Germany opens a new EAGE student chapter

Germany opens a new EAGE student chapter

3 October 2019

Since September 2019, RWTH Aachen University, Germany’s largest technical university
is home to the newest EAGE Student Chapter. The chapter was initiated by students of the master
programme Applied Geosciences with specialisation on Energy and Mineral Resources focusing
strongly on the E&P related topics but also on emerging geothermal topics. It will be led by
Alexander Jüstel, and will be supported by the vice president Luis Alberto Pizano Wagner,
secretary Alexander von Schéele and treasurer Mohamed Moursy as well as several student

The EAGE Student Chapter is the second student association within the Department of
Geosciences and Geography next to the already existing SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)
Student Chapter. The current board aims at merging these two student chapters in order
to create synergies and provide the most benefits for the student members of both chapters.
The EAGE Student Chapter can thereby use the pre-existing infrastructure and contacts of
the SPE student chapter which has established tight relations with members of the
university, representatives from industry in Germany and internationally but also other
student associations such as the local student council.

As RWTH Aachen University is close to the EAGE Headquarters in Houten, the Netherlands,
tight connections to the EAGE representatives are aimed to be established, too. This could
be realized by Student Lecturers Tours by EAGE representatives at RWHT Aachen University to
further elaborate on the opportunities with EAGE. As RWTH Aachen University is
known for its international connections throughout the industry and academic world,
the freshly founded EAGE Student Chapter aims at giving even more companies a
chance to present themselves, their fields of expertise, and internship possibilities or
graduation programmes for students of various study programmes. The student chapter
would like to provide an opportunity to all interested students to expand their professional
network to get a job right after graduating.

The newly established EAGE Student Chapter at RWTH Aachen University would like to
thank the EAGE Student Fund for the opportunity to promote the development and
application of geosciences and related engineering subjects, to promote innovation and
technical progress and to foster the communication, fellowship and cooperation between
the industry and local Aachen students according to the mission of the ESF.

The chapter would like to invite interested companies and representatives to share their
expertise during a technical talk or workshop at RWTH Aachen University or during a
company visit.

We  are going to organize the 9th International Geosciences Student Conference (IGSC),
5-11 June  2020 in the The RWTH Aachen University. The scientific purpose of this conference
is to provide a platform for students to present their current research and thesis work to
other students from around the world, scientists from different universities and research institutes,
industry representatives, and sponsors.  With this opportunity, students will have an impact on
the geoscience community, exchange ideas, enhance their knowledge, and expand their
professional network. Also, we plan to conduct soft skills workshops in order to strengthen
and expand participating students speaking and presenting skills. The chapter also invites
other EAGE Students Chapters to participate in the Conference and take the chance to visit the
historic city of Aachen and to explore the many possibilities at this university or to
organize a joint event in Aachen or at the respective Student Chapter´s university.
Please contact the chapter president Alexander Jüstel if you are interested in organizing such events.

The EAGE Student Chapter Board of the RWTH Aachen University at the EAGE Booth,
in the SEG 2019 Conference.

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.

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.

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

Membership grants empower students globally

14 November, 2019

Membership grants are – together with conference abstract submissions –
often the first point of contact for students with the EAGE and EAGE Student
Fund. EAGE membership grants give students the opportunity to get
involved with the association and gain access to number of projects and
resources otherwise not available.

With 2019 coming to a close, the EAGE Student Fund looks back at a year of
continued global presence and spread of student membership grants.
European students still make up the largest group of recipients, with Asia
Pacific, Africa and Latin America following suit. In total, the ESF was able to
reach 60 countries worldwide. We are pleased to see the involvement from
students globally with strong involvement coming from outside of Europe.

ESF membership grants 2020

Student membership grants will be available for the upcoming membership
year for eligible students. If you are new to the EAGE and interested to
apply for a grant, we encourage you to learn more on the EAGE student
. We want to thank our supporters from the EAGE community to help
fund these membership grants to the global student community.

2019 ESF grant recipients

For the recipients of 2019 membership grants are encourages to remain
involved in the year(s) to come. Renew your membership, or make sure to
investigate the opportunities for a student chapter at your institution to
build on your earlier involvement.

Strong month for EAGE student lectures

7 November 2019

In October, the EAGE Student Fund was able to support two Student
Lecture tours, bringing our lectures to the Middle East and Russia. In total,
you were able to find our deliveries at six universities. We are please to
have been able to bring engaging courses to students at these universities.
Many thanks to Dr. Humphrey and Dr. Demyanov for their crucial role in teaching these courses!

