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Participate in our student survey!

5 September 2019

It’s time to get back to university! The EAGE Student Fund develops a lot of activities over
the course of the 2019 – 2020 academic year. We would like to learn more about your interaction
with EAGE, studies and views on your future career. For that reason, we invite you to participate
in our Student Survey!

As a student, you will be the next generation of geoscientists.  At EAGE, we want to hear about how
you use the opportunities offered through the EAGE Student Fund for your studies and
your views on your future career. Which activities are most valuable for you? How do you
think technology and new applications are going to be part of your future job? What kind of
skills would you need to succeed? We are interested to know about your expectations for your
involvement in the EAGE geoscience student community, and how it helps you as a young professional.

Would you help us by answering a few questions? 
It will take only 2-5 minutes, your feedback will allow us to further develop our student portfolio and
to support your career. Participate and speak out today!

The survey is available at

Student Chapter learns all about the Italian (Energy) Job

29 August 2019

Earlier this summer, thirteen students from the EAGE Student Chapter Freiberg set off for a company
visit to the ENI headquarters, Milan, Italy. The EAGE Student Fund supported this activity
with the main purpose of offering the opportunity to learn about the organisational dynamics
and research of the company. The excursion was held from 26
to 27 June 2019.
Following the trip, the chapter is keen to share their experiences.

The study trip started with a welcome speech and introduction by Riccardo
Pessina, who guided
the students to the Core Exhibition with its many different drilling cores
and associated oils.

The programme kicked off with a visit to GEOLAB, where students had the change to learn about
the application of Scanning Electron Microscopy that supports characterisation
of the pores in rocks and assess their diagenesis. This procedure is suitable for clarifying the
composition of mud and to find answers to questions related to clay minerals and oil flow.

Next, the student chapter had the opportunity to visit the Mineralogy and Chemical Analysis
(XRD & XRF) department where they learned a lot about the X -ray diffractometer
and X-ray fluorescence, which is used to define the chemical composition of samples to enhance
the mineralogical data’s quality. This, in turn, allow the quality of the reservoir to be evaluated.

Afterwards Riccardo provided to the group a presentation about the theory to analyse
the reservoir’s quality. Using the software Geocosm Touchstone the age of the rocks
can be estimated based on different petrophysical parameters. That way important
questions regarding oil content and economic efficiency can be answered.

The field trip concluded with a visit to the department of geochemistry. Where Danilo Dolci
and Isabella Flores guided the group through various laboratories and explained in detail
the main topics of research there. Mainly three analysis are of importance. Firstly, the produced
oils are analysed, which is important to determine the oil’s quality and its content. It also clarifies
questions regarding the economic efficiency of the reservoir as well as questions about
possible relations between adjacent reservoirs and between the reservoir
and the bedrock.
Secondly, the oil bedrock is analysed to estimate the diagenesis’ rate of the rocks by vitrinite
reflectance. Another way to estimate the rate of diagenesis are spores or pollen in the rock.
Thirdly, the gas is analysed, mainly its composition, its organic or inorganic origin and gas content.

The group wishes to thank the EAGE Student Fund for providing the financial support to this activity.

Ebonyi State University SC appoints first female president

22 August 2019

The history of the Student Chapter at Ebonyi State University goes back to early 2017. After
the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationist conference in 2016 students from the university
decided to band together and for a student chapter at their university – a first in West-Africa.

Since its inception, the chapter shows how diverse backgrounds in geosciences can be
combined in a single strong chapter.

The students behind the EAGE EBSU chapter are clearly passionate about geosciences. The
vision of the SC is to create an enabling platform for leadership, technical and professional
growth of its members through service, dedication and research. The SC also provides
opportunities for students to enhance their technical and professional skills.

