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ASEG Newsletter | Issue 34 | February 2021

Dear Members,

In the February Newsletter you will find on:

AUGEN virtual meeting
AEGC Early Bird Registration NOW OPEN
NExUS course "Geological Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Data - a Practical Approach"
ASEG MEMBERS - apply for scholarship to attend NExUS Course
ASEG Honours and Awards: Call for 2021 nominations now open
CODES short course - Ore Deposit Geochemistry, Hydrology and Geochronology
EAGE dates announced & call for abstracts
SEGJ International symposium dates announced & call for short abstracts.
Science Week
L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships - closes Monday 1 March
Prime Minister's Prizes for Science - closes Tuesday 9 March

And of course, our regular articles.

For updates on upcoming webinars, events and interesting articles follow ASEG on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

AUGEN virtual meeting

Australian Universities Geoscience Educators Network (AUGEN) had their first meeting on Friday 5 February 2021. The recording of the event, including slides, transcript and presentation are available on the AUGEN TEAM website.

AEGC Early Bird Registration NOW OPEN

Save up to $200 on full conference registration by registering before the Early Bird deadline of 20 May 2021.

The AEGC 2021 Organising Committee has included a registration cancellation policy in response to the uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions and government imposed border closures. Please refer to the website for the cancellation policy.

NExUS course "Geological Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Data - a Practical Approach"

30th-31st March 2021 2-Day Online Workshop

Presented by David Isles and Leigh Rankin

NExUS-Professional Development present a two-day online workshop* on the fundamentals of geological interpretation of aeromagnetic data. The workshop will feature lectures, practical activities and case studies all using integrated data sets. Cost is $400 for ASEG Members ($500 for others) and $100 for students. Be quick - places are limited to 30. For further course information, please contact: Richard.Lilly@Adelaide.edu.au

*This is a level-4 course (honours level) and is designed to be suitable for early career geoscientists, honours students and HDR students. The workshop is not assessed.

ASEG MEMBERS - apply for scholarship to attend NExUS Course

The ASEG are offering full fee paid scholarships to attend the NExUS Course, Geological Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Data. The ASEG will fund registrations for two full and one student registration. Preference will be given to members earlier in their career. To apply for the scholarship, ensure your ASEG membership is current, and send an email to secretary@aseg.org.au outlining in 100 words or less how this would benefit you. Applications close 5 March, successful scholarship recipients will be announced Friday 12 March. Please contact secretary@aseg.org.au for further information.

ASEG Honours and Awards:
Call for 2021 nominations now open

Nominations are open for the 2021 ASEG Honours and Awards. These include;
  • ASEG Gold Medal
  • Honorary Membership
  • Grahame Sands Award
  • Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award
  • Early Achievement Award

Read the latest Preview article for more information.

CODES short course - Ore Deposit Geochemistry, Hydrology and Geochronology

The CODES Ore Deposit Geochemistry, Hydrology and Geochronology short course will run this year over two separate weeks:

  • Week One: 31 May - 5 June
  • Week Two: 5 - 9 July

The short course for 2021 is fully online and occur between 9am - 6pm AEDT. The flyer for the short course can be found here. here will be a one-day symposium (June 1) on exploration and research applications of magmatic indicator minerals for magmatic and hydrothermal ore deposits. The detailed flyer for the symposium can be found here. CODES welcome your attendance for the one-day symposium or for the full course (which includes the symposium).

EAGE dates announced & call for abstracts

The European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) together with Vietnam Association of Engineering Geologists (VAEGE) and PetroVietnam University (PVU) as the Co-Organizers are proud to announce that the 4th edition of Asia Pacific Meeting on Near Surface Geoscience and Engineering (NSGE) will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 30 November - 2 December 2021. Abstract Submission is open and will close 31 May 2021.

For more information visit the EAGE website.

SEGJ International symposium dates announced & call for short abstracts.

Since 1990, the SEGJ International Symposium has provided unique opportunities to share fundamental ideas and the latest advances in applied geophysics, and to expand and deepen interdisciplinary networks. In this year, the 14th SEGJ International symposium was scheduled to be held at Hokkaido University. However, considering the difficult situation due to COVID-19, we have decided to hold the symposium by ONLINE. We hope many people use this event to share your knowledge, research, and great ideas with geoscientists all over the world. Short abstract submission is open and will close 31 March 2021.

More information visit the SEGJ website.

