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From the AGC President - Extracts from the President's Report

Bill Shaw

Bill Shaw, AGC President


With a month to go, much of our efforts are currently focussed on the final preparations for the Australian Geoscience Council Convention (AGCC 2018). This is shaping up to be the largest Geoscience event in Australia for some time. Over 800 abstracts were received, generating a program of more than 500 talks and a significant poster presentation.

Well over 1000 Geoscientists will descend on Adelaide in mid-October to experience a broad-reaching technical program. One of the major innovations implemented for AGCC is the Big Issues and Ideas in Geoscience Day (Tuesday 16 October). On this day no concurrent sessions will be run so that all participants can join in the discussion of four topical issues for Australian Geoscience:

1. Our energy trilemma options - security, accessibility and sustainability
2. Resource-driven development of Northern and Regional Australia
3. Geoscience education and new modes of communication
4. Smoothing the impact of boom and bust commodity cycles

On the Education front, AGCC 2018 will also include the Santos Education Workshop in the afternoon of Monday 15 October. This workshop will provide science teachers with the opportunity to meet renowned Geoscience educator and documentary film-maker Professor Iain Stewart and other renowned Australian Geoscience educators, including two recipients of a Prime Minister's Prize for Science Teaching, Suzy Urbaniak and Len Altman. More information on this workshop can be provided by our GeoEdLink Editor, Greg McNamara.

We are looking forward to a number of other significant events linked to the AGCC:

  •   We will celebrate Diversity in Geoscience via a number of events during the Convention, including a Diversity in Geosciences Lunch sponsored by Beach Energy.
  •   A Decadal Plan for Australian Geoscience will be released by the National Committee for Earth Science of the Australian Academy of Science. AGC has played an important role in shaping this Plan and there will be a number of relevant talks on the Future of Geoscience.
  •   We will announce our next National Geoscience Champions during the conference dinner. This award recognises true champions of Australian Geoscience that have had a profound influence on our discipline.
  •   We will release our Tertiary Geoscience Education report that now covers 15 years of the cyclic uptake of tertiary studies in Geoscience at Australian universities. This cycle is out of sync with the boom and bust cycle of our valuable resources industry (also a topic during the Big Issues and Ideas in Geoscience Day).

Despite the focus on AGCC 2018, the Council continues to be busy in many other areas. We finalised support for four more projects under our Early Career Geoscientists Travel Grants Scheme run jointly with the Australian Academy of Science. Australia's team returned successfully from the International Earth Science Olympiad (1 gold and 3 silver medals - see elsewhere in this newsletter ), AGC also sponsored a recently-revised edition of the excellent Geotourism Map of New South Wales. Copies of this map will be available at our AGCC 2018 GeoEXPO booth - come by to collect a copy, then take it home and encourage your State to produce a similar map!

I look forward to reporting on the success of AGCC 2018 in the next edition of GeoEdLink later in 2018. In the meantime, I hope to meet some of you during the Convention. Should we meet, do let me know that you are a committed reader of GeoEdLink!

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Bill Shaw
President, Australian Geoscience Council

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Editorial

A change of government leader can have repercussions for society at large, not least because changes in ministers and the structures of their portfolios follow close behind. Leadership is important but so is policy and certainty. It could be argued that, in recent years, we have seen a lack of the latter due to policy changes driven by leadership quarrels and an unwillingness to plan beyond the next election cycle.

The recent appointment of a STEM graduate, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, to the ministry in charge of science appears to be a step in the right direction for science and for women in science. The new minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, has wide ranging experience in government and in his first speech to parliament noted that rural access to tertiary education was a personal priority. He has reiterated just that in recent days as he takes on his new role.

Just how these new ministers will fulfill their roles is, to some extent, dependent upon the policy settings the new ministry adopts. The last thing the education sector needs is yet another review. What it desperately needs is funding certainty and a level of funding commensurate with government obligations to ensure a quality education for all Australians is within reach. Only time will tell how science, education and science education in particular will fair under this new iteration of government but as we count down to the next federal election there is some hope that promises of a quality education for all Australians will be a significant part of the platform on offer from all contestants. This could be a win for everybody!

