Message from GSA President Joanna Parr

I expect that, like me, you have been looking forward to our next Australian Earth Science Conference (AESC) in Feb 2021. Perhaps, like me, you were hoping that travel restrictions would have eased enough for us to travel to Hobart to enjoy a week meeting friends and colleagues at the Core-to-Cosmos AESC 2021.

The organising committee have been working hard to deliver the best possible conference for the Earth Science community, but it has become increasingly obvious, given the very real chance of travel restrictions, the viability of a face to face meeting in Hobart is in jeopardy. So, having considered all the potential scenarios, including postponing to 2022, the committee have decided that the AESC 2021 will be a virtual conference that will run 9-12 February in 2021. They are currently testing software platforms, looking at innovative ways of running different facets of the meeting and working on providing the best possible interactive conference for all the registrants.

It’s obviously very disappointing that we will not all gather in Hobart in February, but I am confident that the Organising Committee will deliver a benchmark virtual experience with a Tasmanian flavour. More information will come out soon.

Best wishes

Jo Parr
President, Geological Society of Australia


The Geological Society of Australia invites you to the first Virtual Australian Earth Sciences Convention ‘Core to Cosmos’, on the 9-12 February, 2021.

The convention will showcase current trends and advances in earth science, including the latest findings on the deep structure and composition of our planet, our diverse crust and surface environments, developments in the energy and resources sectors and critically, the essential role that geoscience plays in our sustainable future.

Tasmania’s rich geological past has resulted in a varied and beautiful landscape, unique flora and fauna and a colourful mining history which has underpinned the local economy for more than a century. We hope that you can come south, enjoy our temperate summer and local attractions, and participate in a program showcasing the best of Australian earth science as well as field trips focussed on Tasmania’s diverse geology. We look forward to seeing you in Hobart!

Convention Co-Chairs
A/Prof. Sebastien Meffre & Dr Andrew McNeill

Who Should Attend

All Earth Science professions, including:

  • geoscientists
  • geophysicists
  • geochemists
  • hydrogeologists
  • marine geoscientists
  • palaeontologists and planetary geoscientists
  • geotechnical and engineering geologists
  • environmental geoscientists, and associated professions

If you are looking to increase your technical expertise or for professional development this conference is for you. Attendees come from a range of sectors including the minerals and petroleum industries, government departments, research and education institutions and consultancy groups.

Convention Organising Committee

CHAIRS:  Sebastien Meffre & Andrew McNeill
POSTER DIRECTORS:  Claire Kain & Jacqui Halpin
DIVERSITY:  Indrani Mukherjee & Angela Escolme
FIELD TRIPS:  Mike Vicary & Grace Cumming
SPONSORSHIP DIRECTORS: Matt Ferguson & Andrew McNeill
SOCIAL MEDIA / OUTREACH / PROMOTION:  Indrani Mukherjee, Matt Ferguson & Sue Fletcher
TREASURER:  Peter McGoldrick & Sue Fletcher

Conference Design has been appointed to assist the Organising Committee in coordinating the convention.

About the GSA

The Geological Society of Australia was established as a non-profit organisation in 1952 to promote, advance and support Earth sciences in Australia.

As a broadly based professional society that aims to represent all Earth Science disciplines, the GSA attracts a wide diversity of members working in a similarly broad range of industries.

Conference Managers

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