Adapting for Better Performance

AIG’s Western Australia Branch are planning an interesting, thought provoking and innovative workshop, to be held in Perth 14th March 2016.

What will mining and resources in Australia look like towards 2025?
What are the sector, company and geoscientist – level strategies to success?
How do businesses and individuals anticipate and plan for change?
What are the education and research priorities to sustain a pipeline of adaptable people, innovative governance, and data and technology developments?

The Day…
Join us for a boutique event to hear and debate how geoscientists can proactively manage likely professional transitions in cyclical downturns, while looking ahead to consider how we work, and how innovation in the sector will shape our changing job descriptions.

A forward looking, one day workshop, motivated by the need for new discoveries and better ways of working will consist of three sessions, with time in-between for breakout group discussions. We will reconvene together at the end of the day for a group discussion, before retiring for sundowner drinks.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE, West Australian of the year, 2015 & Former Chief Scientist of WA

The conference, whilst open to all, is aimed at Students, Graduates, & Junior to mid level geoscien)sts & Project Geologists. Those out of work or underemployed are also encouraged to attend.

Delegate Fees (including GST):
Student AIG $40: Grad AIG $50: Member AIG $60: Unemployed AIG $40: nonAIG Member $70

Click here for the conference brochure.

Making a Difference in Geoscience Education

ESWA LogoEarth Science Western Australia is making a difference to the teaching of Earth and Environmental Science in Western Australia.

In 2015:

  • 1957 educators
  • 442 schools
  • 7304 students

engaged with ESWA (this includes requested repeat visits).

Click here to view ESWA’s latest newsletter featuring articles on:

  • Enthusiasm for Earth and Environmental Science!
  • Primary Australian Literacy Mathematics & Science Program
  • Woodside Australian Science Project
  • Reports from the Field – Bunbury Catholic College in Kalgoorlie and Rossmoyne SHS Heads to Fremantle

Western Australia Field Guides

Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA) has commissioned John Bunting to write Geological Field Guides to Western Australia.

Two guides have been published:

  • A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds
  • A Geological Field Guide to the Capes Region of Southwest WA

A third guide on the Western Australia Goldfields is currently in production.

ESWA PERTH_cover_c1A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds is an A5, 110 page, spiral bound volume that covers six geologically significant locations in detail and in full colour. Featuring an overview of the geology of Perth, detailed descriptions at each locality and a comprehensive glossary, this guide is designed to make your geological excursions easy and enjoyable.

Free student booklets can be downloaded for each location from the field guides section of this website.  Assistance with school excursions to any of these localities can also be arranged through contacting ESWA.

A Geological Field Guide to the Capes Region of Southwest WA is designed to assist readers in exploring  the geology of the stunning Capes Region of Southwest Western Australia.  With an overview of the remarkable geology of the region, as well as detailed walking tours for seven localities, it is a must for any enthusiast visiting the southwest.

ESWA SW_Field_Guide_Front_CoverIt is a follow-up to the highly popular ‘A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds’, which is reputed to be ‘the ideal template for future field guides to follow and to be benchmarked agains’ (Greg McNamara, The Australian Geologist, 2012). This guide is set to be a popular reference for teachers, field naturalists and tourists to the region

Copies of ‘A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds’  and ‘A Geological Field Guide to the Capes Region of Southwest WA’ can be purchased via ESWA’s online shop, powered by PayPal (you can pay via credit/debit card without having a PayPal account).

Don’t forget that ESWA’s textbook, Exploring Earth and Environmental Science, ia available to purchase on line from the ESWA website.  ESWA also produces a range of resources for secondary teachers of Earth and environmental sciences.

For further information about ESWA publications contact Jo Watkins

Edumine Course Calendar – H1 2016


The AIG Edumine Campus provides members with access to a wide range of self-paced on-line courses and discounted access to instructor-led courses delivered as live webcasts.  

Geography means that these web casts may be at a challenging time of day for Australian participants but they are delivered in a manner which offers an opportunity to interact with both the presenter and other participants with diverse backgrounds and views, generating discussion that enhances course content and understanding of the topic.

Courses scheduled between February and May 2016 are available here.

More information about the AIG Edumine campus is available in the Education section of the website.

Some Edumine courses may be counted as credit towards a Certificate in Mining Studies offered by University of British Columbia and University of Arizona.  Course providers include:

  • University of British Columbia
  • Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at University of Arizona
  • Imperial College London
  • Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
  • Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

Edumine is the provider of on-line courses to the CMS program.  The International Association of Continuing Educationand Training (IACET) has approved Edumine as a provider of continuing education and training.

These external study opportunities provide a means of completing recognised studies in a highly flexible manner.

Earth Science Olympiad Gold for Australia

Australia’s first nationally selected team achieved two gold and a silver medal at the 9th International Earth Science Olympiad held 13-20 September 2015, Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Gold medal winner  Zoe Thompson, a student of Redlands School in Sydney, along with her three fellow team members, Sacha Mann from Girton Grammar School in Bendigo, Jade Pham from James Ruse Agricultural High School in Sydney, and Tim Hume from Mansfield Secondary College in Victoria, returned to Australia recently from Pocos de Caldos, Brazil where they attended the Ninth International Earth Science Olympiad.    The students also returned with  second(Jade Pham)  and third place awards (Sacha Mann)  for team- based activities and fieldwork.

As well as working in international collaborative teams on real world problems the students also completed individual examinations in theory and practical work spanning all areas of earth sciences including geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy and environmental science.

“It is the first time Australia has sent a nationally selected team to compete at the International Earth Science Olympiad, and I think the other nations were a bit stunned that as newcomers we did so well,” says Greg McNamara, Earth and Environmental Science Program Director at Australian Science Innovations, who travelled with the team.

“At a time when maths and science education is under scrutiny in Australia, our team’s achievement is inspirational, and I hope it will encourage many other students to look at earth and environmental science with new eyes,” says McNamara.

Australian Geoscience Council  (AGC) President, Bill Shaw, said it was terrific to see Australian students excelling in Earth Science on the world stage.  ‘It’s outstanding to see the success of these young students. These young people have had a fantastic opportunity to use their knowledge and skills in Earth Science at a world level and to work collaboratively with students from other countries to address real issues. The Australian Geoscience Council and its member societies, representing over 8000 geoscientists, are pleased to have been supporters of the Australian Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad program since its inception. We encourage all students to get involved and learn about the world around them, and we encourage all parents and teachers to support their children and students to achieve their very best.’

The Australian Earth Science Olympiad team members beat over 300 other students from schools around Australia to be able to represent Australia.  After sitting special exams at school, twenty of the highest achievers were selected to attend a Summer School held in Canberra in January.  From there the top four students were chosen to become the Australian Earth Science Olympiad team members.

The Earth Science Olympiad is one of four International Science Olympiads held this year; the other competitions were Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The Australian Science Olympiad Competition is all about unlocking potential and challenging students to be the best they can be.

Australian Geoscience Council media release

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