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.
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.
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.
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.
24 December, 2019
2019 is coming to an end. The EAGE Student Fund looks back at a wide
variety of projects which came through fruition with support from the
Fund. With this final post of the year, we look back at our favourite
highlights of the last year.
Our student chapters are at the centre of our work, and we are proud to see
what the many chapters have accomplished. Over the years, the number of
student chapters has not only grown – we also see stronger engagement
with the student chapters already established. Some examples of this are
field trips, the Geophysics Week organized by UFBA and company visit,
organized by the Bergakademie Freiberg.
At the end of 2019 we see student chapter engagement across the globe with
many of the chapters organising their own activities and projects. The EAGE
Student Fund is proud to be able to facilitate this cooperation.
In addition to the strong presence of previously existing student chapters,
we’ve seen the creation of some very promising new groups, such as the
one at Curtin University in Australia and RWTH Aachen in Germany.
Speaking of Student Chapters… next time you’re in Cracow, know you are
close to some bright minds in geoscience!
This year the AGH Cracow EAGE Student Chapter excelled in their activities.
Not only we they declared the best Student Chapter of the year in
recognition of their work and activities, but one of their teams also won the
global Geo Quiz at the EAGE Annual in London. Well done AGH Cracow!
With the Fund, we have been able to bring students from a large variety of
countries new insights through our Student Lectures. With courses in the
Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Europe and Russia we provided
hundreds of students with new knowledge.
For some of the deliveries it had been a long time since the last delivery of a
student lecture tour. For instance, we were happy to bring the project back
to Russia for the first time in 8 years.
The Laurie Dake Challenge is always a great project to report on and one of
the flagship events the EAGE Student Fund supports. Starting in October
each year, the challenge brings together student teams from around the
globe – accumulating in an exciting final round during the EAGE
Annual Conference and Exhibition.
This year, the six exceptional teams making it to the final came from four
different continents, showing diversity and academic excellence in
geoscience can be found around the globe. At the end of the day, it was the
team from IFP School from Paris, France, which won this year’s
Initial interest in the 2020 round of the challenge has been high, with over
45 student teams signing up for the competition!
In June, the ESF helped to make the 8th International Geoscience Students
Conference (IGSC) happen in Uppsala, Sweden! We were happy to partner
with the local organising students in helping them bring the conference
possible. The students from the university were able to deliver a strong
conference with an international and engaged student audience.
In addition to this, the ESF brought the EAGE Geo Quiz to Sweden for the
very first time, giving team of students a chance to attend the EAGE Near
Surface Conference in the Hague, the Netherlands.
With the next IGSC taking place in Aachen in July 2020, we’re looking
forward to see how the student event continues to develop.
18 December, 2019
The mission of the EAGE Student Fund goes hand in hand with EAGE’s
education offering. With the help of our instructors, the association
supports lifelong learning across disciplines. Many of EAGE’s instructors
also support the EAGE Student Fund through donating or volunteering for
our activities. For the ESF@10 series, we interviewed Dr. Ian Jones, long-
term EAGE member, short course instructor and supporter of the ESF.
Ian works in Chertsey, UK at ION Geophysical as a geophysical advisor.
His work relates primarily to migration and velocity model building, but he
is also involved as a teacher at ION as well as the wider geoscience
community. In the latter position, Ian is also delivering many short courses
for EAGE, both supporting the community and the EAGE Student Fund with
his work and contributions. Ian has been a member of EAGE since 1984 and
was the recipient of the 2018 EAGE honorary life membership.
You know EAGE and its activities through and through. Why is the
mission of the EAGE Student Fund important today?
In higher education today, the costs of study and associated cost-of-living
are commonly very high, to the extent that some students might be
discouraged from undertaking university studies. Bursaries and travels
grants can make a significant difference to an individual and live up to
their potential. Consequently, from the viewpoint of our professional
society – the EAGE – providing resources and opportunities to encourage
students to enter our profession and facilitate ongoing career development, is vital.
What kind of challenges do you see for potential students interested in
As already noted, the costs associated with studying, whether that be in
committing to a course in the first place or in attending EAGE events during
study, can be prohibitive. Some may be lucky enough to draw on the
support from relatives or, more likely, that a form of student loan is
available. Either route can make students feel discouraged at the thought of
accruing significant debts. EAGE supported bursaries and travel grants help
mitigate some of these concerns in a very real way.
At the same time, for any organisation such as the EAGE there is always
pressure to keep the membership subscription dues to a minimum. This,
plus the tendency to focus on immediate needs may cause investments in
the student community may be overlooked. Hence, spreading the load of
fund-raising for the next generation is a prudent strategy, whether that be
in encouraging individuals to donate, adding a small surcharge to the
general membership fee, or in soliciting donations from companies. Once
such funds are secured, the EAGE will be in the position to continue to
deploy the relevant resources to the benefit of existing and future students.
In addition to the growing costs of academic studies, what are the
challenges facing students in geoscience and engineering today? How
can the Fund help?
Perhaps the largest issue looming on the horizon for geoscientists today is
the bad press given to anyone associated with the hydrocarbon industry. As
an industry, we have been abysmally lacking and woefully inadequate in
demonstrating and highlighting the positive contribution that our work
makes to society worldwide – access to energy, heating, lighting, transport or
more subtle contributions via advances in chemical engineering and
medicine. Instead, rather than being seen as a valuable contributor to
society, we are often vilified.
