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Past Activities

In a partnership with NEG, we organized an interactive lecture. It took place at May 21st and was guided Professor Fernando Ornelas, a professor of structural geology and who has worked with many projects, including fluids mechanics. It took place at FCUL, room 6.1.36 at 6:00 p.m. The students were asked to bring questions and images related to the physics in geology so that the professor could interact with the audience.

This year's 1st Field Trip of the AAPG Student Chapter UL, in partnership with the SEG Técnico Student Chapter Lisbon, untitled "Tectono-stratigraphic evolution of the SW Iberian Margin and its hydrocarbon potential" was guided by the PhD Ricardo Pereira (Partex) and by the professor Nuno Pimentel. It was an extension of last year's postponed Field Trip and happened on the 27th and 28th April, 2019. The locations included Santiago Cacém, Sines, Bordeira, Sagres. The main objectives of this Field Trip was to visit, observe and discuss the significance of the main syn-rift depositional sequences of the Mesozoic of the SW Iberian Margin and understand the connection of Iberia-Newfoundland conjugate margins in the context of the central to north Atlantic. The final goal was to discuss the implications for effective petroleum systems.

The 2nd edition of the Biostratigraphy applied to the Oil&Gas industry workshop took place at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, 5th and 6th of April 2019. The workshop was designed for geoscientists who would like to know more about biostratigraphy and its uses in the Oil&Gas Industry. Attendees included industry professionals, Msc and PhD students and final year undergraduates. The first day was centered on theory and uses of biostratigraphy, supported by multiple practical exercises. The second day was fully practical, with microscope session where attendees learned how to observe, analyse and interpret palynological slides and its uses in paleoenvironments, thermal maturity, source rock potential and classical biostratigraphy.

This direction's first workshop was "Interpretation of seismic profiles applied to the oil industry". The workshop was led by Leonardo Azevedo (PhD and IST professor) and Miguel Mouga (Geosurveys). The workshop took place on 6, 7, 13 and 14 of December from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., room 3.1.06 of FCUL (days 6, 7 and 13) and IST (day 14), where participants used software of seismic interpretation. It was open to participants from any area and included a certificate of participation.

The first lecture of this academic year was directed to the students who were wondering what to do after graduation. It was entitled "How to enter in the job market - From the Degree to the World of Petroleum". The guest speaker will be Prof. Rui Baptista, Galp's professional with more than 30 years of experience in the oil industry. The lecture took place on November 22th at 6 p.m., at FCUL, room 6.2.49.

Workshop "Biostratigrafia aplicada � ind�stria dos petr�leos"

The first workshop of U. Lisbon AAPG SC (2018- BIOSTRATIGRAPHY IN THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY- was held by Gil Machado, Ph.D. on 2nd and 3rd of March 2018 in Faculdade de Ci�ncias da Universidade de Lisboa. It consisted of 2 day's workshop, the first was theoretical with some exercises in log paper and excel. The second practical where the participants could see thin sections under the microscope from different Source Rocks. Besides the basics principles of Geology, it was taught new some approaches in palynology and micropaleontology. The attenders also have learned how to lead with some stratigraphic issues like dating and depositional rates, etc. All the workshop was accompanied by a colored guide of more than 110 pages. All the material was included in the fee of each participant that paid a symbolic monetary valor, the majority (students affiled with AAPG) paid 5�. Was made a �nquery to the participants and the workshop evaluation was excellent. This aligned with 100% of the vacancies filled made this first workshop a great success!

Lecture "Faz Sentido Procurar Petr�leo em Portugal? Da Geologia �s quest�es de CTSA"

To officialize the beginning University of Lisbon AAPG Student Chapter 2018, we have invited the students to attend to our Opening Session that has as theme "Does it make sense to explore oil in Portugal? From Geology to CTSA issues", by Ph.D. Nuno Pimentel (Geology). This lecture will take in FCUL in the 6.3.42 room on the 20th February at 5 pm and has free admission.
On February 20 was held in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon a lecture whose speaker was Professor Nuno Pimentel. "Does it make sense to explore oil in Portugal?". Initially, a brief geological introduction of the areas propitious to contain hydrocarbons in Portugal was made due to its correlation with areas in North America where the exploration takes place. The operation in Portugal has taken place in accordance with the fact that identical phenomena have affected the two shores of the Atlantic Ocean. For this reason, 175 surveys were carried out in Portugal, where 118 had oil or gas signs and 27 of them enabled production tests. There were 76200Km2 of 2D seismic and 7072Km2 of 3D seismic that allowed, in addition to information related to oil and gas exploration, to increase the geological knowledge of our country! This knowledge would never have been so thorough if the oil industry and the companies themselves had not spent so much time and money on our coast. However, was not confirmed any economic production of oil, only a total of 5 barrels of Portuguese oil! Subsequently, the number of concessions areas in the territory for hydrocarbon exploration was made the parallel between 2013 and 2018, having registered a significant decrease since 2013 in the leased areas for the survey. Finally, issues related to Science, Technology, Society and Environment (STSE) regarding hydrocarbon exploration were approached. Speaker Nuno Pimentel finalized his speech by giving his personal opinion on the subject.