Greg McNamara - Editor, GeoEdLink
All feedback and submissions should be sent to the GeoEdLink Editor, Greg McNamara

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SPECIAL AGCC NEWS

 Join Iain Stewart at the AGCC
Iain Stewart
Iain Stewart, one of four convenors of the
Big Issues & Ideas in Geoscience Day


Professor Iain Stewart, is a Scottish geologist, best known to the public as the presenter of a number of geoscience educational programs for the BBC, notably Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007), How the Earth made us (2010), How to Grow a Planet (2012) and the Rise of the Continents (2013).

Iain is also Professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University and Director of its Sustainable Earth Institute. His long-standing research interests are in interdisciplinary investigations of geological hazards and abrupt environmental change, and more recently in the communication of contested Geoscience to the public.


Professor Stewart will appear in three parts of the AGCC program:

Monday October 15 - Santos Education Workshop
Science teachers will have the opportunity to meet the renowned geoscience educator and documentary film-maker who will, with other geoscience educators, conduct a discussion and workshop for teachers.
This workshop is open to teachers for FREE.
Contact Greg McNamara at geoservices@geoed.com.au to register - places are limited!
Download the flyer for this event and help spread the word about this unique Geoscience education opportunity.

Tuesday October 16 - Big Issues & Ideas in Geoscience Day
This day will focus on four specific Big Issues where Geoscience interacts with society. There will be presentations and arguments representing all views on these very topical issues. A great line-up of speakers led by well-known convenors, including Professor Stewart, will help explore the issues, seek input from the audience and help develop strategies to move forward. These strategies will be the Ideas that we are seeking to develop and take to Government, our colleagues and the community.
View the preliminary program here.
Day registration is available.

Wednesday October 17 - Theme 5: Beyond the rocks - Geoscience in our society
Professor Stewart is the Plenary Speaker for the Geoscience, Education and Professional Development AUGEN Symposium. Geoscience underpins so much of modern society. However, developing the geoscientific skills needed to understand these connections and enable society to use them appropriately is no easy task given the reducing take up of science, technology, engineering and maths at high school levels and the gender inequity often faced in the biophysical sciences. This session will explore these issues and, drawing on the outcomes of the 6th conference of the Australian Geoscience Educators Network (AUGEN), this subtheme will explore how the geoscience community can encourage the development of a strong and lasting interest in the Geosciences.
View the Theme 5 program here.
Day registration is available.

 Day registrations for all

For those unable to attend the full Convention - Day registrations are now available for AGCC 2018! This s an excellent opportunity for delegates only interested in a particular section of the program.
Find out more here.

 Diversity in Geoscience - LUNCH

AGCC 2018 will celebrate Diversity in Geoscience via a number of events during the Convention. The Diversity subcommittee will be promoting that diversity is more than just gender and experience levels (and age), but also includes minority groups such as indigenous, disabilities, non-English speaking backgrounds and LGBTI, plus many more.

Generously sponsored by Beach Energy, this event will consist of a panel discussion and Q&A starting with the topic Everyone is unique that's why diversity is everyone's responsibility, and will take place during the lunch break (1:00pm - 2:00pm) on Wednesday 17 October. Join the debate led by an expert panel as they discuss their experiences and thoughts about diversity, inclusion and equality in the geoscience community.

Tickets are AU$20, lunch will be provided and attendees will receive an eco-friendly gift from Beach Energy.
Find out more here
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 Project LIVE: Learning through Immersive Virtual Environments

Project LIVE is a cross-disciplinary initiative at the University of South Australia to incorporate immersive visualisation technologies across the entire teaching program of the School of Natural and Built Environments. Its primary aim is to transform traditional classroom activities into flexible, interactive and engaging experiential learning exercises that support and enhance the attainment of critical field skills.

We will discuss their implementation through skill-based projects that scaffold learning from textbooks and theory to in-situ applications. We will also showcase the dedicated student lab spaces for displaying and interacting with immersive visualisations. So come along and immerse yourself in some virtual geology and planetary science!

