THE city of Light became a dream come true for two geoscience students who had never met before this year’s ASEG-PESA-AIG Conference, but teamed up to win a trip to Paris to attend next year’s 79th Geophysical Conference .
On her first visit to Adelaide, 22-year-old Perth honours student in petroleum geology, Victoria Seesaha, and 22-year-old Dennis Conway, who is doing a geophysics PHD at the University of Adelaide, pulled off a stunning one point win in the student quiz night at the Richmond Hotel on Tuesday to claim the coveted prize courtesy of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.
Conway has never been overseas and French-speaking Seesaha, who is from Mauritius and studying at Curtin University, will be making her first trip to Paris. Both met for the first time at the Adelaide Convention Centre and decided to team up in what proved to be an unbeatable combination.
They scored 75 out of 115 points and were euphoric as quizmaster Simon Brealey announced the results during an evening of excitement, nervous tension and student revelry in downtown Adelaide.
Seesaha said there were a lot of tricky questions, but whereas she felt comfortable with the geology and petroleum posers, her quiz partner had proven adept at solving the physics and minerals-related questions.
“I came all the way to Adelaide for the first time to win a trip to Paris,” she said of an unforgettable first ASEG-PESA-AIG Conference in the City of Churches.
“It was a great, fun intimate event,” said Brealey. “But a lot of Adelaide students who had registered and did not turn up should be kicking themselves. The last five questions were all about South Australia and they would have bombed it. So next year they should think about participating in the competition.