Lecture "The Brazilian Pre-Salt Carbonates"

Lecturer: Prof. V. Paul Wright

Dates: 7th May 2015, 17h
Place: Faculdade de Ci�ncias, room 6.2.53

Sa�da de Campo "H� Petr�leo em Lisboa?"

Data: 11 de Abril 2015
Local: Montes Claros, Monsanto, Lisboa. 9h30 - 12h00
Coordenadas: 38�43'03.44"N 9�12'04.76"W
Orienta��o Cient�fica: Prof. Nuno Pimentel (FCUL)

Inscri��o Gratuita, mediante preenchimento de formul�rio em:

Prazo de Inscri��o at� 9 de Abril! Mais informa��es, contactar por e-mail

Workshop "Introduction to Seismic Interpretation applied to the Petroleum Industry"

Dates: 18-19th April
Instructors: Leonardo Azevedo (PhD Geophysics) and Miguel Mouga (PhD Geology)

Cost per participant: 20€
Registrations by 17th April through the e-mail


Fieldtrip to SW Portugal

Dates: 25-27th May
Instructors: Paulo Fonseca (PhD Geology) and Nuno Pimentel (PhD Geology)

Our Field-trip will start and end in Lisbon, but will be developed mostly at the Alentejo and Algarve regions, around 200-300 km to the south. The first day will take us from Lisbon the SW coastal cliffs, ina 3 hours trio, to observe the Paleozoic cliffs with turbiditic black shales, sleeping at a local Youth Hostel. The second day will take us 100 km towards south, looking at different aspects of Paleozoic and Mesozoic rocks, along the coast. We will reach the Sagres region, where the Mesozoic Algarve basin may be observed, before resting at the Lagos Youth Hostel. The third day will take us to along the Algarve region, to observe different aspects of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic evolution of the basin, before returning to Lisbon in a 300 km (3 hours) trip.
The main objective is to look at Paleozoic and Mesozoic geological units which are elements of active petroleum systems and to discuss how they have been articulated in space and time to generate and eventually accumulate oil & gas.

Preceding this fieldtrip we will have an afternoon of introductory seminars (aprox. 3-4h).

Registrations by 10th April 2012 the latest at (registrations on Facebook will not be considered!)

For registration, you should write a small text saying why you want to attend this fieldtrip. After receiving the applications, we'll do a selection. The selected people will be contacted by us until 20th April

Fee: 25€
(the payment should be done ONLY after our confirmation through email)
Payment to NIB 0007 0000 00082433317 23 (BES) – send proof of transfer to
Includes: Notes, transportations and stay.

Limit: 8 people

PS: In this fieldtrip we will be visiting some places with a difficult access, and that can cause vertigo.

The annual event was organized by AAPG and held at Milan. It is an excellent opportunity to make some contacts between student, young professionals, employees and senior researchers and exploracionists.
The conference featured 280 oral and 200 poster presentations over three days in addition to 7 field trips and 5 short courses. The Exhibition Hall featured 76 exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies, services and opportunities available to the E&P industry, including NOCs from 15 countries participating in the International Pavilion.
Ulisses Correia

Quotes from participants:

“My journey to the International Conference & Exhibition in Milan, organized by AAPG was very intersting. One day I was in FCUL and on the other I was contacting with people I thought I would never contact, like those who work for big oil companies and has an important paper in that company.
The most interesting thing was that I realise what is the oil industry (in part). I also realise that dispite all the disadvantage caused by production and consumption of oil, like environmental problems, the oil industry can provide us the means to study and work with most of the geology disciplines.
The contact with students from other countries was very important: we start to know how things works on their country and notice that are very different from us. Most of the student that were present had Bachelors specialized in Petroleum Geology. Lisbon was the only that covers almost all geology disciplines.
At the ICE I made the course "Integrated Basin Analysis" were I was introduced to the work that is done by a company when is searching for oil and locking for the right place to well. This was the first time that AAPG made a course like this and was driven to the students who intend to do part of an IBA (Imperial Barrel Awards) team. The course was given by ExxonMobil representants.
Beyond the conference and all around it the travel with my colleagues was really nice. Like all travels there was a lot of fun and little advantages.”

