AMU Poznan Student Chapter of the AAPG

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PGNiG educational program: GeoTalent

Posted by S. Żabierek •  December 6, 2014

We would like tu announce that Adam Mickiewicz University was honoured by PGNiG SA to take part on their educational program: GeoTalent. On our University PGNiG is organising recruitment of GeoTalent ambassadors.

GeoTalent is an educational program for students interested in the oil&gas industry. The goal of this event is to raise awareness and develop practical skills of students in the area of exploration, appraisal and production of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons.
As part of the program, students participate in a number of educational and developmental activities , including: specialized workshops, thematic meetings, GeoTalent contest, Summer Internship Program for students.

More information you can obtain on the website:, or from documents posted below (PDFs in Polish).

Regulations      Leaflet

Visiting Natural Gas Mine in Kaleje, Wielkopolska, Central Poland

Posted by D. Piętek •  December 6, 2014

At the end of last month, on 21th of November, a group of fourteen members of the AMU Student Chapter of the AAPG members with our advisor, Wojciech Stawikowski had rare opportunity to visit Natural Gas Mine in Kaleje (to the southeast of Poznań) which is working for the Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG SA).

Through the good offices of the Head of Zielona Góra Department, we could see technical equipment, conditions of its work in the field. We also learnt, how raw natural gas turns into its sales form. Our guide, Mr. Krzysztof ¦liwka, showed us all unit processes of converting the most clean fuel and transferring it through gas pipelines to our houses. By dint of experience of our chapter's secretary Weronika Miklaszewska, we got also known necessary fundamentals about geology of this area and some secrets of a job in a natural gas mine.

Several photos present how nicely we were treated there!

Lecture: "Geologist on a drilling rig - work and tasks"

We would like to invite you to the lecture by Andrzej Zenker (Halliburton). He will tell us about role and tasks of geologist during his work on drilling rig.

Lecture will held in Institue of Geology of AMU, room 61
Friday, 14th november 2014.

After lecture, meeting of AMU PSC will take place. This is mandatory for all members.


3rd AAPG Budapest Education Days

Posted by S. Belzyt •  November 6, 2014

Last week (29 -31 October, 2014) two of our members - Szymon Belzyt and Mikołaj Kowalczyk visited Budapest participating in 3rd AAPG Budapest Education Days organized by our friends from AAPG Student Chapter of the Eötvös Loránd University. It was a great opportunity for us to improve and practice petroleum geology skills during lectures, workshops and field trip led by experienced professionals and scientists from all over Europe. Moreover, 3rd AAPG Budapest Education Days were an invaluable chance to exchange opinions with student from other AAPG Student Chapters and learn about Hungarian culture.

Project: Heavy mineral analysis application in petroleum geology.
Part 2

Posted by P. Ryder •  October 29, 2014

During last weekend (24th – 26th of October) few of our members engaged in project: Klaudia Walczak, Paweł Ryder, Joanna Michalak and Bartosz Pieterek together with AMU Student Chapter of the AAPG advisor dr. Wojciech Stawikowski investigated outcrops of Rotliegend (Lower Permian) formations in North Sudetic Basin. The group of students searched the area for sandy samples with possible heavy minerals concentration. Our team reached Rotliegend outcrops near among others Nowy Ko¶ciół, ¦wierzawa, Bolków and many other smaller locations. The research was really challenging due to difficult outcrops location and old scientific description of geologic maps. Samples will be compared by many features with samples from Polish Lowland and will be studied later on at AMU Institute of Geology laboratory.


Poznan Researchers Night 2014

Posted by M. Kowalczyk •  October 21, 2014

The Researchers Night is an annual event of all universities in Poznan. This is a great opportunity to all people who live in Poznan area to introduce them different branches of science, geology included.

26th September members of AMU Poznan Student chapter of the AAPG took part in this great event. Members of our chapters led one workshop dedicated to petroleum geology title of which is: "Oil and gas: how to become an oil sheik" and it was led by Monika Szokaluk and Mikołaj Kowalczyk. During this workshop, they acquainted the participants with general information about hydrocarbons, petroleum industry, geology, exploration and productions.

The other members of our chapters took a part in this event, but they workshop wasn’t devoted to petroleum geology.

GeoShale 2014

Posted by M. Kowalczyk •  October 21, 2014

The GeoShale 2014 Conference took place in 24-26 September 2014 and it was hosted by Polish Geological Institue.

The conference gathered together over 120 geoscientists from around the world, including two members of our chapter. During three days, scientists discussed shale sedimentology, stratigraphy, physical and geochemical properties, and gas exploration and production issues.

Project: Heavy mineral analysis application in petroleum geology. Part 1

Posted by P. Ryder •  September 30, 2014

On the 22th of September our members Klaudia Walczak and P. Ryder visited one of the facility of Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG SA) - Central Storage Facility of Drill Cores in Chmielnik (Centralny Magazyn Rdzeni Wiertniczych PGNiG w Chmielniku). The main purpose for visiting was to investigate and sample drill cores from selected intervals of Rotliegend (Lower Permian) formations. Over a dozen of drill cores were derived mainly from Polish Lowland Area. Klaudia nad Paweł were looking for cores with possible heavy minerals concentration. Further laboratory research will be continued at our AMU Institute of Geology.


