2017, Catherine Truffert has been chief executive officer of IRIS Instruments,
a worldwide manufacturer of geophysical equipment for subsurface imaging for
natural resource exploration (ores, materials, water), environmental
monitoring, and environmental and anthropogenic risk monitoring.
obtaining a PhD at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and a postdoc at the Institut
Français du Pétrole, she joined BRGM, the French geological survey, for which
she was, among other things, director of geology and then director of research
divisions. After 22 years, she joined BRGM’s subsidiary IRIS Instruments co-owned
with the Japanese company OYO corporation. Her international professional
interactions have given her a solid professional network beyond the borders of
the United States and Europe.
is convinced of the power of knowledge, research, and innovation to ensure the
prosperity of organizations and the well-being of humans in a world where, by
definition, natural resources are limited. As a researcher, she has published more
than 50 papers in geophysics and a patent. As a leader, she has always
positioned herself in the service of a common cause, shared by women and men.
Thus, she sits on many scientific committees and steering committees, sometimes
as a chair.
a member and volunteer contributor to SEG, in particular as chair of the Near Surface
Technical Section (2019–2020) and as a member of the SEG Council (2021–2022),
her primary objective is to actively accompany SEG in its accelerated
transformation due to the scientific and business challenges of energy
transitions, anthropic pressure, the consequences of greenhouse gas emissions,
and the impacts of climate change.
am honored to have been nominated to run for the position of SEG director at large.
For more than 90 years, SEG has accompanied generations of geoscientists
throughout their professional active lives, from their early student years to
their retirement. With exceptional professional careers, rich in successes,
punctuated by failures sometimes, members have always been able to draw
techniques, animate their network, and find new positions thanks to SEG. Many
of us devote long hours of volunteer work because we are convinced of SEG’s
effectiveness, strength and loyalty.
the 20th century, SEG went through times that are part of history. In the 21st
century, it faces times that threaten its own destiny. This last year,
marked by a deep reflection about its strategic positioning, even shaking its
baptismal font, testifies to the importance of this moment.
prosperity depends on being open to all markets involving applied geophysics as
well as on the diversity of its members (in age, gender, and geographic
origin). All members share a common goal: to make geosciences play a major role
in many sustainable development goals.
commitment is to bring together the strengths of all disciplines and markets in
the geosciences, to bring together researchers and professionals, from
academics and industry, to contribute to the sustainability of this Society by
making it more inclusive in all respects.