EAGE Student Chapter
To cater to our region’s growing geoscience student cohort, Wits University set out to establish an EAGE student chapter as the first (and currently only) in southern Africa in 2020. The chapter has been involved in several exciting community and field projects across South Africa, collaborating with prominent organisations such as the Africa Array network and the Wits Seismic Research Centre. With a small but diverse and enthusiastic student chapter of ±15 members, the Wits EAGE SC is cementing itself as a highly active, scientifically competent, professional, and community-minded organisation with an exciting future.
The student chapter is centred on promoting the growth of technical competence, international connections and productive collaboration for students in the South African context. This entails active encouragement and promotion of the field of geosciences, with a primary focus on geophysics, to as many communities as possible. To achieve this effective communication and transfer of knowledge via community outreach projects to create public (and student) awareness and capacity building by constructing a network involving people who are not actively informed about the various attributes encompassed by this branch of science.
In the upcoming #SAGA2022 Biennial Conference, the Wits University EAGE Student chapter will be involved as follows:
The main topic of this discussion is centred on industry versus academic expectations. We plan to address what the industry wants from graduates, i.e. what qualifies as important and what is not, and what academics are looking to produce and why. In essence, what drives the disconnect between industry and academics? We have a range of panellists from various fields, including University, Consulting, Mining and Exploration, Graduates, Students and Research Institutions.
For more information about the EAGE Wits University Student Chapter, one can visit our Facebook page: