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Geology Institute of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijan)


Acronym: GIA (ANAS-GIA)

Geology Institute of Azerbaijan (GIA) was formed in 1938 and now it is the largest scientific institution in Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) wholly occupied with fundamental researches, as well as applied developments in various fields of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, ecogeology and other Earth sciences. There are 23 research departments & 2 laboratories, Natural- Historical Museum after H. Zardabi, Centre of geodynamic research & seismic monitoring (formed in 2003 by CRDF grant support, USA), National Data Centre (formed in 2002 within Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization ratified by Azerbaijan on the 2nd February, 1999), 13 functional subdivisions of scientific service in the Institute structure. The Institute’s staff is 267 scientific workers, among them 157 Ph.D & Dr.Sc., 4-full members & 9-associate members of ANAS. Institute’s focus Institute’s areas of core competencies include the study of hydrocarbon systems & basin modeling; study of mud volcanism phenomenon; complex study of the Caspian sea geology; study of ore & nonore economic minerals fields; theory & practice of oil & gas fields development; environmental geology; analysis & management of natural & technogenic hazards. Scientific cooperation and technology transfer GIA collaborates with international scientific centres and institutes: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (US); University of Utah, Salt Lake City (US), University of South Carolina, Columbia (US); University of Toronto (CA); University of Birmingham (UK); University of Aberdeen (UK); Universitè P.&M. Curie, Paris (FR); Friedrich-Schiller Universität, Jena (DE); GeoForschungZentrum, Potsdam (DE); Delft University of Technology (NL); Pavia University (IT); Bolonya University, Bologna (IT); Sofia University (BU); Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (RO); Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (SI); Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow (PL);Ankara University (TU); Moscow State University (RU); Georgian State University, Tbilisi (GE), and others. Development of scientific basis necessary for successful oil and gas field exploration appears to be the area where GIA is uniquely positioned in Azerbaijan to take advantage of the oil boom in the Caspian Sea. Institute has longterm experience of work based on contracts with leading oil companies in the world, such as BP, ConocoPhilips, Statoil, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, Shell, Unocal, Total, Elf, Agip, LUKOIL and others.

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