EAGE Student Chapter e-Summit

The EAGE e-Summits is a series of online events targeted to connect geoscience & engineering students from around the globe through a monthly interactive forum. For each delivery, we bring together a set of panellists to talk about specific themes students have questions on, such as: 'How do I connect to my fellow students?', 'What can I learn from recent graduates who already started their career?' and 'What skills do I need to contribute to the Energy Transition as a geoscientists?'.


Interaction from you, our student community is key! Not only are we welcoming new panelists each month, participants themselves play a key role in contributing to the summit. To make the most of your attendance of the e-Summit, we encourage active participation in the session. So, make sure to register in time and prepare some questions! 

Participation in the e-Summits is free and open to all students.  Curious to see what has been done so far? You can find an overview of our past and future deliveries below. 
The next delivery is part of the conference, you should register as a delegate for the conference to follow the live session, a recording will be made available afterwards.  

We will soon publish a new list of e-Summits in our 2021 calendar.  

e-Summit 7: Conclusion of 2020

Student e-Summit 

This e-Summit took place on 10 December 2020 and was organized during our Online Annual Conference & Exhibition 2020

The panel will look at back on how has Covid-19 affected their academic work and career outlooks.
Will it have a lasting effect on the way we learn and network?



Alexander Jüstel, RWTH Aachen 

Alexander concluded his Bachelor studies in Geosciences from Bonn University in August 2016. Thereafter, he spent one year at the UiT – Norways Arctic University in Tromsø, Norway majoring in Geology. During this time, he also took two courses in Spitzbergen/Svalbard. He started his master studies at RWTH Aachen University in April 2018 and concluded them in August 2020 with a Master of Science RWTH in the field of Applied Geosciences with specialization in Energy and Mineral Resources. 

During the course of his studies, he completed several research (AWI, GFZ, Geomar) and industrial (Wintershall Dea, CGG) internships. He was the Vice President of the SPE Student Chapter at RWTH Aachen University and am now the President of the EAGE Student Chapter at RWTH Aachen University since last year. Since October, he works as a research associate and PhD student at the Fh IEG, the Fraunhofer Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Systems at their office in Aachen. 

Myrna Staring, Fugro

 Myrna finished her PhD degree in Applied Geophysics at Delft University of Technology this year and started her job as a Technologist at Fugro. Her PhD was on the field data application of Marchenko methods and she is currently working on seismic methods for near surface characterization. As President of the Dutch section of EAGE Women in Geoscience & Engineering, she organizes a range of webinars and workshops aimed at empowering and retaining women in the geoscience & engineering world.



Valérie Krampe, ETH Zürich  

Valérie started working as a PhD student at ETH Zürich in 2018. Prior to that, she studied Geophysics in Karlsruhe and developed there a strong interest in numerical simulations and especially in full waveform inversion. Her current research focuses on the optimization of acquisition designs for seismic full waveform inversion.




Rumbidzai Nhunduru, Heriot-Watt University

Rumbidzai is a subsurface flow PhD researcher in the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) at Heriot-Watt University. Her research focuses on investigating multi-phase flow and transport in porous media at the pore-scale for CCS and EOR applications. Her areas of expertise are microfluidics and direct numerical simulations (pore-scale modelling).

e-Summit 6: Do you GE(E)T It? Part 2 - Latin America

Do you GE(E)T It? Part 2 - Latin America

This e-Summit took place on 5 October 2020

With the delivery of our sixth e-Summit we are back to the topic of Energy Transition - this time focussing on the Latin American region. Within the region, we see large differences in the strategies towards renewable energy and the energy mix. Costa Rica has been a frontrunner in the implementation of hydro, geothermal and solar energy but other countries are rapidly exploring the opportunities within their borders. During the e-Summit, we will gain insights from representatives from Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica on what this means for job perspectives for present students. 


Oscar Llamosa - Communications Director at AGEOCOL, Colombia

Oscar Llamosa-Ardila is a cross-disciplinary geologist, master of science, with 10+ years’ professional experience. His motto is Earth Sciences for society. Since the beginning of his professional career in the late 2000’s, Oscar has worked for international oil/energy operating companies such as Oxy (USA) and Ecopetrol (Colombia). He also has been involved in geoscientific R&D projects such as Fauces ICM-CSIC (Spain), Westmedflux ISTEP-CNRS (France), UNESCO IGCP636 (multinational), and has collaborated with university research groups at Royal Holloway University of London (UK), National University of Colombia, University of Medellín (Colombia), and CEGA - University of Chile. 

Eduardo Lopez Ramos - National University of Colombia, Colombia

Eduardo is a geologist from the National University of Colombia, who has worked for 10 years for the Geological Survey of Colombia on geological mapping projects in the Piedemonte Llanero, Putumayo, Sur de Bolivar and Eje Cafetero and since 2009 he works for ECOPETROL in the exploration vice presidency, leading and participating in regional geology projects , definition of exploratory plays and prospective areas in the border basins of the Pacific, Caribbean and Llanos de Colombia.

Marco Acuña - Costa Rica Institute of Electricity, Costa Rica

Marco Acuña Mora is an Electrical Engineer graduated from the University of Costa Rica. He has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the same university and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom. Also, he is certified as a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute ®. He has 15 years of experience in the electricity industry working for public and private companies in Central America.

