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Community Education Officer

John Mignone, DMITRE Mineral Resources Division Education Officer, receiving the ASEG Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award February 2012
John Mignone, Community Education Officer, receiving the Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award from Dennis Cook, president of ASEG.

John Mignone, the Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division Community Education Officer has been awarded the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists' prestigious and rarely presented Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award to recognise his promotion of geophysics to students and the wider community.

John has been involved in geological education for nearly 37 years.

The Department of State Development's Resource Information General Manager Dr Andrew Rowett said the award honours John’s dedication, creativity and high skill level.

“John’s activity and influence has international reach. He has taught countless thousands of students. Many current geologists, geophysicists and environmentalists were inspired by him in their early lives and now work around the world,” Andrew said.

John’s work has involved visits to schools throughout South Australia to teach the fun of learning geology and geophysics, as well as the interaction between resource activities, communities and the environment. 

A major focus has been on aboriginal education in remote communities and enhancing prospects for aborigines to access employment with exploration and mining companies.

Of receiving the Lindsay Ingall Memorial award John said: “The International Society of Exploration Geophysicists has a membership of 32,000 worldwide, so to be presented with this award is a real honour -  especially because this is the first time the Society has presented an award to a non-member.”

The Award was presented at the Society’s 22nd International Geophysical Convention and Exhibition before 300 hundred geophysicists in February 2012.

For his services to the community in resource education, John has also been awarded the Centenary Medal for Education in 2001 and South Australia’s Science Communication Award in 1999. His creativity and insights in producing the educational package – Resources working for the Right Balance, was honoured with an Australian Gold Serif Award in 1997.

The Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award honours the memory of Lindsay Ingall, acknowledged for his capacity to cross geoscience boundaries and for his enduring commitment to assist geoscientists across Australia.

Contact the Community Education Officer
Email: John.Mignone@sa.gov.au