IGP Seminar

The department would like to invite all employees to the IGP Seminar. This is a series of seminars where researchers and others can present their work to their colleagues. The first seminar is October 18 1400-1500, and the first researcher in the series is Gwenn Péron-Pinvidic who will give a talk entitled: «Rifted continental margins: State of the Art and Future Challenges»


Read more about Gwenn here

Results from NTNU’s call on interdisciplinary research collaboration in sustainability

The results from NTNU’s call on interdisciplinary research collaboration in sustainability is now available, and we are very happy to report that IGP is involved in 2 of the 9 projects that were funded!

Professor Hanumantha Rao Kota has been involved in the project Developing a Holistic Ecosystem for Sustainable Repurposing and/or Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries (LIBs) in Norway and EU. (HolE-LIB) coordinated from the NV-faculty.

Professor Hanumantha Rao Kota

Associate Professor Steinar Løve Ellefmo has had key involvement in the project The Deep Dilemmas: Deep Sea Mining for the new Deep Transition? (TripleDeep). The latter project is coordinated by the HF-faculty and is based on a previous RCN-application that has been developed by the same project group and led by Ellefmo.

Associate Professor Steinar Løve Ellefmo

Rao and Ellefmo will receive 1 PhD candidate each.

For IGP to be involved in 2 of the 9 projects here is very positive for our department. NTNU received 60 applications from all faculties at NTNU within the deadline.

Details from innsida here.

Congratulations to Rao and Steinar!

Webinar: Hvorfor synliggjøre forskningen din / Why make your research visible: Science Conversations / Kunnskapssamtalen @NTNU

Webinarserien Science Conversations / Kunnskapssamtalen, handler om hvordan du kan bygge en akademisk karriere og skape kvalitet i forskningen din. Yngre og mer erfarne forskere fra flere fagområder vil gjennom tre webinarer høsten 2021 dele erfaringer og gi råd og tips. Webinarene holdes på engelsk.

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Welcome Stefanie

Stefanie Lode has started as a Senior Engineer at the Electron Optical Laboratory at the Department. She has studied geology at the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany and finished with a Diplom (~equivalent to MSc) degree (thesis and mapping) in 2007. Afterwards, she worked on a temporary position at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) in the Mineral Processing laboratory on the scanning electron microscope on a variety of projects. In 2011 Stefanie moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and obtained her PhD in Economic Geology at Memorial University in 2016. She continued at Memorial as postdoctoral researcher applying an integrated field and laboratory approach using automated mineralogy (MLA) to investigate onshore reservoir sandstones. From 2018 to 2021 she worked as postdoctoral researcher in the Scanning Electron Microscope laboratory of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) on lower Cretaceous marly chalks and chalks, but also a variety of economic geological and industrial projects using automated mineralogy (ZEISS Mineralogic) and participated on a mapping campaign in NE Greenland.

She has a broad geological and mineralogical background ranging from research related to mineral resources (VMS, Ni-PGE et al.) and related hydrothermal processes, as well as clastic and carbonate rocks, to lithogeochemicy and S-Pb-Nd isotope systems. All research involved various analytical methodologies, especially optical and electron microscopy (manual and automated).

Welcome Stefanie!

Greetings from your new Head of Department

Dear colleagues, students and hello to the entire Department of Geoscience and Petroleum

I would like to meet you as your new head of department at IGP.  Even though I’ve met some of you already or some of you know from before, I’m sure there are a lot of people who don’t know me at all. Therefore, I thought I could say a few words about myself and my CV first. Further, I would like to say some words about my motivation why I applied for this job and my plans in near future.

First, a little about myself.

I’m an educated geologist. I studied in my hometown in Giessen, Germany at Justus-Liebig University. I finished with a Diploma or what today is a Master’s degree. The focus of the master’s thesis was clastic sedimentology.

After that, I started my Dr-degree at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. And although I could take part in a fantastic two-month ship-based expedition to Antarctica, the subject of my PhD thesis was on paleoclimate and paleo environmental reconstructions of Cretaceous Black Shales in Colombia, South America. Methodical focus was on fieldwork, sedimentology and organic geochemistry.

