Organising Committee

Invitation to Submit Session Proposals

The 2023 Australian Earth Sciences Convention Organising Committee is seeking proposals for dedicated sessions during the scientific program. Sessions may be in any of the five general themes:

Theme Theme Description Theme Leaders
The Australian Lithosphere, from Hadean to Modern The Australian lithosphere, from Hadean to modern. The AESC is the premier conference focusing on the geology of Australia, the history of which stretches from the birth of the continents to neotectonic processes happening right now. Sessions in this theme will explore the incredible temporal evolution of the structure and composition of the Australian lithosphere, and the processes that formed it. Simon Johnson – Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA)
Kate Selway – University of South Australia
Magmas and Mountain Belts Australian geoscientists have long been at the forefront of delivering the fundamental geoscientific knowledge that allows for a detailed understanding of how geochemical and geodynamic processes have shaped the composition and structure of our planet. This theme will showcase the recent experimental, analytical and computational advances that constrain how the Earth behaves from the grain to the terrane scale. Meghan Miller – Australian National University
Steve Reddy – Curtin University
Present and Future Earth Resources Extraction of accessible resources from the Australian crust has underpinned the economic growth of Australia. We now stand at a critical juncture where we are transitioning from an extractive hydrocarbon-fueled economy to a more sustainable energy future with associated new technologies. This theme will solicit sessions that focus on understanding the development and distribution of critical resources that will enable a sustainable future. Carl Spandler – The University of Adelaide
Anita Parbhakar-Fox – The University of Queensland
Surface Processes, critical zone and the environment Since Archean times, surface processes have shaped the superficial part of the oceanic and continental crusts. Physical and chemical processes variability driven by secular climatic variations, plate tectonics dynamics, and the evolution of sedimentary systems has resulted in the characteristic features that differentiate Earth from any other planet in the solar system. In this Theme, we invite Sessions and Symposia to contribute to novel knowledge and innovative approaches, including but not limited to geomorphology, critical zone, sedimentary systems, climatic hazards, environmental processes and remediation, surface planetary exploration and evolution of the biosphere. Contributions may span from fundamental research to applied science and its cultural, economic and social aspects, promoting a greater understanding of surface processes on Earth and other planets. Ignacio Gonzalez-Alvarez – CSIRO
Anais Pages – Department of Water and Environmental Regulation DWER
The (critical) role of Geoscience in Australia’s future

Improving the profile of the geosciences will help attract more of our top students to become professional geoscientists and support national efforts in protection of the environment, and discovery of the next generation of metal deposits that will underpin growth in renewable energy and critical minerals. This theme will explore the public image of geoscience through developments in geoscience education and interpretation through the use of new digital technologies, advocacy, geoethics, geoheritage/mining heritage, and geotourism.

Geoff Sharrock – Australian Geoscience Council
Angus M Robinson – Australian Geoscience Council

The GSA encourage convenors to promote a diverse presenter profile in each session. When planning your session, we recommend the following initiatives:

  • Session convenors to represent different institutions;
  • Session convenors asked not to give oral presentations in their sessions (as successfully implemented for larger conferences, e.g. EGU); and
  • Strongly encourage and favour diversity for Session convenors and presenters regarding age, career level, gender and cultural background.

To propose a session, please complete the Session Proposal Form by clicking here and return them via the form here.

The deadline for session proposals is 14 August 2022

If you have any questions regarding the session you are submitting, please email