It's on Friday 19th October 9am - 1pm and it's FREE. Contact Tom.Raimondo@unisa.edu.au for more information.

 Crèche facilities at AGCC 2018

Sponsored by the National Exploration Undercover School - NeXUS, a crèche will be set up at the Adelaide Convention Centre for AGCC 2018. The facility will be operated and managed independently by Hessel Group. Click here for more information.

Geoscience Education News & Reviews

 Winners are grinners
IESO team with medals
Team members (L-R) with their mascot, Jeff the plush placoderm, holding the medals:
   Rebecca Whittle, Abbotsleigh NSW - Gold medal
   Kim Zheng, James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW - Silver medal
   Wayne Wong, James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW - Silver Medal
   Rose Zhang, Narrabundah College ACT, Silver medal and Silver ITFI award
Image courtesy of Greg McNamara


An Australian team of High School students competing at the 12th International Earth Science Olympiad in Thailand (August 8-16) has returned home with one Gold medal, 3 Silver medals and 1 Silver international team award. In addition to competing against the best in the world for individual medals in theory and practical exams the students also participated in international team competitions. The International Team Field Investigation (ITFI) highlights the international collaborative nature of the Earth Sciences and challenges students in teams of 8 (all from different countries) to work together to solve a problem while also overcoming language and cultural barriers. The AGC supports this program and congratulates the students on this outstanding result.
Read more about the 2018 IESO in Thailand here.
To find out more about the Australian Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad Program click here.
Donate to the Australian Science Olympiads Scholarship appeal here.

 STEM X 2019 applications OPEN!

The STEM X Academy is a teacher professional learning experience run in partnership between the Australian Science Teachers Association, Questacon and CSIRO. The Canberra based, five-day residential program is the signature program of the STEM X Academy.
Applications close 12am AEST, 11 September 2018.
To find out more about the STEM X Academy or apply click here.

 Get ready for Earth Science Week, October 14-20!
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The  AGCC  in  Adelaide  will be a major focus of Earth Science Week in 2018 but for those who cannot get to Adelaide to join the fun there is plenty for you to see and do. You can even organise your own event!
The theme for 2018 is Earth as Inspiration. This year's event will emphasize artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.
Find out more about the international event here. To get in the swing of things take a Geoscience Australia quiz here.

 Rock Kits!
TESEP rock kit
TESEP's Rock Kit. 3 boxes, 29 samples with amazing online support and an associated Plate Tectonics poster.

GSAQ rock kit
GSAQ's Rock Kit. 3 boxes with 24 rocks, 2 boxes of minerals and a Moh's Hardness kit.

The struggle to find a good rock kit that suits your needs is over! Not one but two Australian made kits are now available. Both kits are produced by reputable groups with solid geoscience credentials and the best interests of students and teachers in mind. Each kit is different so read about each of them to be sure the one you choose is the one that meets your needs.

The TESEP Kit - great rocks with great online support.
  •  Guaranteed to be what they say they are.
  •  Labelled with numbers with a list to ensure you always know which is which
  •  Hold in your hand size so you can really see all the key features
  •  Nicely boxed, one box for each rock type (igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary)
  •  Free from distracting secondary minerals and other features not relevant to yr8-9 students
  •  Collected from reliable sources for ease of replacement if lost or damaged beyond use

PLUS

  •  Stories about each rock, where they come from, how they formed
  •  Question and Answer materials to support student inquiry
  •  Extension materials including:
    •  Virtual 3D versions online
    •  Virtual thin sections to see what they are like on the inside

PLUS A FREE PD on using the kit for all purchasers.
Follow this link to find out more and how to order.

The GSAQ Kit - excellent range of rocks and minerals.

  •  Igneous Rocks (8)
  •  Sedimentary Rocks (8)
  •  Metamorphic Rocks (8)
  •  Rock Forming Minerals (12)
  •  Economic Minerals (12)
  •  Moh's Scale of Hardness (10)

PLUS more under development.
Follow this link to find out more and how to order.

