Programme Submissions

With the 2020 Symposium being postponed to 24 – 26 August 2021 due to COVID-19, the organising committee are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts have now been re-opened with extended deadlines for abstract and full technical paper submissions. Please see below for further information.

Call for Abstracts Now Re-Opened

You are invited to submit an Initial Abstract for the Review Committee to consider for presentation at the 2021 Bowen Basin Symposium.

Initial Abstracts must be submitted online by the closing date, Sunday 12 July 2020. These will be reviewed and if selected you will be required to produce a technical paper.

Acceptance of an abstract does not constitute automatic inclusion in the publication volume nor for an oral or poster presentation. These decisions will be made after the full paper is received and reviewed.

Abstract submission details

  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.
  • Abstracts should be around 250 words (but no longer than 300 words) and submitted in Microsoft Word format only, using the template provided on this web page.
  • Abstract titles (in capitals) should be short and descriptive, with no abbreviations.
  • Abstracts may contain tables, pictures, diagrams.
  • Abstracts should NOT contain symbols such as Greek letters or arrows.
  • All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use.
  • Abstracts should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar.
  • Abstracts should contain the following headings: background, method, results and conclusion.
  • • Abstracts must be submitted by 23:59 AEST Sunday 12 July 2020 for consideration by the program committee. Authors will be notified of abstract acceptance by Monday 27 July 2020

Download the Abstract Template

If you are interested in contributing to the technical programme at the 2021 Bowen Basin Symposium, here are some ideas for topics and discussions that the committee would like to see addressed:

  • A history of coal mining in Queensland from a geology perspective
  • Geology of the coal mines throughout Queensland
  • Innovation/techniques in exploration
  • Innovation/techniques in mine geology
  • Innovation/techniques in resource modelling
  • (Managing) the geological impacts of digging deeper
  • The value of a Geologist
  • Data management
  • Industry “Standards”, e.g. JORC/JORC 2020, Datum 2020, Coal Log
  • Explain “Big Data” in terms of how coal geo’s would use it
  • Collecting geological data for mining approvals and associated studies
  • DNRME systems
  • Geoscience in the cloud
  • Improvements in analysis and processing technologies/coal washing efficiencies
  • Using drones
  • Society's changing views on coal
  • Future of Coal (e.g. utilisation and technologies)
  • What are HELE plants?
  • Changing markets

Click here to submit an Abstract


If you have any questions please refer to the FAQs which you can download here, or contact the Symposium Secretariat at