2nd African Geosciences Student Conference Benefits Region

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology Geophysical Society (KNUST) hosted the 2nd African Geosciences Student Conference (AGSC) on 20-24 May in Kumasi, Ghana. "Exploring the Depth and Breadth of the Geosciences" was a student-organized event of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) in partnership with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Tullow Ghana Ltd., and Energy Domain.

AGSC serves students and early career professionals in the region by providing the latest career and technical training in the field, and by connecting them with industry leaders to learn and share best practices in the Geosciences and allied disciplines. Understanding that the natural resources found in Africa are driving rapid growth in many African countries, all parties involved in the AGSC are working to serve the African continent; providing innovation and experience to develop practical solutions for economic change by increasing exploration and production of these resources. AGSC Chairman, Cyril D. Boateng, commended sponsors, volunteers and staff of the Department of Physics-KNUST, for their contribution to the event, and pleaded with members of industry and academia to work hand in hand to create a platform for students to continue to surge forward in their work to fulfill this mission.

The program for the 2nd annual conference was expanded from the inaugural event to include more activities for the students and early career professionals. The new program included the Near Surface Summer School where students learned how to acquire data in the field, process it, and interpret the findings through hands-on training with geophysical equipment. Students also enjoyed a field trip to the Bosumtwe Impact Crater, one of only 19 confirmed impact structures known in Africa. The Networking Night event allowed guests to not only mingle with African geoscientists, but also to get the inside scoop on the industry from employers to current working professionals. Highlife Night recognized Challenge Bowl champions Anyanwu Dozie and Horsfall Nathaniel of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria, who will now compete at the SEG Annual Meeting in Denver; the best oral presentation, "Groundwater Exploration in Pru District of Ghana using 1D and 2D Electrical Resistivity Methods," by Jonas Sikah Narh of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; and the best poster presentation, "Rock Physics Modelling and Fluid Substitution in an Onshore Well in Niger Delta, Southern Nigera" by Anine Lawrence from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria.

The 2nd AGSC boasted more than 150 delegates from Ghana, Nigeria and Cote D'Ivoire, along with many other seasoned professionals from across the world. The conference reached its intended goal to foster bonds among geoscientists within the African continent and the rest of the world. It was best summed up by Dr. Kwame Owusu, Principal Geophysicist, Tullow Ghana Ltd., "Congratulations for the splendid organization you put together to achieve this conference. If it is anything to go by, I feel that the future is bright for Ghana and Africa in this industry."

The success of the past two AGSC events establishes the permanent success of the conference series as a whole in Africa. Already, the team for the 2nd AGSC has been elected to the advisory committee of the 3rd AGSC in Kenya; and the planning committee, timeline, and publicity for the 3rd year's program is in full swing.

For more information about how to get involved in the AGSC or about hosting an IGSC (International Geosciences Student Conference), please contact IGSC@seg.org or visit the SEG-IGSC webpage at http://www.seg.org/education/university-student-programs/igsc.

Johnna Yoder
University and Student Programs Advisor