A short history of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section

The idea of setting up an Italian chapter of geophysicists was floating around in the 1990s both in industry and academia, and crystallized at the start of new millennium. Simon Spitz and Aldo Vesnaver, then regional coordinators for Europe on the SEG Global Affairs Committee (GAC), were promoting cooperation between societies and setting up a joint section of SEG and EAGE seemed a good idea. Italy did not have an organization similar to either; therefore, basing the section there would automatically create an Italian organization dedicated to applied and exploration geophysics and which would provide a focal point for the many professionals and academics working in this field. Leading geophysicists and institutions took up the cause: OGS (the Italian National Institute of Applied Geophysics) handled the legal requirements and the Secretariat; ENI E&P Division backed several initiatives and a provided a link to EAGE through Luca Bertelli (then EAGE Vice President-Elect); and such noted scientists as Fabio Rocca, Domenico Patella, and Alfredo Mazzotti generated support from academia. The latter became the first President of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section.


Once the section was established as a no-profit association of professional geophysicists, SEG affiliation was simple and quick since SEG Bylaws are very clear. EAGE did not have similar published rules and EAGE affiliation took a few more months. This was not the first SEG-EAGE double affiliation, and others have come after it, but it is still quite a rare example in the international landscape.
Since its inception in 2001, the Italian EAGE-SEG Section has held an annual national meeting for geophysicists active in oil and gas exploration and production, and in near-surface and other geophysical specialties. The meeting, held in Rome in the late autumn, is attended by hundreds of geoscientists from academia, research institutes, and industry.

The Italian Section does not publish its own scientific journal, as the best papers of its members should be submitted to the journals of SEG and EAGE. One primary function is to organize Italian venues for Distinguished Lecturers and Instructors sponsored by SEG and EAGE, and to assist in the logistics of some major international workshops (e.g., RealMod in 2002, GeoMod and GeoSur in 2004, EGM in 2007). From 2007, a “Newsletter” informs the members about recent and coming geophysical activities, and about opportunities offered by EAGE and SEG of special interest for Italian members.




Signature ceremony of the affiliation to SEG for the Italian EAGE-SEG Section, during the SEG Annual Meeting in San Antonio in 2001. From left to right: Helmuth Gaertner (EAGE President) , Sally Zinke (SEG President), Luca Bertelli (Vice-President-elect of EAGE and Vice-President of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section) and Aldo Vesnaver (Treasurer of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section).



Group photo of vertices and staff of EAGE and SEG, and several early members of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section.


Major Activities


  • Foundation: June 5, 2001 in Triest (Italy)
  • 20th GNGTS Annual Meeting / 1st Meeting of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section. Rome, 6-8 November, with 476 participants


  • International Conference “RealMod – Modelling Reality, The Reality of Modelling” organized on behalf of ENI – Agip, S. Donato Milanese, 2-4 October, with 150 participants
  • 21st GNGTS Annual Meeting / 2nd Meeting of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section. Rome, 19-21 November, with 533 participants


  • 22nd GNGTS Meeting / 3rd Meeting of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section. Rome, 18-20 November, with 544 participants


  • International Conference GeoMod 2004 – "From Mountains to Sedimentary Basins: Modelling and Testing Geological Processes”, 9-11 June, Emmetten (Switzerland), with 130 participants
  • 1st International Earth Science Film Festival. Award Ceremony on 13 November, Trieste, for movies presented at the 32° International Geological Congress in Florence
  • GeoSur 2004 - International Symposium on the "Geology and Geophysics of the Southernmost Andes, the Scotia Arc and the Antarctic Peninsula". 22-23 November, with a Post-Symposium Field Trip to Tierra del Fuego (24-27 November), with 137 participants
  • 23rd GNGTS Annual Meeting / 4th Meeting of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section. Rome, 14-16 December, with 500 participants


  • 1st EAGE-SEG Distinguished Lecture Programme - Dr. Derecke Palmer – “Advancing Shallow Refraction Seismology with the GRM and the RCS”. Rome, 14 November 2005
  • 24th GNGTS Annual Meeting / 5th Meeting of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section. Rome, 15-17 November, with 555 participants


  • 2nd EAGE-SEG Distinguished Lecture Programme - Prof. Dr. A.J. Berkhout – “Removing and Using Multiple Scattering”. Rome, 27 November
  • 25th GNGTS Annual Meeting / 6th Meeting of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section. Rome, 28-30 November 2006, with 670 participants


  • EGM 2007 International Workshop – “Innovation in EM, Grav and Mag Methods: a new Perspective for Exploration”. Capri, 16-18 April, with 151 participants
  • 26th GNGTS Annual Meeting / 7th Meeting of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section. Rome, 13-15 November, with 620 participants
  • 1st Italian and European SEG Challenge Bowl. Rome, 14 November


  • 27th GNGTS Annual Meeting / 8th Meeting of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section. Trieste, 6-8 October, with 390 participants
  • 2nd Italian and European SEG Challenge Bowl. Trieste, 6 October


  • 28th GNGTS Annual Meeting / 9th Meeting of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section. Trieste, 16-18 November, with 400 participants
  • 3rd Italian and European SEG Challenge Bowl. Trieste, 17 November