Three reasons to establish your Student Chapter

Three reasons to establish your Student Chapter

12 March, 2020

EAGE student chapters are a cornerstone of the work the EAGE Student
Fund supports. Student chapters provide additional skills which are well-
needed in your future career! Here are three reasons why participating in a
student chapter may benefit you.

It stimulates cooperation

Not one company relies on one skillset, in your career you will be dealing
with geologists, geophysicists, engineers and non-science related experts
such as marketeers and communication specialists. Working together on
projects such as the Laurie Dake Challenge will allow you to build own
expertise, whilst also working together with people with other
specialisations – something key to a future career.

Learn from other student chapters

At the EAGE Student Fund website, we frequently post updates from the
work undertaken by other student chapters. Connecting to other student
chapters will allow you to not only learn about their best practises but also
allows you to get an understanding on what’s at play throughout the world.

At the EAGE Annual conference & exhibition, we bring together
representatives from a large variety of university chapters together to meet
in person and share best practices. During the conference, the ESF also
awards the ‘Best Student Chapter Award’, celebrating student chapter excellence!

Develop and engage in projects

Student chapters have the possibility to engage in specific activities, such as
the Student Lecture Tour programme and ESF support for grassroots up

No Student Chapter at your university yet?

Talk to your peers at the university to get the ball rolling. Learn how to get
started. Not able to get a group together yet? No worries, in that case you
may want to consider a Student Membership Grant.

EAGE members raise 3.5K for the ESF during renewal

Many EAGE members know the drill – come October, it is time to renew
one’s membership. Since Autumn 2018 it is possible to also donate to the
EAGE Student Fund as well at the Green Fund during the membership
renewal. With the 2020 renewal campaign coming to an end, we are keen to
inform you on the current results of this year’s campaign.

With many EAGE members still renewing, we are happy to report members
already raised over EUR 3.500,– for the EAGE Student Fund during the 2020
cycle. That’s a sixty percent increase from last year’s results! With support
coming from members across the globe, we are grateful to see these
donations coming in. Thank you!

How your donations are used

Your donations are used to help develop a series of projects to prepare
students for their future careers in geoscience and related engineering
disciplines. Student attendance at the EAGE Annual Conference &
Exhibition is one of these items but the fund support many more projects,
such as the EAGE Student Lecture Tours, Student Chapter activities and
student-led initiatives such as field trips and conferences.

The ESF supports activities around the globe, so chances are there are
activities in your community as well!

Supporting the Fund

Already renewed and keen to support our mission? The membership
renewal is one of several ways to help support the mission of the EAGE
Student Fund.

Learn more about how you can help, or donate online today.

Semi-Finalists of the Laurie Dake Challenge Announced!

20 February 2020

Laurie Dake Challenge semi-finalists are one step close to present their findings in the
82nd EAGE Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam to an expert jury, after months of working
on a dataset, provided by Shell, of a discovered hydrocarbon resources. Universities
and industry are invited to attend the presentations and witness the competition between
the most excellent multi-disciplinary student teams on a global scale.

The 13 remaining teams are required to start working with the data they received and; 
pitch your development plans in a 3-minute video.

Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo (Mexico)
Curtin University (Australia)
Bahria University Karachi Campus (Pakistan)
Universitas Brawijaya (Indonesia)
Institut Teknologi Bandung (team 1) (Indonesia)
The University of Manchester (UK)
Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)
University Technology PETRONAS ( team 1) (Malaysia)
University Technology PETRONAS ( team 2) (Malaysia)
University of Stavanger (Norway)
Institut Teknologi Bandung ( team 2) (Indonesia)
Ain Shams University (Egypt)

To select the best 6 teams that we will invite to the finals on Sunday 7 June in Amsterdam,
the judges have decided to organize an interim review.

The pitch interim review will result in the selection of the 6 finalist teams that will receive
travel grants and registrations to the 82nd EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2020!

We wish all the teams still in the race the best of luck with the next step in the competition.

ESF@10 – Sathes Kumar on the ESF and student chapters

13 February, 2020

The 2017-2018 academic year was a great one for the Student Chapter at the
University Technology PETRONAS (UTP). The chapter participated in a wide
range of activities support by the EAGE Student Fund. This all came
together in June, when the UTP Student chapter was selected as the Best
Student Chapter of 2018!