Looking at their activities, the student chapter does not only talk the talk but definitely
also walks the walk. Webinars play an important role in knowledge acquisition. More
practical experience was gained with a field visit to the Anambra Basin – one of the seven
major basins in Nigeria. Building on their knowledge and experience, the chapter worked
together with Home Waters Geoscience Consult on the organisation a booth camp. This featured a
training on electrical data acquisition for ground water exploration. To further promote
their work, members of the chapter have continuously participated in regional conferences
with associations such as NAPE, AAPG and SPE.

The inclusive character of the SC creates a platform for all to develop both professionally and
academically irrespective of gender, race or ideology. The SC recently concluded its election
process which gave way for a new board of executive according to the EAGE Student Chapter
Guideline. Nwali Immaculate Uchechi was chosen as the first female president of the SC. A
welcome development!

An strong position for women in STEM research, including geoscience, is crucial in securing a solid
base for the future of energy. Within EAGE, this is spearheaded by the EAGE Women in Geoscience
Community. Since the establisment of the community in 2013, this has proven to be an engine of
innovation. Not only does the community organise events on thought-provoking topics, but
their mentoring programme has helped many student and recent graduate with their career

We congratulate Nwali on her appointment as chairperson of the student chapter and we look
forward to working with the SC in the year to come. Keen to learn more about the chapter?
You can the SC on Facebook @NAPE EAGE EBSU SC or send a mail via
They are open for collaborations and partnerships on future activities.

Laurie Dake Challenge 2020 -Do you have what it takes?

15 August 2019

The Laurie Dake Challenge, previously known as the FIELD Challenge (a Fully Integrated EvaLuation
and Development), is a competitive challenge organized by the EAGE Student Fund (ESF)
since 2011. It brings together teams from around the world to compete
at the annual EAGE Conference and Exhibition.

The Laurie Dake Challenge 2020 will once again challenge students to work on a cross‐disciplinary geoscience and engineering
integration challenge within their universities. The competition has several rounds:
(1) an exploration round;
(2) an intermediate deliverable of the field development plan; and,
(3) the final presentation of the field development plan. All teams work with the same data set, this
year provided by Shell.

Are you keen to get involved, make sure to follow the EAGE Student Fund blogs and students
social media updates! A first tip to get ready: aim for a diverse team – history shows the
best results in the competition build on a variety of personal and scientific backgrounds.

Insights from last years’ winners

IFP School team – winners of the Laurie Dake Challenge 2019 – provide a good example. The
team defined themselves as both multi-cultural (with people from Venezuela, France,
Brazil and Argentina), as well as multi-disciplinary in gathering one geologist, one geophysicist,
two reservoir engineers and one petroleum engineer.
They have been through a workflow which aimed to build an integrated development plan, from the
geological study to the design of the subsea facilities, while assessing the
economics of the
project and taking into account potential additional prospects in the immediate surroundings.

It can be summarized as follows:
• Definition of a geological conceptual model.
• Building of the static reservoir model.
• Computing simulations through a dynamic model.
• Designing the subsurface facilities and the global development plan.
• Economic analysis to see the feasibility of the project.

The team defined the integration of seismic data as a constraint for the facies modelling of
the turbiditic complexes as one of the most challenging parts. A great amount of
time and effort was need to understand the geological model of the field, prior to building
the dynamic model. For them, another point was to make important assumptions derived
from analogs in order to address a certain lack of data.
This experience has allowed the IFP team to apply the skills acquired in their various training
programs at IFP School in concrete terms. It was a real challenge to reconcile this project
over 6 months in parallel with their studies, but the team worked in a good mood and with enthusiasm.
Having different backgrounds and fields of study helped them to support each other and overcome
the different steps of the challenge.

IFP team:

” It was interesting to assess our capacity to be flexible

and adapt to the challenge’s demands: each step carried its load of

expectations, goals and deliveries (report, videos, presentation).

A communication, regular meetings and team spirit were key

elements to carry out this project alongside our studies.”

Five other finalist teams were involved in the 2019 edition of the Laurie Dake Challenge:
University of Stavanger ( second place), Dalhousie University and Instituto Mexicano del
Petroleo ( Third Place), Institut Teknologi Bandung , Petroleum University of Technology. All of them
worked very hard and have delivered impressive presentations to the jury.
Since the same data set was given to all the participants, it was exciting to see how all the different teams
interpreted and used the information at their disposal.

