ESF Travel Grants brings excelling students to London

ESF Travel Grants brings excelling students to London

16 May, 2019

The 81st EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place in a couple
of weeks in London, UK. At the event, a number of flagship ESF activities
will take place, including the global Geo-Quiz, student career advice
activities and networking and the Laurie Dake Challenge.

Central to the ESF mission is to facilitate students to participate in these
activities and to provide students with a platform to present their work to
an international audience. To facilitate this, the ESF provides a number of
travel grants to excelling students to participate in the EAGE Annual
Conference & Exhibition.

Grant recipients to reflect global excellence

Student recipients of ESF travel grants were able to do so based on the
quality of their technical programme contribution, as winners of our Geo-
Quiz programme or as finalists in the Laurie Dake challenge.

Through these various means, the ESF has been able to support students
from 21 different countries with support to join the international meeting.
With students coming as far as Brazil, Canada and Australia, the student
involvement reflects both diversity as well as academic excellence.

Stage set for student community at the EAGE Annual

In total, students for 42 countries are expected to participate in the ESF
activities during the 81st EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition. The wide
international attendance is combined with a strong presence from the
United Kingdom as well, giving the event both international flair whilst
allowing for a local scientific touch as well!

Meet the people behind the Putcuyps-Mustafina Fund

9 May, 2019

In order to keep the work of the EAGE Student Fund ongoing, the fund
relies on various types of support. This ranges from volunteers donating
their time to organisations and individuals supporting the mission of the
ESF financially. With their help and donations, we can bring activities,
new skills and knowledge, and networking possibilities to the next
generation of geoscientists.

We want to show the people who make our work possible since the
inception of the fund ten years ago. Amongst these supporters are Elena
Mustafina and Joseph (Joe) Putcuyps, veterans of the international oil
industry with over 65 years of experience shared between them. In 2017
they established the Putcuyps-Mustafina Legacy Fund to strengthen the
work of the EAGE Student Fund.

It has been several years after your initial involvement with the EAGE
Student Fund. What were the main reasons for you being attracted to
the ESF in the first place?

We chose the ESF out of a number of other possible legacy funds because of
its focuses on the industry and field in which we both worked. We liked the
discipline and frugality in its actions. The ESF is at the centre of the ‘big
crew change’. Attracting new talent with the right skill set is more
difficult than ever. The sector does not have the same appeal it held years
ago and the downturn in recent years has led to many young people
choosing different career paths.

The EAGE Student Fund supports activities globally. 
How does this tie in with these observations?

The lower number of students coming from Western Europe and the U.S. is
somewhat compensated in other countries globally where governments
have a more positive attitude.

The continuing internationalisation of the geoscience and engineering
disciplines creates perhaps the best opportunity for the ESF to make a
difference. By bringing student lecture tours and competitions to locations
around the world the ESF helps propagating cutting edge knowledge to all
who wish to learn. Through its work, the fund instills students around the
world with an international perspective, disconnected from politics.

The ESF has a multidisciplinary scope beyond the geophysical industry. 

A wider approach is important. For instance, our careers mostly focused on
the oil industry so we know how important environmental concerns are.
These need to be addressed and evaluated. Overall the geophysical industry
has been alert and sensitive to environmental issues. After all, people from
our industry work in the field, close to nature. This element comes back in
the work of the EAGE Student Fund.

The support the fund gives students to attend conferences and workshops
also exposes them to industry ideas (some good, some less so!) and help
them to think about where they want to take their career next and make a
difference as a geoscientist.

To conclude, what kind of advice would you have to others thinking
about contributing?

With the ESF being global in its scope and activities, we encourage people
and organisations around the world to contribute to the ESF. This will
make a difference to the survival of the geoscience and engineering sub-
sector of the energy industries and will help research and improve access to
energy worldwide. Geoscience will continue to play an important role in
global development and the fund helps to make this possible.

Supporting the fund

Are you keen to learn more about the Putcuyps-Mustafina Fund,
establishing or contributing to a legacy fund or interested in
supporting the mission of the EAGE Student Fund in a different way,
learn more today on the website or contact us.

SC Aberdeen talks about their recent accomplishments

The Aberdeen University Student Chapter is one of the most recent
chapters established with the support of the ESF. Active from the get-go, we
would be happy to share the first report on the varied activities of the

This spring, members of the Aberdeen University Student Chapter visited
Spireslack Surface Coal Mine located in Glenbuck, East Ayrshire, Scotland.
The mine exposures offer a perfect opportunity to observe geological
structures common within the subsurface. The trip was organized
together with AAPG Student Chapter, with many thanks to our field trip
leaders Graham Leslie and Mike Browne (BGS).

The student chapter in Aberdeen was formed just a year ago by Carlos
Colombo, a Geophysics Master student. The reelection of a new committee
was carried out on October last year.
The new committee predominantly consists of Petroleum Geoscience
students. However, the student chapter includes also geophysics and
reservoir engineers students. Therefore, the chapter is multi-disciplinary.