For our final interview in the EAGE Student Fund @ 10 series, we interview
the president of the student chapter overseeing the activities in 2018 to look
back at the chapter’s involvement.

Hi! For those who have not met you before, could you please briefly
introduce yourself?

Salam Sejahtera! I am Sathes Kumar and I am from Malaysia. I am in my
final semester pursuing BSc in Petroleum Geoscience at University
Technology PETRONAS (UTP). Next to my studies, I’m the President of our
EAGE Student Chapter.

Meet Sathes, president of the SC University Technology Petronas, Malaysia

Could you tell a little bit about what made your chapter so successful?

The student chapter received plenty of support through the fund and
through EAGE’s worldwide network. The combination of ESF support for
both our chapter as well as empowering students to attend international
conferences was very beneficial to us. We used the opportunities offered to
organize workshops, training, and career outlook sessions. 

One project we are particularly proud of is the organisation of the the very
first edition of Asia Geoscience Student Conference and Exhibition (AGSCE)
in 2018 (, which was made possible with support from the
EAGE Student Fund. I was the project director for the conference, and the
event had up to 400 participants from 16 different universities all around
the Asian region participating. Students had the valuable opportunities to
directly learn and network with the industry as well as their peers from all
around Asia! 

Impressive numbers! When focussing on EAGE programmes, are there
any EAGE Student Fund activities which stand out to you?

This would definitely be my very first time attending the annual EAGE
conference. In my case, this was in Copenhagen in 2018. It was an eye-
opener for me, as a student to be able to participate in the student program,
technical sessions, and in the Geo-Quiz! The EAGE Annual conference is
truly a place which brings together students from different backgrounds
and nationalities, which was a great experience.

The UTP delegation in Copenhagen, Jun 2018
UTP @ the EAGE Annual 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Besides, the UTP student chapter was also awarded with the Best Student
Chapter Award for the very first time, which was a good wrap up for the
whole experience! Participating in the EAGE Annual Conference, have
made a significant effect in my journey as a student. This experience would
not have been possible without the support from ESF. 

Thank you for this input! To conclude, why do you think people or
organisations contribute to the EAGE Student Fund today?

The EAGE Student Fund has helped many students to expand their horizons
outside of university to connect with the industry. I experienced this first
hand by participating in the Student Lecture Tours, the Laurie Dake
Challenge and the exciting student program during the conferences! 

The support provided by the EAGE Student Fund allows us, the students, to
be industry-ready. This is exactly what the industry expects of fresh
graduates. Contributing to ESF is a small step to support the huge growth of 
the Future Geoscientists! 

EAGE SC UTP at the Student Evening, Denmark, Copenhagen
EAGE SC UTP at the Student Evening, Denmark, Copenhagen

IGSC 2020 at RWTH Aachen University

06 February 2020

The IGSC is the International Geosciences Student Conference is organized for students from
various fields within geosciences and its related fields. It will take place in Aachen,
Germany, from July 5 – 10, 2020, and will be supported by the EAGE Student Fund and hosting
a regional qualifier for the EAGE GeoQuiz in 2021 during the EAGE Annual Meeting in Madrid, Spain.

 Leader of the IGSC 2020 Organization committee

The theme of the IGSC 2020 is as follows and revolves around the following four major topics:
-Applied Geosciences in a Modern Society.
-Acting responsibly for a sustainable future.
-Energy – Environment & Sustainability – Engineering – Raw Materials and Mineral Resources.

Since its conception in 2010 in Bucharest, the IGSC has been organised in various countries and
by several students of different nationalities. After Berlin in 2013, the honour comes
back to Germany to the city of Aachen, a wonderful opportunity in a perfect central European
location. Uppsala, Sweden, the home of the 2019 event, is where the journey of the IGSC 2020 began.
Our mission, to keep delivering science and knowledge to our fellow colleagues—
the students—is the central point of this event.

Our aim of the IGSC 2020 is to provide a platform for students at all levels to present their current research
and thesis work to other students from around the world, scientists from different universities,
research institutes, industry representatives, and sponsors. By giving the students this opportunity
through oral and poster presentations, students will have an impact on the geoscience community,
exchange ideas with peers, enhance their knowledge, and expand their professional network.

