Girls' Day in Science

Curious about what resources the earth is hiding?

Thursday 03 Oct 19

It was all about geoscience when more than 40 girls on Wednesday signed up for learning more about what resources the earth is hiding and how we can and should use it wisely. The geoscience workshop is part of DTU Girls' Day in Science, where the goal is to show the possibilities in sciences for girls.

How we manage and care for the earth, these were some of the questions that were addressed at a workshop on the interdisciplinary field of geoscience, which goes across mathematics, physics, chemistry and the social sciences. The girls who chose to hear more about geoscience also learned how the connection are between their own consumption patterns and the earth's resources as well as acquiring knowledge about how a geoscience education can help us to look after our scarce resources.

“Together we made an experiment where we got oil out of chalk using water. It is one of the secrets of the earth, which also focuses on the need for a reorientation of our energy consumption and energy sources,” says Lene Hjelm Poulsen, DHRTC, who was behind the geoscience workshop with DTU Civil Engineering.

Geoscience is a very broad field of study with many opportunities for specialization. Environment and sustainable decisions are very important in this area and therefore an introduction was given to the breadth of the field and the educational opportunities.

The participants also met Aslaug Glad, who is a Ph.D. student in geoscience, where she examines fractures in chalk to understand their importance for the production of oil and gas or groundwater. She talked about her choice of subjects, her education, the PhD program and her dreams for the future.

“Geoscience and all the knowledge that is available and collected within this field, plays a very important role when it comes to climate change and the pressure on the earth’s resources. Geoscience is a very broad and application-oriented field of study – if you for example visit Stevns Klint it gives great insight into historical climate change and Denmark’s oil production, by understanding the lime scale found there. Many of the secrets are found on a micro scale, which is why we went to DTU Civil Engineering’s new geology and soil mechanics laboratories, where there was an opportunity to look at rocks in a microscope. It is all about using the geoscience information we have available and with a degree in geoscience you have an opportunity to really make a difference”, concludes Lene Hjelm Poulsen.

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