Heriot-Watt scoops prestigious geoscience award



For the first time in its history, a geoscientific research paper from Heriot-Watt has won a major international award from one of the world's most influential geoscience bodies.

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) bestowed its prestigious International Poster of the Year Award at a recent ceremony in Salt Lake City to a paper co-authored by a three academics including Anastasia Polymeni, a PhD student, a Global Platform Research Fellow, Dr Rachel Jamieson and the University's Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill.

The trio, who are from the Shell Centre of Exploration Geoscience at Heriot-Watt's Institute of Petroleum Engineering were recognised for producing a scientific poster that demonstrated the structural evolution of the Central Mediterranean.

And it was a double celebration for Heriot-Watt when Anastasia was named as winner of the International Student Poster of the Year award.

Chief Scientist Professor John Underhill, said: “It's an honour to be recognised with this award by an organisation as internationally renowned as the AAPG.

“Not only is it recognition of the work we have done to advance the discussion around the structural evolution of the Central Mediterranean but has also placed Heriot-Watt's applied geoscience research on an international stage.”

The Shell Centre of Exploration Geoscience was inaugurated in 2013 and is operated under a joint agreement between Heriot-Watt and Royal Dutch Shell. The Centre is housed within the Wouter Hoogeveen Lab and has supported four PhD, one of which is Anastasia Polymeni's, and two PDRA positions.