Digging Deeper 2023 a rousing success!


16 Feb 2024


Evan Marshall


Digging Deeper laptop

Well in excess of 200 people recently participated in the Geological Survey of Queensland’s annual, flagship event Digging Deeper.

Shaun Ferris - Keynote address

Shaun Ferris, Deputy Director-General, GeoResources, providing the Opening Keynote Address

Held across two days, GSQ proudly took centre stage, delivering a full schedule of technical presentations and providing key updates on many of GSQ’s collaborative work programs as well as giving insights as to what 2024 has in store. 

Also included at the conference was an interactive poster display where 20 talented rock-stars showcased their latest geological research, with prizes awarded to the top ranked posters. 

Prior to Digging Deeper, a Mineral Systems Workshop was also held at the Exploration Data Centre (EDC) at Zillmere.

Workshop attendees learned from leading geoscience professionals, got their hands dirty inspecting a variety of core deposits and took part in live demonstrations of the latest scientific equipment – the BRUKER TORNADO M4PLUS, Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR Spectrometer, and HyLogger-3.

Geologists inspecting core

Geologists learning about the various core deposits on display

Alkis demonstrating the Tornado

Dr Alkiviadis Kontonikascharos, Senior Geoscientist GSQ, demonstrating how to use the Bruker Tornado M4Plus

Rhiannon explaining the Spectrometer

Rhiannon Jones, Geoscientist – Mineral Systems GSQ, explaining the capability of the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR Spectrometer

Daniel discussing the HyLogger

Daniel Killen, Geoscientist (Hylogger) – Mineral Systems GSQ, discussing the functionality of the HyLogger-3

Video recordings of all of the Digging Deeper conference talks can be watched here:

Session 1: Government priorities and collaborations

Session 2: Collaborations and regional projects

Session 3: Deposit characterisations

Session 4: New frontiers and grants

Copies of all of the presenter slides and digital versions of the posters can be accessed here

Janelle & Enrique - top poster award

Dr Janelle Simpson, Director Minerals Geoscience GSQ awarding Enrique Saez Salgado, PhD Candidate, University of Queensland – Sustainable Minerals Institute with the top poster prize at Digging Deeper 2023

Jenna, Enrique & Alanis - top 3 posters

Top 3 poster authors (L-R)

Jenna McGovern – University of Queensland, Sustainable Minerals Institute

Enrique Saez Salgado - University of Queensland, Sustainable Minerals Institute

Alanis Olesch-Byrne, James Cook University, Economic Geology Research Centre

For further information about Digging Deeper, please contact Evan Marshall, Senior Engagement Officer, GSQ – evan.marshall@resources.qld.gov.au 

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