Meet the Participants: EAGE Annual 2018
In the run-up to the EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark (11-14 June), we are delighted to introduce you to some of the wonderful participants you will be meeting there.
Carlos Alberto da Costa Filho is a member of the Young Professionals (YP) special interest community. He is a postdoctoral research assistant in the University of Edinburgh and shared with us his insights and expectations about the upcoming EAGE Annual Meeting in Copenhagen.
Where are you from and where were you educated?
I obtained a BSc in Mathematics from PUC-Rio in my hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I then moved to Campinas, Brazil, in 2011 to pursue an MSc in Applied Mathematics at the University of Campinas. In 2013, moved on to the University of Edinburgh, UK, to pursue a PhD in Geophysics, which I concluded in 2017.
When did you first get involved with EAGE and why?
Since my first contact with Geophysics during my MSc, I’ve known EAGE publications and conferences. During the first year of my PhD, I was fortunate enough to have an abstract accepted to EAGE 2014. This allowed me to give a talk to a large expert audience in one of Amsterdam’s finest venues. Since then I have tried to attend each EAGE Annual conference, as they attract excellent academic and industry professionals from all over the world.
As a student, I have been involved in the many activities of the EAGE Student Programme. From the short courses, to networking, I have always enjoyed them. The Student Evening, for example, is always a blast!
More recently, I have participated in the EAGE Young Professionals group, and have been delighted with their work. At EAGE 2017, they organized a panel that allowed us as young professionals to listen and talk to distinguished, mid- to late career professionals about our futures. They also regularly publish interviews in their LinkedIn group, which allows me to learn about a variety of different topics—technical and nontechnical alike.
Tell us a little about your last EAGE event? Which elements stood out for you?
During last year’s EAGE Annual, I tried to participate in as many different areas and events as possible, with a focus on the technical program. I also spent a large amount of time in the Exhibition, which had excellent stands and included a large and comfortable student area. I attended several technical sessions related to migration and inversion theory, and presented an ePoster on a novel migration method. It was my first time presenting an ePoster, of which I was a bit apprehensive at first, but came to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
One of the most interesting events I attended last year was the Session for Young Professionals. In it, we heard from Ivan Vasconcelos, Evert Slob, Anna Shaughnessy and François Umbhauer about several aspects of professional life. I found Anna’s talk particularly interesting as she touched on an often-neglected part of professional life: managing relationships where both partners have careers. This is an especially important topic in high-mobility industries such as oil and gas, and will become increasingly important as the global tendency is for households to rely on two incomes rather than one. Anna gave us insights from her own life, equipping us to deal with such scenarios in the future.
We also had a round-table with the speakers, who took our questions and gave us advice. I heard from Evert Slob on how to become a successful academic, and how to overcome fears and insecurities with regards to an academic career.
What does the EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition offer you professionally, personally or academically?
The EAGE Annual Conference is a valuable experience for every kind of professional. I was able to network with fellow students, academics, and industry professionals.
Connecting with other students allows me to build relationships which I hope will last a lifetime. It also allows us to communicate with each other on job opportunities, research, or to simply have fun.
Speaking to academics and industry professionals has allowed me to receive feedback on my work, which I simply would not have had access to otherwise. Attending talks and posters also gives me the chance to hear directly from authors on their work, which is invaluable for those of us trying to understand it.
In addition, EAGE runs several professional development opportunities, which I try the most to take advantage of.
What do you see as the added benefit of the EAGE Annual?
EAGE Annual is unique in its scope and size. It brings together professionals from all areas of geoscience and points them towards a common goal: the scientific and industrial advancement of the field. This in itself makes EAGE Annual exceptional. EAGE Annual provides its global network of professionals a yearly forum in which to interact, something which I have extremely enjoyed in every edition I have been to.
What will you be doing at the EAGE Annual 2018 in Copenhagen?
This year, my focus is on attending a workshop about Surface and Internal Multiples. This topic is extremely relevant to my work, and I have been lucky enough to be invited to give a talk about it. The workshop will bring together intellectual heavyweights of the theory and practice of multiples, from whom I hope to learn a great deal.
What advice would you give to first time attendees?
When you are enjoying yourself, time passes by quickly. Therefore, it is important to know when the events you are interested in are happening, so download the EAGE 2018 app and never miss a talk! However, also allow yourself to be open to deviate from your schedule. Meet new people, forge new friendships, give something you have never done a try. I am certain you will enjoy it!