Tom Bradbury, Andrew Todd, James Familiar and Alison Todd attended the 40th Symposium on the Advances in the Study of the Sydney Basin was held on 27 and 28 April at the Mercure Resort in the Hunter Valley, NSW. The event was attended by around 130 delegates, and the topics presented ranged from coal geology, geophysics, coal washability and processing, to spontaneous combustion, environmental and economics aspects. The symposium dinner is always a popular highlight of the event, and 2017 was no exception. The dinner speaker was Australian geologist Greg Mortimer (OAM), who presented some truly fascinating tales of his journeys to the world highest peak, Mt Everest, and to the Antarctic. Bede Boyle of Coal Ventures Limited, an alliance partner of Geos Mining, presented the final talk of Day 2 titled “Restructuring of Australia’s Coal Industry.