Sandra Amaro BSc Student in Geology and Natural Resources
at Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, Portugal

“Attending the AAPG ICE was a unique experience that allowed me to meet professionals in the industry as well as researchers in petroleum geosciences and to know the latest and most impressive discoveries and works that investigators and companies have been developing. Participating in the YP Meet & Greet was a great help to bound with those people, and being paired with a mentor, someone with years of experience, gave me the opportunity to have a glance of the petroleum industry from an insider view.
I also had the opportunity to attend a short-course lectured by Vitor Abreu from ExxonMobil, titled “Sequence Stratigraphy for Graduate Students”, which allowed me to better understand theory and application of sequence stratigrafy for I, as a bachelor student, had just a brief and shallow knowledge in this study area. The principles, concepts and methods of sequence stratigraphy were topics discussed in the short-course, which also comprehended an important practical component with exercises that use outcrop, core, well log, and seismic data.
Having this said I can only add one thing - Thank you AAPG and AAPG Young Professionals Committee for the great opportunity and the wonderful experience that you provided me.”

Susana Santos BSc in Geology and Natural Resources
at Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, Portugal

Drilling/ Petrophysics/ Geophysics/ Unconventional – Oil & Gas/ Field Trips
This Education Week at Aberdeen was organized by AAPG-Europe and held at Aberdeen. It is an annual event of AAPG that provides students and young professionals a wide knowledge in petroleum sciences and its relates, which themes comprised Drilling, Petrophysics, Geophysics, and Unconventional Oil&Gas plays, complemented by a Field Trip at Stonehaven in Scotland.
Ulisses Correia

Quotes from participants:

“When we arrived at the Hilton Treetops Hotel in Aberdeen, early in the morning, we expected at least a hundred people. Instead, we discovered that we were only twenty. And that ended up being one of the best things about that week. We were among fellow students, researchers, workers and even retired geologists from around the world, in an intimate atmosphere. We learned so much that week, about drilling, petrophysics, geophysics, unconventional oil and gas, and so much more. We learned that nothing is impossible in the oil industry, you just have to dream and fight for your idea.
The highlight of the week was, however, the fieldtrip to Stonehaven, a village nearby, where we saw the amazing Highland Boundary fault, and the most intriguing geological features, explained with the typical Scottish accent and sympathy, by Dr. Archer, director of the exploHUB, of the astonishing University of Aberdeen. The mist, the sandstones, the faults and the pillow lavas, the people and the landscape, the magical feel in the air – all that was the perfect background for a remarkable experience that we hope to do again.
If you’re a petroleum geologist, then Aberdeen is a place you must see, and will never forget.”
Carolina Libório BSc Geology and Natural Resources
by Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, Portugal

Galp E&P Trainee

Aberdeen, Europe's oil capital. What better place could there be to learn about Geology and Engineering of Petroleum and Natural Gas?
“Aberdeen Education Week was an enriching experience that taught me a lot about the current oil industry and also opened my eyes to a new section that I was previously indifferent. Unconventional Oil and Gas. For a week we had the opportunity to address many different topics from Geophysics to Mineralogy and Drilling. Each subject was approached by people who work or have worked in the industry. Having the opportunity to meet researchers, teachers, members of teams and companies that are currently drilling and researching was undoubtedly the most interesting experience I've had so far in my short journey as a student of Geosciences.
But no geological work is done without a field component and this was for sure the best field trip I had until today. What could be better to see than ophiolites and sedimentary outcrops combined in a complex morpho-tectonic context with spectacular landscape surroundings where we had the junction between green fields and sea at Stonehaven.
It was so inspiring and fascinating that I promised to myself to come next year.”

