Upswing in Women in mining, and more to come

At a remote outback Queensland camp, Alice Clark began her career as an exploration geologist for a gold mining company more than 30 years ago.

Back when Professor Clark first started, full of excitement and enthusiasm for the job, it was very much a man's world. However, in the past decade or so, Professor Clark has noticed more women entering the male-dominated field, and advocates for further opportunities.

Today, Professor Clark is a leader in her field and one of three Queensland women elected into the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) this year, and believes "We've still got a long way to go, but the cultural change I've seen in the last 30 or 40 years is fantastic."

Professor Clark is currently working on technology to reduce the amount of waste generated by mining.

"That means you're not drilling big holes, you're not digging big holes, you're in-situ dissolving the metals and bringing them up to the surface in a benign environment. So the waste heaps that you see around large mines and the big tailings dams would become either significantly reduced or not necessary at all." Professor Clark said.

Read on at ABC News

Image of Alice Clark from ABC News and University of Queensland