Science Week

National Science Week 2021 will run from 14 to 22 August with a school theme of Food: Different by Design, marking the United Nations International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.

Subscribe to Questacon's Science Week newsletter to receive information about state and territory event grant rounds as they open.

L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships - closes Monday 1 March

Applications are open for five $25,000 L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships: four for Australia, one for New Zealand.

To be eligible, applicants must be women within five years of their PhD (not including career breaks) for research at an Australian or New Zealand academic or research institution.

More information.

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science - closes Tuesday 9 March

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science: nominations for the seven prizes with a total prize pool of $850,000 are open:

  • Prime Minister's Prize for Science ($250,000)
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation ($250,000)
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50,000)
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50,000)
  • Prize for New Innovators ($50,000)
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools ($50,000)
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools ($50,000)

Entries close Tuesday 9 March at 5.00pm AEDT. Science and innovation prizes information here; science teaching prizes information here. See past winners here.

Follow our social media pages to stay up-to-date with the latest talks. Past talks can be found on the ASEG Videos Page.

Recommend a talk suggestion? Email communications@aseg.org.au.

ASEG Webinars

Date Presenter Title Registration Link
Tues 23 March
2.30pm ACST
Teagan Blaikie & Helen McFarlane,
Interpreting high-resolution aeromagnetic data to aid mapping undercover and structural analysis of the Tanami Region and northwest Aileron Province Via Zoom
Tues April 6
Prof Graham Heinson, University of Adelaide Federal Executive AGM Via Zoom

Branch upcoming events

COVID19 has impacted in-person state branch activity for some branches. Information for ASEG Branch events are updated on ASEG website.

Branch Date Event Venue & More Info
ACT branch April 7,
The 2021 airborne gravity gradiometer survey through Victoria and SA. Remapping of the geoid.
Presented by - Jack McCubbine
SA/NT branch Tues
March 9,
5:30 pm
AGM and Industry Night Coopers Alehouse, 316 Pulteney St, Adelaide
NSW branch March 17,
5:30 pm
TBA Club York

For a more complete calendar of events see Preview

Date Event
25-27 May 2021 AustMine, Perth, Australia
15-20 September 2021 AEGC 2021, Brisbane, Queensland
18-21 October 2021 The 14th SEGJ International Symposium, online
30Nov to 2 Dec 2021 EAGE 4th Asia Pacific meeting on Near Surface Geoscience & Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

ASEG members can access Exploration Geophysics articles free of charge by logging into the ASEG website and navigating to Professional > Publications > Exploration Geophysics.

Hi all EG readers,

As I sit here in a COVID induced lock-down, I do wonder if this year will be any different from 2020. However, we have had quite a few papers come in recently and it has been enlightening to read about the latest in geophysics; it does take my mind off the lockdown. As such, I recommend that you have a look at the latest papers published online in Exploration Geophysics to see what is the latest in the geophysics world.

Check out the paper by Andrea Viezzoli and co-authors on scanning of AEM data for IP effects.

Or for something a bit different you can venture into Issue 1 for the year and have a look at the paper on investigating an ancient wooden shipwreck, by Young-Jun Kim and co-authors.


Dr Mark Lackie

Exploration Geophysics Editor


A reminder that the February issue of Preview is available online www.aseg.org.au/publications/PVCurrent

In this issue of Preview Roger Henderson entertains us with an article on "Biological geomagnetic field sensing". However, David Denham (Canberra observed) brings us back to earth with a bump by opining that a New Normal in 2021 is just not possible. He knocks another nail in the coffin by reminding us that government expenditure on R&D in Australia is woefully inadequate. Our new Associate Editor for Education Marina Pervukhina (Education matters) offers those of us uncertain about our future a ray of hope in terms of opportunities available for up-skilling or re-skilling. Mike Hatch (Environmental geophysics) surveys some of his colleagues about the state of play in environmental geophysics and makes some bold predictions. Terry Harvey (Mineral geophysics) reflects on the impact of the Australian land surface on geophysical survey design. Mick Micenko (Seismic window) considers the application of seismic methods to hard rock terrains. Tim Keeping (Data trends) revisits point gridding with some handy code, and Ian James (Webwaves) guides us through accessing cached webpages.

