News 2023 Showcase

15–17 August

Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, Tennant Creek, NT, Australia

Precompetitive geoscience supported 3.5% of GDP in 2021-22 

Ministerial release


New data and publications featured at the 2023 Showcase. 

Presentations and recordings 

Day 1, 15 August 2023

Day 2, 16 August 2023

Day 3, 17 August 2023

Exploring for the Future 2023 Showcase 

The Australian Government’s Exploring for the Future program, led by Geoscience Australia, held an online public Showcase on 15–17 August 2023. 

Since 2016, the $225m Exploring for the Future program has been gathering, analysing and providing precompetitive geoscience data, information and tools to help inform decision-making by government, community and industry on the sustainable development of Australia's mineral, energy and groundwater resources, supporting our transition to net zero. 

The 2023 Showcase is a free online event, where a team of geoscience experts reflected on the value of the program and shared scientific highlights and precompetitive geoscience results with the minerals, groundwater and energy sectors, government, academia, research, colleagues, collaborators and the public. 

It also provided a unique opportunity to discuss topics of interest and engage directly with our scientists through an open Q&A forum. 

Exploring for the Future Showcase Program 


Day 1: Tuesday, 15 August 2023

Overview and panel discussion, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm AEST

Time zone: (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney 
Moderator: Steve Hill, Chief Scientist, Geoscience Australia 

This session presented an overview of the Exploring for the Future program and achievements to date, with a panel discussion on the value of the program and precompetitive geoscientific data to industry, communities and government.   



Dr Andrew Heap

Dr Andrew Heap

Chief of Division, Minerals, Energy and Groundwater, Geoscience Australia

Andrew has 22 years of professional experience in leading geoscience research as a senior leader in Geoscience Australia, with a track record of successfully delivering energy and mineral, carbon capture, utilisation and storage, marine geoscience and groundwater programs.  

'Resourcing Net Zero'

Dr Karol Czarnota

Dr Karol Czarnota

Senior Science Advisor for the Exploring for the Future program, Minerals, Energy and Groundwater Division, Geoscience Australia

Karol has 20 years of experience in undertaking and leading precompetitive geoscience programs focused on understanding Australia’s resource potential. He holds a BSc from the University of New South Wales, an MSc from Royal Holloway University London and a PhD in geophysics and geology from the University of Cambridge.

'Our Geoscience Journey'

Panel discussion

Anthea Long

Anthea Long

Head of Division, Minerals and Resources, Department of Industry, Science and Resources 

Anthea has over 20 years of public policy experience that ranges from senior government policy roles to community-level implementation. Anthea is currently Head of Division of the Minerals and Resources Division in the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. The division provides policy advice, industry facilitation and administers activities in relation to the exploration, development, investment and management of minerals and resources. 

Andrew McConville

Andrew McConville

Chief Executive Officer, Murray Darling Basin Authority

Andrew McConville is Chief Executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). The MDBA supports the Authority Board of which Andrew is a member. Before his appointment at the MDBA in May 2022, Andrew was CEO of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. Prior to joining APPEA, Andrew worked for more than a decade with Syngenta, one of the world's leading agribusinesses. His last role was as Global Head of External Affairs and Communication based in Switzerland. 

Jon Hronsky

Dr Jon Hronsky

Director, Western Mining Services

Jon is the Director of Western Mining Services (WMS). Prior to joining WMS in 2007, Jon was Manager-Strategy and Generative Services for BHP Billiton Mineral Exploration and Global Geoscience Leader for WMC Resources Ltd. Jon has more than 35 years of experience in the global mineral exploration industry, primarily focused on project generation, technical innovation and exploration strategy development. 

Glenn Toogood

Glenn Toogood

 General Manager Hydrogen and Clean Fuels, entX 

Glenn is responsible for the development of entX’s Hydrogen and Clean Fuels strategy, securing early-stage growth options in future-facing clean energy commodities, ventures and innovation. Prior to joining entX, Glenn held senior management positions in energy, resources and aviation, at companies including Santos, Beach Energy, Qantas Airways and ExxonMobil.

