IGSC 2013 — Inspiring Change

Now that the 4th International Geosciences Student Conference has ended we proudly present our impression on this forward thinking event. Our goal was to unite past, present & future of the geosciences. We, the SGS and Geo.X, spread the vision of Inspiring Change from the heart of Europe to you, the world.


We had a total of 328 delegates attending the 4th IGSC in Berlin.
attendees IGSC 2013
participating country by number of attendees

On the left side you will see how many people from your country were absent. As we can see the strongest formation were delegates from Germany. We are very proud of our neighbours from Poland representing the second largest student group. They strong committment to the idea of the IGSC was felt during the and even after the conference. With more than 32 attendees Romania became the third largest group. After their IGSC in 2011 they are constantly promoting and helping to spread the vision of the IGSC. It is noticable that there were 15 attendees from Russia and 14 from Serbia. All five biggest goups did already organize an IGSC in their home country except for the russian students. With less than 12 attendees we had students from as far as Indonesia and Malaysia but also USA. It wasn´t unnoticed that there has also been a total number of 23 students from Western and Northern Europe (France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden and Norway) attending the conference. The support by students from western europe was never been as high as in Berlin. We are very happy for the high participation of attendees from Western and Northern Europe.

After the conference we were asking you to fill out a satisfaction sheet and tell us your impression on the 4th IGSC. In one point we asked you to rate all program points. Surprisingly the "How-To: Good Presentations" got the best ratings from you (3.7/5). If you are interested in all results click here.

The Podcasts:

For the first time we have had a camera team filming the event. Every night we published a podcast resuming the whole day. You can now easily recall all the beautiful memory later you have made.

The Photos:

We stored our photos in our Facebook Account. If you want to have a look just choose an album and click on the link to get to our Facebook Page.

Conference Day 1
Conference Day 2
Conference Day 3
Conference Day 4
Social Program PRAEHISTORICA Conference Evening
Field Trip 1 Welzow Süd Lignite Mine
Field Trip 2 Quaternary Hike
Field Trip 3 German Research Center for Geosciences

The Quotes:

  • "We need to inspire people to develop the world further more. Through the IGSC I learned, that we are the people who can bring the change and are able to perform this change successfully."
  • "It was great experience and great organization ship. I will surely attend the next igsc conference."
  • "I have many friends after the IGSC 2013. I am thinking about taking part in next years IGSC 2014."

The Report:

(by Aurelian)

From 25 to 28 April 2013, the Student Geoscientific Society and its SEG, EAGE, and AAPG Student Chapters hosted the 4th International Geosciences Student Conferences in Berlin, Germany. 328 delegates from 22 countries realized the IGSC 2013 as their mutual opportunity to spread the vision of Inspiring Change from the heart of Europe to the world.

The IGSC 2013 Technical Program provided a unique platform to unite past, present, and future of the geosciences. Students and young professionals from all geoscience disciplines showed their research results in 61 oral and 44 poster presentations. Experts from industry and academia informed the delegates about the latest job opportunities at a recruitment exhibition and shared their experience in eleven high-quality lectures, short courses, workshops, and field trips. Among them were an SEG Honorary Lecture by Per Avseth and the Personal Reputation Management Workshop by Elsa Velasco.

Frederike Wittkopp (Utrecht University) and Aurélia Privat (Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais) were awarded for the best poster presentations. Ralf Milke (Freie Universität Berlin) won the 1st SGS Geosciences Slam by elating the audience with his presentation on "Is it opal? How to drink beer for science." Igor Karpov and Sergey Yaskevich (both Novosibirsk State University) demonstrated their outstanding technical knowledge and fighting spirit as champions of the SEG European Challenge Bowl sponsored by Total and are now going to represent Europe at the SEG Challenge Bowl Finals in Houston, Texas.

The IGSC 2013 Social Program kicked off with the opening ceremony and icebreaker reception, which brought together delegates and geoscience professionals from the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region for welcoming speeches, music performances, and a special motivational keynote by Alessandro Airo (Freie Universität Berlin). On Friday, 26 April, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin served as an exclusive location for the truly unforgettable Praehistorica Conference Evening. Fossil celebrities, such as the largest mounted dinosaur in the world, welcomed 171 attendees for food and drinks in the nightly illuminated building of the largest museum of natural history in Germany. On Sunday, 28 April, 252 attendees brought the conference to a glorious end by dancing throughout the night at the farewell gala at Spindler & Klatt with direct access to Berlin's main river Spree.

We are honored and happy that so many students, faculty members, industry professionals, and society representatives have heard and followed our call for Inspiring Change. SGS thanks the many volunteers of the IGSC 2013 organizing committee, our co-hosts Geo.X and Freie Universität Berlin, our platinum sponsors Total and Prospectiuni, our gold sponsors SEG, EAGE, AAPG, and ExxonMobil, as well as the many silver sponsors, bronze sponsors, and supporters from industry, academia, and media. We hope that all delegates and sponsors will stay with the IGSC family in future years because the continuation of what they experienced and demonstrated at the IGSC 2013 is not just an option. It's an obligation in imaging the future of our sciences and society.

This report can also be found at the SEG website.