We, the organisers, look forward to receiving abstracts for posters and oral presentations related to the above-mentioned topics and other geoscience-related topics.
More information on the abstract submission, deadlines, and the registration for the
IGSC 2020 at and

Similarly, keynote speeches around the themes of the IGSC 2020 will provide students
with a broader insight into these fields and teach a critical judgment of current developments
in science. Technical and soft skills workshops carried out by leaders from the industry and academia
complement the programme and provide students with the opportunity of gaining practical skills
and hands-on experience in current trending geoscience topics. Students will strengthen and
expand their speaking and presenting skills which are essential in today´s world!

An extensive social programme including field trips, an icebreaker party, a farewell party, evening activities,
and a post-conference programme will complement the conference. Be sure not to miss out on this
great opportunity to learn, network, and have fun. For more information about the event, please visit Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram at

New student chapter in Nigeria welcomed

3o January 2020

The newly established EAGE Student Chapter at Delta State University is ready to start 2020 with
a resolution list that includes plenty of students’ activities.

The SC is interested to take the leadership of Nigerian student’s activities and the need to develop
students with great geosciences and engineering skills are the motivations behind the
establishment with 24 members. Delta State University(Delsu) is a great citadel of learning,
located in the coastal city of Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria, West Africa It is a state-owned
university offering a wide range of courses.
The SC Delta state University motto is “Knowledge, Character & Service.
Victor Ededhor, who is the SC president, defined SC Delta as determined with adequate funding,
and they look forward to hosting well-attended activities.

Members of the student’s chapter have been involved in diverse activities such as IPTC2020, and the
Wellsite & Operations Geology Course/Training sponsored by NAPE
(Nigerian Association of Petroleum Exploitationists).

SC Delta would like to thank the EAGE Student Fund for the opportunity to promote the development and
application of geosciences and supporting Nigerian students according to the mission of the ESF.

Multi-disciplinary iGEO2020 conference by SC NUI Galway

23 January 2020

The Student Chapter at the National University of Ireland led the organization
of the iGEO2020 Early Career Symposium, which took place at the NUI, Galway, Ireland.
iGEO2020 started on the 9th of January 2020 with an opening ceremony
delivered by
university President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh and Former Minister of State of natural resources
Seán Canney.

Over 80 registered delegates including speakers and workshop leaders were in attendance.
This was followed by the first set of workshops that ran side by side. Rather than focussing
on science only, the student chapter decided to follow a multi-disciplinary approach.
The first set of workshops focused on interview skills related to industry and public
sector roles, diversity and bias in the workplace and a technical workshop on spatial analysis
processing. After lunch keynote speakers Prof. Murray Hitzman, Lucy Cotton and
Dr. Jared Peters gave their talks followed by a discussion about the future of geoscience for
a sustainable society.

Poster sessions and 3-minute lightning talks had 30 early-career attendees showcased
their current work. This was followed by the conference dinner and social.

iGEO2020 Committee with Minister of State Sean Conney at the opening ceremony

On the second day of the symposium, the second set of workshops focuses on linking science
and policy, identifying stress trigger and mindfulness, is consultancy a career for you
and a technical workshop focusing on Geostatistics coding in R.

An industry exhibition was held where Dalradian Gold, New Boliden, University College
Cork and iCRAG had stands and allowing delegates to speak directly with representatives.
RealSIM also attended the showcase with a 3D virtual reality experience of Galway Bay through time.
After this, we had the prize giving for runner up and best poster and lightning talks
followed by the closing ceremony.

The students from the university were able to exchange information between
delegates industry and academia and the career development of ECGs.

The Student Chapter at the National University of Ireland ultimate goal of iGEO2020 is to foster
scientific debate & discussion surrounding the key issues affecting the future of Irish
geoscience as well as promote a) the exchange of information between ECG’s, industry
and academia and b) the career development of ECGs.

The Student Chapter at the National University of Ireland wishes to thank the EAGE Student
Fund for providing financial support to this activity.

All delegates on day 2 of iGEO2020

Egyptian chapter reports back on IPGC’19

16 Januari, 2020

Last month, the students of the Student Chapter at the Suez University in
Egypt organised the sixth edition of the International Petroleum &
Geoscience Conference. Although one of the last student activities in 2019, it
most certainly was not the smallest. With today’s post, we look back at the
Suez Chapter’s event and the difference the ESF was able to make.

The EAGE Student Chapter at Suez University has a strong track record. It
was established in 2014 and has been building on their engagement since.
Students from the chapter made the best of their involvement with the ESF-
backed initiatives, participating in the Laurie Dake Challenge in 2017 and
2019, in addition to winning the award for ‘Best Student Chapter’ in 2015.
The support for the IPGC conference series is therefore something that fits
well within the ESF portfolio.

