SEG 2019 - Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, USA


Participation in the Challenge Bowl World Finals and Promotion for the IGSC 2020 in Aachen

After winning the European Qualifier for the SEG Challenge Bowl World Finals in Uppsala, Sweden in June 2019, the students Luis Alberto Pizano Wagner and Alexander Jüstel, both graduate students in the field of Applied Geosciences with focus on Energy and Mineral Resources at RWTH Aachen University, started their journey to the SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicists) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, USA from July 15th to 20th, 2019. The travel expenses were thereby graciously covered by a travel grant provided by SEG which was won in Uppsala after winning the European Challenge Bowl Qualifier.

After a whole day of travels, the two participants had finally made it to San Antonio. The first day of the conference was spent with picking up the delegate batches and exploring the city with its famous River Walk. During the Icebreaker opening, the students had the opportunity to get a first glimpse of the exhibition hall, met old friends and already started to make new connections. During the following upcoming three exhibition and technical program days, the students had the opportunity to network with representatives from industry and academia as well as representatives from different associations such as SEG, EAGE or AAPG. In addition, technical talks provided an insight of what the latest trends in the industry and academia are (A.I., machine learning, neural networks,...).

Since Luis Alberto Pizano Wagner and Alexander Jüstel are two of the main organizers of the International Geosciences Student Conference in Aachen in July 2020 (IGSC 2020), they could already start promoting their event and win first sponsors and convinced present students to participate in this event next year.

Besides networking and enjoying tasteful food at different booths, the World Finals of the Challenge Bowl were held during the SEG AM. Together with a team from Trieste, Italy, the two students represented Europe during these finals and competed against a total of nine other teams from around the world. It was an exciting competition of three heats with a total of nine rounds. This year's winning team (as well as last year's winning team) came from the National University of La Plata in Argentina and was awarded $1,000. This has actually been the first time in the SEG Challenge Bowl History that the same University won the Challenge Bowl twice in a row. The RWTH Aachen University team placed among the best teams during the competition and would like to congratulate the winning team.

We would like to thank SEG once again for providing the travel grant for the SEG AM 2019. The next European Qualifier for the SEG AM 2020 in Houston, TX, USA will take place during the IGSC in July 2020 in Aachen!