The Energy Geoscientists Working Group (EGWG) was formed in July 2020. The purpose of the group is to raise awareness of the geoscientist’s roles in the energy sector; and to support geoscientists and petroleum geologists so that that their skills and experience can be applied to achieving a Just Energy Transition for Ireland.
The EGWG will help the IGI develop initiatives that will support energy geoscientists to harness opportunities and cope with career challenges associated with the energy transition, e.g. tailored training, networking opportunities, highlighting the importance of geoscientist with regard to the mix of energy types (fossil, transition and renewable), the transfer of skillsets to other sectors, promotion of energy geoscience, collaboration and information sharing.
The group will also act as an expert group to advise the IGI board on any queries or matters which arise that are relevant to the energy sector (e.g., public consultations and requests for information).
The group is made up of both IGI members and non-members who work in the fields of petroleum, exploration, consultancy, renewables, research and academia. Members are based in Ireland, UK and the USA. The board range of expert skills and global perspectives provides a rich wealth of knowledge in energy geoscience. The group has met on three occasions since forming and has agreed a Terms of Reference with the IGI Board. The group is chaired by a board member and it is hoped to expand on group membership and progress a number of initiatives in the coming years.
Members of the Working Group:
EurGeol Cian O’Hora PGeo
EurGeol Eamonn Grennan PGeo
Susan Morrice, Belize Natural Energy CEO
EurGeol Nick O’Neill PGeo
Dr. David McNamara
Conor O’Sullivan, PhD Researcher iCRAG
Dr. Robert Raine
EurGeol Riccardo Pasquali PGeo