The 3rd International Workshop on Rock Physics was held from the 13th to the 17th April 2015 in Perth, Western Australia. The aim of the Workshop was to review recent advances in theoretical, experimental, computational and applied rock physics and to help steer future research. A big "Thank you!" to all who attended and helped make the Workshop a great success.

The Workshop had 107 participants in total. These included 28 students, 39 from academia, 22 from industry and 18 from national and international research centres. The participants represented 19 countries (number of people is given in brackets): Australia (37), Canada (3), China (16), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (5), France (4), Germany (2), Indonesia (2), Italy (1), Japan (1), New Zealand (2), Norway (8), Russia (2), Singapore (1), Switzerland (2), Taiwan (1), UAE (2), UK (6) and the USA (10).

At the end of the proceedings, a vote by the Workshop attendees decided that the next International Workshop on Rock Physics will be held in Trondheim, Norway, in the summer of 2017. The workshop will be organized by Professor Rune Holt of SINTEF and NTNU.

Workshop participants during the field trip to the Rottnest island 15.04.2015


The following prizes were awarded:

  1. Best student talk: Lucas Pimienta (L'Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)
    Joint runners up: David Szewczyk (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) and Evert Duran (University of Auckland, NZ)
  2. Best student poster: Olivia Collet (Curtin University, Australia)
    Runner up: Jan Borgomano (L'Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)
  3. Honourable mentions: 
    Qiaomu Qi (Curtin University, Australia), Liqin Sang (Petroleum Institute, UAE; Texas A&M University, USA), Mohammed al Hosni (Curtin University, Australia) and Mateus Goes Castro Meira (Curtin University, Australia)

3IWRP Topics included:

 Laboratory rock physics: methods and recent advances

What rock physics is needed for unconventional resources exploitation

Rock physics for 4D – reservoir surveillance and CO2 monitoring

Rock physics theory and numerical simulation

Transferring rock physics knowledge to current industry standards and emerging geophysical technologies


Prof. Boris Gurevich
Exploration Geophysics
Curtin University
Email: b.gurevich@curtin.edu.au
Phone: +61 8 9266 7359
Dr. Tobias Müller
Petroleum Geoscience
Email: tobias.mueller@csiro.au
Phone:+61 8 6436 8766