Australian Geoscience Council announces Roy Woodall Medal

  • By AusIMM

The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Roy Woodall Medal. The Medal seeks to recognise scientific excellence in both mineral exploration and the documentation of world-class mineral deposits.

Roy Woodall.

This award honours the extensive contribution to scientific excellence in Mineral Geoscience that Roy Woodall AO FAusIMM has made over his lifetime. Roy Woodall’s high scientific standards, innovative approach to exploration and use of the latest geoscientific techniques have left a enormous and lasting legacy of improved scientific methodologies and exploration successes. The WMC team under Roy’s leadership made many world class discoveries in Australia, several of which opened up entire new mineral provinces.

The most notable of these include the Darling Range Bauxite Province, the Kambalda Nickel District, the Olympic Dam Copper-Gold-Uranium deposit and the St Ives Gold Camp.

More importantly than even these discoveries, Roy’s dedication to the training and mentorship of other geoscientists has advanced the capabilities of Australia’s mining and exploration industries and the development of our nation.

Remarkably, Roy has been an AusIMM member for more than 60 years, further highlighting his dedication to his professional community. In 2015, Roy was awarded the AGC’s National Geoscience Champion Award.

Roy Woodall (second from right) receiving the AGC National Geoscience Champion Award at IMARC in 2015. Also pictured (L-R) Dale Sims, Jon Hronsky and Bill Shaw.

The intention of the Roy Woodall Medal is to recognise those individuals that seek to emulate Roy’s contribution to the mineral industry by applying the best science to the endeavours of mineral exploration and the documentation of world-class mineral deposits. The goal of this is to encourage the ethos of scientific excellence that Roy was such a strong advocate for.

The Australian Geoscience Council is now calling for nominations for the inaugural award of the Roy Woodall Medal. Nominations will be required to provide a succinct overview of the achievements and successes of their nominee. Nominations should also provide evidence of how the nominee stands out above other geoscientists as a rightful recipient of this award. The nominations should include three referees, separate to the nominators, prepared to support the nomination for this award.

It is currently envisaged that the inaugural recipient of the Australian Geoscience Council’s Roy Woodall Award will be announced at Diggers and Dealers 2020.

Application forms can be completed via the online form on the AGC website.

About the AGC

The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) is the Peak Council of geoscientists in Australia. It represents eight major Australian geoscientific societies, including AusIMM, with a total membership of over 8000 individuals comprising industry, government and academic professionals.

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