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Technology in Australia 1788-1988Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
Table of Contents

Chapter 10

I 1. Introduction

II 2. The Role Of Technology

III 3. Some Highlights Of Australian Minerals Technology

IV 4. Other Technological Achievements (in brief)

V 5. Export Of Technology

VI 6. Education And Research

VII 7. The Scientific Societies

VIII 8. Conclusion



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7. The Scientific Societies

In keeping with the scientific and technological basis of the mineral industries the need for technical education and research was recognised very early in the history of mining in Australia and New Zealand. This recognition took concrete form in the establishment in 1893 of the forerunner of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a learned society and professional body with provision also for para-professionals and student members in the fields of mining, metallurgy and geology. The Aus IMM has a current membership of 7000 spread over 35 branches in the major mining and metallurgical centres and capital cities within Australia and also in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The publications in the form of proceedings, monographs, symposia and bulletins provide a comprehensive cover of the mining and metallurgical industries and the teaching and research activities and surveys, as attested by the examples quoted in the references listed with this Chapter, which show also the status of the Aus IMM in international conferences and congresses with its counterparts in Britain, Canada, USA, India, South Africa, Malaysia, Japan etc.

The kindred Institute of Metals and Materials Australasia directs its efforts to the fields of secondary metallurgy, metal physics and materials, and has developed close links with The Institution of Metallurgists, London.

The Geological Society of Australia and the several specialist groups within the ambit of the Australian Geosciences Council have a comprehensive coverage of the geoscientists both within and beyond the scope of the mineral industries.

The Institution of Engineers, Australia, includes within its ranks mining, metallurgical and chemical engineers directly engaged in the mineral industries in addition to the much larger numbers of civil, mechanical, electrical and other engineers in professional and para-professional ranks in the engineering industries in general. However, many engineers in these ranks are directly involved in the mineral industries, and opportunities for joint activities find expression in such bodies as Australian Geomechanics Society and Australian Underground Construction and Tunnelling Association.

Similarly, the employment of chemists, physicists, surveyors and other specialists within the mineral industries provides opportunities for co-operation with The Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Australian Institute of Physics, Institution of Surveyors Australia, Australian Institute of Quarrying, Coal Preparation Society, etc.

The Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering naturally include within their national functions the survey and review of the activities of all the bodies mentioned in the foregoing, also of ancillary societies such as Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; Australian Academy of Science; Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering; Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science; Australian Geomechanics Society; Australian Geosciences Council; Australian Institute of Physics; Australian Institute of Quarrying; Australian Underground Construction and Tunnelling Association; Coal Preparation Society; Geological Society of Australia; Institution of Engineers, Australia; Institution of Surveyors, Australia; Metals and Materials Australasia; Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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