Damarys Castillo, Serugue Abreu e Santiago, Gregory Charles Barrere, Diego Potenzoni and Floriane Mortier;
who are members of the the IFP Team, wish to thank the pedagogical team of IFP School for its
support and guidance, as well as the EAGE and EAGE Student Fund for this rich opportunity that
allowed us to learn a lot and meet with teams from all over the world.

Get started!

Exited to give the challenge a shot yourself? Time to start thinking about composing your team!
Applications for the Laurie Dake Challenge open on 13 October 2019. From this date, teams
can apply online at EAGE Students site.
Each university team should include a multi-disciplinary team of full-time geoscience and
petroleum engineering students, with a maximum of one PhD student per team.

Nominations for the 2020 Sclocchi Awards are open

8 August 2019

This award is for the best thesis in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering presented by
university graduates from Italian universities, as well as by Italian nationals graduated
anywhere in the world. The Award is dedicated to the best theses regarding the energy industry,
and included renewable energy, alternative feedstocks for green refinery and energy economy
and management for the first time. With the award, the participating organisations want
to encourage and reward young professionals at the beginning of their career in the industry.

This contest is a joint initiative of SPE Italian Section, EAGE and Assomineraria, the
Italian Petroleum and Mining Industry Association. The award series started in 1993. Since
2001 it is associated with the name of Gustavo Sclocchi. Sclocchi was manager at Eni s.p.A. and
keen supporter of the award over the years.

Competition for the award has been stiff. Over the course of the last 26 years 683 theses have been
submitted out of which 136 have won awards. This year proved no exception, with 36
theses competing for the prizes.

2019 Sclocchi Award winner announced

Nominees for the award are accepted for two categories: Master of Science & Doctor of Philosophy,
and Bachelor of Science & 2nd level Master.

This year’s winners are:

Category: Master of Science & Doctor of Philosophy:

Chiara Amadori: 3D architecture of the Po Plain – Northern Adriatic Basin
since the Messinian Salinity crisis through Pliocene – Pleistocene time

Claudio Chesi: Facies and depositional architecture of the two
transtentional continental basins: The Permian succession of the Orobic
basin and of the Norwegian Danish basin

Marco Giuliani: Computational intelligence: a hybrid technique for the
process modeling and production optimization of an oil field

Category: Bachelor of Science & 2nd level Master

Italo Luciani: Streamlines integration in Reservoir Management workflow
to optimize water injection in a brown field

 The special mentions were awarded to:

Xing Zhen: Two-grid full-waveform surface-wave inversion by means of a
genetic algorithm.

Simone Reguzzi: Lithostratigraphy and petrographic analysis of the
Permian succession of the orobic basin margins (Pizzo Dei Tre Signori –
Barbellino Lake, Orobic Alps, North Italy).

Giorgio Russo: Implementation of virtual metering models using real time data.

Giacomo Lazzeri: Experimental use of drone remote sensed data for quickly
mapping of wildfire burnt areas.

Submission Sclocchi Award 2020 now open!

The EAGE Student Fund is happy to support this prestigious award targeted at university students
in Italy and Italian student abroad for the 2020 submissions.

The instructions for participation in the contest are reported here and
in SPE  Italian Section.  

In order to submit an entry, your submission must be submitted by the following deadlines: 

Contact Information and Abstract – deadline December 31rd, 2019
Complete electronic copy of the thesis – deadline January 31st, 2020
Graduation Certificate – before the Award Ceremony in March 2020

Any questions can be addressed to: The Evaluation Committee shall select the theses
considered to be the most worthy of receiving the Award. Its decision is final and is not subject to

AGH Cracow reveals the secret to being the best EAGE SC

2 August 2019

The AGH University of Technology and Science in Cracow in the Southern part of Poland is
part of the Scientific Student Society called Geophone. We are members of the AGH EAGE
Student Chapter(SC) which is a student organizations gathering young people
passionate about geophysics and other geosciences, who are active and unstoppable from
broadening knowledge by many various activities.

