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WA tech talk: Geophysics for a Sustainable Future

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

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The Shoe Bar and Cafe 376 – 420 Wellington Street Perth, WA 6050

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Title: Geophysics for a Sustainable Future
Date & Time: 1 June 2023, 5:30 pm
Speaker: Michelle Thomas


The Shoe Bar and Cafe
376 – 420 Wellington Street
Perth, WA 6050


In her talk this June at ASEG WA technical night, Michelle will discuss minerals geophysicists’ role in achieving the United Nations General Assembly’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focused on the dimensions of People, Prosperity, and the Planet. This discussion will build upon the Geophysical Sustainability Atlas published in the Leading Edge by Capello et al., 2021, and the UNESCO Geoscience in Action report it subsequently inspired. 


Michelle Thomas is the global practice lead of geophysics at BHP, responsible for geophysics technical excellence and capability at BHP. Her focus is on connecting the physical properties of the Earth to critical business decisions across BHPs global value chain today and into the future.

Michelle joined the mining sector early in 2021 following a 22-year career in the petroleum industry, including senior technical and leadership roles in innovation, exploration, and geophysics.

Michelle holds a BA(Hons) in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP) in France.