[ASC-media] digging up the next generation of geoscientists

Jess Tyler SciBiz Media jtyler at scibizmedia.com.au
Mon Aug 16 14:13:06 EST 2004

17 Australian Geophysics Conference and Exhibition
media release
16 August 2004

Calling the next generation of geoscientists

Digging up tomorrow's earth science experts is increasingly difficult, according to industry leaders.


Speaking at the Geophysicists 17th Geophysical Conference and Exhibition in Sydney today, President of the American Society of Exploration Geophysicists said that shortages of supply in students meant that the industry worldwide would face a critical shortage in people able to solve problems and discover new resources.


Barry Smith, President of Australia's Society of Exploration Geophysicists echoed the comment.


"The industry is perceived to have a finite lifetime, and as a professional society we need to address this," he explained.


"Resources are increasingly being found in more and more complex systems, and we need people with the technical expertise to help source the new generation of deposits."


Smith also said that Australia's investment in exploration technology had been down over the past ten years and that the industry needed a solid term of investment in R&D.


The Society of Exploration Geophysicists 17th Geophysical Conference and Exhibition, co-hosted by the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (NSW) is exploring Integrated Exploration in a Changing World - bringing together the application of multi-disciplinary and state of the art technologies to all phases of resource exploration and development, in a world where new political factors, new geological concepts and new terrains attract and demand our attention.




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What:                       Society of Exploration Geophysicists 17th Geophysical Conference and Exhibition 


Where:                Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour


Dates:                      16-19 August 2004

Media sessions:     available daily





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