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.
Milena Marjanović is a great representative of our Women in Geoscience and Engineering (WGE) special interest community. She is a Marine Geophysicist, interested in exploring Plate Tectonics, in particular mid-ocean ridges using geophysical methods. her work has involved acquisition (five sea expeditions), processing, waveform inversion modeling and interpretation of 2D and 3D multichannel seismic data. She is especially interested in looking at the processes that control past and present melt distribution along the ridges (e.g., the phenomenon of ridge propagation; hotspot-ridge interaction; relationship between melt distribution and morphological ridge characteristics). Milena is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) working on full-waveform inversion of the deep reflection dataset collected in the Equatorial Atlantic in 2015 in collaboration with Schlumberger.
Where are you from and where were you educated?
I was born and raised in Serbia. As a high school student I was attending Petnica Science Center, an organisation dedicated to extracurricular education of talented kids. There, I made my first steps in research and fell deeply in love with Geophysics and Plate Tectonics. After four years spent in Petnica, my mind was made up, I wanted to become a Geophysicist! I entered Department of Applied Geophysics, Faculty of Mining and Geology at Belgrade University. After graduating, to get closer to Plate Tectonics I decided to go a bit farther and pursue PhD at Columbia University in the City of New York, at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in the USA. There, I was working on examining signatures of past and present melt distribution along mid-ocean ridge system and received my PhD degree in 2013. Then, I moved to Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris in France as a Marie S. Curie fellow to work on application of full-waveform inversion techniques and better understand processes of crustal accretion, hydrothermal circulation and magmatism taking place at the East Pacific Rise, one of the fastest spreading centers on our planet.
When did you first get involved with EAGE and why?
My first contact with EAGE was at the 67th EAGE Annual meeting, held in Madrid in 2005. At that time I was a young undergraduate student and together with my friend and colleague, Miloš Cvetković (now Geophysicist at Spectum Geo Inc.), I decided to submit an extended abstract to the EAGE Student Program. We were working together on interpretation of faulting zones using potential fields data and remote sensing; we thought that our work and results are worth showing, and we gave it a try. The abstract got accepted and I even got an EAGE grant to cover my travel expenses. It was my first oral presentation at an international conference!
Tell us a little about your last EAGE event? Which elements stood out for you?
The last EAGE event I attended was the 79th EAGE Annual in Paris (2017). The quality of the Technical Programme was very impressive. However, the element that I would like to emphasize is the special session of the Women In Geoscience and Engineering (WGE) EAGE Special Interest Community (SIC). I participated as one ofthe panelists. Actually, my activity within the WGE started in September 2015 when I became a WGE EAGE SIC Committee Member with the goal to help promote women in Geosciences. The group was established in 2013 by Gladys Gonzales, the first woman President of EAGE, to “facilitate communication between women and promote their active participation in the community activities”. The group has grown exponentially and nowadays we can proudly say that we have ~1080 members on our LinkedIn; we have organized two e-Mentoring programmes (the 2nd e-Mentoring program is on-going), started and maintained a Job Corner initiative, and held special sessions during the EAGE Annual events. For the upcoming EAGE Annual in Copenhagen we have planned another dynamic and exciting WGE session with participation of distinguished professionals from industry and academia.
What does the EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition offer you professionally, personally or academically?
I have profited significantly from being an active member of the EAGE community and from attending the EAGE Annual Conferences. From the professional and academic point of view the Annual Conferences have given me the opportunity to present my work and obtain valuable feedback from more experienced colleagues; some of the projects I conducted in the past were based on the ideas discussed during the EAGE conferences; attending the EAGE conferences helped me in extending my network and establish fruitful collaborations. In addition, I had a privilege to attend the talks that marked some of the most important methodological advancements in the field of Geophysics within the last decade and also learn. Moreover, during the 77th EAGE Conference in Madrid I was introduced to WGE group that helped me to properly channel my interest in gender equality. Working within the group helped me to grow personally, become more confident in myself, better organized and improved my communication skills. The enthusiasm from the WGE members I was able to transfer to the institute where I am currently working; last year I organized first joint EAGE/IPGP WGE workshop, with great support from the EAGE.
What do you see as the added benefit of the EAGE Annual?
To the attendeesthe EAGE Annual offers plenty of opportunities: an opportunity to present and discuss on-going work with the world’s leading experts in the filed, an opportunity to learn about newest technological and methodological advancements in the field, an opportunity to network and meet great people. Additional opportunities may also arise from participating in special sessions organized by the membership communities, such as the WGE.
What will you be doing at the EAGE Annual 2018 in Copenhagen?
At the upcoming Annual in Copenhagen within the “FWI - Case Histories” session I will have an oral presentation during which I will show results of my recent study that was conducted as a close collaboration between academia (IPGP) and industry (Shell), funded by Marie S. Curie Fellowship. For the first time we conduct both, elastic and acoustic 3-D full-waveform inversion on real dataset and show that in the case of high velocity contrast the elastic approach provides geologically more plausible image of the subsurface. In addition, as one of the WGE SIC Committee Members I will take active role in the WGE Special Session that will take place on Tuesday at 16 h. Hope to see you there!
What advice would you give to first time attendees?
To the first time attendees I would suggest to plan well and have the schedule of the talks they wish to attend prepared in advance. Besides the Technical Program, the exhibition also offers great opportunity to hear more about technical advancements given by some of the world renown companies. The ice breaker and conference dinner offer great opportunities to network and meet with people in more relaxed setting. To the students and young professionals I would definitely suggest to consider attending the whole day workshop and special session organized by Young Professionals community. Finally, I would like to invite all of you to the Women in Geoscience and Engineering Special Session that is open to everyone! You are welcome to join us and share your thoughts and ideas. Working together, men and women, can bring us one step closer in reducing the gender gap in Geosciences!
Milena will be at the EAGE Annual 2018- will you? Register by 15 May 2018 to save on your entry fee.