As earth scientists we know de-carbonization is necessary, and our industry
is strongly supporting and developing alternative energy solutions. In the
meantime however, it is counter-productive to denigrate the contribution of
our industry to society. Through the EAGE Student Fund there are
opportunities to spread a message of more positive, accurate and
constructive information – to highlight the good our industry does and to
encourage participation within it. By working together rather than pitting
groups against each other we can make the strongest advances.
Thank you very much for these insights! To conclude: why do you think
people or organizations should contribute to the EAGE Student Fund
An investment in education is an investment in the future. Such a focus
secures not only our own wellbeing, but also that of the next generation. As
mentioned, students and the industry face challenges which we need to
tackle. In the area of geosciences and geotechnical engineering, the EAGE
Student Fund offers such a mechanism to achieve this.
Dr. Ian Jones teaches EAGE Education Tour 13: Velocities, Imaging, and
Waveform Inversion – The Evolution of Characterizing the Earth’s
Subsurface. Learn more about his short course. In addition, he
presents and chairs at a variety of sessions at EAGE conferences.
6 Dec, 2019
The EAGE Federal University of Bahia Student chapter recently organized
the tenth Geophysics’ Week at their university, bringing together students,
professionals and academics. During the event in Brazil, participants to the
meeting had a chance to share their latest findings. With the support of the
EAGE Student Fund, the student chapter representatives delivered an
engaging event with wide attendance.
The student-led Week of Geophysics welcomed 19 lecturers related to
geosciences. These lectures were complimented with short courses and
breakout sessions, attracting a variety of talks on education and career
development in the region.
In addition to deliveries by speakers, the week also featured the round table
with the theme “The Necessary Evolution of the UFBA Geophysics Course
Curriculum”, which is a double question and answer game with themes
related to geophysics and geology and the future of geoscience research.
Looking back at the meeting, the students look back at a great experience.
The event surpassed the expectation of 60 participants and obtained a total
of 82 participants, which, together with the high participation rate in the
short courses corroborated to give the group the feeling of accomplishment.
Are you involved in an EAGE Student Chapter? Support for your projects may be available. Make sure you are familiar with the opportunities provided through the EAGE Student Fund to help you make your project lives up to its maximum potential.
28 November, 2019
Did you know the EAGE Student Fund relies on the support of the EAGE community, individual donators and corporate support to make our student support possible? You can support our mission today as well! Here are five reasons why you should consider supporting the EAGE Student Fund.
The EAGE Student Fund is active globally. In principle, every geoscience or
engineering student has the opportunity to participate in the activities
financed through the ESF. With the ESF operating from the Netherlands we
are traditionally strong in Europe but since the inception of the fund have
expanded to a large variety of universities, countries, and students.
The EAGE student fund is has supported students from over 65 different
countries in 2019.
The EAGE Student Fund tries to complement academic studies with training
and experiences needed to make the successful transition from students’
academic career to a paid position. Through our grants programmes,
challenges and competitions, we stimulate students to work together in
multidisciplinary teams and provide them with an international platform.
Through our student lecture programme we bring specialised knowledge to
a series of universities. Student Lecture Tours take place around the year,
with student representatives for EAGE Student Chapters working togehter
to facilitate the lecture at their universities.
In 2020, we are supporting student lectures in the Asia Pacific, Europe,
Latin America and Middle East regions.
We believe students are the key to their own success. For that reason, in
addition to opening doors and opportunities for students through the Fund
we also actively stimulate grassroots up activities. Student initiatives like
student chapter field trips, student conferences and company visits are
therefore supported through the EAGE.
Through our travel grants, networking and student chapter competition we
bring students from around the world together at key meetings, allowing
them to present and provide feedback on their research. In addition to
meeting internationals peers, the activities at the conferences also provide
students the opportunity to connect to (young) professionals to prepare
them for the job market.
In 2020, the ESF will be facilitating students to participate in key EAGE
conferences in St. Petersburg, Amsterdam and Belgrade.
As Benjamin Franklin allegedly put it: ”an investment in education
pays the best interest”. After all, supporting earth science students today
enables the geoscience leaders of tomorrow. For that reason, please
consider including the EAGE Student Fund in your end of year giving this
21 November, 2019
Earlier this week one of the most recently founded student chapters visited
the EAGE office to learn more about the EAGE and EAGE Student Fund. This
Wednesday, Alexander Jüstel and Luis Alberto Pizano stopped by for a
couple of hours to discuss their upcoming events and get advice on the
further development of the chapter and projects.
The RWTH EAGE Student Chapter was created a couple of months ago,
following the university’s participation in the IGSC’8 conference in Uppsala,
Sweden. Situated close to the Dutch border, the university has a wide
spectrum of earth science courses. This multi-disciplinary approach is also
stimulated by the ESF as activities like the Geo-Quiz and Laurie Dake
challenge stimulate cooperation between disciplines.
The visit allowed the students to learn more about the work of the EAGE
Student Fund, the activities supported and to see how future initiatives
could be developed. With the student chapter working on the next
International Geoscience Student Conference – scheduled for summer 2020 –
the team was keen to know how the ESF supports student-led activities
such as this conference.
Student chapter development is key in the work of the EAGE Student
Fund. As skills are not developed in a single day, the ESF looks for longer
term involvement with students.
Student Chapters are a great way to do so. They help to build longer lasting initiatives, create structure for cooperation and help students make the best of their involvement with the activities we support. We are therefore always keen to hear about your chapter’s activities and projects. Not active with a chapter at your university yet? You can get started today!
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.
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
pages. We want to thank our supporters from the EAGE community to help
fund these membership grants to the global student community.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
31 October 2019
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!
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
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
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!