CGG Wins UK National STEMNET Award

Paris, France – November 24, 2014

CGG has won a national award at the UK’s 2014 STEMNET Awards ceremony held at the House of Lords, London. The award recognizes CGG’s efforts in helping to inspire young people to study and pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

Organized by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET), an independent charity funded by the UK & Scottish Government and the Gatsby Charitable Fund, the awards recognize the UK’s most dedicated and inspirational companies and individuals for motivating young people in STEM. CGG received the ‘UK’s Most Dedicated STEM Employer’ award for contributing an enormous amount of time and creativity towards inspiring young people to pursue STEM subjects and for its successful integration of the STEM Ambassador Programme.

Stemnet 1 A CGG STEM Ambassador helping students discover the world of rock properties via the use of chocolate bars at the Big Bang Fair South East in July 2014.
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Stemnet 2 Schoolchildren exploring the basic principles of wave migration on the 6m-long CGG ‘Jelly Bean Wave Machine’.
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CGG’s STEM Ambassadors have volunteered to take part in workshops and careers days in schools and colleges, hosted visits by students and been involved in TeenTech and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) events.

CGG’s senior management has given its full support and CGG has been the headline sponsor for the hugely successful Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang Fair South East events since their conception in 2011. Last year, over 5,300 students attended the Big Bang South East Fair at the South of England Showground, where they could visit 150 different STEM interactive activities, shows and workshops.

Ian Thornton, CGG’S UK Country Manager, said: “This award is wonderful recognition for CGG’s continuing commitment to building a passion for science, technology, engineering and maths among local communities. Our vision is that in the long term the students of today will be inspired to embrace the challenges of STEM subjects and reap the rewards in their future careers. Achieving this award has been a team effort with almost every department at our Crawley center contributing – whether it has been counting out 2,000 chocolate bars for ‘rock property’ demonstrations, designing and building reflective mirror shields for students to use, or building a six-meter-long jelly-bean wave machine. Our STEM Ambassadors are truly ambassadors for CGG in the community.”

Colin Murdoch, Executive Vice President, Subsurface Imaging, CGG, said: “At CGG, we fully recognize that it’s our people who shape the future success and direction of our company. It is therefore vital for companies, such as CGG, to support initiatives such as STEMNET that inspire the students of today and tomorrow to study and pursue careers in STEM subjects so that, in the future, we can continue to drive the technological advancements of the geoscience industry.”

About CGG

CGG ( is a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leading geological, geophysical and reservoir capabilities to its broad base of customers primarily from the global oil and gas industry. Through its three complementary business divisions of Equipment, Acquisition and Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR), CGG brings value across all aspects of natural resource exploration and exploitation.

CGG employs 9,500 people around the world, all with a Passion for Geoscience and working together to deliver the best solutions to its customers.

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