Norske Shells Geopris 2015

Prisvinner Hans Jørgen Kjøll mottar prisen fra Richard Jones, Exploration Manager Norge i Shell Prisvinner Hans Jørgen Kjøll mottar prisen fra Richard Jones, Exploration Manager Norge i Shell

Norske Shells Geopris 2015 ble tildelt Hans Jørgen Kjøll på Vinterkonferansen.



Komiteens begrunnelse er:

Komiteen for Shellprisen fant nivået på studentpresentasjonene til å være av meget høy kvalitet. Det faglige nivået har vært bemerkelsesverdig, og det har som alltid vært vanskelig å plukke en vinner.
Likevel finner juryen at det er en presentasjon som skiller seg ut basert på følgende kriterier: i) en klart definert målsetting,
ii) kvalitet på tall og diagrammer,
iii) vitenskapelig kvalitet og modenhet, og
iv) entusiasme og evne til å presentere data og resultater på en tydelig måte.Vinneren
scoret meget høyt på alle disse kriteriene, og til tross for en presentasjon med svært sofistikert og avansert geologi, viste vinneren modenhet og klarte å presentere sitt arbeid på en måte som gjorde det forståelig for ikke-ekspert jury og resten av publikum. Undersøkelsene varierte fra kilometer til nanometer, og alle som presenterer resultater fra slike forskjellige skalaer bør omfatte det innovative og glimrende zoom-o-meter oppfunnet av vinneren av Shellprisen 2015:
Hans Jørgen Kjøll, masterstudent ved NTNU og NGU

Juryen besto av: Janka Rom, Trond Slagstad, Reidar Müller og Anette Broch Mathisen Tvedt.

Talen gitt av Richard Jones ved tildelingen prisen:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and for the Stavangans amongst us …….Hi Hi or Javel…….by now some of you may have worked out through acute scientific reasoning that I’m not from Norway….that’s a warning to please forgive my terrible pronunciations!

Firstly a belated Happy New Year, I hope you all managed to have a safe, relaxed break over the Christmas period.

Coming from Australia I find this time of year in Norway quite different to what I’m used to but I’m thrilled to be given the chance to work and experience Norway for a few years. It goes without saying that I’m also honored to be asked to present the Shell Geological award for best student presentation at the Norwegian Geological Society Winter Conference 2015. This will be the 8th time the award has been given and it emphasizes the importance and high-regard Shell place in supporting Norwegian geoscience activities. By this I mean not only academia and the schooling of the next generation of geoscientists, but also research and development which will drive the direction of our business for the next decade and beyond.

As a relative newcomer to Norway I thought I could share with you a couple of high-level thoughts from my work experience here to date.

1.   The economic importance of the oil and gas industry to Norway is well known inside the country.  What may not be appreciated is how the rest of the world looks at Norway as the best-in-class example for how to responsibly manage a country’s resources.

During my career with Shell I have been lucky enough to live and work around the world. In the 16 months that I have led Norske Shell exploration and sat on the Norske Shell leadership team I have had the privilege of working with some of the most innovative and talented geoscientists, engineers, drillers, commercial folk that I have come across. These folks are a product of the Norwegian academic institutes that I believe industry has a collective responsibility to promote and support. Students such as yourselves are the future for the global industry and it is incredibly encouraging to see the quality of graduate coming through the Norwegian academic system.

2.   I am also constantly amazed at the regulatory transparency and clarity under which Norway’s petroleum industry operates. Everything from the step-wise approach to exploration to maximizing the value of the country’s resourses via innovation, collaboration and positive social investment is the envy of many other countries. I have honestly never seen such good cooperation between academia, industry and government to promote and maximize the social well-being of the country. At a time of huge oil price uncertainty it is essential that we as an industry continue to invest in our future. This includes promoting geosciences as a vital, challenging and rewarding career option so to attract the brightest and most talented students.  The quality of presentations at this year’s conference was outstanding and the difficulty the jury had in selecting the overall winner of this year’s Shell prize demonstrates that Norwegian geosciences continues to attract the best talent. Many of tonight’s audience will play a leading role in progressing geoscientific understanding going forward and you can look forward to a wonderful career.

So to the award itself.

Awards such as this recognise the excellence in geoscience that we must continue to strive towards, After much deliberation, based on the following criteria

i) A clearly defined objective, 

ii) Quality of figures and diagrams,

iii) Scientific quality and maturity, and 

iv) Enthusiasm and ability to present the data and results in a clear and transparent way.

The panel has decided that this year’s winner is Hans Kjøll, Master Student at NTNU and NGU. Hans’s presentation was entitled” Mechanisms of incipiant quartz recrystalisation in a vein embedded in a weak matrix. Implications for strain accommodation under lower green schist facies conditions.

Please join me in congratulating Hans as he comes forward to accept the award.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of the evening



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