Prince Andrew inaugurates EAGE 2013 in London with “Changing Frontiers” as the conference theme
BY PRAMOD KULKARNI, Editor
LONDON – The European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE) returned to London for its 75th conference and exhibition after an interlude of six years with HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, speaking at the opening ceremony about challenges of the trillion of barrels of energy yet to be found in new frontiers such as deep water and the Arctic.
“Could we do more?” asked Prince Andrew asked. “Greater efforts could be made to tell the stories of discoveries to the world. Bring the wonders of geology to classrooms throughout the world.”
EAGE President Len Srnka referred to the theme of changing frontiers not only in terms of geology and geography, but changing markets and society. “The theme refers not only to tge evolving global energy and environmental stories, but also the world’s societal and political currents. It seems every day a major energy issue takes centre position on the world stage.”
The other invited speakers at the EAGE opening ceremony were Egbert Imohoh, 2013 SPE President; Lord Ronald Oxburgh, eminent geologist and geophysicist; Ayman Afsari, CEO of Petrofac; and Andrew Gould, chairman of the BG Group. The changing frontiers mentioned by the speakers included global changes resulting from the Internet and social media, climate change, and collaboration needed amongst disciplines, operators and service companies, and even the oil and gas industry and sosciety to meet the upcoming exploration challenges.
The opening session concluded with the awards ceremony. Professor Jean Virieux of Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, received the Desiderius Erasmus award for his lilfetime contributions to the study of earthquake mechanisms. Other winners included Kees Wapenaar, Conrad Schlumberger award for outstanding contributions to geophysics; and Nina Gegenhuber, Arie Van Weelden award as the best young professional.
The EAGE 2013 conference continues through the week with over 1,180 presentations, 350 exhibits and 7,000 delegates.