Our Technical Program Committee have secured an impressive and diverse line-up of Keynote Speakers for AEGC 2021 who will be speaking on thought provoking topics related to our principle conference theme of Geoscience for a Sustainable World.

Read more about them below.

Andrea Rutley, Head of Geoscience, Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal Business Unit

Andrea Rutley is Head of Geoscience for Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal Business Unit based in Brisbane.  She is responsible for leading the integration and interpretation of Geoscience data across exploration, geological modelling, operational geology and specialist technical disciplines of Structural Geology and Geophysics with the focus on improving the future performance of Met Coal’s operations.  Whilst the majority of Andrea’s career has been in Geoscience and Geophysics, she took on the role of Head of Safety and Sustainable Development (S&SD), for three years from 2017-2020 where she was responsible for coordinating the delivery of Met Coal’s S&SD strategy.

Andrea has a BSc (Hons) degree with a major in Geology and Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and has also been President of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Dr June Hill, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Mineral Resources

In her early career, June pursued field-based geological research throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. Her PhD documented the extraordinary history of the rapid exhumation of deep crustal metamorphic core complexes in a remote part of Papua New Guinea.

With the onset of the digital revolution in the geosciences, June changed her focus to bridging the gap between geology and mathematics, utilising the power of modern computing. Her research has resulted in the development of algorithms and software that allow non-mathematical geologists to apply advanced mathematical and machine learning approaches to large and complex data sets. The aim of her work is to facilitate fast, consistent logging of drill holes using data generated by laboratories and portable analytical machines.

June currently leads a CSIRO research team in the MinEx CRC, which is developing new algorithms for assisting objective logging of structural information in drill core. In her talks and training courses, June is able to successfully communicate complex mathematical and machine learning concepts in terms of geological solutions for a geological audience.

Marita Bradshaw, Leading Petroleum Geologist, National Geoscience Champion

Marita Bradshaw is a petroleum geologist with over 30 years of experience in government and industry. With Geoscience Australia she had a series of technical, managerial, and executive roles with a focus on revealing and promoting the petroleum prospectivity of Australia. This included leading a program of new data acquisition in offshore frontier basins, responsibility for the geotechnical content of the annual offshore petroleum acreage releases and establishing the continent-wide framework of Australian petroleum systems.

Within industry Marita has worked in exploration for several multi-national and Australian companies, including ESSO Australia and WMC. She has been recognised by the Australian Geoscience Council as a National Geoscience Champion and is a member of the National Rock Garden Steering Committee.

Dr Richard Lilley, Program Leader and Co-Founder, National Exploration Undercover School

Richard Lilly is the Program Leader for the National Exploration Undercover School (NExUS), which he co-founded in 2016 at the University of Adelaide. Additionally, through his role as a Minerals Industry Embedded Research Fellow, he lectures economic geology at undergraduate level and coordinates a range of applied economic geology research projects for companies including Mount Isa Mines, OZ Minerals, SIMEC and Hillgrove Resources.

Richard completed his PhD on the northern Oman ophiolite at Cardiff University (UK) in collaboration with the British Geological Survey and worked with Rio Tinto and Chevron before joining Mount Isa Mines (formally Xstrata Copper) exploration in 2007 based in Mount Isa, Queensland. In his role as senior exploration geologist he instigated and co-supervised a wide range of applied research projects with the aim of improving exploration targeting, before returning to an industry funded academic role in 2015. Richard is involved with national initiatives relating to both mineral exploration and geoscience/STEM education.

Richard is passionate about rocks, advancing our understanding of ore systems, geochemical exploration through cover and teaching/mentoring the next generation of geoscientists.

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Early bird registrations are open until 20 May 2021.