Student Geoscientific Society Berlin & Potsdam

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Student Geoscientific Society Berlin & Potsdam
University Freie Universität Berlin
President Florian Motz
Faculty Advisor Prof. Dr. Serge Shapiro
Country Germany
Status Active
Ranking Summit level

SGS Berlin & Potsdam supports students in Berlin and Potsdam, who established the first official German Student Chapter of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Under the patronage of SEG, our SEG Student Chapter Berlin & Potsdam has been promoting interest in and knowledge about geophysics as well as its application in industry and academia since June 2007.

Current SEG Student Chapter Officers

President Florian Motz
Vice-President Lennart Brüning
Secretary Aglaja Blanke
Faculty Advisor Prof. Dr. Serge Shapiro

SEG Best Student Chapter Award 2013

In 2013 SGS received the SEG Best Student Chapter Award for their student, professional and outreach programs.


"As SGS Chairman, I'm deeply moved by the honor the Society of Exploration Geophysicists has bestowed upon us for the first time ever in its long illustrious history. This award is the recognition of several years of exceptional voluntary work by our society and especially by our SEG Student Chapter in a challenging and all too often underachieving environment in Berlin and Potsdam. At the same time, it's a mandate for leadership to all SGS members to continue our efforts and be a role model for many students, projects, and societies all around the world." - Aurelian Roeser (SGS e.V. Chairman)

International Geosciences Student Conference 2013 in Berlin, Germany

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From 25 to 28 April 2013, the Student Geoscientific Society and its SEG, EAGE, and AAPG Student Chapters hosted the 4th International Geosciences Student Conferences in Berlin, Germany. 328 delegates from 22 countries realized the IGSC 2013 as their mutual opportunity to spread the vision of Inspiring Change from the heart of Europe to the world.

The IGSC 2013 Technical Program provided a unique platform to unite past, present, and future of the geosciences. Students and young professionals from all geoscience disciplines showed their research results in 61 oral and 44 poster presentations. Experts from industry and academia informed the delegates about the latest job opportunities at a recruitment exhibition and shared their experience in eleven high-quality lectures, short courses, workshops, and field trips. Among them were an SEG Honorary Lecture by Per Avseth and the Personal Reputation Management Workshop by Elsa Velasco.

Frederike Wittkopp (Utrecht University) and Aurélia Privat (Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais) were awarded for the best poster presentations. Ralf Milke (Freie Universität Berlin) won the 1st SGS Geosciences Slam by elating the audience with his presentation on "Is it opal? How to drink beer for science." Igor Karpov and Sergey Yaskevich (both Novosibirsk State University) demonstrated their outstanding technical knowledge and fighting spirit as champions of the SEG European Challenge Bowl sponsored by Total and are now going to represent Europe at the SEG Challenge Bowl Finals in Houston, Texas.

The IGSC 2013 Social Program kicked off with the opening ceremony and icebreaker reception, which brought together delegates and geoscience professionals from the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region for welcoming speeches, music performances, and a special motivational keynote by Alessandro Airo (Freie Universität Berlin). On Friday, 26 April, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin served as an exclusive location for the truly unforgettable Praehistorica Conference Evening. Fossil celebrities, such as the largest mounted dinosaur in the world, welcomed 171 attendees for food and drinks in the nightly illuminated building of the largest museum of natural history in Germany. On Sunday, 28 April, 252 attendees brought the conference to a glorious end by dancing throughout the night at the farewell gala at Spindler & Klatt with direct access to Berlin's main river Spree.

We are honored and happy that so many students, faculty members, industry professionals, and society representatives have heard and followed our call for Inspiring Change. SGS thanks the many volunteers of the IGSC 2013 organizing committee, our co-hosts Geo.X and Freie Universität Berlin, our platinum sponsors Total and Prospectiuni, our gold sponsors SEG, EAGE, AAPG, and ExxonMobil, as well as the many silver sponsors, bronze sponsors, and supporters from industry, academia, and media. We hope that all delegates and sponsors will stay with the IGSC family in future years because the continuation of what they experienced and demonstrated at the IGSC 2013 is not just an option. It's an obligation in imaging the future of our sciences and society.

You can find this report and more details here.

SLS - SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium

Since 2007, the officers of our SGS Student Chapter Berlin & Potsdam have been invited to the SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium. To find an overview on this official SEG Student Program on leadership skills development as well as on the impressions of our participants click here.

SEP - SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program

Since 2011, SGS members have participated in the annual SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program. Check out our homepage to read personal reports about the overwhelming experience.

Successful Projects

Joint Field Camp: Nizhny Novgorod

In collaboration with the russian student chapter at Institute of Applied Physics (Nizhny Novgorod) SGS students organized a Joint Field Camp near Nizhny Novgorod.

SGS & UIGS Field Camp 2012

SGS Field Camp 2011

FU Berlin & Universität Bukarest Field Camp 2008 & 2009

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