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ASEG news - Issue 19, 31st October 2019

Dear Members,

In today's news you'll find information on:

AEGC 2019
AGC/AAC Early Career Travel Grants
Zonge winner of Minerals, Energy and Related Services award at the Business SA 2019 Export Awards
Nomination Process for National Geoscience Champion
SAGEEP 2020 and 1st Munitions Response Meeting
News from the states
Upcoming events (National and International)
The latest in Exploration Geophysics
What's new in Preview?
Member Spotlight: Suzanne Haydon
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Thanks to our corporate members

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AEGC 2019

The 2nd Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference and Exhibition held in Perth, 2-5 September, was an overwhelming success!

Our AEGC 2019 Co-Chairs Tim Dean and John Gorter and the Conference Organising Committee, in partnership with Encanta Event Management, worked tirelessly to bring together the high quality and diverse technical programme and social events and a really impressive exploration geoscience exhibition. Huge congratulations to the organising teams and the chairs of the technical sessions and workshops on the standard of the Technical Program and Trade Exhibition, Workshops (both pre- and post- Conference) and the great social events hosted at Crown Convention Centre.

AGC/AAC Early Career Travel Grants

The AGC/AAS Early Career travel grants are now open for submissions. This grant aims to assist young geoscientists by funding their international travels to events such as overseas conferences and field trips. Applicants can apply for grants of up to $5000 to cover travel expenses.The application process closes on the 16th of December. See the website for more details.

Zonge winner of Minerals, Energy and Related Services award at the Business SA 2019 Export Awards

Congratulations to Zonge for being recognised as a leading innovator in the geographical surveying and mining industries at a gala ceremony held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the 18th of October 2019.

Zonge has worked with high-profile clients such as BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group, helping them to define their resources and target areas for drilling. Zonge's ongoing development of techniques and equipment has helped it build an international reputation, expanding to New Zealand, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Russia, Fiji, Japan, Pakistan, Laos, India, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Nomination Process for National Geoscience Champion

Nominations for new National Geoscience Champions will be called from time to time. Recipients will be awarded lifetime recognition of their work and achievements in advancing Geoscience nationally and internationally. Nominations should include:

• Name and contact details of Nominators

• An outline of the nominees Geoscientific career

• Details of their significant contributions to Geoscience in Australia

• Details of the impact of their work in Geoscience internationally

Nominations should be concise and not exceed more than 500 words or an A4 page. Please forward succinct, detailed nominations to or and

For more information see the Australian Geoscience Council website.

SAGEEP 2020 and 1st Munitions Response Meeting

SAGEEP is internationally recognized as the leading conference on the practical application of shallow geophysics. Since 1988 at the Colorado School of Mines, the symposium has been held over a 5-day period at locations throughout the United States, with over 200 oral and poster presentations, several educational short courses and workshops, numerous vendor presentations, and a commercial exhibition. A set of proceedings, comprised of technical presentations, is distributed online.

The SAGEEP 2020/1st Munitions Response Meeting will feature a full technical program, special sessions, a keynote speaker, a special luncheon speaker, field trip options, a student event, a wide-range of short courses, and a networking event at a well-known Colorado brewery and restaurant.

The abstract submission period for the SAGEEP 2020/1st Munitions Response Meeting closes 11 November, 2019. Further information may be found at

Branch upcoming events

Details about ASEG events can be found on the ASEG website.

Branch Date Presenter Title Venue
WA 6-12-19 ASEG-PESA 32nd Annual Golf Classic Joondalup Resort Golf Course
NSW 20-11-19
5:30 for 6pm start
Andrea Sosa Pintos Chemi-resistor sensors applications Club York, 99 York Street Sydney
NSW 11-12-19
5:30 for 6pm start
Quiz Night Club York, 99 York Street Sydney
SA 5-11-19 ASEG Melbourne Cup Luncheon The Gallery, Waymouth St, Adelaide
SA 14-11-19 ASEG branch sponsors Annual Industry Night Coopers Alehouse
SA 29-11-19 ASEG-AIG-AusIMM-GSA SA Exploration and Mining Conference (SAEMC) Adelaide Convention Centre
SA 8-12-19 ASEG-AusIMM-GSA GeoFamily Xmas in the Park Point Malcolm Reserve, Semaphore
SA 12-12-19 Honours students Mentor wrap-up Honours night and Christmas party Hotel Richmond
VIC 13-11-19 Hammad Hassan Tariq Vertical Seismic Profile for Reservoir Characterization Kelvin Club
QLD 22-11-19 ASEG QLD Mentorship Program meetup TBC
QLD 5-12-19 QLD Industry Org Joint Christmas Party Jade Buddha

