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19/10/2018 — Education, Science and Technology
Geoscience body names two champions

Two of Australia’s foremost proponents of better ways to discover our natural resources using great science have been honoured in Adelaide by Australia’s Geoscience sector.

The title of “National Geoscience Champion” has been bestowed by the Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) on each of Dr Marita Bradshaw of Canberra and Emeritus Professor David Groves of Perth, at an industry peer dinner in Adelaide on Wednesday night as part of the AGC’s inaugural four-day international convention.

The awards recognise each recipient’s contributions to geoscience through their leadership, mentorship and technical achievements. Dr Bradshaw and Professor Groves join Roy Woodall AO, the inaugural National Geoscience Champion, as two of a select few honoured in this way.

Dr Bradshaw is a petroleum geologist who has worked on developing and providing relevant, quality data and analysis for the oil and gas industry. She has made significant contributions to Australian geology by developing the Australian petroleum systems framework and by building new understanding of the petroleum geology of the southern margin, North West Shelf and Lord Howe Rise.

Professor Groves is an academic economic geologist. He was at the centre of successful efforts to better understand komatiite nickel deposits in the 1970s and Archean gold deposits in the 1980s and 1990s, effectively leading and inspiring diverse teams of researchers. Results of his research are now embedded in standard mineral industry exploration practice.

Over his 45 year academic career up until 2016, Prof Groves supervised a remarkable number of students including the successful completion of 91 PhD, 53 MSc and 118 BSc (Honours) degrees.

The AGC’s inaugural National Geoscience Champion in 2015, Roy Woodall played the principal role for Western Mining Corporation in discovery of the Kambalda nickel field in 1966, uranium at Yeelirrie in 1971, the world-class Olympic Dam copper-gold-uranium deposit in South Australia in 1975, the St Ives goldfield near Kambalda in 1980 and the East Spar oil-condensate field in 1993.

Roy Woodall featured on the cover and inside of the recently published book “Australia’s Nickel Adventure” by NZResources’ principals Ross Louthean and Carl Knox-Robinson. (www.australiannickelbook.com).

This week’s AGC convention wrapped up in Adelaide yesterday as the pivot point in Australia for Earth Science Week 2018.

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