Scientific Programme
Field Trips
Social Programme
EIT Raw Materials University Day
Keynote Speakers
Geo Quizzes


The IGSC 2020 schedule consists of several scientific programme points such as student talks, keynote lectures, and workshops. Also, the social networking aspect is an important part of the IGSC 2020. During the evening events, you will get to know the other participatints and exchange ideas and thoughts. Additionally, during field trips you will not only get to know more about the Aachen area, but also interactand exchange ideas with fellow participants.

Below, please find a preliminary schedule of the IGSC 2020. Do note that this schedule is subject to change.

Keynote Speakers

Stay tuned for further keynote speakers to be announced!


The Heat is On:

The Role of Geothermal in the Energy Transition

Rolf Bracke

Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Systems



Global Climate Change and the

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Georg Stauch

Chair of Physical Geography and Geoecology, RWTH Aachen University

Making the Subsurface Visible

Using 3D/4D Visualisation

Alex Hobé

Department of Earth Science, Uppsala University

EIT Raw Materials University Day

Raw Materials University Days (RMUD) is a communication campaign originally launched by the European Commission (DG GROW) in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. The event is now hosted and funded by the EIT RawMaterials under the umbrella of the RawMaterials Academy and implemented by EIT RawMaterials partners, including RWTH Aachen University and the IGSC 2020!.

The overarching objective of the Raw Materials University Days is to raise awareness of the significance of raw materials in modern life, and also to demonstrate their relevance to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The concrete aims of RMUD are multifold:

  • Raise awareness of the potential of European raw materials and their importance in our everyday lives
  • Inspire and encourage young people to study a raw materials-related discipline, bringing much-needed human capital into the sector
  • Promote the knowledge, skills and attitudes in demand in the raw materials sector
  • Showcase the exciting and meaningful opportunities in industries pioneering innovation in the sector. These range from careers in industry, further research at universities and research & training organisations, as well as creating startups and the corresponding EIT RawMaterials support and opportunities for young entrepreneurs

Scientific Programme

The scientific programme during the IGSC 2020 will consist of student oral presentations as well student poster presentations complemented by keynote lectures on the the four main topics of the IGSC 2020.

We welcome all Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD students as well as recent graduates (not more than one year since the graduation date) to present their thesis or research during this student-focused conference. You can present your work during a short talk to other participants and representatives from academia and industry or by presenting a poster during the dedicated poster session and exchange ideas with fellow participants.

To ensure the quality of presentations, we have introduced a peer-review system consisting of a Scientific Committee reviewing all abstracts, providing feedback to the students and the chance to improve your submission. Once the resubmitted abstract is approved by the scientific committee, you will receive an official confirmation to present your work during the IGSC 2020.

For more information on the Abstract Submission, please visit our page dedicated to Abstracts.


Geology for Muggles

Geology is widely regarded as “something with rocks” and not as a discipline of science crucial for society. This is partially the case because most geoscientists — or scientists in general — are unaware of the importance of public outreach. Or because they are unable to frame the complex phenomena on this planet in a way that makes them accessible to a non-scientific audience (i.e. the muggles).

This workshop will target your communication skills regarding an exchange between you as a scientist and expert and non-scientists. Which terms should you avoid? Which wordings have proved to be helpful? Which platforms can you choose to make your own research accessible for everyone?

Led by geoscientist and science communicator Thora Schubert, the workshop is going to elaborate those and other questions with a hands-on approach. Thora will also share some experiences from national and international science communication competitions.

Borehole Imaging

Images of the borehole wall are routinely acquired for various reasons such as wellbore stabilty evaluation, structural and/or sedimentological interpretation, hole shape analysis, or fracture identification. Different acquisition methods provide those images at various resolution and thus provide complementary insight into the above applications. Their interpretation requires good understanding of the expected geological environments and their orientation within 3D.

This workshop teaches commonly used imaging techniques with emphasis put on the geological interpretation of the sub-surface. The workshop will start with a brief introduction of the science and technology behind the borehole imaging concept. 3D exercises will be used to demonstrate the interpretation of these images within geological environments. Real-world examples of particular features (e.g. bedding, fractures, or faults) complete the workshop. The workshop is based on interaction and games around how to approach the concept of Borehole Imaging.

