Professor Martin Van Kranendonk
Plenary Speaker

Martin is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the geology of the early Earth, when our planet was just beginning to form a stable crust that could harbour life. As Director of the NASA-affiliated Australian Centre for Astrobiology and the Big Questions Institute at the University of New South Wales Sydney, he and his team research the earliest signs of life in rocks more than 3 billion years old, and use this to search for life on Mars and investigate the conditions necessary for the origin of life itself. His work has featured in numerous television and radio documentaries around the world, including a currently showing IMAX film called The Story of Earth.

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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