The Western Australian SEG-SGA Student Chapter, in collaboration with the Woolnough Society, organised a successful Student-Industry Networking Night event on August 17, 2023 at The University Club, University of Western Australia. The event was attended by more than 80 students from geology to engineering background from both UWA and Curtin Universities and 40+ industry representatives ranging from CEOs, Managing Directors, Talent Managers, Senior Geologists and professionals. The students had the opportunity to network with 17 major industry partners who each turned up in numbers at their allocated booth spaces. The keynote address was given by Dr. Tamara Vasey, Data Manager of Rio Tinto Exploration on the theme of how geologists can adopt to the AI technological revolution in their work. As a person who is at the forefront of the application of AI technologies into geology, Dr. Vasey’s insight on how young mining professionals can prepare now for the uncertain future ahead was inspiring.
The Student-Industry Networking Night event was well supported by 16 major players in the mineral exploration and Mining industry, including Rio Tinto, Mincor Resources/Wyloo Metals, BHP, Gold Fields, Dreadnought Resources, Lefroy Exploration, Pilbara Minerals, First Quantum Minerals, Anglo American, Ariana Resources, Encounter Resources, Gold Road Resources and Northern Star Resources, Regis Resources, Antipa Minerals and IGO.
President of the SEG-SGA Student Chapter, Mr. Jerry Dunga, in his closing remarks, warmly acknowledged all the sponsors and the keynote speaker for responding positively to the call and making the Student-Industry Networking Night possible.
The WA SEG-SGA Student Chapter is a volunteer student organisation that brings together students and young professionals in geosciences who have an interest in economic geology and mineral deposits. Quite uniquely, the WA chapter is made up of students from both UWA and Curtin Universities. The chapter organises international corporation and promote geoscience in academia and industry facilitating contacts for future careers, and support students in developing strategic skill-sets for the future.