Pedro Coimbra BSc Student in Geology and Natural Resources
at Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, Portugal

The semi-final of AAPG’s Imperial Barrel Award, a competition with more than 28 years, was organized by AAPG and held at Prague. It is an annual prospective basin evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world and provides students and young professionals an exciting real experience of work in petroleum geosciences on exploration and production areas of hydrocarbon. Students and young professionals have the opportunity to meet some of the biggest chiefs of worldwide Oil&Gas companies and share their scientific and technologic know-how to improve their skills.

Ulisses Correia

IBA 2011 was a great and enriching experience. We were able to work as team during 2 months in a daily basis. From only 245 seismic lines and a few well reports we explored all the options to create an exploration potential and risk assessment for a big sedimentary basin located in Southwestern Australia. From seismic interpretation to prospect evaluation, through structural framework geochemistry analysis of Bight Basin we explored all the geological patterns that usually geologist’s industry regards once they have a decision of acreage to make. We had learned to deal with uncertainty during the process and that made us, geologically speaking stronger.
Public presentation in front of a grand jury involved a lot of nervousness, but it was rewarded by the 3rd prize we earned, the experience we have reached in addition to the friendly atmosphere among students and petroleum industry experts provided by AAPG during a weekend full of snow in Prague, Czech Republic.
My advice: if you can, DO IT

Ana Figueiredo MSc Geology (Paleontology & Stratigraphy)
by Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, Portugal
Scolarship fellow of CeGUL (Geology Center of University of Lisbon)

These two taught short-courses comprised the following themes Rift Basins and Basin Modelling, were organized by AAPG-Europe and were held at Université Pierre et Marie-Curie in Paris, France. For student attendees it was for free of charge.
Ulisses Correia

Quotes from participants:

On day two of training the subject was more "numerical" and focused on the basin modeling. In this topic we talked about the existing methods for basin modeling and the latest results in this area, with particular focus on recent numerical models of thermo-mechanics that help to explain the deviations between observations and predictions in the classical models of thermal subsidence. In addition to the topics mentioned previously, migration models of hydrocarbons were also exposed in this course. Here were reviewed physical and chemical principles (illustrated with examples) related to the modeling of fluid flow in sedimentary basins that can be used to describe active geological processes over millions of years in order to understand what's behind the modeling software.
To summarize I think the short course was very interesting and productive, not only because it contained new insights and new discoveries in promising areas but also because it gave to us the understanding and extreme importance of basin modeling in the future.
I would like to congratulate the AAPG for these learning experiences which made me realize that geology is constantly changing, depending on the methods and paths undertaken. It was a priceless opportunity to exchange knowledge and opinions with people of the petroleum industry.
Luis Pereira BSc Geology & Natural Resources
by Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, Portugal

Obrangol Engineering

The AAPG Short Courses Paris aimed to provide a sound understanding of petroleum geology from industry and investigation experts. These courses allowed for a more professional approach and technique on the issues related to petroleum geology. They were very useful and interesting and were taught by dedicated researchers in the field of research and oil industry. On first day of the course we talked about the tectonic and sedimentary evolution of passive margins which ultimately provide us with new ideas / hypotheses on this topic. On the second day, the modeling of sedimentary basins was taught by Professor E. Burov. It was a purely numerical modeling, the essential point being to try to test/compare the theoretical thermodynamic models with the models seen in areas of thermal subsidence.
Finally, the theme of migration models for hydrocarbons was also discussed and is not, however, as intensively with the two mentioned above. Proved to be a very interesting topic and present examples demonstrations.
Miguel Mouga BSc Geology & Natural Resources
by Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, Portugal

Obrangol Engineering

Field trip to SW Portugal Review

During the 15-17 May 2011 the AAPG-SC FCUL organized a field-trip to SW Portugal. The scientific responsibility was held by two professors in Geology Department: Prof. Nuno Pimentel (CeGUL) and Prof. Fernando Marques (IDL). Students from Faculty of Sciences of the Lisbon University and Aberdeen University as some other older students and people from the oil market participated on this field-trip. On these 3 days the students were able to see and understand better 2 different basins. On the first day was observed Carboniferous marine shales, with ductile and brittle hercynian deformation. There the main theme of the talk was fluids and every parameter that affect it like temperature, pressure, stress and other ones. The several fractures, folds and thrusts that can be found in Almograve beach were analyzed as they can serve to understand the porosity and permeability of the in situ rocks. On the last 2 days the geological framework change where the source rock are Mesozoic carbonates and siliciclastics, deposited along the alpine orogeny. The Carrapateira beach shows that dolomites are a good reservoir because they have macroscopic porosity caused by dolomitization. The students were requested to make a graphic that reveal the sea level variation and a little description of the formation with no more than a brief look at the outcrops. The tectonic influence on the subsidence of the basin was also discussed. The approximate value of that subsidence of the Algarve basin was shown in Telheiro beach. Karstification and facies was themes approached too. In short we can say that the field-trip was a success based by all participants’ feedback. The AAPG-SC FCUL really hopes that this kind of initiatives and different Student Chapters interaction can continue.