EAGE Student Chapter has organized a number of social and educational
events such as visiting the Aberdeen Maritime Museum to learn the history
of Aberdeen’s oil industry.

Members firstly participated in the Laurie Dake Challenge and Online Quiz.
They also attend the Aberdeen local chapter events regularly. The Aberdeen
University Student Chapter would like to thank our Faculty Advisor, Dr.
David G. Cornwell and Paul Mitchell, local Chapter President, for all their
continued support in establishing, renewing and helping maintain good
communication regarding upcoming events and topics. We look forward to
excruciating similar future events to enhance student learning experience
and engagement within the industry.

ESF @ 10 – Meet the participants

25 April, 2019

The EAGE Student Fund celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. During
this decade, many people have been involved with the activities of the fund
– either as volunteer, donor or student.

In order to see the impact of their involvement, a series of interviews is
being be released over the year. For April, we asked for input from former
students to see how their involvement with the ESF has helped them in the
course of their career.

Vladimir Shipilin is a young professional who is currently working at the
Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics. Originally from Uzbekistan,
Vladimir has been involved in many of the ESF supported activities,
including student workshops, Geo Quiz and annual conferences.

‘I used the knowledge obtained in a Paris 2017 student workshop during the
interview for my present position in Hannover. I can therefore say the ESF
has actively contributed towards my current employment!

Vladimir’s experience is a great example of how involvement in ESF
activities helps to develop the skills and network of next generation’s
geoscience experts. You can read the full interview with Vladimir on the
EAGE website.

ESF @ 10 interviews

Vladimir’s interview is part of a larger series. To see the latest and to learn
who has been involved, have a look at the dedicated ESF@10 page.

EAGE’s Student Chapter at Heriot-Watt University

11 April 2019

Support for the creation and development of Student Chapters is one of the pillars of ESF
engagement with Earth Science students. Many of our student chapters have a well-established
track record working with the Fund, giving students at a platform to acquire skills and
new knowledge.

The students at Heriot-Watt University illustrate the opportunities offered through chapter involvement.
For this reason, we are happy to share the following report from the president of the
Chapter, Qi Zhang.

A 9 years old EAGE Student Chapter, based in the Institute of Petroleum Engineer of the
Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh – United Kingdom. Our chapter is composed by
an international and multicultural postgraduate student community involved in
petroleum industry orientated programmes.

Through the support of the EAGE Student Fund we have been able to develop a number of
activities recently. In 2018 the Heriot-Watt EAGE student chapter organized an interesting
social event to visit to Edinburgh Observatory. Academically we hosted a course by
Ian Jones, as a part of the EAGE Education Tour. The local EAGE student members are
involved in various research projects varying from geology to reservoir engineering,
which include Edinburgh Time Lapse Project, Carbonate Reservoir Research and others.

Being a post-graduate student chapter, we are always active presenting in EAGE conferences.
Every year a few students from our student chapter attend the annual EAGE conference
and a few other EAGE conferences as well. This is a key process in the life of our post-graduate
students and the chapter works to incentivize students to participate in such events
and help them get there. This year we have five abstracts accepted for the London conference,
studying areas such as reservoir modelling, 4D seismic analysis and seismic history matching.

EAGE’s student chapter at Heriot- Watt University

The vision of the chapter is to become the primary source for students geoscience career
planning and a premier network of oil industry among student chapters. The mission of the
chapter is to develop knowledge and skills through educational activities and discussions,
build a better connection with EAGE community.

Heriot-Watt was founded in 1821, making it among the oldest higher education institutions in
the UK. In 1966, the then Heriot-Watt College, was granted university status by Royal Charter,
becoming Heriot-Watt University.  It is a university with a highly unusual international profile
and with a particular (but not exclusive) concentration on areas of science, engineering, technology
and business. Having world-class research and teaching, it produces highly employable and
innovative graduates with a strong professional orientation.

We are currentely constructing a webpage to post all our news and events:

For more information, contact our president Qi Zhang ( ).

Three ways to support the ESF today

4 April 2019

The activities of the EAGE Student Fund for 2019 are already well under
way: two different student lecture tours, 60+ student chapters worldwide
and an engaging Student Programme at the EAGE Annual Conference &
Exhibition are already in place to set the stage for our student community.

These activities are just a selection of our activities to equip students
worldwide with the latest information and network to become leaders in
their discipline. If you would also like to contibute to the mission of the ESF,
here’s three way to do just that:

Become a company supporter

To ensure a strong organisation, one requires a knowledgeable and
connected workforce. This is exactly what the EAGE Student Fund sets out
to do. By providing students with the opportunity to gain new knowledge,
skills and by introducing them into the global geoscience community, it
helps them to hit the ground running when taking the next step in their

For this reason, the EAGE Student Fund encourages companies to become
involved. If your organisation builds on young geoscience talent and
endorses the mission of the ESF, please consider becoming a company

Legacy giving

Become a trustee of the ESF by creating your own personal fund to support
the future of geoscience. Legacy giving such as the establishment of the
Putcuyps-Mustafina Fund are a great help to ensuring continuity for our

If you have a passion for education and enabling the next generation of
geoscientists, please consider including legacy giving to the fund. In order
to learn more about the opportunities, please contact us directly and we
would be happy to provide you with more information.

