ASEG Young Professionals Network: An update Applications for the QLD ASEG/PESA joint Mentoring Programme closed on 31 December 2018. These applications are being reviewed and the programme will be launched on 15 February 2019. On 28 November, the Victorian Young Professionals seminar series concluded for 2018 with the much anticipated talk on Stakeholder Engagement by Steve Marshall, who is the operations director for CarbonNet. Steve and his team have had recent experience communicating their Carbon Capture and Storage project in the Gippsland region, where the project is located. Although the proposed storage site is offshore and could play a role in reducing global CO2 levels, many local residents appear to have adopted a“lock the gate”or NIMBY mentality to pretty much anything put to them. Steve provided many great examples of the challenges his team faced in engaging their portfolio of stakeholders, including the process followed and some (often hard) lessons learnt. A key takeaway was that there are some stakeholders who you will never appease and it is important to find a respectful way to“agree to disagree”. The Victorian YP network will resume in February 2019 with a social event and review of the mentoring programme after its first year (and a bit). We welcome any new mentoring applications. Megan Nightingale and Jarrod Dunne ASEG Young Professionals Network 2019 ASEG Honours and Awards: Call for nominations A reminder to all Members that nominations are open for the next series of ASEG Awards, which are scheduled to be presented in conjunction with AEGC 2019; 2–5 September 2019, Perth, Western Australia. All ASEG Members as well as State and Federal executives are invited to nominate those they consider deserving of these awards. The available awards are: ASEG Gold Medal – for exceptional and highly significant distinguished contributions to the science and practice of geophysics, resulting in wide recognition within the geoscientific community. Honorary Membership – for distinguished contributions by a Member to the profession of exploration geophysics and to the ASEG over many years. Grahame Sands Award – for innovation in applied geophysics through a significant practical development of benefit to Australian exploration geophysics in the field of instrumentation, data acquisition, interpretation or theory. The nominee does not need to be a Member of the ASEG. Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award – for the promotion of geophysics to the wider community, including geologists, geochemists, engineers, managers, politicians, the media or the general public. The nominee does not need to be a geophysicist nor a Member of the ASEG. Early Achievement Award – for significant contributions to the profession by a Member under 36 years of age, by way of publications in Exploration Geophysics or similar reputable journals, or by overall contributions to geophysics, ASEG Branch activities, committees or events. The nominee must be a Member of the ASEG and have graduated for at least 3 years. ASEG Service Awards – for distinguished service by a Member to the ASEG, through involvement in and contribution to State Branch committees, Federal Committees, Publications or Conferences over many years. Where the nomination details outstanding contributions to the shaping and the sustaining of the Society and the conduct of its affairs over many years, consideration will be given to the award of the ASEG Service Medal to the nominee. Nomination procedure Any Member of the Society may submit nominations for candidates meeting the criteria for the above awards. Details of all award criteria and nomination guidelines can be found on the ASEG website at about-aseg/honours-awards Pro forma nomination forms are also available by contacting the Committee Chair. Nominations including digital copies of all relevant supporting documentation are to be sent electronically to the Chair, ASEG Honours and Awards Committee via email: Andrew Mutton Honours and Awards Committee Chair Steve Marshall presenting to the Victorian Young Professionals 7 PREVIEW ASEG news Committees FEBRUARY 2019