Jürgen Grötsch

Lecturer and Advisor Geo-Energy
GeoCentre Northern Bavaria
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Currently, Jürgen is Lecturer Geo-Energy in the Master Program at the Friedrich-Alexander University (Erlangen, Germany). He also works as Assurance Consultant for the national Nuclear Waste Site Program in Germany and as Energy Transition Advisor. Next to this, he is a member of the OSDUTM Forum, a game changing open-source software development consortium on Subsurface Data & Workflow Management. 

Jürgen has a background in carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeoceanography. Following a brief career in academia, he worked for 31 years with Shell where he had various functions around the globe like Chief Geologist and Head of Geological Services. Since 2010 his focus was on digital technology development, ultimately leading into the global project of the OSDUTM data platform. End of 2022, he retired from Shell. 

Jürgen published many widely cited scientific papers and books on geoscience. The latest one is on “Digital Geology” which he introduced in Shell Learning. There he was responsible for setting up and executing graduate training programs for young subsurface professionals. Next to work, he enjoys cycling, blues, jazz and playing chess. 

Affiliations and Accreditation 

Board Memberof the Dachverband der Geowissenschaften (DVGeo), Germany
Past-President and Board Memberof the German Geological Society (DGGV)
Scholar and Alumni of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”, Germany
SPE Distinguished Lecturer 2016/17 on carbonate reservoirs.
Member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)
Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

PostdocUniversität Tübingen, Germany – Carbonate sequence stratigraphy
PhD FAU, Erlangen, Germany – Cretaceous carbonate platforms
Postgraduate UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA – Marine Geology
MSc FAU, Erlangen, Germany – Devonian conodont stratigraphy

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