Science and Engineering


06 August 2012

The 34th Interantional Geological Congress (IGC): Unearthing our Past and Future - Resourcing Tomorrow, will demonstrate the crucial roles of geosciences in meeting the societal needs while sustaining the Earth through contributions to resource-based industries, land and water management and mitigation of geohazards.

QUT will demostrate expertise in key geoscience fields at the Interantional Geological Congress (IGC), and academic members will also be available to discuss higher degree research and early career academic opportunities with interested delegates.

QUT's research in sedimentary systems
QUT's groundwater visualisation system (GVS) management tool

QUT speakers at the IGC 2012

Dr Craig Sloss
Monday 2:15pm Plaza Meeting Room 1
Stratigraphy of contourite depositional systems in the Gulf of Cadiz: MIS7 to Holocene

Tuesday 8:30am Plaza Meeting Room 2
Keynote: Sedimentary infill of incised valley systems and geomorphological change on the southeast coast of Australia over the last glacial cycle

Irina Romanova (PHD)
Monday 4:45pm Plaza Meeting Room 1
Dating seawater alteration from the Shatsky Rise basalts from IODP Expedition 324, using U-Pb isotope geochemistry

Dr Gary Huftile
Monday 5:00pm Plaza Meeting Room 1
Dating of seismites, IODP Expeditions 319 AND 334, Nankai Trough and Costa Rica

Dr David Murphy
Tuesday 9:00am Plaza Meeting Room 5
Geochemistry of exceptionally well preserved Eoarchean Mt Ada Basalts from the Pilbara, West Australia

Adam King (PHD)
Tuesday 1:00pm Plaza Terrace Room
Determination of recharge processes in an alluvial system by integration of environmental tracer analyses and hydrological data, Cressbrook Creek catchment, southeast Queensland

Linda Nothdurft
Tuesday 4:00pm Boulevard Meeting Room 1
Cave sediment clay mineral ratios reflect Pleistoncene palaeoclimate: pilot study at Mount Etna, Queensland

Dr Luke Nothdurft
Wednesday 9:00am Plaza Meeting Room 9
Life and Death of Holocene Coral Reefs in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia

Coralie Siegel (PHD)
Wednesday 2:00pm Mezzanine Room 1
The origin of temperature anomaly in SW Queensland Australia: High Heat Producing Granites or efficient insulation cover?

Dr Scott Bryan
Thursday 9:30am Plaza Meeting Room 6
New insights into magmatism and changing rift styles in the evolution of the Gulf of California

Dr Mauricio Taulis
Thursday 9:15am Meeting Room S1
Sources of hydrochemical variability and implications associated with CSG water extraction

Professor Peter McCabe
Friday 9:00am Mezzanine Room 3
Keynote: Major controls on coal distribution through the Phanerozoic

Friday 3:35pm Boulevard Meeting Room 3
Keynote: The character of continental-margin deltas in greenhouse versus icehouse epochs

Stefan Groflin (PHD)
Friday 10:15am Plaza Meeting Room 9
How do supercontinents break up? Assessing the continental Large Igneous Province (LIP) record of the break-up of Pangea

Professor Mal Cox
Friday 1:45pm Plaza Terrace Room
Groundwater systems visualised in 4D - a scalable method for assessment and understanding

Scientific Program

The IGC will follow a broad scientific program based on 37 Themes, developed by the Scientific Program Committee and the Scientific Theme Coordinators, with input from International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) affiliated groups and individual scientists.

AUSTRALIA 2012 will include a GeoExpo, an education outreach program, and a support program.

34th IGC Scientific Program

QUT Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences Research

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR) and the Science and Engineering Faculty (SEF) connect research expertise with decision makers, funding sources and other researchers from private and public sectors.

Core research is focussed on providing solutions for adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change on our natural, agricultural, urban and social systems.

Groundwater and Visualisation
Groundwater, hydrogeology, hydrochemistry, isotope hydrology, water quality, environmental flows, water cycle, groundwater models, visualisation, coal seam gas water, geosequestration.

Greenhouse Gas Management
Greenhouse gas emissions, carbon cycle, biosequestration, legal frameworks for emissions reductions.

Long-term Ecological Research
Terrestrial ecological analysis, biodiversity, ecosystem services, air and water quality, environmental monitoring, regional landscapes.

Energy Systems
Renewable technologies, biofuels, balance of systems- power engineering, supply reliability.

Sustainable Communities and Infrastructure
Subtropical design; infrastructure modelling and development; carbon neutral development; infrastructure resilience and life cycle analysis; urban planning and liveability; eco-environmental health; environmental banking; high intensity weather events impacts, vulnerability and adaptation.

Food Security
Plant and animal biosecurity, agricultural systems, peri-urban land use and development.

QUT Scholarships

QUT participates in a number of annual QUT scholarship rounds which are available to postgraduate research applicants, as well as an early career academic program. Further information is online via:

Higher degree research applications and scholarships
Early Career Academic Recruitment and Development (ECARD) program details

Australian Government Scholarships and Fellowships

QUT is an approved scholarship destination for the Australian Government's Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships (ALA) and Endeavour Awards Scholarships.

Countries with bilateral and regional program partnerships with which Australia are listed at

06 August 2012 - 10 August 2012
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Novella Moncrieff
+617 3138 8324
34th International Geological Congress (IGC)
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