 Plate Tectonics poster
PT poster

Integrate your teaching of rocks and minerals with Plate Tectonics so the idea of a rock cycle makes sense! TESEP have produced a wonderful poster that is now better than ever as it indicates the tectonic setting likely to form or locate the common rocks types as featured in the TESEP Rock Kit.

Follow this link to find out more and how to order.


 Superstars of STEM

Science and Technology Australia's Superstars of STEM program aims to smash society's gender assumptions about engineers and scientists by increasing the public visibility of women in STEM. The program aims to create a critical mass of Australian female scientists and technologists - role models for young women and girls - and to work towards equal representation in the media of women and men working in all fields in STEM.

The 2019-2020 program is taking applications until 23 September. 60 places will be offered, of which 20 are scholarship (no fee) and 40 are fee paying ($2,500+GST). Find out of you qualify here.

 Hawaii, Iceland and more ...
Teachers on Hawaii
Great company, great rocks, fantastic trip!


See amazing volcanism first-hand and explore active volcanoes and more on great teacher-orientated trips through GEOETC. Collect data, samples and learn how to develop scientific field notes and map in the field.

These trips cater for a small number of people so that personalised learning experiences can happen for all the participants. The trip is also not overly expensive, with all the land transport, accommodation, breakfasts, some dinners, park entry fees covered.

For more information you can visit http://geoetc.com/field-adventures/ or email Gary Lewis on gary@geoetc.com for more details.

 Coding workshop

This professional development opportunity encourages teachers and their students to recognise that coding is only one small part of computational thinking. In the workshop a practical framework is introduced to analyse a problem, design a solution that continuously evolves towards implementation and evaluate that solution's success or failure: the thinking precedes the doing.
Friday 30 November 2018.
Note: Only available to Victorian government school teachers.
Find out more here.

   On-line resources - links and reviews   
 

 80 days of Earth Discovery!

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Geoscience Australia is celebrating 80 Days of Earth Discovery from 1 August - 20 October 2018. Join them in exploring geoscience in all its diversity, the crucial role it plays solving the challenges of our nation and the people who make it all happen. Get involved:

http://www.ga.gov.au/80daysearth #80DAYSEARTH



 God vs evolution: what Australian biology students think

For the past 32 years, academics at the University of New South Wales have polled first-year biology students annually concerning their views about evolution and creationism. The purposes of the research were to identify the level of commitment among incoming students to creationist beliefs that could interfere with their receptivity to evolutionary science and to assess in retrospect whether these creationist beliefs were changing over time.

The results have demonstrated a downward shift over time from 60% of the class in 1986 believing a god had something to do with the origin of humans, to 29% in 2017. Conversely, the percentage of students convinced that a god had nothing to do with the origin of humans rose from 25% in 1986 to 62% in 2017.
https://doi.org/10.1186/s12052-018-0083-9

 Speaking of evolution ...

The Charles Darwin - A Voyage of Discovery Teacher Resource Booklet was distributed to all Australian primary and secondary schools to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his work, On the Origin of Species. The booklet formed part of the 2009 National Science Week schools kit.

This fabulous resource is still available online here with some additional resources here.

 2019 Rosemary Hafner Memorial Scholarships

The Rosemary Hafner Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed in 2008 in memory of the significant contribution made by Rosemary Hafner to science education; to support and assist both metro and regional science teachers in NSW with their professional development.

If you are a NSW teacher you can apply for either the Rosemary Hafner Memorial Regional Scholarship or the Rosemary Hafner Memorial Metropolitan Scholarship.
Find out more and apply here.
Applications close September 14.

 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards

The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are open to all registered teachers and school leaders currently working in any Australian school. Applications for teaching achievements in socially diverse communities are especially encouraged.
Find out more and apply here.

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Interview with the AGC President

Elizabeth Fabri's interview with AGC President, Bill Shaw, published in The Australian Mining Review

Q: AGC will be holding its first Australian Geoscience Council Convention (AGCC) in October. What prompted you to start up the event? (How long has this been in the works, who is the event tailored to/what can delegates expect?)