The workshop is led by Borehole Imaging specialists Morgane Bizeray and Stefan Wessling of Baker Hughes, who will also share their experience on how borehole imaging is used during drilling and reservoir navigation.

Open-Source Geomodelling

This workshop will teach you the basics about an open-source 3-D structural geological modeling software, which allows the implicit (i.e. automatic) creation of complex geological models from interface and orientation data. This approach also offers support for stochastic modeling to address parameter and model uncertainties and provides a basis for open scientific research using geological models, with the aim to foster reproducible research in the field of geomodelling.

Stay tuned for more workshops to be announced!

Geo Quizzes

EAGE Geo-Quiz

The regional EAGE Geo-Quiz will take place during the IGSC 2020. It is a source of enjoyment and interactive way to test your knowledge and skills by competing with and against fellow students from all over the world.

All Geo-Quiz participants should register their team which must consist of 2-3 students to qualify. The questions related to geoscience and petroleum engineering will then be presented to the teams in a modern-quiz style, with 30-40 seconds to select the correct answer.

The quiz will show 3 rounds, and the team that makes it to the final round with the highest score is declared the winner and will obtain incredible prizes. In this regional EAGE Geo-Quiz, the prize is  a travel grant to 83rd  EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2021 (May 31 – June 3 in Madrid, Spain). 

The travel grant is graciously provided by the EAGE Student Fund.

Registration for the EAGE Geo-Quiz can be done during the conference registration or on-site, in the case of remaining spots.

View over Madrid
Logo of the EAGE Student Fund

SEG Challenge Bowl

The SEG Challenge Bowl competition is an international contest testing student’s breadth and depth of knowledge about the field of geoscience. The quiz-show format results in intense competition as the contestants attempt to “buzz in” first with the answers to challenging geoscience questions.

The contest itself is in the form of a short-answer multiple-choice quiz on topics in the geosciences (geology, geophysics, geography, and some geodesy), as well as some questions about the history of our science and SEG itself. Questions range in difficulty from second- or third-year undergraduate level to first-year graduate school. All geoscience students are encouraged to participate in this unique event which combines knowledge, competition, and fun.

In this regional SEG Challenge Bowl, the prize is  a travel grant to 90th SEG Annual Meeting – International Exhibition (October 11-16 in Houston, Texas, USA). 

The travel grant is graciously provided by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Registration for the SEG Challenge Bowl can be done during the conference registration or on-site, in the case of remaining spots.


Field Trips

More information to follow soon!

Social Programme

City Tour

Aachen, Oche, Aken, Aix-la-Chapelle, Aquisgran – the city of Charlemagne is known by many names. The city does not only offer a beautiful old town with a history spanning more than 2,000 years, but also an interesting geology: hot springs with sulphur-rich waters are present throughout the city. In addition, Aachen is located at the northern margin of a fold and thrust belt including thin-skinned tectonics. The Aachen cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site, is only one of the buildings you can visit during the IGSC 2020 city tour. Of course you also have the opportunity to try some famous Aachen printen.

Ice Breaker Party

After the first full conference day, join us for our complementary Ice Breaker Party in the famous Bistro of RWTH Aachen University. You will have the chance to meet and mingle with all the students, professors, and industry and association representatives attending the IGSC 2020. A friendly atmosphere, good food, and drinks are guaranteed. And excellent music of course!

IGSC 2020 Geolympics

The IGSC 2020 Geolympics are not about who gives the best presentation or who has the fanciest-looking poster. Instead, it comes down to what really matters: how well you know your way around the Mario Kart circuit, how good you are at Super Smash Bros., and how well you can hit those high-pitch notes in Sing Star.

Team up with some newly-found friends and compete for the grand IGSC 2020 Geolympics trophy through several exciting disciplines!

Farewell Party

We have joined forces with our friends at the Student Council for Geosciences and Resource Management at RWTH Aachen University to create a legendary summer BBQ party that will be the perfect end to the IGSC 2020. Traditionally, the Geosciences Summer Party is held on the evening of the GeoTag, a full day focussing on current geoscientific topics. Students, lecturers, professors, and alumni alike gather around the BBQ and the famous Aachen summer punch to swap stories, catch up with old friends, and dance till dawn. And this year you’re invited, too!