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26 - 30 June 2016 - Adelaide Convention Centre

Program & Keynote Speakers

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Draft 40th Anniversary of Olympic Dam Symposium program <click here>

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Draft program (04/05/16) for the UNCOVER Symposium <click here>

Draft program for the Early-Mid Career Geoscientist Symposium <click here>

Revised Program (27/05/16) for the AuScope Symposium <click here> 

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40th Anniversary of the Olympic Dam Symposium Flyer <click here> 

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Sprigg Symposium Flyer <click here>

AuScope 10 Year Anniversary Symposium Flyer <click here> 

Women in Geoscience Lunchtime Event Flyer <click here>

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Paul Hoffman (Harvard University)

Paul F. Hoffman is a research geologist formerly with the Geological Survey of Canada and Harvard University. His 55 years of ongoing field work are split between Paleoproterozoic basins and tectonics in northern Canada, and Neoproterozoic paleoceanography–paleoclimate in northern Namibia. In the 1970s and ‘80s, he successfully applied the new concepts of plate tectonics to the Precambrian. He established the paradigm that cratonic North America is a composite of six or more formerly independent Archean microcontinents, convulsively assembled as part of the supercontinent Nuna in geon 18 (1800-1899 Ma). In 1992, sensing that deepsea and glacial ice-core proxy data were revitalizing paleoceanography–paleoclimate, just as paleomagnetism and marine geophysics had revolutionized tectonics thirty years earlier, he abruptly switched his research focus to the Neoproterozoic. In the 1990s and 2000s, he and geochemical oceanographer Dan Schrag were the leading advocates of the snowball Earth hypothesis for low-latitude Cryogenian glaciations and cap carbonates. Critical predictions of the snowball hypothesis, greatly elevated atmospheric CO2 at deglaciation and synchroneity of glaciation and deglaciation globally at low latitudes, are increasingly supported by new data. Hoffman’s best known papers are, United plates of America: the birth of a craton (1987), Did the breakout of Laurentia turn Gondwanaland inside-out? (1991), and A Neoproterozoic snowball Earth (1998). A recipient of the Wegener Medal (European Union of Geosciences), Wollaston Medal (Geological Society of London), Bucher Medal (American Geophysical Union) and Penrose Medal (Geological Society of America), he lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Richard Goldfarb (Colorado School of Mines, China University of Geosciences Beijing)

Richard Goldfarb received his BS degree in geology from Bucknell University, an MS degree in hydrology from the MacKay School of Mines, and a PhD degree in geology from the University of Colorado.  He was a research geologist with the Minerals Program of the U.S. Geological Survey for 35 years.   Rich worked on the program’s Alaskan resource assessment projects for three decades, leading the Survey’s Alaska geochemical exploration research group during the late 1980s and 1990s.  Since the middle 1990s, he has been involved with many of the Survey’s international metallogeny studies and was most recently chief of the Mineral Deposit Models project.  As of the start of 2016, he divides his time as an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines, University of Western Australia, and the China University of Geosciences, as well as serving as a consultant to the exploration industry.  He continues to run many workshops on gold exploration for industry geologists.  Rich’s major expertise is the geology of gold deposits.  He has conducted studies on the distribution of gold deposits throughout the world, compiling some of the most comprehensive global descriptions of their spatial-temporal setting and evaluating their controlling factors as guides to exploration.  His research has been focused on global metallogeny, geology of ore deposits in the North American Cordillera with emphasis on orogenic gold, and distribution and geology of lode gold deposits in China and elsewhere in Asia.  Rich has authored more than 200 papers on mineral resources, with many recognized as the authoritative research on orogenic gold and on aspects of regional metallogeny, as well as editing numerous books.  Rich is Past-President of the Society of Economic Geologists and was past chief editor of Mineralium Deposita. 

Sandy Steacy (University of Adelaide)

Sandy Steacy is an earthquake scientist who is particularly interested in stress interaction and time dependent seismic hazard. After graduating with a geology degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she went to the University of Southern California to complete a PhD with Professor Charlie Sammis. Sandy then moved to the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland where she became Professor of Earthquake Physics in 2007; she joined the University of Adelaide in January 2015.

Sandy’s current research is in the general area of operational earthquake forecasting, in essence the determination of time dependent changes to earthquake probabilities. Her work focuses on the computation of Coulomb stress changes which affect earthquake likelihood in time and space, and in combining this physics based approach with geological and statistical models. Sandy was a member of the expert elicitation panel on future seismic hazard in the Canterbury region whose work informed the revised building codes in Christchurch, New Zealand. She was also lead editor of a special issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research on ‘stress transfer, earthquake triggering, and time-dependent seismic hazard’, and is lead author of the review paper that introduces the volume.

Professor Sandy Steacy
Head of the School of Physical Sciences
The University of Adelaide


Ken McClay (University of London)

Ken McClay is Professor of Structural Geology, Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London.  He graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Economic Geology from Adelaide University, has an MSc in Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics, a PhD in Structural Geology from at Imperial College, University of London and a DSc from Adelaide University.

Since 1991 he has been Professor of Structural Geology and Director of the Fault Dynamics Research Group.  Current major research projects include ‘Tectonic and Structural Analysis of Deepwater Fold Belts’ and STAR – ‘Structural Analogues for Reservoirs’.

Ken has carried out wide-ranging research on all aspects of structural geology applied to both the mining and petroleum industries.  This has included field-based research in NW Scotland, the Spanish Pyrenees, Indonesia, Yemen, Iran, Australia, Canada, USA, Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Norway, Turkey, Ethiopia and Gulf of Suez – Red Sea Egypt.  His research interests include extensional, strike-slip, thrust and inversion terranes.  He runs a large experimental analogue modelling laboratory for the simulation of fault structures and sedimentary architectures at Royal Holloway.  Ken has written a book for mapping structures in the field, edited four major volumes on Thrust Tectonics, and has published widely on structural geology and tectonics.  He is a consultant for the international mining and petroleum industries and has given many short courses to industry.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Geological Society of London.  He was the 1994 – 1995 Bennison (USA) and the 1999 Roy M. Huffington (International) Distinguished Lecturer of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Department of Earth Sciences,
Royal Holloway University of London


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