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GESSS-SA student symposiums

Showcasing student research.

The inaugural Geological Society of Australia Earth Sciences Student Symposium - South Australia (GESSS-SA) held in November 2017 showcased the diversity of current student earth sciences research within South Australia.

GESSS-SA is an initiative of the 2016–2018 Geological Society of Australia Governing Council, with similar inaugural events held in Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. These annual events promote student research across Australia, giving students the opportunity to organise and present at a conference. The events also encourage networking between students from other universities, and with academic staff, government and industry sectors.

2018 events will run in the four states that held them in 2017, along with an inaugural event in Western Australia.


Poster on display at GESSS-SA 2017. (Photo xxx)
Poster on display at GESSS-SA 2017. (Photo xxx)
Examples of the diverse technical posters on display at GESSS-SA 2017 which generated much lively discussion. The event has established a new forum for South Australian university students to promote their research and engage with the wider geoscience community. (Photos 416595, 416596)

GESSS-SA 2017, held at the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library, was kindly facilitated by the Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA). The state-of-the-art venue contributed to the exciting atmosphere on the day with 80 people from all aspects of the scientific community in attendance and all highly engaged.

The high-calibre of research being conducted in South Australia was evident. Forty-five abstracts were submitted on topics from geochemistry and structural geology to investigating leaf wax in the sedimentary record and paleoclimate studies. The GSSA's 'Best Talk' award went to Renée Tamblyn who spoke on the metamorphic conditions of blueschist from mud volcanoes in the Mariana Trench. Bo Yang was awarded 'Best Poster'  for his work on zircon provenance within the Beetaloo Sub-basin in the Northern Territory.

The success of GESSS-SA 2017 was facilitated by the generous support of its sponsors: Investigator Resources and Minotaur Exploration (Diamond partners); and OZ Minerals, Olympus, Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre, Bureau Veritas, Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia, Environmental Institute and Australian Institute of Geoscientists (Sapphire, Topaz and general partners).

Within South Australia, GESSS-SA has successfully encouraged students from across the three institutes (University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and Flinders University) to come together for the first time and present their research to the local scientific community. Students were able to promote their talents to future employers, discover areas of research at other universities or departments and to meet new people in the earth sciences field.

Keep up to date on the upcoming GESSS-SA 2018 event via the Geological Society of Australia website.

– Morgan Blades

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