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Queensland Collaborative Exploration Initiative – Round 1 grants available now

The Queensland Government’s Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) commenced on 14 August 2017. The initiative provides funding assistance to test high risk or innovative exploration concepts used to understand the geology and prospectivity of under-explored areas.

Funding of $3.6 million has been allocated to the Initiative and is open to existing mineral, petroleum, gas, coal and geothermal explorers working in North West Queensland Mineral Province.

$1.2 million of Round 1 grant funding is now available. Grants offered under the CEI will meet up to half of the direct activity costs, to a maximum of $200,000, for an approved project. An incentive of up to an additional $100,000 applies to Round 1 if the project is completed by 10 August 2018.

CEI builds on funding offered by the previous Collaborative Drilling Initiative (CDI). The new CEI has been expanded to also include both drilling activities and non-drilling activities such as geophysics, geochemistry, and other surveys.

Explorers can now apply for the Collaborative Exploration Initiative in north-west Queensland. Applications for CEI Round 1 must be received by 29 September 2017.

Visit the Queensland Government exploration grants website for more information.

Geoscience Australia Tours – National Science Week

Geoscience Australia is hosting tours of the National Minerals and Fossils Collection and its laboratories and SHRIMP facility Monday to Thursday during National Science Week 13th-19th August 2017.

National Mineral and Fossil Collection: Explore the world class collection of amazing specimens stored in Geoscience Australia’s archive. Numbers limited to 10 per session. Tours will take roughly 1 hour 15 minutes. Not suitable for under 10 year olds. Available times: 10.00am and 6.00pm Monday 14 August, 10.00am and 6.00pm Tuesday 15 August, and 10.00am Wednesday 16 August.

Laboratories and SHRIMP Tour: Ever wanted to study microfossils used by scientists to explore for petroleum and interpret ancient environments? Take a tour through Geoscience Australia’s Laboratories and Sensitive High-Resolution Ion Microprobe (SHRIMP) laboratory. Numbers limited to 20 per session. Tour will take roughly 60 minutes. Available times: 12.30pm Tuesday 15 August and 12.30pm Thursday 17 August.

Tours leave from the Geoscience Australia reception.  Bookings are essential and the tours are free of charge.  Click here for details.

Click on the banner image or here to visit the National Science Week website for details events across Australia.

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.