At different stages of his career, Ian Lambert, was a researcher, an independent consultant and a senior executive in the Australian Government. He received his Ph.D. in geochemistry from the Australian National University in 1967. After post-doctorate research in experimental petrology at the University of Chicago, he returned to Australia to take up a position with CSIRO, where he conducted research on mineral deposits and stable isotopes. In the course of his research career, he published over ninety refereed papers and won several international awards.
After 3 years as a geological consultant to several exploration companies, he joined the Australian Government in 1990, where he has held a number of senior management and advice roles in the environmental and resource portfolios. Most recently, he was Group Leader in Geoscience Australia, overseeing evaluation of Australia’s identified mineral resources and technical advice in support of policy development and major decisions.
He is Senior Advisor to the Australian Geoscience Council. He has represented Australia extensively in international forums, including as a Vice Chair of the IAEA-OECD/NEA Uranium Group, the UN Experts Group on Resource Classification and the Commission for the Geological Map of the World. ** He was Secretary General of the 34th International Geological Congress, held in Brisbane in August 2012, at which he was elected Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) - a position he will enjoy in “retirement”.