Professor Bruce Gemmell, Director of CODES, has been selected as the 2018 President of the Society of Economic Geologists, Inc., (SEG). Formed in 1920, the SEG is the world's oldest, largest and most influential international organisation in the fields of economic geology and mineral deposit discovery. Based in Littleton, Colorado, in the USA, the organisation has more than 7000 members in over 90 countries throughout the world
The main goals of the Society are the advancement of the science of mineral deposit geology, and the promotion of high professional and ethical standards among its members, and the economic geology profession as a whole. These goals are achieved through activities such as the dissemination of basic and applied economic geology publications, annual meetings, field trips, short courses, and a lecture series. Bruce will play a key leadership role in helping the organisation to meet these objectives, and setting its future directions.
Although this position is offered on an annual basis, it represents a total commitment of three years, i.e., 2017 President Elect, 2018 President, and 2019 Past President. Bruce will continue to be based at CODES on the University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay campus during this period.
The appointment follows the highly successful SEG 2015 Conference held at Wrest Point last September, which attracted 742 delegates from 43 countries. CODES co-hosted this event, and Bruce was Conference Chair, and a member of the organising committee.
Bruce follows in the footsteps of former CODES Director Professor Emeritus Ross Large, who was SEG President in 2004.