Fábio Amaral – FCUL SC

Field Trip to Asturias

Quotes from the participants:

“There’s nothing more accomplishing than being a Geology student or a Geologist. Being part of a group as the AAPG-FCUL in Lisbon, Portugal is even better. Last weekend (15-17th May) was one of those extraordinary examples of how Geology should be taught: On the field. Getting up early, crossing the Southern-West Alentejo landscape and arriving at one of the most beautiful shores in this Atlantic settled country was overwhelming: tectonics, sedimentary basins, petroleum systems were all there, giving us the idea of how we should understand the Atlantic Basins and the hydrocarbon potential Portugal might have! For me it was definitely the beginning of a new “love” and goal in my professional life… near the Sea where it all began a few centuries ago. The knowledge is there, what are we waiting for?”

Cláudia Paiva Silva – Junior Geologist @ Partex Services Portugal

"Great to see such big outcrops like the pictures you see in the textbooks."
Leanne Mearns – University of Aberdeen

 "Great people, great weather and great rocks!"
Kate Reid – University of Aberdeen

 "They have outcrops that we have never seen here in Scotland."

Billy Lindsay – University of Aberdeen

Field Trip to Asturias

The first field trip organised by the AAPG student chapter Amsterdam took place from the 21st to the 25th of July 2009. This trip was organised as a European exchange fieldtrip to get field experience in specialised carbonate sedimentology and to meet the chapters from Lisbon Portugal, and Aberdeen Scotland. The trip took us to Cantabrian Mountains in the Asturias region in Northern Spain. Seismic-scale, carbonate platforms of Serpukhovian to Moscovian age closely resemble similar age platforms in the subsurface of the Pricaspian Basin, especially the Tengiz Platform, in Kazakhstan, in size, anatomy, relief, and lithofacies distribution. Outcrops in Asturias provide unique "laboratories" that are used as analogs for subsurface buildups in the Pricaspian Basin.

The primary goal of this fieldtrip is to familiarize the participants with the lithofacies types that form major building blocks of the Pricaspian subsurface platforms. Secondly, to illustrate that lithofacies types are intimately linked to depositional architecture and visa versa and change through time, in part, as a function of relative sea level fluctuations. Only through understanding these fundamental properties and relationships, seismic facies and – anatomy can be successfully interpreted and (seismic) sequence stratigraphic - and reservoir models developed and applied.

The excursion has been very successful. The geology was spectacular and a lot of interesting information and field examples of carbonate mud reefs and their properties was tought. Interest was taken in how they differ from present day reef systems and why that is important for petroleum exploration and the understanding of climate change and the role of carbonate precipitation therein.
The accommodation and logistics were excellent thanks to good communication with the guides; Juan Bahamonde and Giovanna della Porta. The group of attendants was diverse and interesting.

Field Trip to Asturias

Among the attendants were students from student chapters in Aberdeen, Amsterdam and Lisbon as well as employees from TengizChevroil from Kazakhstan and the United States of America. A diverse mixture of nationalities which together made an interested group of enthusiastic geologists. A group with a common interest in carbonate platforms and the local specialities in Asturias: lots of cider and little bits of goat cheese. Bearing all these in mind, even the bad weather didn’t really mess the trip up.

We were able to keep costs low for all attending students because of sponsorship, mainly by TengizChevroil and the AAPG. Our greatest Thanks goes to them and our other sponsors, to the magnificent guides, Juan Bahamonde and Giovanna della Porta. And to all the attendants. The trip was great!

(text by Quinten van der Meer and Thomas Klootwijk from Amsterdam Student Chapter )

Article in AAPG European Region Newsletter

Field Trip to East Netherlands and Northwest Germany

Taking place from 20th and 21st of August 2010, the Student Chapter from Lisbon University participated in the field trip to the East Netherlands and Northwest Germany, hosted by the Amsterdam SC. Also making part of the experience exchange program, this field trip counted with the participation of three Dutch universities (VUA, Delft and Utrecht) and Aberdeen Student Chapter.

