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Laurie Dake Challenge

Join the Challenge!

Laurie Dake Challenge

Join the Challenge!

Participate in the Laurie Dake Challenge competition

If you happen to be working with a diverse group of fellow students that would like to test their knowledge and team working skills, the Laurie Dake Challenge may be for you!

The Laurie Dake Challenge is one of EAGE’s most prestigious student competitions. It requires participants to excel in some of the key areas of EAGE’s mission: multidisciplinary group work, data integration, and the honing of your project management, cooperation, and presentation skills.

As a leading competition within the Association, the challenge will require teams to be inquisitive, innovative, and analytical thinkers. Each year, the dataset poses new challenges throughout the three rounds.

Participating teams:

  • Have a shot at winning the EAGE Laurie Dake Challenge trophy
  • Gain exposure to leading experts in the industry
  • Finalists will have the chance to participate in the EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition
  • Gain hands-on experience with valuable datasets from real hydrocarbon fields


How to participate in the Laurie Dake Challenge

Universities are invited to participate in the Laurie Dake Challenge with a multidisciplinary team of 3 to 5 students (one PhD student per team allowed). The competition includes three selection rounds that are further explained below.

To enter the competition each team is required to submit an assignment on a certain topic.

The application round for the 2023 competition will be closed on 3 January 2023, the teams for the next round will be informed shortly. The dataset is provided by OMV. The finals will be held at the EAGE Annual Conference Vienna 2023.

The Laurie Dake Challenge is sponsored by the EAGE student Fund.


What to expect

The challenge consists of three rounds. After each round a number of teams will be allowed to continue until we reach the third and final round where six teams have the chance to present their solutions.


To ensure a successful application you should be aware of the rules and procedures of the Laurie Dake challenge. 

Next to your application, you must attach a signed ‘Declaration of Academic Integrity’ and a Motivational Letter.

Make sure that your Motivational Letter includes:

1. The presentation of your team.
2. Why you would like to join the challenge.
3. A description of why it is important to work/research/develop geothermal energy.
Maximum length: 2 pages. 

The deadline for applications is 3 January 2023, at 23:59 (GMT-5).

Submit your application

You will have more chances to prepare the submission of the assignment as soon as you apply to the challenge.

If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us at

Selection Round 1 – Exploration data set assignment

Each team signing up for the competition will receive a data set provided by a different company each year. The team will have the opportunity to analyze and interpret an exploration data set of a basin where geothermal energy production is thought to be feasible.

At the end of the first round, the ten best teams will be selected for the next round of the competition.

Selection Round 2 – Assignment submission

The remaining teams will be asked to use the assigned data to create a 3-minute video pitch and a maximum 3000-word report, including images, to describe and provide evidence of their proposed development plan for the area.

Based on these submissions, the Laurie Dake Challenge jury will select the six finalists that will be invited to compete in Round 3.

Selection Round 3 – Presentation of full development plans

EAGE invites the six finalist university teams to present their findings to an expert Laurie Dake Challenge jury. The presentations will be judged by 8 to 10 jury members, all with their own expertise.

Selection stagesDeadline
Application 3 January 2023
First Submission 27 February
Selection of the teams for the Second round15 March
Second Submission21 April
Selection semi-finalist teams5 May
Final4 June


Siddharth Misra


Prof Dr Siddharth Misra’s research focuses on improving subsurface characterization and prospect evaluation for the exploration of hydrocarbons, minerals and water resources.

His major contribution is in the theory of electromagnetic responses of geological formations to various charge polarization phenomena. The theory has enabled him to introduce a multi-frequency electromagnetic log-inversion technique to remove dielectric effects for improved estimation of hydrocarbon pore volume.


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