Invitation to Submit Abstracts

The 2021 Australian Earth Sciences Convention Organising Committee invite you to submit an abstract for possible inclusion in the 2021 Convention being held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 9th – 12th February.

The convention theme is Core to Cosmos. We invite submissions in the overall themes listed below:

  • Theme 1: Energy and resources
  • Theme 2: Earth structure
  • Theme 3: Core to crust
  • Theme 4: Crust, surface and cosmos
  • Theme 5: Geoscience in society, education and environment
  • Theme 6: Earth observations and models
  • Theme 7: Symposia

Each theme has multiple sessions associated with it. To view these sessions and descriptions please click on the link below.



Submitting your abstract

Submissions must include a maximum 500-word abstract. The abstracts will be reviewed by the convention committee for applicability to the overall conference theme ‘Core to Cosmos’ and the above mentioned themes/sessions/symposia. Submissions are due by 24 August 2020.

When submitting your abstract you will be asked to select your preferred presentation format. You will have the choice of an Oral Presentation or Poster Presentation. If you do not mind whether your submission is an oral or poster please select Either Option.

When submitting for an Oral or Poster, please download and use the template.

If submitting for the Rapid Fire session, please make sure to do so in the Rapid Fire Submission Portal.

During the process you will be asked to indicate the theme, session or symposium in which your abstract should appear. You will also have the choice not to allocate to a specific session if you are unsure or don’t have a preference.

Presentation Formats

Oral Presentation

Oral presentations are allocated 12 minutes for presentation, plus 3 minutes for questions (15 minutes total).

Poster Session

Posters are to be A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation. A PDF of the poster will also be made available for delegates to view on the convention app.

Rapid Fire Session

3 slides for a 3 minute presentation. Submissions to this session are for Early Career Earth Scientists. Further information can be found here.

Important Information

  • Only 1 Oral Presentation can be presented at AESC 2021
  • More than one Poster Presentation can be presented
  • Abstract(s) must NOT exceed 500 words and follow the template
  • All presenting authors must be registered to attend the conference to be included in the program

Abstract Details

For each abstract you submit you will be asked to enter the following information:

  • Abstract title
  • Preferred presentation format (i.e oral or poster)
  • Session
  • Name/s of author/s
  • Affiliation/s of author/s
  • Indicate the presenter
  • Max. 100 word biography for all presenter(s)
  • 500 word abstract

Abstract Submission Procedure

  1. Prepare your abstract
    Prepare your max. 500 word abstract text. This applies for all submissions
  2. Enter your contact details
    Go to the Presentation Portal (above) to enter your contact details.
  3. Enter Presenter and Author details
    Enter names and affiliations of the presenter and authors.  Also enter a brief biography of all the presenter(s), 100 words max. is sufficient.
  4. Enter your abstract details
    ‘Cut and Paste’ the abstract text (500 words) into the template and upload to the Presentation Portal.

Review Process

The Program Committee will review all submitted abstracts.

Abstracts may be accepted in a different presentation type to that requested.  Authors in these cases will be advised and asked to confirm whether they wish to present in that format.

Presenter Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the convention and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters will also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Audiovisual Equipment

Each session room will be equipped for the presentation of PowerPoint slides and include a data projector, computer with external speakers, lectern and microphone.

Presentation Files

Presenters will have the option to pre-upload their presentation to a dropbox link or take their Power Point slides to the convention on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load your presentation.

Video and audio clips should be embedded in your Power Point slides rather than linking to external files.

All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.

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.

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