Our initiative and hard work took us to organize seven editions of the Polish Nationwide
Student Geophysical Workshops called “Geosphere”, and we are preparing the eight edition
which will take place in spring 2020, and the four edition of Nationwide Student Conference
“Geophysics in Space”. Members of the Student Scientific Society. We work in cooperation
with multidisciplinary geo-scientific associations as the European Association
of European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and the Society
of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

We enhance our professional career thanks to many years of experience in organizing events,
we understand the needs of our partners. Therefore, our participation
in the EAGE Annual conferences has broadened our geophysical knowledge
but also support our partners, and get knowledge from them during their workshops and

The vision of our chapter in the future is “Students for Students”. We would like to
grow up as a strong and very well known chapter in student communities in Poland but
also worldwide by organizing more and more conferences. To spread the geophysical
knowledge as broad as we can.
We would like to focus on only on spreading the geoscientific knowledge because our
members got this knowledge already, but we would love to help our members to
prove their soft skills, practical skills by preparing geophysical surveys, participating
in boot camps and presenting results of this activities worldwide on geoscientific

One of the previous Geofizyka Cracow employees said

” EAGE SC AGH Cracow was the biggest surprise for me and Polish geosciences and I am sure this chapter is

the future of Oil & Gas industry in Poland but also

We want to thank to EAGE Student Fund for the support provided as the best EAGE
student Chapter 2019, and specially to our mentors in the student chapter,
Ms. Ph.D. Kamila Wawrzyniak Guz, Ms. Ph.D. Paulina Krakowska  and  Ph.D. Anna Kwiatkowska.

Report given by the EAGE SC AGH President Partosz Pudlo

Support for student chapters – call for applications

25 July 2019

Student Chapter play an increasingly large role within the scope of the ESF.
Students themselves play and active role in getting prepared for the geo-
scientific world of tomorrow. In addition to academic development, key
skills include (international) collaboration, knowledge exchange and the
development of organisational skills. Student chapters can provide a useful
framework to facilitate this.

It is for this reason the ESF supports the creation and development of
student chapters. Since its inception, the ESF has contributed to the
foundation and activities of over 75 student chapters across the globe.

For 2019-2020 academic year, the EAGE Student Fund provides support for
the creation and continuation of your student chapter and its activities.  

How the ESF supports chapters

To (potential) EAGE student chapter, the ESF provides the following support
to students:

  • Access to EAGE services and knowledge through student membership
  • Possibility to host the Student Lecture Tour and webinars
  • Advice and support for the development of student chapter activities
  • Facilitate activities for interaction between student chapters
  • Participate in student challenges and competitions

Setting up a chapter through the ESF

If you are a student or university representative interested in learning
more about establishing an EAGE student chapter or student chapter
activities with the help of the ESF, we are keen to be hearing from you.

The ESF is currently welcoming applications for the establishment of
student chapters, as well as the renewal of existing chapters.

In order to learn more about registering your university as an EAGE
Student Chapter, please review the application procedures listed the EAGE
Student website.

More information

Graduating this summer? Let us know!

18 July 2019

Are you graduating this summer?

Congratulations on getting your degree!

It is great to see you have made it to the end of your studies. We hope you have been able to use
the opportunities through the EAGE Student Fund to your best advantage. Maybe you
presented your first research at an international meeting with the support of the EAGE
Student Fund, or learned new skills through a visiting student lecture tour.

If the next step would be a Master’s degree of PhD position, the ESF is there for you. Make sure
to read up on the options available in your new position or at your new university
– get involved in the student chapter and participate in the Laurie Dake Challenge.

Is your next step starting a new job or traineeship? Great! Do let us know how your
involvement with the EAGE Student Fund and our activities helped you to get ready
for your entry into the job market.
You can do so by dropping us a line or two at

Also, why not consider making a donation to the ESF? We need to keep up our work in
providing support to the next group of students. Many thanks in advance!