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The Australian Geoscience Council organised the very successful 34th International Geological Congress which was held in Brisbane in 2012. This event heralded the value and importance of getting as many geoscientists together as possible to share our technical knowledge and work experiences. By having a large critical mass all engaging at once we identified opportunities to actively work together on common issues. We also generated sufficient revenue to be able to make that vision into reality. While the AGC has been around since the 1980s, the excitement that was generated in Brisbane gave us the impetus to work much more strongly together.

The AGC is made up of 8 Member Organisations many of which are familiar to resource professionals in mining and energy, and which all have specialities: AIG (geoscientists), AusIMM (mining), ASEG (geophysics), AAG (geochemistry), AGIA (data), GSA (geology), IHA (hydrogeology), and PESA (oil and gas). The AGC's role is to promote and raise the profile of Geoscience. Our Convention in Adelaide, AGCC 2018, from Sunday 14 to Thursday 18 October, is the next step for us in developing a broad acceptance of the importance of geoscience to our community.

This event is running during Earth Science Week and is open to all stakeholders in our society. Of course we want to see as many geoscientists as possible come along, but there is much that is non-technical as well. There will be a Big Issues Day devoted to more general discussions, there are workshops and field trips, evening functions, a focus on Early Career Geoscientists, emphasis on diversity, a large GeoEXPO for exhibitors, opportunities for sponsors to get their message out, a special afternoon for secondary school science teachers, a three-minute presentation challenge, an active social media network, many meetings and forums, and much more. This is likely to be the biggest Geoscience event in Australasia since 2012 and is planned to be held every 4 years.

Q: You've mentioned 'smoothing out the booms and busts in Australian mining' will be a centre point for discussion. How do you think the industry can avoid repeats of the volatility seen in the past? Can you share your views on this?

This is a challenge that many people initially consider is intractable. Of course Australia cannot control the global metal markets, and in a democratic economic system it is not conceivable that we would. However that does not mean we cannot enhance and optimise the way we are impacted by these external commodity cycles. Geoscientists specialise in dealing with large, complex, 'fuzzy' problems. This is the science that deals with 'deep time' (from now back to the origins of the Earth 4.6 billion years ago), huge scale differences (from crystalline processes to plate tectonics), and physical extremes (high temperature, and/or high pressure, to aquatic and atmospheric conditions). Bringing 2,000 geoscientists together to consider hard problems will certainly provide new insights and approaches. Without tipping the possible outcome too much, geoscientists can ride out the 'busts' by building and playing to their key strengths. More geos engaged in our education, social and political systems will increase the chance of our multicultural pluralist society engaging with the Earth in the most effective and efficient way. It will make them more effective and better utilised.

We have four Big Issue topics that we plan to address as Summits on Tuesday 16 October in Adelaide, all championed by leading thinkers.
  •  Our energy trilemma options - security, accessibility and sustainability (Dr Bruce Godfrey)
  •  Resource driven development of Northern and Regional Australia (Dr Richard Blewett)
  •  Geoscience education and new modes of communication (Prof. Iain Stewart)
  •  Smoothing the impact of boom and bust commodity cycles (Dr Allan Trench).

Q: What opportunities do you see for Australian mining from a geology perspective - What regions/commodities are looking promising?

similar programs to maximise the effectiveness of looking and drilling under cover. We have to create a viable funding model to maximise the value of our lead in this field before our intellectual capital is eroded or hijacked. The big achievement so far is getting everyone talking and working together on a common framework. We need government and industry to actively push this initiative harder.

One thing I have learnt in a long geoscience career is that you cannot predict the next boom commodities. But we know that there are large areas of Australia still unexplored and uncharacterised. There will be more 'gold rushes'. We need a framework to support the explorers, developers, landowners and other stakeholders. We need open communication about issues that impact on all Australians. The increasing price of energy is an example of short-sighted thinking when there are safe technologies that could be carefully pursued.

Q: What emerging technologies/innovations in the industry are you excited about? (Can you give some examples and how these are or will be deployed ie. Exploration technology, ).