A multi-disciplinary meeting

With the variety of projects going on in Egypt, the chapter wanted to bring a
broad range of speakers to the meeting – not merely focusing on applied
geoscience or academia, but a mix of both sectors. They managed to do so
by creating dedicated sessions spread over three days, including technical
sessions, panel discussions and workshops.

The multidisciplinary character of the meeting is well illustrated by the
opening discussion, bringing together Prof. Dr. Mustafa from the Egyptian
Petroleum Research Institute, Mr. Corais, CEO of Borais Petroleum and Prof.
Dr. Bakr together to discuss the future of energy in Egypt. The conference
also focused on the Student to Young Professional interation – a central
pillar our mission. Young engineer Amed Aref providing both a strong
technical session as well as answering questions from students.

In total the conference welcomed participation from 120 students from a
variety of backgrounds and disciplines. These bottom-up initiatives do not
only provide a lot of students with the opportunity to gain knowledge, but
prove to give important experiences to the organisers as well.

For this reason, student-led initiatives are one of the projects the EAGE
Student Fund provides support for as they are a great opportunity to
develop new skills and network. As mentioned by the organisers at Suez
University: ”In the end, efforts like these are only made to deliver all
possible value to students and young professions, as they are the future of
the industrial world and the next brick in the EAGE Student Fund.”

We want to congratulate the student chapter on the successful conclusion of
the event!

Ready to take on the EAGE Online Geo-Quiz?

9 January, 2020

Calling all EAGE student chapters! In March, the EAGE Student Fund will
support the organisation of the 2020 Online Geo-quiz. Secure your
seat in the science based quiz to have the opportunity to win three travel
grants to 82nd EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam for
your student’s chapter. If your SC is interested in participating in the
challenge, make sure it is registered by 28 February as an active student
chapter for 2020.

For those unfamiliar with the concept: The Online Geo-Quiz is a fast-paced,
knowledge-based quiz where you have the opportunity to answer all
questions with your team, and competing to be one of the top 3 Student
Chapter winners. As questions cover a wide range of earth science topics,
working together with peers from a variety of backgrounds will be key.

The three highest-scoring teams will receive financial support from the ESF
to send three chapter representatives to attend the 82nd EAGE Annual
Conference and Exhibition, which will take place from 8-11 June 2020 in
Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Moreover, the winning teams will take part in
the onsite Global Geo-Quiz and compete against more than 50 university /
student teams competing for becoming a global winner.

The invitation to participate in the Online Geo-Quiz will be sent on 10
March to all EAGE student chapters which renewed their involvement for

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact before you start the quiz!

Remember to work together and may the best student chapters win!

Make our mission part of your new year’s resolutions

2 January 2020,

Happy new year!

This year will be a year full of activities for our students to help them
bridge the gap between their studies and career. Similar to previous years,
The EAGE Student Fund will play a central role in facilitating student
engagement. Here’s a couple of ways on how the ESF can help you with
your new year’s resolutions.

Attend an international conference

There are several ways for you to attend one of EAGE’s conferences with
the support of the EAGE Student Fund. Winners of our EAGE Geo-Quiz will
have an opportunity to participate in our Annual Conference & Exhibition
and Near Surface Conference. Teams participating in the final round of the
Laurie Dake Challenge will also have the opportunity to present work at the
EAGE Annual Conference in June.

Last but not least, there’s support for students keen to attend the EAGE 2020
conference as a presenter.


Volunteering is a great way to start the new year. Not only do you help the
community around you with your service, it also allows you to meet new
people and learn about yourself, and gain new skills.

Through the EAGE Student Fund, there are several ways how you can
volunteer. Are you currently a student? Help to start of develop your
student chapter this year! Already part of the workforce? In that case, you
may want to look into becoming an EAGE student lecture tour instructor.

Gain a new skill

Is strengthening or acquiring new skills one of your new years resolutions?
The ESF may be able to help to develop teamwork, international awareness,
leadership and public speaking skills through student chapter activities,
conference attendance and our challenges.

Support a (new) charity

Last but not least, January is a great time to think about which charities to
support. Ever considered giving back to the EAGE Student Community? In
that case, you may want to consider the ESF for your annual giving. You can
make a donation online, or contact us to discuss your donation.