candidate for Vice-President
EAGE has been a leader in geosciences and engineering since its founding, and I am honoured to be nominated for vice-president of an organisation so dedicated to its mission and members.
The energy environment is quickly evolving toward more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives.
The entire history of the natural resources industry has been one of continuous challenges, matched by adaption and innovation. From the outset, the energy sector has been wide open to innovation and modern technology. Technological advances have constantly shaped and re-shaped every stage of the industry, from exploration right through to final usage.
While industries worldwide are making significant bets on a wide range of new technologies and new energies, the energy sector is also concentrating on digital breakthroughs that promise to transform our industry as fundamentally as in other sectors. This transformation is amplified by the pandemic which has disrupted people’s work lives, helping many realise that they can be productive while working from home.
For the future, I see several areas of focus:
- Promote diversity and engagement at regional level and sister societies.
- Expand the role of geosciences and engineering in meeting environmental challenges.
- Expand our international footprint to be more global and younger.
Questions about energy and environment are complex but crucial. Sometimes the dominant voices in the debate today are very emotional, but fortunately professional associations like EAGE encourage debate. It is important that geoscientists and engineers like you can share your visions and help to shape our future.
Yohaney Gomez Galarza
candidate for Vice-Chair O&G Geoscience Division.
I am a Geologist, and Petroleum Engineer with a Master in Petroleum Engineer, currently Reservoir Director at an international company in Colombia.
26 years of experience in Oil and Gas industry-oriented to reservoir characterization studies in special for heavy and light oil, and gas fields, focused on technological management. Huge expertise in geomodelling, generation, and implementation of the oil field development plans and Reserves Certification.
I was Advisor of the EAGE Board in Latin America during 2015 supporting the opening of an office in Colombia, I was President of ACGGP- Colombian Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists (2011-2012), and ACGGP- Board Member from 2009 to 2012.
As Vice-Chair belonging to the oil and gas Geoscience Division, I expect to advise in the different Technical Programs of the multidisciplinary studies, giving my recommendations for workshops, special sessions, and any support as appropriate.
Since my directive position and as a woman in the industry, I am looking to spread the EAGE in my community and encourage the activities in Latin America.
I would like to promote the diversity of this EAGE Association worldwide including cultural aspects from Latin America and reinforcing topics that are in resonance currently in the oil and gas industry through networking with professionals, national companies and agencies, university professors, and students. Additionally, I would like to interchange, here in this side of the world, the European point of view regarding the transition to green energy in the medium future.
candidate for Publications Officer
I strongly believe that EAGE must continue to lead and represent Earth Scientists and Engineers as we navigate through our uncertain futures. Our journals are strong and represent quality in an increasingly flooded marketplace. In EarthDoc we have a leading repository of current and past research, and how it and all EAGE’s online offerings develop will be key to the future success of our publications.
Our publications portfolio is closely knit with the Education programme. Traditionally this has been in the form of hard-copy books, then both physical and e-books. In the future, I would like to see how we can capture new avenues of remote course delivery in alternative publication mechanisms.
We need to continually assess whether our publications continue to meet the needs of the membership. With current trends in digitalisation and the energy transition, I would like to consider launching new journals in these areas, and/or to collaborate with other organisations and journals in this arena.
I have derived huge benefits from my membership of EAEG/EAGE since 1991, especially from being able to present and publish my work in my early career. I am keen therefore to reduce barriers to participation in EAGE events and publications. EAGE should learn from the remote working forced on us by the pandemic to see what flexibility can be maintained for organising and attending remote sessions, and therefore improve inclusion of all members.