After my PhD, I held a 2-year post-doc position immersing myself even more in the topic, but as the 2-year scholarship neared its end, the search for the next project/job began. The idea was to apply for access to sample material from the unique shallow stratigraphic drilling cores from IKU, the Continental Shelf Institute here in Trondheim, which later became part of SINTEF. And since I was on a job hunt, I attached my resumé.

It was in late 1997 when I moved to Trondheim and was employed by IKU as a researcher in the basin modelling department. My research assignments were mostly about black shale formation, characterization and prediction, but the focus was now more on an applied direction, in the search for source rocks. And I had no idea about modelling to begin with.

But it was an incredibly exciting time with many good colleagues, learning by doing, project involvement and good teamwork. After a few years I became a senior researcher and eventually the head of the department. In this last period when I was leading the department, I was more and more engaged in planning the department’s strategy and development, organizing national and international collaboration with industry partners and universities.

In 2012, after more than 7 years in that management position, Equinor, then Statoil, was searching for new young and experienced employees in their research units. And even within my favorite subjects, within paleoclimate modelling, source rocks and petroleum systems analysis. For me, it was an opportunity to consider going back to more technical work, to do more research again. I took my chances and have been working for the last eight and a half years with source rocks from all over the world and over almost the entire geological timescale.

But then I was recently made aware of the announcement for the position here at IGP. And again, I began to consider whether I should try something new. In the job advertisement, the strategic research areas within sustainability, energy and ocean space were highlighted which I find very exciting. I applied for the position because I would like to help develop strategies and plans, build up and lead research groups that lay the foundation for sustainable value creation of geological resources.

The industry is going through a fundamental change, we are approaching an energy transition. I did not plan to mention it and I don’t want to dive into this topic in more detail, but the recent IEA and UN/ICCP reports have raised discussions about our energy future and there is a lot of political discussion right now with the Norwegian elections coming up soon. But I want to say, especially to our students and young professionals that geoscience with all its academic and technical disciplines and applications is and will remain of highest importance for the development of our industry, our society and our prosperity, and I am convinced that education and research within geosciences must be strengthened to meet the challenges that the future energy transition may include.

Within the next weeks and months, I will have to learn a lot. My ambition is to meet all research teams and technical groups at IGP. I believe in an open and constructive dialogue and want to encourage you all to join these meetings. There is also the round of employee interviews coming up soon, another option where we can meet and discuss in more detail.

A last comment on the Corona situation. I want to thank all colleagues here at IGP for their tremendous efforts and hard work during the last months. The situation has been sometimes quite difficult and unpredictable with changing rules and regulations on short notice. That made planning activities, teaching and team-working very demanding and has raised the work load a lot. I hope with increasing vaccination numbers and that also students soon get their full protection the situation will be more relaxed, and we can go back to a more normal campus live again.

With that I want to thank you for joining me here today and I hope to see you all soon in smaller groups and discussions.

Thank you very much for your attention,

take care

Ute Mann,
Head of Department

Welcome Mehman!

Mehman Ahmadli has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Subsea Technology. The main supervisor is Tor Berge Gjersvik (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and as co-supervisors are Sigbjørn Sangesland (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Rory MacKenzie (TOTAL). Mehman’s project “Valves and materials – design concepts for simplifications” will investigate new possibilities for valves and actuators assuming all-electric control system and exploit alternative designs (valve types, materials, and placements) exploiting possibilities from rearrangement of equipment that are proposed to enable low-cost subsea field development.

Mehman has B.Eng. and MSc. in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Welcome Mehman!

Egil 60 år

Egil Tjåland fylte 60 år 9. august, og denne uken ble det markert med kaffe, kaker og gaver. Gavene ble overrakt av fungerende instituttleder Rune Berg-Edland Larsen. Det ble også markert at Egil gikk av som instituttleder i august, og skal nå inn i en ny rolle ved instituttet.

Gratulerer med den stor dagen, Egil!