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Deep Mineral Exploration - The Next Economic Geology Frontier

  • 15 Sep 2014
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Seminar Room 2093, 33 Willcocks Street, Earth Sciences Building, University of Toronto: Salon I
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Bio: Neil Williams

Neil is one of Australia’s leading economic geologists. His distinguished career has spanned all aspects of mineral exploration, both in Australia and internationally, through his work in academia, industry, and government. He was a Research Fellow at the Australian National University and later worked in the mineral exploration industry for ten years, during which time he played a leading role in the Mount Isa Mines group’s exploration programs for gold and base metals.

Through his industry experience he realised that successful mineral exploration was becoming increasingly reliant on the character and quality of the precompetitive geoscience survey work of government geological surveys. In 1991, he joined the Australian Public Service and has the distinction of being the longest-serving CEO of Australia’s national geological survey and topographic mapping agency, Geoscience Australia, which he directed from 1995 to 2010.

Neil was President of the Society of Economic Geologists in 2008, and President of the highly successful 34th International Geological Congress held in Brisbane in August 2012.

Since retiring from Geoscience Australia in 2010 Neil has been mentoring younger geoscientists as an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong.

Neil received his undergraduate training in geology at the Australian National University and his PhD in economic geology from Yale University. In the 2006 Australia Day Honours he received the Australian Public Service Medal for outstanding work in the provision of geoscientific advice to government, geoscience services, industry and the public. In 2014 he was awarded the Haddon Forrester King Medal by the Australian Academy of Science for his original and sustained contributions to earth and related sciences, which are vital to the discovery, evaluation and exploitation of mineral deposits, including hydrocarbons.

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