For a more complete calendar of events see Preview

Date Event
5-8 November, 2019 ProGREss '19: Exploration as a Business, Sochi, Russia
14-15 November 2019 Dorothy Hill Women in Earth Sciences Symposium, Brisbane, QLD
18-22 November 2019 SGTSG: Convergence on the Coast, Port Lincoln, SA
9-13 December 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Workshop, San Francisco, USA
10-12 February 2020 Fifth EAGE Workshop on Rock Physics, Milan, Italy
March 29-April 2 2020 SAGEEP 2020 and 1st Munitions Response Meeting, Denver Colorado
6-9 April 2020 Saint Petersburg 2020 - Geosciences: Converting Knowledge into Resources, St Petersburg, Russia
8-11 June 2020 82nd EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Hi all,

Issue 6 is well on the way and will be out very soon. As well, the AEM special issue is close to being finished and will appear as Issue 1 in 2020. While you are waiting how about having a glance through the latest articles you will encounter both Issue 6 papers (eg Nourifard et al) and papers for the special issue (eg Auken et al )

Enjoy your reading.



Dr Mark Lackie

Exploration Geophysics Editor

The October issue of Preview is now available online

This post-conference issue of Preview features reflections on the second Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference (AEGC 2019), as well as details of the conference and exhibition awards, and the ASEG Honours and Awards. In addition, we feature the Space rocks on display at Geoscience Australia.

All our usual commentators have also stepped up to the plate. David Denham (Canberra observed) reflects on the AEGC before reviewing the latest minerals and petroleum exploration investment figures. Michael Asten (Education matters) reports on the progress of current ASEG Research Foundation projects. Mike Hatch (Environmental geophysics) takes a look at Grace mapping of terrestrial water storage. Terry Harvey (Minerals geophysics) also reflects on the AEGC that was. Mick Micenko (Seismic window) sounds off about Labor's enquiry into seismic surveys. Tim Keeping (Data trends) reviews surveying with drones, and Ian James (Webwaves) advises readers to adopt Essential 8 steps to protect themselves and their data.

Proposed contributions for future issues can be submitted by email to the editor at


Lisa Worrall

Preview Editor

This month we get to know Suzanne Haydon from the Geological Survey of South Australia.


  1. What is your current role?
  2. Geophysicist at the Geological Survey of Victoria

  3. For how long have you been a geophysicist?
  4. 25 years

  5. Tell us about your best field meal?
  6. A freshly-baked roll from the local bakery every day (a Victorian luxury) and then cheese, tomato, mayo, ham and capsicum - assembled and eaten on the tailgate of a Toyota Hilux in the bush somewhere.

  7. What made you decide to be a geophysicist?
  8. I wanted a career that combined maths/physics as well as outdoor activities. Geophysics fits the bill perfectly.

  9. What is a challenge you have overcome and how did you do so?
  10. Combining work and family. Being at a workplace with flexible work arrangements helps a lot, and it is getting easier now that the kids are older. I sometimes work odd hours to help get things finished.

  11. What reaction do you mostly get when you tell someone that you are a geophysicist?
  12. Usually a blank look. I think it's the "physics" part that throws people. When I explain that it's a combination of geology and physics, people think that it sounds interesting.

  13. What aspect of geophysics do you enjoy most?
  14. I enjoy working with a bunch of talented people and am grateful for opportunities to meet and learn from other geophysicists and people in related fields. I always return from the ASEG Conference re-energised and with a list of things to follow up and incorporate in my work.

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