Proposed contributions for future issues can be submitted by email to the editor at previeweditor@aseg.org.au

Lisa Worrall

Preview Editor


Leslie Atkinson, a geophysicist of many talents, is in the Spotlight this week. She is the Secretary on the ASEG Federal Executive and Principal Analyst at Energy Quest.

  1. For how long have you been a geophysicist?
  2. I have been a geophysicist for just over 30 years, working in oil and gas exploration. I have worked in a multitude of roles in Exploration and Development, in listed companies, private consultancy and government organisations. Although I am not currently working directly with geophysics, I use my analytical knowledge and background gained in my geophysical roles in my daily work, and try to keep up with the ever-changing industry.

  3. What do you like most about being a geophysicist?
  4. I love the opportunity to find solutions to the everyday problems that face explorationists on a daily basis. The thrill of a successful well or having an 'ah-ha' moment when all the data falls into place is fantastic. We often work on projects for a long time, so that final success can be very uplifting. The colourful maps we get to make are just a bonus.

    Leslie looking at home behind the wheel of a seismic vibrator truck. Photo: Leslie Atkinson

  5. If you weren't a geophysicist what would you be?
  6. Probably a Geneticist. In my third year at Uni I had to decide on my second major subject to finish my Maths Science degree. I couldn't decide between Geology and Genetics, so I chose to do both. I was very interested in Cytogenetics and Population Genetics. Fortunately, Geophysics won out in the end.

  7. What is your best interview tip?
  8. I find the best way to approach interviews is to just be yourself. I feel that too much effort to try to impress can often be seen as disingenuous and can be a negative. Show your real self and let them see the character they will potentially be hiring. And don't be afraid to give yourself time to think before responding to the question.

  9. What's one thing that we wouldn't know about you?
  10. I have 15 years' experience as a motorsport fire marshal and have officiated at 10 Grands Prix. I am still involved in motorsport as a trackside flag marshal.

  11. What are you reading at the moment?
  12. I love a good crime or detective suspense so currently I am reading Michael Connelly’s "The Drop". A trusty Harry Bosch classic where he gets caught up in police force bureaucracy "high jinx", but in true Harry style, he won't compromise the truth to appease the powers that be.

    I have also just finished a book by Hans Rosling called "Factfulness - Ten reasons we're wrong about the world, and why things are better than you think". An absolutely fantastic and thought provoking read that puts the world in a completely different perspective.

    Leslie analysing seismic data with two of her colleagues. Photo: Leslie Atkinson

  13. What made you decide to be a geophysicist?
  14. I have always been fascinated with volcanoes and earthquakes. After doing a report on volcanoes at Uni, I was hooked. Geophysics was a way I could incorporate my maths background into the fascinating world of rocks, volcanoes and earthquakes.

  15. What do you do in your spare time?
  16. Apart from motorsport and reading, I enjoy troupe dance at a local dance school. I dance with a group of other dance mums and we have a ball doing tap, jazz and contemporary styles of dance. And yes, we do perform at the twice-yearly dance concert. I also like to restore old timber furniture and have a number of pieces I have brought back to life.

  17. What reaction do you mostly get when you tell someone that you are a geophysicist?
  18. Usually, a blank stare and then I get asked "What is a geowhatacist?" Or sometimes I get "Wow! You must be really smart". Generally, I just tell them that I am a like Geologist, but I use the physical properties of the rocks.

  19. What is the best way that the ASEG could let the public know about geophysics and its benefit to the everyday life?
  20. Somehow, we need to get through to the public that we are not just raping and pillaging the earth. It is not all about fossil fuels and CO2. There are some really useful things that geophysics can provide for us all. The understanding of what is happening in the earth, from the prediction of earthquakes and possible volcanic eruptions, through to the discovery of ancient civilisations and support in the solving of crimes. All these facets are part of the geophysical community that the general public has little knowledge of. Plus, the continued discovery of the minerals to build, and the gas to help support, renewable energies are still vital to our society.

  21. Do you think AI will take over your job or will the human element remain vital to exploration successes?
  22. I don't think AI will completely take over the human element in exploration. AI is becoming more and more important in exploration outcomes as projects become smaller, more complex and difficult to define. However, I believe the innovation of the human mind is still far superior to AI. AI may be used to do a lot of the computational grunt work, but I still believe the human aspect is a vital component to good outcomes in exploration.

    The New Zealand seismic crew, putting sun safety first. Who can spot Leslie? Photo: Leslie Atkinson

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