1st Middle East Geoscience Student Conference


26 February - 1 March
United Arab Emirates University | Al Ain, UAE

Learn more at www.megsconf.com

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) are proud to announce the 1st Middle East Geoscience Student Conference which is scheduled to take place from the 26th February to the 1st March 2017 in United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE.

Building on the success of previous years’ Young Professionals and Students Summits held during the GEO Conference and Exhibition, the three societies have decided to join forces once more to bring to the region an exciting yearly event for geoscience students. The conference will rotate within the region in odd years and be held alongside the GEO Conference and Exhibition during even years. Over the years, each society has consistently made considerable contributions to support students and their respective universities and as we continue with raising our levels of cooperation, a natural progression is to do the same for our many student chapters and provide them with a definitive regional student conference.

The student conference will offer participants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region a chance to compete in the prestigious and renowned AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Program, EAGE Geo-Quiz, and SEG Challenge Bowl. Participating students will also be able to advance their existing knowledge, discuss opportunities, expand their horizons and share their expertise with their peers from different universities and with industry and academia professionals.

The AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) Program is an annual prospective basin evaluation contest for geoscience students from universities around the globe. The participants analyze geological, geophysical, land, economic and production data in a real world scenario. The IBA regional and section competition winners qualify to compete against each other in the international finals during the Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE), taking place in the USA, for a chance to win scholarship funds for their school.

The EAGE Geo-Quiz is a fun and interactive way to test your knowledge by competing with and against fellow students. It was first held in 2007 in London, and since then, it has always been one of the highlights of EAGE’s regional conferences and the Annual Meetings. Participants will be able to select their teams, which must consist of 3 students to qualify. Geoscience related questions will then be presented to the teams in a pop-quiz style, with 30-40 seconds to select the correct answer. The quiz will feature 3 rounds, and the team that makes it to the final round with the most points stands to walk away with a fantastic prize of 3 travel grants to 79th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2017 (12-15 June, Paris, France).

The 11th SEG/DGS Middle East Challenge Bowl invites ten teams of two students each from the same university or college in the region to go head-to-head in this exciting competition! Contestants should be student members of SEG and may be at the graduate or undergraduate level. This is an excellent opportunity for geosciences students to display their geophysical and geological knowledge in this fun, rapid fire, push-the-buzzer, who-can-answer-first contest. Winners will represent the Middle East and get an expenses-paid trip sponsored by Dhahran Geoscience Society to Houston for the SEG International Exposition and 87th Annual Meeting in September 2017.

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