Australian miners are amongst the most innovative in the world. Time and again we have developed software packages that break new boundaries and we effectively spread our influence rapidly everywhere that our professionals go.

The early hype about AI and Big Data is now settling down, but robotics and remote control systems will provide safe work for many people for many years to come as the mining industry modernises. A manufacturing approach to commodity production is developing in large iron, copper and coal mining companies. This will trickle down into medium size companies as the support industries mature and start to provide their services to the smaller players. One of the big drivers is when there is a change from cost minimisation to production optimisation (ie getting the grade up instead of the unit costs down).

Q: As president of AGC-Australia's peak council of geoscientists- what are the biggest challenges that have been raised by your members -and how are they/or can they be addressed?

Our 'members' are our 8 Member Organisations, represented by their Presidents and delegates. Collectively, allowing for overlaps, there are about 8,000 geoscientists represented in Australia. No doubt there are more who have 'moved on or dropped out'. As a member of 4 of the 8 I know all these organisations work very hard in the interests of their members. The AGC 's role is to work hard on cooperation to get all these organisations to maximise their impact on Geoscience. By helping everyone appreciate the beauty, majesty and benefits that come from rocks, minerals, energy and water we create opportunities for society and for the geoscientists who understand and explain our physical world.

Q: What career prospects are opening up in geoscience (with regard to mining)? Is there enough work out there? I know in the past many geologists have struggled during the downturn.

The message that I have developed here is that Geoscience is for everyone. That means career opportunities are limitless. Geologists make great scientists, explorers, innovators, software programmers, report writers, data guardians, communicators, historians, and journalists. Yes they are also mostly pretty good people as well so they are of value in many roles. The more geoscientists we have in society the better off we will be. Thinking of geoscientists as miners, or technicians who log drill holes is self-defeating, for them and for society. We can use hyperspectral scanners to do the logging. We need geoscientists for thinking, interpreting and decision-making, on mine sites and in many other situations.

Q: Was there anything else you would like to add?

Geoscience is one of the four great fields of general science with Physics, Chemistry and Biology. There are no boundaries, only opportunities.

Originally published in The Australian Mining Review, 1 August 2018. Reproduced with permission.

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Geoscience Education Views

 Geoscience Education Views is prepared using opinion pieces provided by invited authors. Any views expressed may not reflect the views or policies of the AGC.

 Project LIVE (Learning through Immersive Virtual Environments)
   brings virtual geology to the AGCC in Adelaide

Project LIVE

Fieldwork is a cornerstone of the natural sciences. However, the diversity of field experiences required to produce a well-rounded geoscientist by the completion of their degree present a unique challenge. Australia's landscapes, lithologies and geological heritage are extremely broad, with key localities widely dispersed across the continent - not to mention the incredible diversity that exists globally. In addition, highly instructive sites are often situated in inaccessible or remote locations where student visits are impractical. Financial, safety, legislative and logistical issues, together with the importance of flexible learning, mean that strategies to complement and augment conventional field-based teaching are essential.

Project LIVE is a cross-disciplinary initiative at the University of South Australia to incorporate immersive visualisation technologies across the entire teaching program of the School of Natural and Built Environments. Its primary aim is to transform traditional classroom activities into flexible, interactive and engaging experiential learning exercises that support and enhance the attainment of critical field skills. This is achieved through the application of a suite of technologies including Remotely Piloted Aircraft (drone) surveying, 3D photogrammetry, gigapixel photography, terrestrial laser scanning (LiDAR), 360-degree panoramic photos and videos, virtual reality (VR) headsets, and location-based mobile learning games.

