AGEO students successful in competitions at the GEO 2016 in Bahrain

The 12th Middle East Geoscience Conference (GEO 2016) is held every two years in Bahrain’s International Exhibition and Convention Centre. It is an event that attracts participants from industry and academia. It has a strong focus on hydrocarbon geology, geophysics and regional geology of the Arabian Peninsula.


The GUtech conference presentation “Designing and Implementing Applied Geosciences Bachelor and Master Programs Tailored for the Gulf Region” by Wilfried Bauer, Michaela Bernecker, Bernhard Heim, Ekkehard Holzbecher and Wiekert Visser was well received, discussions with several young professionals and industry representatives showed an interest in the design of our planned Master program.


A group of six AGEO students attended the conference together with the GUtech staff Haifa Al Salmi, Wilfried Bauer, Michaela Bernecker and Wiekert Visser. The students were prepared and guided by the professors and the success in various competitions reflects that our BSc graduates can play in the top league of Geosciences in the Middle East.


The AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Imperial Barrel Award is a prospective basin evaluation contest for geoscience students around the world. The teams of many Universities analyze geological, geophysical, economic and production data in a real world scenario. The GUtech IBA team consisting of final year BSc students: Sabra, Ahlam, Jamla, Atiya and Harith received the bronze medals (3rd prize). The students were supported by GUtech and PDO staff in their challenging tasks.


Student Ahlam Al Jabri also received the Student Poster Award: 3rd prize. The poster “Variations of Oil API Gravity across the Sultanate of Oman” is the result of her PDO internship project in Geochemistry and is co-authored by Wiekert Visser and Mohammed al Ghammari (PDO).


Finally, three of our students Sabra, Ahlam and Al-Muhanna won the 1st prize in the on-site Geo-Quiz of EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers) and received a travel grant to visit the next EAGE convention in Vienna in May/June 2016.