Keynote Speakers

Clive-Foss

Clive Foss

Clive is a senior research geoscientist in CSIRO Mineral Resources, based in Sydney. Clive’s specialisation is in potential field geophysics, particularly the inversion and interpretation of gravity and magnetic field data. Clive’s PhD research at Leeds University was on the palaeomagnetism of Archaean rocks in southern Africa, following which he lectured in applied geophysics at the University of Malaya, and then took a position as senior geophysicist with the Indonesian-Australian Geological Mapping Program in Bandung, training Indonesian geophysicists and conducting gravity mapping in Kalimantan. In 1995 Clive moved to Sydney to join Encom Technology, where he led the ModelVision development team and undertook international consultancy projects for petroleum and mineral exploration. In 2009 Clive moved to his current position in CSIRO, where his research focusses on recovery of source magnetization direction and source depth estimation from magnetic field data.

David Groves

David Groves

David Groves, born in Brighton, UK, migrated to Australia as a teenager. Gaining his PhD from the University of Tasmania, he was appointed to the University of Western Australia where he became Professor and Director of a Key Centre for Strategic Mineral Deposits and succeeding centres, leading to establishment of CET. During his academic career, he co-authored approximately 500 journal papers, including several best paper in journal awards, supervised over 150 postgraduate students, was awarded 11 research medals, and given an Honorary DSc, Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science, and made National Geoscience Champion by the Australian Geoscience Council. Since retirement, he has consulted to gold exploration companies, taught at the China University of Geosciences Beijing, and celebrated his love of the English language by writing novels, including The Plagues’ Protocol, the first in a series that emphasize the unique deductive powers of geologists.

David Turvey

David Turvey

David Turvey is a geologist with over 35 years’ experience in the Australian and Asian mining industry.  His career has involved business development and corporate M&A activities in precious & base metals, bulk commodities, industrial minerals and specialty metals. He has held key management roles in large international companies, including several international roles based in SE. Asia. During the last 20 years, David has conducted independent consulting assignments in mineral exploration, R&D, technical marketing and market entry strategies, mining law & foreign investment policy, and commercial project evaluation.

David has been a Non-Executive Director at listed Australian public company Southern Gold Limited since 2011, prior to which he was Executive Director of Lawson Gold Limited and Managing Director of FerrAus Limited.

Ken McClay

Ken McClay

Ken McClay, Professor of Structural Geology, 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.  He is an emeritus professor in the Department of earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London and an Adjunct Professor in the Australian School of Petroleum at Adelaide University

From 1991 until December 2018 he was Professor of Structural Geology and Director of the Fault Dynamics Research Group at Royal Holloway University of London.  He has supervised over 50 PhD theses and over 130 MSc theses and has carried out wide-ranging research on all aspects of applied structural geology.  This has included field research in NW Scotland, the Spanish Pyrenees, Indonesia, Yemen, Iran, Australia, Canada, USA, Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Norway, Turkey, Ethiopia and Gulf of Suez and Red Sea Egypt with research interests that include extensional, strike-slip, thrust and inversion terranes.  He ran a large experimental analogue modelling laboratory for the simulation of fault structures and sedimentary architectures at Royal Holloway.  He has written a book for mapping structures in the field, edited five major volumes on thrust tectonics, and has published widely on structural geology and tectonics.  He is a consultant for the international petroleum industry and has given many short courses for the 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.

Ken focuses on field analogues for geological structures, on analogue modelling of faults and fold systems and on seismic interpretation of sub-surface structures. Current major research projects include tectonic evolution of the Northern Chilean Andes, fold and thrust belts in accretionary terranes, tectonic evolution of deepwater fold belts as well as extensional tectonics and structural evolution of the NW Shelf of Australia.

Manika Prasad

Manika Prasad

Manika Prasad has been at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) for the past 14 years, and previously at Stanford University and University of Hawai’i. She received her BS from Bombay University and MS and PhD from Kiel University in Germany. Prasad’s main interests lie in understanding microstructural controls on geophysical data. She is the recipient of the Virgil Kaufmman Gold Medal in 2017, Outstanding Educator Award (2015) and the AAPG-SEG Distinguished Lecturer Award (2012).  Known as the mud queen among her peers and students, she pioneered the intergral research in source rich rock and fluid properties using tools and techniques from geoscience and engineering domains. In addition to teaching and research duties at CSM, Prasad serves as Associate Editor for Geophysics and is 2nd Vice President of SEG.

Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips graduated in geoscience from the University of Melbourne (BSc), Monash University (BSc Hons, PhD), and from Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program). He co-founded the Archaean Gold Group at the University of Western Australia in 1980 with David Groves as they developed the geological principles used in gold exploration today. At the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, he led research projects at the 40 operating Witwatersrand gold mines, then maintained these interests as Professor of Economic Geology at James Cook University and Chief of the Division of Exploration and Mining at CSIRO. Honorary professorial appointments at University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa have enabled on-going research collaborations and teaching on gold geology and granites. Neil was Editor of Applied Earth Science (Transactions) journal and the AusIMM Australian Ore Deposit monograph, and he regularly publishes in scientific journals, and has written and edited several books.

Sandra Occhipenti

Sandra Occhipenti

Sandra Occhipinti is the Research Director of CSIRO’s minerals discovery program. Her team is focussed on solving the greatest challenges faced in the mineral industry through innovative science and technology. Through multi-disciplinary, collaborative research and development, CSIRO works to find the best solutions to minerals exploration problems we face today, tomorrow and in future. This includes leveraging CSIRO’s Data61 and deep earth imaging capabilities. Sandra is a structural geologist with over 20 years of experience. She has worked across the government, industry and academia sectors – most notably for the Geological Survey of Western Australia, The University of Western Australia and AngloGold Ashanti. Her recent work in mineral systems science included analyses of the Kimberley and Capricorn regions of Western Australia for a range of commodities. She also worked in the Global Greenfields Group with AngloGold Ashanti in project generation for regions throughout Australia, areas in South East Asia and the Americas.

Steve Garwin

Steve Garwin

Steve has more than 31 years of experience as an exploration geologist with large and small mining companies. He has participated in the gold and copper projects of more than 27 clients in over 16 countries. He worked with Newmont Mining for ten years, including two years as Chief Geologist in Nevada. Steve is a fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Steve is one of the leading authorities on porphyry, epithermal and Carlin-style mineralization in the circum-Pacific region. He has been involved in several, major exploration and mining projects, including the Batu Hijau porphyry mine in Indonesia, the mines of the Carlin and Battle Mountain Trends in Nevada, and the recently discovered world-class Alpala porphyry deposit in Ecuador.

Steve is an independent consultant based in Perth, Australia. He obtained his B.Sc. in geology from Stanford, M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and Ph.D. (distinction) from the University of Western Australia. He is an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at UWA and has published more than 40 scientific papers and abstracts. Steve is chief technical advisor to SolGold Plc. (SOLG:L and SOLG:TSX-V) and technical advisor to Japan Gold Corp (JG:TSX-V).

Key Dates

Early Bird Registration Opens: 1 March 2019
Abstract Submission Extension: Friday 12 April 2019
Author Notification: 31 May 2019
Registration Deadline: 31 May 2019

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