News and Events

Sydney Geographers on the new Geographical Society Council

29 August 2014

Academic staff from the School of Geosciences have been elected to the 2014/2015 Geographical Society of New South Wales (GSNSW) Council. Professor Phil McManus succeeds Professor Gordon Waitt (Wollongong) as President of the GSNSW, and Dr. Josephine Gillespie was re-elected as a member of the Council. A number of graduates from the School of Geosciences are also members of the new Council. Please see the full list of Council positions and contacts.

For further information about the GSNSW and its exciting activities, geographical resources and membership offers, please visit the Society's homepage.

Earth hazard geosciences in the news!

23 August 2014

School of Geosciences member Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes appeared on day-time television on Tuesday 19th August to discuss the recent discovery of large methane sinkholes (blowholes) in Siberia. The discussion also explored the possible connection with global warming. Check out the interview on Channel 7’s “The Daily Edition”.

Major research grant success

23 August 2014

Dr Emma Calgaro and Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes from the Asia – Pacific Natural Hazards Research Group in the School of Geosciences have been successful in winning a major disaster resilience grant. Together with The Deaf Society of New South Wales, the New South State Emergency Service and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service they have been awarded a total of $237,406 for a project entitled “Sharing responsibility for natural disasters by enhancing the emergency preparedness of deaf people”.

The grant award is made under the Community Resilience Innovation Program, a component of the National Disaster Resilience Program and the funds are provided by the New South Wales Ministry for Police and Emergency Service.

This is a particularly exciting award as it represents the stage two implementation step of a previous project led by Dale funded from 2011 – 2013.

Dale explains, “the project builds upon our skills as Geographers to draw together the physical earth system hazards processes Australian communities experience with the social, cultural and behavioral contexts that define community resilience and vulnerability”.

For further information on this project, please contact Dale.

Congratulations Patrice!

15 August 2014

Congratulations to Associate Professor Patrice Rey who has been elected as a fellow of The Geological Society of America.

Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of our profession by election at the spring GSA Council meeting. GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations, and taking on editorial, bibliographic, and library responsibilities.

Find out more.

New Colombo Plan Scholarships to Indonesia

30 July 2014

The School of Geosciences has successfully obtained government funding to support 6 undergraduate geographers to undertake a semester-long immersion program in geography at the University of Indonesia in 2015. To apply for these scholarships, each worth $5000, please contact or see the attachment for further details.

Applications close August 20, 2014.

Food@Sydney Seminar Series 2014

25 July 2014

This exciting initiative from the Food node of Sydney Environment Institute is presented in collaboration with the Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Ideas. Leading academics, influencers and activists from Sydney and beyond will delve into the big food issues facing Australia and the world. From food waste to food sovereignty and from obesity to small agriculture - these talks will tackle critical food challenges.

For more information about times and venues, please visit the Sydney Environment Institute.

University of Sydney Geographers at the World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan

16 July 2014

Five members of the School of Geosciences presented at the World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama in Japan this week. Yayoi Fujita Lagerqvist, Bill Pritchard, Chetan Choithani and Mark Vicol all gave talks in a Special Session on Indigenous Knowledge, Local Livelihoods and Food Security, convened by Bill Pritchard. Leonardo Valenzuela presented a paper at a special session of the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty.

More information on the official conference website.