b'Branch newsASEG newsASEG branch newsAustralian Capital Territory Ltd) on The greatest obstacle toEric Wang (University of Sydney): discovery is not ignoranceit is theSeismic hazard and risk modelling in As we move into the new year, I hopeillusion of knowledge. Sydneyeveryone managed to have a rest and to spend time with family and friends.The student presentations were: The presentations were interesting and So, what do we want to do as a branchinformative, enjoyed by the attendees in 2023? Our aim is to provide membersMackenzie Baker (UNSW) Australiaand followed by much discussion.with interesting talks that highlightgoing under: Mantle processes and their the work being done around Australia.geomorphological and biogeographicalIn December the NSW Branch closed off Whether it is the newer nationalimplications the year with the annual dinner, which coverages like AEM that are bringing to light interesting new features, highlighting a new technology, method or process that can improve members capabilities, or showcasing a piece of work that answers a question. While delivering talks digitally has allowed for all branches to gain the benefit of expertise from other parts of the country, returning to attending talks in person allows for members to strengthen their relationships in meaningful ways. Hopefully we can bring the best of both worlds together to strengthen ties with each other and with other branches. And speaking of strengthening ties, the AEGC 2023 is a great way to connect while hearing about all the interesting and important work being done by many individuals. I would encourage you all to find a booth showcasing something you know little about and see what new directions that may take you.Also, dont forget about GeoscienceNSW Branch annual student night presenters. L-R: Stephanie Kovach (NSW President), Eric Wang (University Australias Wednesday seminars (https:// of Sydney), Ken Witherly (Condor Consulting Ltd) and Mackenzie Baker (UNSW).www.ga.gov.au/news-events/events/public-talks). These are a good source of geoscientific information that includes the use of geophysics.Phillip Wynne actpresident@aseg.org.auNew South WalesHappy New Year ASEG Members! Last year, we finally saw a return to normal (ish!) life, with the ability to have events and travel without restrictions. Lets hope things continue to improve in 2023!In November, we concluded the 2022 NSW technical meeting series with the annual student evening, that included presentations by a keynote speaker and two students. Both student presenters received $1000 scholarships from the ASEG NSW Branch to support their research.The keynote presentation was given byKen Witherly (Condor ConsultingNSW Branch annual dinner.FEBRUARY 2023 PREVIEW 6'