Western Australian research and education in soft rock and petroleum geoscience received a boost this year with the appointment of Professor Chris Elders – formerly of Royal Holloway College, University of London – as the inaugural Chevron Professor of Petroleum Geology at Curtin.
Elders will lead programs crucial to improving knowledge in a field critically important to Australia’s exploration future, in a move funded by a co-investment between Curtin and Chevron worth more than $2 million over three years.
“Discovery of new oil and gas fields is becoming more challenging in Australia and elsewhere, and quality education and research programs in petroleum geoscience will improve our ability to identify and exploit new resources,” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development, Professor Graeme Wright.
“Professor Elders brings his extensive international experience in this area to Curtin, where he will be the foundation of new petroleum geoscience education and research developments.”
The appointment is an outcome of Chevron’s University Partnership Program. The program is a global initiative that involves leading universities – including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University – working to establish research and technology programs, foster academic excellence, grow research capacity, build key relationships and provide student scholarships.