Student Lecture Tour – ME

The Middle East student lecture tour constituted four of the lectures in
October. Dr. John D. Humphrey delivered two lectures in Saudi Arabia. His
course Understanding Carbonate Mudrocks was delivered at the King
Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Tuwal and the King Fahd
University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dahran.

Two more took place at the Sultan Qaboos University of Technology and the
German University of Technology, both based in Muscat, Oman.

Moscow focus for Russia SLT

In addition to the lecture tour in the Middle East, two additional lectures
took place in Moscow, bringing the SLT to students of the Moscow State
University and Moscow Physics Technical University. At these universities,
Dr. Vasily Demyanov taught the course Challenges and Solutions in
Stochastic Reservoir Modelling – Geostatistics, Machine Learning, Uncertainty

About EAGE Student Fund lecture tours

The SLT programme allows student chapters to engage with though leaders
from the EAGE community. The lecture tour consists of two or more
deliveries in the same region or city. Students and supporters can learn
more on the tours and how to get involved in the EAGE Student Fund
activity overview.

Laurie Dake Challenge 2020 awaits your participation

31 October 2019

NEWS!  Join the Laurie Challenge 

The call for participants for the Laurie Dake Challenge is open. Make sure to join us for
the finals at the EAGE Annual in Amsterdam, June 2020!

We are already looking forward to meeting the best of our student community at
the next year’s finals in Amsterdam!

Abstract submissions EAGE 2020

The EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition 2020 is taking place in
Amsterdam 8 – 11 June. That feels like an era from now, but it is already
possible for students to submit their research to be considered for the
Technical Programme.

The Technical Programme –
a platform for student excellence

So, why already start today? The answer is simple: inclusion into the EAGE
Technical Programme is one of the prime opportunities for students to be
part of a high profile and diverse community. You will not only be able to
present and therefore hone your skills, but you will also have a chance to
get feedback from the audience present on your research. Instead of one
reviewer of your work, you will have dozens!

In order to do so, you will be asked to condense all research into 4 pages –
the length of an EAGE Extended Abstract. The combination of boiling your
research down, writing it up in a coherent way and turning it into an
engaging presentation are skills you will be able to build on for the rest of
your career.

ESF support for excelling presenters

The EAGE Student Fund will provide support for a limited number of
excelling students with strong papers. These funds will be used to offset
registration and contribute towards the travel expenses to get to the

Only limited funds will be available, so we encourage you to get started on
your abstracts and research!

Student Chapter registration window open

17 October 2019

It is now possible to register or renew your EAGE Student Chapter for 2020.
If you are keen to build on your interaction with the EAGE Student Fund in
the upcoming year, we therefore recommend you to start your renewal

Student Chapter engagement plays an important role in the activities
supported through the EAGE Student Fund. After all, many student
activities such as the online geo-quiz, membership grants and support for
student initiatives are pursued through the engagement between the ESF
and the chapters.

If you have any questions on the renewal of your chapter, make sure to
read up on the dedicated webpage, or contact the EAGE Student Fund by

Laurie Dake Challenge ’20 – What to expect

10 October 2019

This year, the Laurie Dake Challenge will be back for another round of
strong multidisciplinary competition between university students from
across the globe. With the application window for teams opening soon, we
already want to give a glimpse of what there is to expect in the months to

Looking back at the Laurie Dake Challenge 2019

Looking at the previous challenge round the LDC 2020 is set up to attract a
diverse and international group of engaged students. In 2019, 47 teams
showed interest in participating in the challenge. After two rounds, the final
round was organised at the 80th Annual EAGE Conference & Exhibition in
London. Here, six teams had to present their results in front of the jury.

After a day of presentations of the final results, the IFP School came out on
top, winning the Laurie Dake Challenge 2019 and joining our growing lists
of winning teams in the EAGE LDC Students Hall of Fame.

What’s scheduled for 2020?

This year, Shell will be providing the dataset and challenge for students.
Details on the exact challenge will be revealed later in the process. We can
already tell you the dataset and questions arising from it will demand a
multidisciplinary and knowledgable team to make it to the two selection
selection rounds. In the final round at the 81st EAGE Annual Conference &
Exhibition in Amsterdam, the finalists will be asked to present their
solutions to the challenge in front of a diverse and critical jury.

Although the final presentations will take place in June, students have to get
started soon. In order to have a shot at making it to the final, students will
have to start compiling their teams in the upcoming weeks as the
registration window for the Laurie Dake Challenge 2020 will be open in
October up to late December.