Project LIVE

This year at the Australian Geoscience Council Convention (AGCC), UniSA will be showcasing the use of Project LIVE in its undergraduate science programs by offering a free interactive workshop on virtual geology. From 3D models of fault scarps and spectacular landforms along the South Australian coastline, to virtual tours of arc systems in New Zealand and interactive augmented reality games for the Hallett Cove Conservation Park, this workshop will demonstrate the design, collection and processing of digital visualisations developed at UniSA. Led by A/Prof Tom Raimondo, participants will be presented with a range of case studies and discuss their implementation through skill-based projects that scaffold learning from textbooks and theory to in-situ applications. The workshop will be hosted at UniSA's Mawson Lakes Campus, where dedicated student lab spaces for displaying and interacting with immersive visualisations have recently been commissioned: a Panorama Room that houses a 270-degree multi-projector panoramic display (see image above), and a Visualisation Studio that houses virtual reality workstations and headsets. And as an added bonus, there will be an opportunity to gaze at the stars in the Adelaide Planetarium - an eight-metre dome that can brilliantly recreate the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere. Tom and the Project LIVE team look forward to welcoming keen geoscience educators to Adelaide for a chance to immerse themselves in some virtual geology and planetary science!

See some virtual field trip examples here and here, a collection of 3D and deep zoom outcrop models here and here, and some mobile learning games here or at pedago.online.

Further details and registration for the free Project LIVE workshop are available at this link - look for Workshop WK25: https://www.agcc.org.au/workshops

Project LIVE

Tom Raimondo
Associate Professor of Geology and Geochemistry
Program Director of Environmental and Geospatial Science
School of Natural and Built Environments
University of South Australia
tom.raimondo@unisa.edu.au
http://people.unisa.edu.au/tom.raimondo
https://twitter.com/ROKmondo

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Geoscience Education Deadlines, Events & Activities

   Deadlines   
 

 STEM X Academy 2019 - Applications 12am AEST 11 September 2018
https://tinyurl.com/y8tljh76.

 STEM Conference and Expo, Adelaide - Presentation applications close 14 September 2018
https://tinyurl.com/y7mx9vmg.

 Rosemary Hafner Memorial Scholarship - Applications close 14 September 2018
http://tinyurl.com/y7p72d5g.

 Research Investigations Awards, Tasmania - Entries close 20 September 2018
http://tinyurl.com/yblevjwb.

 Superstars of STEM - Applications close 23 September 2018
https://tinyurl.com/y7fzcq2r.

 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards - Entries close 27 September 2018
https://tinyurl.com/hprra7a.

 Bush Blitz TeachLive 2018, ACT - Applications close 5 October 2018
http://tinyurl.com/ycb8d7k4.


   Events and Activities   
 

 Understanding Science Series 2018: Physical Sciences (7-9), Adelaide, 11 September, 2018
https://tinyurl.com/yc89gjap.

 WA STEM Learning Conference , Perth, 16-17 September, 2018
http://tinyurl.com/yccwp5e7.

 Extension Science PD twilight workshops, Sydney, Starts 19 September, 2018
http://tinyurl.com/y8njcsc5.

 The Queensland Science Contest, State-wide, 8 October, 2018
http://www.staq.qld.edu.au/competitions/queensland-science-contest/.

 SASTA Early Careers Teachers Conference 2018, Adelaide, 12 October, 2018
https://tinyurl.com/y7soew6s.

 Earth Science Week, Australia-wide, 14-20 October 2018
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 AGC Convention 2018 (AGCC 2018), Adelaide, 14-18 October 2018
https://www.agcc.org.au/
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 SEGRA conference, Mackay, 22-25 October, 2018
https://segra.com.au/.

 Senior Science Day, Brisbane, 20 November, 2018
http://tinyurl.com/y9allmxo.

 Leadership in Science (K-12) for Proficient Teachers, Sydney, 26 November, 2018
http://tinyurl.com/y8rhqa83.

 STEM Conference and Expo, Adelaide, 30 November, 2018
https://tinyurl.com/y7mx9vmg.

 STAVCON 2018, Melbourne, 30 November, 2018
http://www.sciencevictoria.com.au/STAVCON.html.

 When Thinking Precedes Doing: Creative Computing for primary teachers, Melbourne, 30 November, 2018
https://tinyurl.com/ybwqpe5q.

 GeoEdLink will list your event here!
If you have an upcoming Earth and Environmental Science education related event GeoEdLink will list its details here. Send your event details to the GeoEdLink editor. An event name, date, location and web site link are essential. The next GeoEdLink will be published in July 2018.

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