Geosphere 2014

Posted by P. Ryder •  May 20, 2014

“Geosphere” is an annual geophysical workshop&conference for G&G students. This year the event was organized by Student Geophysical Society “GEOPHONE” from AGH University of Science and Technology and took place in Krosno and Iwonicz, between April 26th and 29th. Six of our chapter's representatives: Wiktoria Janicka, Mikołaj Kowalczyk, Paulina Kotlarek, Jacek Piotr Kubalski, Weronika Miklaszewska and Paweł Ryder took part in this event.

Krosno and Iwonicz are a part of important region for the Polish petroleum industry where oil and gas (conventional) is produced from flysch succession. At the beginning of 20th century this region belonged to the huge petroleum province called Borysław-Drohobycz Petroleum Province. Bóbrka and surrounding places were one of the biggest areas where hydrocarbons were produced with application of new and innovative techniques. During that time, Poland was the third-place country in oil production. Development of area is a merit of an outstanding activist - Ignacy Łukasiewicz who made the first distillation of crude oil together with Jan Zeh.

At the student session our members presented their presentation:
Mikołaj Kowalczyk: The application of NMR method to petrophysical analyse
Paulina Kotlarek: Geological structure of Mesozoic in Mid-Polish Through inverse zone based on seismic imaging
Jacek Piotr Kubalski: The review of use the OpendTect software to seismic interpretation
Weronika Miklaszewska: Desulfurization of natural gas
Paweł Ryder: The application of dipmeter logging to determine the internal geometry of sedimentary rocks

Geosphere workshop&conference programme consisted of lectures and presentations by students and companies representatives during day one. Next day we had chance to participate in seismicand resistivity data acquisition along Lubatówka River embankments in Krosno and we took tour to Museum of Polish Petroleum Industry in Bóbrka where we were able to see former and current methods used in petroleum industry. After returning to hotel, we were working on processing of previously acquired data. Day three started in investigation of old fortifications located mowadays under main city square of Krosno by both gravimeter and georadar methods. Influence of old buried well to gravimeter measurements also was the topic of our quest. Visiting in Exxalo Drilling Service and Geofizyka Kraków S.A. outpost in Krosno was another interesting afternoon tour. Last day of "Geosphere" was an opportunity to attend a seminar prepared by professionals from PGNiG S.A. and Paradigm.


Field Sedimentology Workshop on Bornholm (30.04.-04.05.2014)

Posted by F. Bielicki •  May 16, 2014

Bornholm, a small Danish Island in the Baltic Sea, ca. 90 km north from the Polish coast. Small, but surprisingly rich in geological treasures… and network of bike routes. We couldn’t have spent last long May weekend in the other way than take our bikes, bags and land there.

Participants-mixture of AMU Poznań Student Chapter of the AAPG and University of Silesia Student Geological Society members. Base camp was estabilished in Åkirkeby, in the south central part of the island.

The island is a mosaic of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, moreover Bornholm is located exactly in the place where one can jump from EEC to the Paleozoic Platform (ca. 1,0 Ga hiatus), in the other words the Teisseyre-Tornquist Line is available on the surface. We also took advantage of the Quarry in the vicinity with its world-class exposure of wave-rippled sandstones-ancient seafloor (Lower Cambrian Balka Formation) with unknown kind of ichnofauna.

Next stop was devoted to the Cambrian Alum Black Shales with tremendous carbonate concretions exposed along the Lså River. High boots are probably preferred but we managed to touch that outcrop. Triassic strata at Riesbæk beach and Sose Bugt Formation (and beautiful southern white-sand beach) with high-resolution paralic sequence stratigraphy were the points of longer discussions.

A short visit in Skelbro Quarry explained by the Ordovician Skelbro and Komstad Limestone accompanied by various trilobites as well as Orthoceras was the last part of that day.


“Let’s go north”-we decided, thus the northernmost parts of Bornholm were quickly reached. Although this area consists of crystalline rocks, the coastal cliffs, lighthouse and quick look at Swedish coast were very tempting. After that Hasle beach extinguished our sedimental thirst-Jurassic Hasle Formation with succession of hummocky cross stratified sandstones were incredible.

Furthermore, we landed at the place called Galgeløkken with the Jurassic Rønne Formation sandstones representing wonderful tidal channels, bars and tidal flat deposits in regressive setting. We believe that the outcrop must be some of the best in the world! Next outcrop we logged was a nice exposure of the Upper Cretaceous Arnager Limestone (chalkmounds) and glauconitic greensand. One can also find there small shark teeth. The last stop was the Lower Cretaceous deposists at Madsegrav (Robbedale and Jydegård Formation) of shoreface, barrier, back-barrier and lagoonal environments.

Before the ferry we had visited Bornholm Natural History Museum which is really worth recommending. We do have hope to continue this workshop and land on Bornholm soon!