After registrations, students will be presented with the challenge and asked
to complete two rounds of assignments, each round only move on the top
performing candidates. It therefore requires careful planning from the
students throughout Spring, something to keep in mind!

Laurie Dake Challenge Winners in 2018

If you are a student interested in participating make sure to look out for
announcements in the months to come. If you are interested in attending
the final round of the Laurie Dake Challenge in Amsterdam, any delegates
attending the conference are welcome to see the students present their

The EAGE Student Fund is proud to be bringing the challenge to Amsterdam
this year. We want to thank Shell for their support of this year’s dataset and
we wish all student participating good luck!

ESF @ 10 – meet Anna!

26 September 2019

As part of the 10 year anniversary of the EAGE Student fund, we share a
different story every month. For September, we interviewed Anna
Donczew, MSc student at the University of Uppsala on how what the
Student Fund has helped her in her studies and activities.

Hi Anna, thanks for joining us! Can you introduce yourself?

Cześć! My name is Anna Donczew and I come from Poland. I hold BSc in
Geophysics from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków,
Poland and recently I have graduated from the joint international MSc in
Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM) at
Uppsala University, Sweden. I am passionate about science communication
and providing geoscience students with the opportunities to build their
leadership skills, network with peers and industry leaders, so they could
make a difference in the community.

My first involvement was as a result of a student conference I helped to
organize. I was a Project Leader of the 8th International Geosciences
Student Conference (IGSC 2019), that took place in Uppsala, Sweden from
16-20 June 2019. Since its very first edition, IGSC was always working
closely with EAGE and the EAGE Student community so it was a great
pleasure to continue the legacy and have EAGE student fund supporting this
student initiative. Thanks to the ESF we could improve student participants’
experience during the event and make IGSC fun & memorable!

As a recent graduate, what is the most valuable aspect of the EAGE Student Fund?

I just graduated, so this is still fresh in my mind so I actually understand
student’s perspective very well!

I strongly believe that investing in the education of future professionals is
the best contribution to the community, as it is the investment in the future
problem-solvers and action takers. Providing students with equal
opportunities to attend scientific events, help them to experience science
outside the classroom and gives more exposure to industry and state-of-the-
art research.

Investment in the youth and the generations of future geoscientists and
engineers is the most valuable aspects of the EAGE Student Fund, as by
providing financial help it allows the students to broaden their horizons
and not only give the possibility to meet industry leaders but also helps
them transition to a natural young professional at their early career stage.

Anna presenting at IGSC

Which EAGE Student Fund activity do you have the best memories of?

Definitely taking part in the EAGE Geo-quiz during our conference in
Uppsala! This was so much fun and excitement! We signed up with my
friend just to have a good time and challenge ourselves as fresh

The battle during the last rounds was quite heated and tight but we
managed to stay cool and… won the quiz! As a reward, we received the
EAGE Travel Grant that allowed us to take part in the EAGE Near Surface
Geoscience in the Hague this month. It was a great opportunity for us to
take an active part in the EAGE event, enabling easier access to industry
professionals, technical sessions and joining networking activities.

Great to hear your positive experiences at Near Surface Geoscience
2019! To conclude, why do you think people or organizations should
contribute to the EAGE Student Fund today?

Supporting ESF is great way of encouraging and activating students around
the globe. By contributing to the ESF you really impact students from the
whole world, and I find it amazing. Thanks to the Fund highly motivated
students from different countries can come together, inspire and learn from
each other during the conferences and activities organized by EAGE.

Being part of this global community is made possible thanks to the ESF
contribution. Big thanks for everyone who supported ESF! Thanks for
welcoming us, students into the geoscience community!

What does the geoscience toolbox in 2030 look like?

12 September 2019

Driven by by both economics and innovation, the toolbox of earth scientists
and engineers is ever changing. Although the core business and aims may
remain the same, global economy, computational power and technologies
differ quite drastically changed how geoscientists and engineers operate

As we see every week at the EAGE Student Fund, innovation never sleeps.
With the many challenges in exploration, near surface geoscience and
climate resiliency (to name but a few), students and companies alike are
looking to stay on top of the game. The ESF is there to help you out.

Let us know where you see geoscience going!

Through our students projects such as student lecture tours, conference
participation and international challenges we want to encourage students
to both gain and hone the skills needed to be successful in their career. In
order to keep our programme up to date, we would like to hear from you!

If you are a student, please participate in our annual survey on student
activities and career development. We are looking forward hearing your
thoughts on the future of geoscience.

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