This fieldtrip, led by Dr Mark Geluk from Shell, offered us a unique opportunity of visiting the Redevelopment of Schoonebeek oil field (Lower Cretaceous), its outcrop analogues in the type locality of Bad Bentheim (Germany) in addition of a core workshop that took place in NAM’s office (Assen, Holland).

During this time, we had the great chance of visiting an operating oil field province within two countries with different exploration approaches and meeting working professionals from an oil company, as also exchanging knowledge with geology students with different backgrounds. With the help of rare great weather, everything went great.

We would like to thank the Amsterdam Student Chapter for the invitation to participate in this field trip.

Article in AAPG European Region Newsletter



Field Trip to the Isle of Skye

From the 23rd to the 28th of May 2010 the Student Chapter from Lisbon University participated in a field trip to the Isle of Skye, hosted by the Aberdeen Student Chapter.
This field trip was the last one from the “exchange program” started one year before with the field trip to the Lusitanian Basin, with the participation of Lisbon, Amsterdam and Aberdeen Chapters.

The purpose of this field trip was to develop the students understanding of the present Mesozoic shallow marine and paralic sediments deposited across subsiding faulted blocks and the implications of the Paleogene volcanic systems emplacement. This field trip was led by Professor Adrian Hartley and Dr. Nick Schofield of Aberdeen University.

The excursion was very successful, with great weather every day, many opportunities for socializing, excellent logistics and very good food and drinks.

We would like to thank the Aberdeen Student Chapter for the invitation to participate in this field trip.

Article in AAPG European Region Newsletter

Imperial Barrel Award 2010

For the first time Lisbon University presented a team in this competition. It was a huge step for our SC to participate and to sponsor this team, as it was very stimulating and motivating, not only for the participants but also for everyone around the team members.

The European Regional Finals for the Imperial Barrel Awards 2010 took place at the Albion Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic on 26th & 27th March 2010. At the same time took place a meeting of the Student Chapter Leaders, where the 2009/2010 President of the SC FCUL, Ezequiel Ferreira, was present.

The leaders’ reunion was very important for us to define our route in the near future. With the agreement of the Amsterdam and Aberdeen SC’s we decided to keep the “exchange program”. This way we will continue to do field trips under the “exchange program”.  
In our opinion this was an enormous step, as for the last two years we couldn’t send a team for one reason or another, and we will try to do it for the next forthcoming years. The Leaders Reunion is always important for exchanging ideas and to meet other Student Chapter leaders, giving the opportunity to develop some projects between Student Chapters.

We like to thank AAPG for giving us this opportunity to participate on this Imperial Barrel Award and Student Leadership Meeting.

Article in AAPG European Region Newsletter

Imperial Barrel Award Competition

Bacia Lusitanica

The first exchange fieldtrip organized by the SC-FCUL was held on the 29th to 31st of May ‘09 and toke place at the Lusitanian Basin, conducted by two Professors from the Lisbon University (A.Azerêdo & N.Pimentel). There were a total of 16 students that participated on this event:   4 from the Aberdeen SC, 4 from the Amsterdam SC and 8 from the Lisbon SC.

The Lusitanian Basin (LB) is a sedimentary basin whose genesis and evolution were determined by the process of formation of the North Atlantic Ocean, reflecting an influence of the western sector of the Tethys as well. The deposits are mainly of Jurassic age but include Upper Triassic to Cretaceous deposits with a Tertiary cover, with an estimated thickness of 5 km.

The LB has a special interest when compared to other similar basins, due to the fact that it was uplifted during the Alpine orogeny, and therefore pre-, syn- and post-rift sequences can be observed in largely exposed outcrops.

On the next days of 22nd  to 24th  of July ‘09 Amsterdam SC will fulfill their part of the exchange by organizing a fieldtrip to the Asturias (Spain). Aberdeen SC will organize a fieldtrip to the Island of Skye (Scotland) that will take place on March of 2010.

The balance of this first exchange fieldtrip was extremely positive and definitely an experience to repeat.  We would like to use this opportunity to encourage other SCs to participate on this project.  The benefits are far more than the work of the organization of an event like this!

Connections, friendship, exchange knowledge have been made on this fieldtrip!

(text by Joana Ribeiro)

Article in AAPG European Region Newsletter