Stephanie Tavares - Fluminense Federal University, Brazil

Stephanie Tavares is a final year undergraduate student of geophysics from Fluminense Federal University. (UFF) in Brazil currently involved in the Characterization Project of the Geomorphology of the Continental Shelf and Sedimentary Distribution of the Continental Margin of the Santos Basin (PCR-BS), through participation in the geology and geomorphology group and is a member of the Student Chapter GSS - Geoscientific Student Society UFF.

e-Summit 5: Going for Gold. Students and career development in mineral exploration

Going for Gold

Mineral Exploration and the research tied in with this is a growing area of interest within the EAGE community. The topic is a recurring theme within our Near Surface Geoscience Division, is central to the Smart Exploration Horizon 2020 project we are part of and has a dedicated Special Interest Community.  Energy transition and the growing demand of battery materials lead to an increasing demand for rare earth minerals in particular. With this in mind, what are the career opportunities in this sector like for graduates? How does a career in mineral exploration compare to hydrocarbon exploration? How are fellow students positioning themselves and their research? Join our September e-Summit to learn more! 


Christopher Umunna - Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria

Christopher is an undergraduate student in geoscience at the Federal Universality of Technology Owerri. Christopher has an interest in both mining and petroleum engineering and is actively involved several national and international associations, including NAPE, SPE and EAGE. 

Michael Westgate - University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

After completing his undergraduate studies in physics and advanced earth sciences at Wits University in South Africa, Michael specialized in studying geophysics. He recently completed his PhD in the field of reflection seismics and is working at Wits University as a postdoctoral research fellow, where he is investigating the application of machine learning algorithms to legacy seismic data for improved imaging of gold-bearing horizons.

Florencia Balestrini - Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Florencia is a third year PhD student at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, with her researhc focussing on application of seismic interferometry for different purposes for high resolution imaging of deep mining targets. With her research she also contributes to the Smart Exploration project where she focuses on developing cost-effective, environmentally-friendly tools and methods for geophysical exploration (acquisition, processing and imaging), in highly noisy, near-mine environments.

Tatiana Pertuz - Uppsala University, Sweden

Tatiana holds degrees from the Universidad de America & Universidad Nacional de Colombia and has field research experience in Colombia, Canada and Europe, focussing on petroleum engineering. In November 2019 she started her PhD in Applied Geophysics at Uppsala University, Sweden. Through her PhD research she also works on the Horizon 2020 Smart Exploration project.  

Friday 11 September, 16:00 CEST.

Registration now open

e-Summit 4: Bridging the Gap 2.0

Bridging the Gap 2.0

This e-Summit will focus on one of the main questions within student and professional career development: how is digitalization going to affect my career advancement? Digitalization itself is nothing new (we've replaced type writers with computers a while back after all) but the renewed focus on the role of A.I., machine learning and emphasis on coding capabilities is becoming more prevalent within the energy sector. Should tomorrow's employees all have a minimum understanding of coding? How can I make sure my skills are still relevant in this rapidly changing field? These questions and more will be tackled with our upcoming e-Summit.


Alexander Juestel, RWTH Aachen, Germany & President of the EAGE Student Chapter at the University

Shahdad Ghassemzadeh,
PhD Student at the University of Adelaide, Australia

Sathes Kumar,
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia & Ex-Board member of the EAGE Student Chapter at the University


Monday 10 August, 10:00 - 11:00 CEST

Register today


e-Summit 3: Do you GE(E)T it? Geoscience, Engineering and the Energy Transition, pt. 1

Do you GE(E)T it? Geoscience, Engineering and the Energy Transition, part. 1
The energy transition in Europe, Middle East and Africa region

Energy Transition is HOT! And we’re not just talking about geothermal heat here. Companies, governments and research institutions around the globe are dedicating time and resources to pivot towards renewable energy sources. How can earth science students be on the vanguard of this transition? What kind of skill set would you need to be part of this change?

Join our panellists on Monday 6 July, 10:00 - 11:00 hrs CEST

This week, we’re joined by the following panellists:

  • Maximilian Haas - CERN / Montanuniversität Leoben, Switzerland / Austria
  • Santika Satya Widita - Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
  • Carla Martin Clave - University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

 This e-Summit has now been concluded, registration is therefore no longer possible. 

e-Summit 2: Ready, Set, GO! Best (and worst) practices kickstarting your career

Not sure in which direction to start your career? The EAGE Student e-Summit ‘Ready, Set GO! Best (and worst) practices on kickstarting your career’ is here to help! Join our panelists on 4 June, 16:00 - 17:00 hrs CEST.

Summer fast is approaching, many are nearing the end of the academic year. Right now, in the rush of exams and deadlines, you may be thinking about what to do when you’re done with this all. Are you going to pursue that PhD, secure your first ever post-doc position or are you off to start your career in industry? What does it mean to start all over again in a different country?

The upcoming EAGE e-Summit is set up to help with the questions and provide some fresh insights. We’ve invited three Young Professionals to talk about their experiences landing a first job and their career paths. This week, we’re joined by the following panellists:


  • Larry Sandoval - Seismic Data Manager, Total, France
  • Sebastian Uhleman - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA
  • Axel Tcheheumeni Djanni, EMGS, Norway

The e-Summit took place on Thursday 4 June, 16:00 - 17:00 hrs CEST.

e-Summit 1: How to Connect in Time of Self-Isolation?

This first e-Summit brought together students, student chapter representatives and other members of the EAGE community together. The theme of this first meeting is: ’How to connect with your student community in times of self-isolation?

To answer this question, a panel of four participants contributed to this initial e-Summit.


Our panelists for this first e-Summit were:

Alexander Jüstel - RWTH Aachen, Germany

Ibrahim Maarof - National University of Malaysia, Malaysia 

Nawal de Freslon - Beicip-Franlab & President of Local Chapter Paris, France

Nombusa Maduna - President EAGE Student Chapter at the University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa

The e-Summit took place on Thursday 30 April, 10:00 CEST. During the meeting, panelists discussed the (technological) challenges which they had to overcome, maintaining a connection with other committee members and shared best practices for the organization of online events.