The Earth Futures Festival is an international film and video festival showcasing the role of geoscience in our sustainable future. The GSA Tasmanian Division will be showcasing some of the finalist films in our September monthly meeting.


When: Wednesday 21st September, 5:30 for nibbles, 6pm for films

Where: Earth Sciences, University of Tasmania

Intermission: ~7:15 pm


To vote on which films we play, head over to the list of finalist films, have a quick read of the titles and descriptions and vote below for which film(s) you're most excited to watch! You can pick more than one.... Don't forget to vote on the official Earth Futures Festival website to vote for your top finalist film before the 15th of September!



What film(s) are you most excited to watch?

  • A.B.O.V.E.

  • Apathy apocalypse

  • From the San Rafael Swell to Mars

  • Hot Poets: Geology Rocks

You can vote for more than one answer.

We will have popcorn and geology-themed nibbles in the Earth Sciences Tearoom upstairs beforehand. Feel free to join later (at ~7:15 during the intermission). We will have someone at the entry to allow people in during this time.


Darwin was puzzled by the paucity of fossils in Precambrian rocks. Twelve years ago, a new

occurrence of an enigmatic Precambrian macrofossil (Horodyskia – ‘string of beads’) was described from a quarry near Balfour. The first Horodyskia fossils were found in Montana, and the Tasmanian occurrence is now known to be of similar age. This talk will describe the Tasmanian Horodyskia discovery and geological (and historical) links between Tasmania and Montana. Some results from recent Balfour field work will be presented, emphasising the importance of the site for, perhaps, solving ‘Darwin’s dilemma’.



Peter McGoldrick is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in Earth Sciences/CODES at the University of Tasmania.

He taught undergraduate earth science and led research teams investigating supergiant sediment-hosted zinc-lead and copper deposits found in Precambrian rocks in Australia and Zambia. He now helps lead the ‘FrOTHies’ research group at UTas.




The Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and the Geological Society of Australia Tasmania Division (GSA) are holding a student and industry mixer night on the 21st July (this Thursday).

Come along for a casual meet and greet!





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