28 February 2019
The geo-quiz is one of the main ESF competitions to challenge students on
their geoscientific knowledge and stimulate multi-disciplinary team work.
To have a chance of winning, teams should after all be able to answer a
wide variety of questions!
In addition to the geo-quizzes organised at events and student gatherings,
the fund also supports the online EAGE geo-quiz, a challenge specifically
created for student chapters. Last year, student chapter representatives
from Tomsk Polytechnic University, the University of Calgary and Cracow
University were the winners of the online geo-quiz.
Participation to the online quiz is open to all registered EAGE Student
Chapters. All chapter members can chip in to answer the questions,
competing to become one of the three highest scoring student chapters.
The three highest scoring teams will receive financial support from the ESF
to send three chapter representatives to attend the 81st EAGE Annual
Conference and Exhibition. This year, the conference takes place from 3-6
June 2019 in London, UK. The winning teams will also take part in the
global geo-quiz taking place during the London conference and compete
with more than fifty other teams in a chance to become the global winner.
All student chapter representatives will receive an invitation to register for the online Geo-quiz on 11 March. Chapter interested in participating should register by 15 March.
During the quiz you and your team will have to answer 20 multiple choice
questions within a 25 minutes time frame. Once time is up, the quiz will
automatically close. For that reason, make sure to be both fast and have a
stable internet connection!
Remember to work together and may the best student chapters win!
25 February 2019
It is exactly ten years to the day the EAGE Student Fund was founded. Since
its inception, the ESF has been able to provide thousands of students with
support, knowledge and learning opportunities worldwide.
We will celebrate this milestone with a variety of activities and publications
over the course of the year. Make sure to look out for the ESF in First Break,
social media and at conferences for our activities!
The ESF is only able to work towards its mission through the support of our
sponsors. The support received from both companies and individuals is
crucial and we therefore thank our supporters tremendously.
The fund is looking forward to continuing our mission in the upcoming
decade. In order to do so, we need the support from our community:
21 February 2019
The New Year has ushered in a new EAGE student chapter at Curtin
University, Perth, Australia. This follows six months of rigorous effort by
the student community working in the exploration geophysics and
petroleum engineering disciplines at Western Australia School of Mines
(WASM), Curtin University. The result has been the successful opening of
a student chapter in collaboration with EAGE.
The inauguration was held on 17 January 2019 in the presence of the
student chapter office bearers, other faculty members and students of the
university. Prof Andrej Bona, who acts as the faculty advisor of EAGE Curtin
chapter. Partha Pratim Mandal, the president of the Chapter said: ‘This is
one of the chapters thoroughly dedicated to geosciences where the student
will get direct benefit through connection with global geoscientists and
The present office bearer team members (Nilesh Kumar Jha, Mohammad
Atif Iqbal, Zixing Qin
scholar, exploration geophysics) contributed significantly in the
chapter formation and inauguration event. Introductory speeches at the
ceremony were given by Sofya Popik,
and Lukman Johnson,
extolled the merits of ESF and the value of the EAGE chapter to students.
Both talks were very relevant to present ongoing geoscience research
activities such as the implications of CO2 injection and unconventional
Curtin University students say the vision of the chapter is to engage with
ASEG, PESA, SPE
workshops as well as mentoring and other relevant activities which directly
benefit students to achieve their future goals. The mission of the
chapter is to narrow the communication between students, industry
research organizations and provide opportunities for students to enhance
their technical and professional skills.
Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse
is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking
of World Universities 2018. The ESF is happy to welcome the university’s
involvement and is looking forward to help its students to gain new skills
14 February 2019
On Sunday 25 November 2018 15 students from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg set out for Vienna
to visit OMV in Austria. Most of them are upcoming geophysicists in the Bachelor or Master
programme. The excursion had been planned by the EAGE Student Chapter Freiberg with and was made possible through the EAGE Student Fund. The
ESF is therefore happy to share the experiences of the students through this
The main purpose of getting profound insights into seismic hydrocarbon
and geothermal exploration
by means of vibrator trucks. In addition, the excursion also provided students the chance to experience the dimensions of industry
surveys and furthermore, to establish personal contacts to OMV and ask specific
A company presentation was given next and while enjoying some coffee and sweets
we found out more about the project: To ensure the security of gas supply in the future,
OMV performs seismic measurements north of Vienna as an extension of the survey
it represents the largest seismic exploration in Austria so far.
Following the presentation, we moved out into the field by car to a geophone
which are connected to a flash drive. In total, 720,000 geophones are placed around a
by the fleet of
The most fascinating part of the field trip was witnessing the power such a vehicle can release
into the earth. Standing close by, it felt like an earthquake was rattling the ground
time delay of
The target of this measurement
which are located at a depth between 4 and 6 km. At the same time, Peak Particle
Generally, OMV values Health, Safety, Security
After lunch, we stopped by at the Recording Truck. Each vibrator transmits its exact position
to the truck, so the coordinators know where the exploration crew is located and can
can be monitored.
The trip was concluded by a visit
record the noise triggered for example by a storm. These geophones transmit the
noise exceeds a certain level.
could ask specific questions and got an
As a part of our course of study in Freiberg, we regularly participate in smaller
scale. It allowed us to get insights into the industry’s ways of handling such a large project.
Many thanks to OMV for this interesting excursion and to our sponsors: EAGE Student Fund,
Verein Freunde und Förderer der TU Bergakademie (VFF) and TU Freiberg’s Institute of Geophysics!
Throughout the course of the year, the EAGE Student Fund supports a
work projects. The fund is looking for new initiatives where a limited donation
7 February 2019
The Laurie Dake Challenge, previously known as the Field Challenge, is a fully integrated evaluation
cooperation between students and various
over the years.
In the first phase of the challenge, students will have to assess the prospectivity of an area
based on relatively sparse and limited data: it will be essential to
of the regional geology, to analyze the petroleum system(s) to evaluate its (their) probability
In the second phase, a relatively large amount of data and participants will need to ponder their
analysis by acknowledging the uncertainties which affect their work.
We celebrate the selection on the best ten entries. The remaining candidates will receive a
comprehensive dataset in the second phase of selection, which will allow teams to
The ten teams moving on the next stage of the competition are:
IFP School, France;
Dalhousie University, Canada;
Curtin University, Australia;
University Gadjah Mada( team 2), Indonesia;
Fluminense Federal University, Brazil;
Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia;
University of Stavanger, Norway;
Petroleum University of Technology (PUT), Iran;
Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia;
and Mexican Institute of Petroleum, Mexico.
This contest would not be possible without the support of BP supporting the challenge with
the challenging dataset, as well as the Students Affairs Committee who worked hard to
prepare the 2019 Laurie Dake Challenge.
31 January 2019
Student Lecture Tours allow students to participate in a half-day course
taught by expert geoscientists. In 2018 the ESF supported tours in Europe
and Asia Pacific, resulting in lectures at 12 different universities.
In order to gain support from the ESF, a student tour requires a declaration
of interest from several universities from the same region. This proposal
can come from both the university itself or a student chapter willing to
organise the lecture. The ESF accepts hosting applications throughout the
year. However, we recommend universities and chapters to make these
declarations well before the start of the academic year.
Learn more about becoming an SLT host.
A declaration of interest to host does not automatically mean the ESF will
award the request as it depends on the availability of the lecturer, topic
and interests of other universities in the same country or region.
If approved, the ESF support covers fee and travel costs of the
instructor. It cannot make contributions to catering, room rental or
equipment for the lecture.
UPDATE: the call for participants for the Laurie Dake Challenge has been
closed. Make sure to join us for the finals at the EAGE Annual in London,
We are already looking forward to meeting the best of our student community at the next year’s finals in London!