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Powering female participation and leadership in applied geophysics worldwide.

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The SEG Women’s Network is supported by the activities of the SEG Women’s Network Committee. The SEG Women’s Network Committee (WNC) was created in March 2011, and works to raise awareness of and find solutions for the challenges women encounter in the field of applied geophysics.

The mission of the WNC is to:

  • promote greater participation and leadership by women in geophysics worldwide,
  • create a community for mutual support among female SEG members,
  • enhance recruiting and retention of women in the profession and mentoring of students and young professionals, and
  • elevate awareness of the value that a diverse workforce brings to the profession.

The network's online community as well as gatherings at the annual and regional meetings will help establish these connections for support, collaboration and mentoring. We also collaborate with the American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG).

The WNC is actively soliciting mentors as well as new passionate and committed members to represent global regions such as South America, Europe/Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

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Committee Leadership


Upcoming Events

Note: Times listed are in US Central time zone

Past Events

  • SEG19 Annual Meeting Events - Postconvention Workshop entitled: Rock Physics Implications of CO2 Injection in the Subsurface hosted by Hendratta Ali of Fort Hays State University, Nazmul Haque Mondol from the University of Oslo and Manika Prasad from the Colorado School of Mines. A full day workshop was also held entitled: Near-surface geophysics for archaeological and forensic applications hosted by Blair Schneider from the University of Kansas and Recep Cakir from the Washington Geology Survey. A evening WNC reception was also held featuring guest speaker - Allyson Anderson Book, Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute.
  • Special Session entitled: Geophysicists in the Workforce: Challenges, Trends and Future Outlook, sponsored by the WNC| Tuesday 16 October| Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204C| Learn more about current and future challenges for geophysicists in the workforce and how we are working to identify new strategies to better prepare and support students and young professionals entering the field today.
  • Short CE Course entitled: Career Workout: Strategies and Tools for Improving Your Professional Profile and Employability, sponsored by the WNC and Lincoln Leadership|Tuesday 16 October| Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 CD.This short course is a professional development program for geophysicists in a changing energy ecosystem. Attendees will increase career awareness and acquire skills aimed at professional and personal development and career mobilization.
  • Evening Networking Event hosted by the WNC| Monday, 15 October| Anaheim Convention Center, Room 303A| This fun-filled and informative event will bring members and students together for an opportunity to network, discuss current events and trends and to hear Christina Sistrunk, President & CEO of Aera Energy speak about her experiences and her journey as the first woman CEO of a major oil company.
  • Special Technical Session: Near Surface Geophysical Methods for Archaeological Research, sponsored by the WNC | Sunday 24 September | George R. Brown convention Center, Room 360C | This session is designed to bring papers on various methods as well as case studies on geophysical delineation and exploration of archaeological sites and culturally significant finds. Both land and marine geophysical methods will be highlighted.
  • SEG Student and Women’s Network Committee Mentor Meetup (formerly known as the Student Networking Event) | Monday 25 September | Hilton Americas | The SEG Student and Early Career Department in partnership with the Women’s Network Committee hosts the first annual Mentor Meetup. This premier networking event inspires interaction between ambitious students and innovative industry leaders through mentoring circles in a laid-back atmosphere. Open to students, faculty advisors, registered mentors and company sponsors.
  • SEG Women’s Network Committee Networking Event | Hilton Americas | A brief welcome and introduction to the SEG Women’s Network by WNC Chair Maitri Erwin will immediately precede the featured Pioneers in Geophysics posters that highlight a few pioneering women in geophysics. Networking will begin immediately thereafter. Tickets for this event may be purchased in advance or onsite in the Registration Area. Attendees must have ticket for admission. Tickets are $20/professional and $10/student includes a drink ticket, then pay-as-you-go bar with served hors d'oeuvres
  • Women’s Network Committee Meeting | Tuesday 26 September | Hilton Americas | SEG’s WN Committee will conduct a business meeting to discuss strategy and make plans for the coming year. All are welcome to attend.
  • Seventh Annual Women’s Network Breakfast | Wednesday 27 September | George R. Brown Convention Center | Keynote speaker TBA
  • Post Conference Workshop | SEG Women’s Network with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) present Moving Beyond Conversations: Addressing Harassment and Improving Workplace Climate | Thursday 28 September | George R. Brown Convention Center
  • Women in Geoscience Forum | October 9-12, 2017 | International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG) | Al-Ain, UAE | Topic TBA
  • Women in Geoscience Forum | October 15-18, 2017 | International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) | London | Topic T

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