Dr Steven Hill

Chief Scientist, Geoscience Australia

Dr Hill commenced as Chief Scientist for Geoscience Australia in October 2018. In this role, he is responsible for strategic science leadership, influence, and external engagement. Prior to this he was the Chief Government Geologist and Director of the Geological Survey of South Australia from 2013 to 2018. In this role he oversaw and coordinated the Geological Survey’s research and the acquisition and delivery of pre-competitive geoscience data, and he provided advice to Government for geoscience-based decisions. Key achievements included leading workplace changes in culture and delivery with a major organisational restructure of the geological survey. He has also led the applications for government funding and the delivery of PACE (Plan for Accelerating Exploration) pre-competitive geoscience initiatives (including PACE Copper, PACE Frontiers and collaborative drilling programs) and the design and construction of the new South Australia Drill Core Reference Library. He is a strong advocate of teamwork and collaborative research, including project leadership and Science Steering Committee membership for Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC). Steve remains an active supporter of geoscience education and training, including contributing to the National Exploration Undercover School (NExUS) and supervising over 15 PhD students and almost 50 Honours students. He also maintained an active program of international geoscience MoUs in China, Canada and Chile, while nationally he has been a member of the COAG Energy Council’s Geoscience Working Group and the UNCOVER executive and its geoscience committee. Most recently he has been involved in planning for the new MinEx CRC, and most particularly its National Drilling Initiative (NDI). He has published over 150 scientific and technical papers.

Earlier, Steve completed a BSc (1st class Hons) at The University of Melbourne and a PhD at the Australian National University. He then spent nearly 20 years as a lecturer at the University of Adelaide and University of Canberra. This also included roles as researcher and on the executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscapes, Environment and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME), where he and his students focussed on geological and geomorphological mapping and the evolution and geochemistry/biogeochemistry of Australian landscapes and their biota.

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