Make a donation

Even a single donation already helps to support the EAGE Student Fund in
our activities. With student membership grants coming in at EUR 25,– and
ESF support for student developed initiatives starting with small amount,
your gift can help to provide new opportunities to individual as well as
groups of students.

Did you know the ESF is a registered Dutch charity (ANBI)? As such, your
donation may be tax deductible under Dutch law.

Make a donation today, or contact us about giving to the ESF.

Meet EAGE’s Student Chapters in London!

Published 28 March 2019

On 18 March, EAGE provided one of the most exciting activities, the Online
Geo-quiz to registered student chapters. Participating chapters had a
serious prize to compete for as the top three student chapters receive travel
grants to 3 student members per chapter to attend the 81st EAGE
Conference & Exhibition 2019, held from 3 – 6 June in London, UK.

The winning student teams will be supported to attend the Student
Conference Programme and more importantly, will partake in the Global
Geo-Quiz competition organised in London. Joining them are 50+ other
student teams competing for excellent prizes.

The best ten teams of the Online Geo-quiz 2019 are
IFP School, France (1st place)
The Federal University of Bahia, Brazil (2nd place)
AGH UST , Poland (3rd place)
Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia
University of Miskolc, Hungary
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
University of Calgary, Canada
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology Jais
Heriot-Watt University
University of Aberdeen

Congratulation to the winning teams ( 1st, 2nd and 3rd place) of the Online Geo-quiz, let’s meet in London!

This opportunity is for EAGE Student Chapters ONLY!please register your participation from 11 to 15 March.

EAGE Online Geo-Quiz Instructions and Overview are available here

The EAGE Student Lecture confirmed in Latin America

22 March 2019

EAGE has been reaching out to the student community with the EAGE Student Lecture Tour (SLT)
since 2007, which provides half-day lectures on interesting geoscience or engineering-related topics 
top; students from different disciplines and levels can take a sit in the lecture. This initiative is
 fully sopported by EAGE Student Fund, and provide the collaboration with universities and EAGE 
student chapters worldwide.

Currently, Edward Wiarda is embarking on a Student Lecture Tour on Advanced Seismic Data
Processing & Imaging.  He will offer a  few details of New-generation workflows, technologies,
concepts and strategies to reveal potential in  challenging Sub-Andean basins.

The upcoming stops of the tour in Latin- America are going to
University of Andes , Colombia on 22 May;
University Surcolombiana, Colombia on 24 May;
National University of Mexico , Mexico on 27 May; and,
Fluminense University , Brazil on 29 May.

All students are invited to participate in any of the stops available and have
the chance to receive a special lecture dedicated to
the student community in Latin America. For more information, visit
the EAGE Student lecture Tour overview.

The EAGE Student Lecture has a tour in Europe

14 March 2019

EAGE has been reaching out to the student community with the EAGE Student Lecture Tour (SLT)
since 2007, which provides half-day lectures on interesting geoscience or engineering-related topics
top; students from different disciplines and levels can take a sit in the lecture. This initiative is fully
sponsored by EAGE Student Fund, and provide the collaboration with universities and EAGE
student chapters worldwide.

Currently, Patrick Connolly is embarking on a Student Lecture Tour on Probabilistic Seismic Inversion
for Reservoir Properties.  He will offer a  few details of the seismic probabilistic based on
Bayesian methods, which is recently used by the industry for the estimation
of reservoir properties.

The coming stops of the tour in Europe are going to Cardiff, UK on 19 March; Berlin, Germany on 24 April;
Freiberg , Germany on 25 April and Checiny, Poland on 26 Abril. All student are invited to participate
in any of the stops available and take the chance to receive a special lecture dedicated to the student
community in Europe. For more information, visit EAGE Student lecture Tour

ESF student membership applications

7 March 2019

It’s March already! That means for many the academic year is rapidly progressing. Are you currently
a student orientating yourself on the job market or future career in research? In addition to
your academic work, a variety of skills and experiences can help you to gain a better understanding
of where to take your career or studies next. At the ESF, we understand access to the right platform,
information and training is important. It is for that reason one of the key activities the fund supports
are the EAGE Student Membership Grants Programme.

The programme provides student membership to earth science students, such as access to
EAGE services and products such as EarthDoc, webinars, and publications. Effectively, this gives
students the possibility to tap into new geoscience resources and connect to the wider geoscience
student community – helping you with expanding your network and to connect with your peers working
on similar topics.

ESF membership grants run on a calendar year basis. We therefore encourage individuals who are considering applying for the programme to apply early in the year. If you are considering applying for a membership grant, you can learn more about the procedure and requirements
at the membership page.