Develop your chapter – tips from around the globe

10 July 2019

Student Chapters play a key role in the work of the EAGE Student Fund. Not
only do chapters provide students with a fun and engaging framework to
gain new skills, but it allows students to access an even wider range of
possible ESF support.

What makes a strong EAGE Student Chapter though? In this update, we will
focus on some best practices from around the globe on activities and how to
get started with your chapter.

Student chapters and their activities

Our chapter at the University of Calgary has a long track record with the
EAGE Student Fund. Their team competed in many editions of the Laurie
Dake Challenge
, winning the challenge in 2012. The chapter is a hive of
activity with many events taking place throughout the year.

Paulina Wozniakoska, committee member at the SC Calgary, on their
motivations: ‘Every activity gives us great satisfaction knowing we’ve
developed our chapter further. This is also our advice to those considering
setting up a chapter – the work really helps you to enrich your resume by
gaining problem-solving, communication and leadership skills.’

Mateo Acuña Uribe, president of the EAGE Student Chapter at the Industrial
University of Santander in Colombia agrees: ‘An important aspect of
creating a chapter is the development of soft skills. Getting involved in an
EAGE Student Chapter helps you to connect to people who want to learn,
share and teach on topics such as geology, geophysics and petroleum

Teamwork & cooperation

To establish a strong chapter students to work in groups and cooperate with
other organisations. Mateo: ‘Key advise is to get a variety of people involved
in the chapter. Teamwork is an important factor to creating a strong
organisation. I think our desire to learn and transmit knowledge of
the geosciences to the university and wider community makes our chapter
stand out.

The wide range of activities by the Santander chapter are a good example of
developing a strong sense of commitment. For their (team)work, the
chapter was a honoured with a ‘Best Student Chapter’ award at the EAGE
Annual Conference and Exhibition in London.

In Calgary, an emphasis is also placed on cooperation. Here, a focus lies
on working together with other student chapters. Together with the SEG
and CSEG chapters, they host the Talks Series – a reoccurring event in which
industry professionals share their experiences. Paulina: ‘Linkage and
cooperation with industry is key to us. The Talks Series allows us to work
together with other chapter representatives and provide students with
great insights into getting a first (or second) job.’

The ESF and your chapter activities

Inspired? Make sure to read up on the options provided by the EAGE
Student Fund for setting up a student chapter. You may also want to read
our earlier posts from recently established student chapter at the University
of Aberdeen in the UK, or Curtin University in Australia.

If you already have your chapter established, we are keen to hear about
your chapter activities! Please share your experiences via

First Near Surface Geo-Quiz in Sweden

3 July, 2019

June is traditionally an exciting month for students. In addition to exams,
and research deadlines, there’s conference to attend as well! The EAGE
Student Fund supports a range of these. Earlier, we reported on
participation of our student community with ESF’s activities at the EAGE
London 2019 conference & exhibition, but this was not the only meeting in
which the EAGE Student Fund played an active role.

After the United Kingdom, the next stop was Sweden where the EAGE
Student Fund contributed to the organisation of the 8th International
Geosciences Student Conference
, 16-20 June in Uppsala, Sweden.

Student chapter and event support

The student-led conference was organized by the student chapter at
Uppsala University. Because of the ambitious scope of the meeting, the
learning opportunities for the students involved and the well-established
relationship between the student chapter and the fund, the EAGE Student
Fund to support the conference. The result combined a successful and
engaging student meeting with the organisation of the first ever Near
Surface focussed Geo-Quiz!

As the EAGE Student Fund aims to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and
interaction with all students interested in geoscience. It is for this reason we
were pleased to place a near surface geoscience emphasis on our Geo-Quiz.

We want to thank all participants for their participation in this first ever
Near Surface related Geo-Quiz challenge, and also want to congratulate our
student chapter at Uppsala University for their role in organizing the
student geoscience conference.