Day 2: Wednesday, 16 August 2023 

Moderators: Clive Rossiter, Chief Information Officer and Marina Costelloe, Mineral Systems Branch Head, Geoscience Australia

Highways to discovery and understanding, 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm AEST 

Time zone: (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney 

This session highlighted the extensive airborne electromagnetic (AEM) data acquired by the program, the latest developments in the Exploring for the Future Portal, improving access to geoscience information, and regional and remote community engagement. 

Unravelling Australia’s landscape with airborne electromagnetics (AEM)  Dr Yusen Ley Cooper 
Activity Leader  
Exploring for the Future Data Discovery Portal  
— A scenic tour 

Simon van der Wielen 
Senior Data Scientist 

Towards equitable access to regional geoscience information  Dr Kathryn Waltenberg  
Activity Leader  
Community engagement and geoscience knowledge sharing   Dr Meredith Orr   
Activity Leader  
Indigenous Engagement and Remote Community Education  
Question and answer session   

Foundational geoscience, 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm AEST 

Time zone: (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney 

This session discussed progress towards national mapping of Australia, including mapping of geology, geochemistry and mineralogy, and an overview of early results from our work in the Delamerian Arc. 

The power of national scale geological mapping 
— improving prediction to meet Australia's resources challenge 

Dr Eloise Beyer 
Activity Leader  
National Geological Mapping 
New surface mineralogical and geochemical maps  
of Australia
Dr Patrice de Caritat 
Principal Research Scientist 
Mineral Potential Mapping of Australia 
Imaging Australia’s Lithospheric Architecture 

Dr Babak Hejrani 
Passive Seismologist 
Onshore Seismic and Magnetotellurics 

Metallogenic potential of the Delamerian Margin Dr Yanbo Cheng 
Activity Leader 
Mineral Potential Assessment of the  
Darling-Curnamona-Delamerian project 
Question and answer session   

Day 3: Thursday, 17 August 2023  

Moderators: Kristina Anastasi, Advice, Investment Attraction and Analysis Branch Head and Dr David Robinson, Basin Systems Branch Head 

Geological processes and resources, 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm AEST 

Time zone: (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney 

This session highlighted our research into mineral, energy and groundwater systems, including hydrogen storage potential, mineral systems from isotopes to fluids, the upper Darling River groundwater system and the newly released Atlas of Australian Mine Waste. 

Hydrogen storage potential   Dr Andrew Feitz 
Low Carbon Geoscience and Advice
Mineral systems from isotopes to fluids Dr Evgeniy Bastrakov 
Activity Leader 
Improved methods for characterisation of groundwater dependent ecosystems  
— Upper Darling River Floodplain case study 
Dr Sarah Buckerfield 
Atlas of Australian Mine Waste  
— Waste not, want not! 
Jane Thorne 
Activity Leader  
National Mine Waste Assessment
Question and answer session  


Resource potential, 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm AEST 

Time zone: (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney 

This session highlighted research into national mineral potential assessments, inventories of basins for energy resources and groundwater, and the potential for energy resources in eastern central Australia. 

National-scale mineral potential assessments 
— Supporting mineral exploration in the transition  
to net zero 
Dr Arianne Ford 
Activity Leader 
Integration and Prospectivity 
Australia's onshore basin inventories 
— Laying the foundation for Australia's energy future 
Tehani Palu 
Petroleum Systems Geoscientist
Prioritising regional groundwater assessments based on  
the national hydrogeological inventory
— A case study of the Cenozoic Lake Eyre Basin in  
central Australia 
Dr Steven Lewis 
Activity Leader
Regional Groundwater
Assessing the energy resources potential in underexplored regions  
— A case study from the eastern central Australian region
Dr Barry Bradshaw 
Activity Leader 
Energy Resources and Advice 
Question and answer session  


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