Precompetitive Geoscience: Its importance to a low carbon economy

Presented by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)'s ACT Division and Minerals Forum

Event details

Wednesday 16 August 2023

12:00pm – 1:30pm AEST




Level 2 Burns Centre Building, 28 National Circuit, Forrest ACT 2603
& online


> Dr James Johnston FTSE, Geoscience Australia
> Allison Britt, Geoscience Australia


Discover the significance of precompetitive geoscience in building a low carbon economy at our upcoming event.

Join us for an insightful event featuring two esteemed speakers from Geoscience Australia: Dr James Johnston FTSE and Allison Britt. These experts will share their knowledge and expertise on precompetitive geoscience and its role in shaping a sustainable future. Gain valuable insights, engage in meaningful discussions, and discover how their work contributes to informed decision-making and responsible resource development. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Geoscience Australia’s leading minds in the field.


James Johnston
Dr James Johnston FTSE

Chief Executive Officer, Geoscience Australia

Dr Johnson has been the Chief Executive Officer since April 2017. Dr Johnson is a geologist with over 35 years’ experience, including private sector mining and mineral exploration. He has led teams of geoscientists for over 20 years with a number of diverse achievements. These range from discovery of over two million ounces of gold reserves in industry, to national scale pre-competitive geoscience programs that have attracted exploration investment to Australia.

Dr Johnson first joined Geoscience Australia in 2006 and in that time has been head of various divisions with diverse duties including carriage of energy and mineral programs. He has also been a member of the Board of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) at the Australian National University since 2017, and a member of the Australian Antarctic Science Council since 2018. Dr Johnson is also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Dr Johnson has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the Australian National University.

Dr Johnson’s vision for Geoscience Australia is one of deploying integrative geoscience for the economic, social and environmental benefit of Australians. He is driving a strong agenda of inclusiveness, has led Geoscience Australia towards Bronze and Cygnet accreditation in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and is driving Geoscience Australia’s engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Allison Britt

Director, Mineral Resources Advice & Promotion, Geoscience Australia

Allison Britt is the Director of Mineral Resources Advice and Promotion at Geoscience Australia, Australia’s national geoscience organisation. After graduating from the Australian National University, she spent her early career with CSIRO Exploration and Mining working on gold geochemistry in the Yilgarn, followed by six years overseas as a share trader, scientific editor and contract geologist.

Returning to Australia, Allison initially worked with the uranium group at Geoscience Australia before specialising in the annual inventory of Australia’s mineral resources. In recent years, Allison has focused on attracting international minerals investment into Australia and supporting the Australian Government’s critical minerals strategy.

She leads Geoscience Australia’s provision of minerals advice as well as the National Mine Waste Assessment under the Exploring for the Future program.

Allison also has considerable experience in public outreach, working with radio, print and television to explain the role that minerals play in our lives.