasmania’s nearest neighbours in the Neoproterozoic AIG Postgraduate
Ahmad Saleem  UWA Quantifying the role of exploration upside in mineral project evaluations: a missing link in project value determinations? AIG – Alexander Research Postgraduate Bursary
Shaun Anderson  QUT Probing the crust, I-type to A-type transitions: Sources and relationships of granitoids at Cape Upstart, Northeast QLD AIG Honours
Tegan Beveridge  JCU Analysis of Campanian Aged Volcanic Ashes in the Fossil Bearing
Strata of North America to Determine Age and Origin
AIG Honours
Jessica Godfrey  UWA The origin of red pigment in Late Devonian limestones and significance for environmental changes, northern Canning Basin AIG Honours
Hugh Merrett  Adelaide A magnetotelluric study across south-western Victoria constraining a Cambrian subduction system and conductive mantle below Central Victoria AIG Honours
Tristan Wells  UTAS Genesis of the two-thirty breccia-hosted Cu-Au-Mo prospect, Northparkes, NSW AIG – Macquarie Arc Conference-GSNSW Honours
Rebeca D’Arcy  Macquarie  – AIG Third Yr
Matthew Elsley  UNE  – AIG Third Yr
Kireyeong Lee  Adelaide  – AIG Third Yr
Mitchell Simpson  UQ  – AIG Third Yr
Julia Elise Thornton  Federation  – AIG Third Yr
Georgia Wulf-Rhodes  UTAS  – AIG Third Yr
Marko Zegarac  Curtin  – AIG Third Yr

AIG Education Foundation

The AIG Education Foundation has been established to help fund the Institute’s education activities.  The foundation has been granted deductible gift recipient status by the Australian Taxation Office, ensuring contributions to the foundation by Australian residents and companies are tax deductible.  Information on how to contribute to the foundation is available from the AIG Secretariat office.