80th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2018

Opportunities presented by the energy transition

11 - 14 June
Copenhagen, Denmark
Call for papers

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.

Tala Maria Aabø is a perfect example of the young geoscientist fostered by EAGE. A PhD fellow at the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (SHRTC), and formerly a research assistant, Tala works at the Natural History Museum of Denmark on fracture characterization, upscaling and modeling in chalk outcrops. Her research is part of a multidisciplinary effort to increase oil recovery from the Danish subsurface. As a young geoscientist she is excited by the idea of approaching established geo-challenges by exploring new technologies, such as big data and AI.

Let's see what Tala had to say in her chat with EAGE! 

Where are you from and where were you educated?

I am from Stavanger, a medium-sized Norwegian city, known by geologists for its outdoor attractions (such as the pulpit rock) and for its oil industry. For the last five years I have been living in Copenhagen, host to this year’s EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition. Before joining the DHRTC team, I was studying subsurface temperatures at the University of Copenhagen. During my master project, which was written in collaboration with Statoil ASA, I developed a new empirical model for determination of virgin rock temperatures. In addition to my MSc, I have a combined bachelor degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Bergen.

When did you first get involved with EAGE and why?

I became an EAGE member in the beginning of 2017, after submitting an extended abstract for the 79th EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition. In Paris, I had the opportunity to give my first peer-reviewed conference talk: “Correlation of Fractures from Core, Borehole Images and Seismic Data in a Chalk Reservoir in the Danish North Sea”. For me, this experience represents an important benchmark, and I truly enjoyed being part of such a dynamic event.

Tell us a little about your last EAGE event? Which elements stood out for you?

In December of last year, I was invited to present at an EAGE Special Session at the Technical University of Denmark. The event, which was designed to showcase Danish geoscientific work, brought together representatives from local companies and universities. Moreover, the first ever Danish EAGE student chapter was launched, something that I personally found very exciting. The evening provided a great opportunity to network, and I was very happy to receive some new inspiration for my own work.

What does the EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition offer you professionally, personally or academically?

For me, the EAGE Annual Conference offers an excellent platform for insight. I enjoy exploring the different topics and to be reminded of the broad scope of ongoing geoscientific work in Europe and from across the world. Academically, I consider the conference a learning opportunity.       

What do you see as the added benefit of the EAGE Annual?

A clear added benefit is the opportunity to publish and present geoscientific research. The exposure to a broad spectrum of geoscientists and engineers at the EAGE annual provides a good opportunity for interdisciplinary discussions. I enjoy engaging in good discussions with my peers and to receive / contribute relevant input.

Tala presenting her work

What will you be doing at the EAGE Annual 2018 in Copenhagen?

At this year’s conference, I am looking particularly forward to the dedicated session on Fractured Characterization in Chalk, which relates directly to my PhD. Here, I hope to get some new ideas for my project, particularly in terms of innovative methodologies and workflows. I will also be searching for inspiration from other disciplines. Working within the hydrocarbon industry in Denmark, I find the topic of this year’s conference highly relevant; in a rapidly changing energy sector, identifying opportunities is crucial. I hope to hear some interesting reflections from industry leaders as well as to discover how new technologies can be benefited upon.

What advice would you give to first time attendees?

I would recommend any first time attendees to get a head start by studying the programme prior to the event kick-off. In the large pool of interesting talks, poster sessions and panel debates, the EAGE app provides a handy tool, and its notification scheme ensures that you are in the right place at the right time. For students, it is possible to attend many tailor-made events and workshops. In addition to the technical program, I think it is well worth to spend some time at the exhibition. This is a good place to mingle and to meet industry representatives, many of which offer targeted talks. To maximize the experience, I would also check out the social program. I found the icebreaker is a great way to get familiarized and to meet new people. 

 Tala will be building on her career at the EAGE Annual 2018- will you? Register by 15 May 2018 to save on your entry fee.