Poznan Science and Art Festival

Posted by W. Miklaszewska •  April 15, 2014

Science and Art Festival (Poznański Festiwal Nauki i Sztuki) is an annual event of all universities of Poznan and an amazing oppotrunity to meet school-age students. It is also a chance to introduce them to different branches of science, including geology.

This year, the 9th of April, both AMU Poznań Student of Chapter of the AAPG and Student Geological Society of AMU took part in this big event. Members of our chapter led two workshops dedicated to petroleum geology. The first one, was titled "Oil and gas: how to become an oil sheik", led by Ewelina Krzyżak and Filip Bielicki. During this workshop, they acquainted the participants with general information about hydrocarbons, history of petroleum industry, exploration and production. In the practical part, together with high school students, they played a role of petroleum geologists, who wanted to find oil and gas play.

The second workshop, "Shale gas: will Poland be the second USA?", was led by Weronika Miklaszewska and Sławomir Żabierek. The participants were introduced to the subject of unconventional resources, i.a. shale oil and gas exploration, hydraulic fracturing and the Polish shale gas plays. After the lecture, they led the exercise during which the participants, based on different kinds of geologic data, had to choose the place and select the license, which could allow them to explore for shale gas.

It is worth mentioning that our chapter members also organized other workshops, which were not devoted to petroleum geology.

We would like to thank all the participants, who took part in the workshops, asked inquiring questions and rose their voice in the debates. We also would like to invite you to the next edition!

Lecture: "Desulfurization of natural gas"

Posted by F. Bielicki •  April 14, 2014

On Monday, April 7th, we had a pleasure to participate in a lecture "Desulfurization of natural gas" by Weronika Miklaszewska, our chapter member. The lecture was devoted to technology of natural gas desulfurization in Poland and in the World, its advantages and disadvantages as well as criteria of the method selection. Besides that, we were provided with information about utilization, storage of sour natural gas as well as Claus process. Discussion about the methods, technologies and role of extracted sulfur also took place.


Rock the Shale - unconvetionally about shales

Posted by I. Czarnecka •  March 19, 2014

Rock the Shale was an event addressed to geology students as well as non-geology students, who are intrested in shale gas&oil problem. First day programme of conference consisted of lectures presented by both Polish and foreign experts. During the second day of the event we had a chance to take part in workshops focused on i.a. seismic interpretation, sweet spots identification or using GIS in geology.

Rock the Shale was organized by Applied Tectonics Study Group of Warsaw University.

Imperial Barrel Award 2014 European Final

Posted by S. Żabierek •  March 10, 2014

They have just come back! Our representatives on AAPG Fundation IBA 2014 contest have arrived from this years European Final which held in Prague.

    "That was great opportunity for us to gain new experiences,       learn new methods and to compete with teams from all over         the Europe."

say agreebly AMU PSC's team members: Filip Bielicki, Szymon Belzyt, Ewelina Krzyżak, Paweł Ryder and Sławek Żabierek. Teams from England, Scotland, France, Russia, the Netherlands, Norway, the Ukraine, Croatia, Romania, Ireland, Austria, Portugal, Italy, Hungary and - the first time since 2011 - Poland, competed with each other with their presentations prepared after two months of serious and strenuous work on exploration project. The speech was judged astringently by the panel of experts - representatives of the biggest oil & gas companies, who also asked inquisitive and detailed questions.

After two days of students' presentations judges chose the best three teams:
    1st Place: IFP School
    2nd Place: University of Manchester
    3rd Place (tie): University of Aberdeen & University of Stavanger



L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant a second time in Poznań

Posted by F. Bielicki •  March 1, 2014

No days off!

We are proud to announce that our chapter member Mikołaj Kowalczyk has been awarded The L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant Program 2013-14, issued by the AAPG Foundation. Congratulations!

It's worth to mention that member of AMU PSC got this grant second time in the row, what makes us proud!

Core and cuttings description workshop by Michał Filipiak

Posted by W. Janicka •  February 10, 2014

On Saturday the 1st of February 2014 AMU Poznań Student Chapter of the AAPG has organized consecutive workshop which was destined to description of drill cores and cuttings. The course was chaired by an adept petroleum geologist, worker of the PGNiG SA, Mr Michał Filipiak. During our meeting, we found out how proper description of samples and cores should look like. We also learned what optical features crude oil has in UV light or we were introduced to methods of differentiation of gypsum and anhydrite.

We would like to thank to Mr Michał Filipiak for time he spent with us and helped us to focus on interesting problems


"Hydrocarbons"- Lecture by Chemistry Scientific Students' Society of AMU

Posted by Paweł Ryder •  January 20, 2014

On Wednesday, the 15th of January 2014 members of AMU Poznań Student Chapter of the AAPG listened to the presentation of Anna Jenczak and Adam Zarecki (representatives from Chemistry Scientific Students' Society of AMU). The main topic of meeting was the nature of the Hydrocarbons. Everyone from the audience was acknowledged with the extraction and processing techniques in industry from chemical point of view. After the presentation, the discussion has begun and was focused mainly on the new extraction processes of CO2, shale gas-fracturing (and its influence on environment) and preparation of mud fluid and its chemistry. We are glad that we could draw on the cooperation with another students' society.