The “AAPG Energy Transition Forum – A New Era for Geoscience” in Amsterdam, September 2018, brought together expert speakers and distinguished participants to discuss the Future of Energy, Sustainability, Digitalisation, and Skills and New Ways of Working. Sessions provided thought-provoking presentations and interactive breakout sessions utilising a variety of facilitation styles to maximise engagement.
For 2019, the event will build on the discussions that took place in 2018, but being reframed with a greater focus on the individual in a New Era for the Geoscientist the dilemmas that keep him or her up at night, and the skills that might help unlock future opportunities.
• The role of the Geoscientist in delivering The Future of Energy: Can I realistically help and have a positive impact on the environment as a Geoscientist? The continued need for oil and gas in the foreseeable future is clear, and thus the role of geoscience in exploration and production. But does that mean geoscientist are absolved from making very active and real efforts to improve the environment? Carbon Capture and Storage can no longer be dismissed as an expensive luxury and geoscientists have a real role to play. The question is, whether current curriculums adequately position graduates to make a real difference.
• Sustainability: Does the renewables agenda deliver real jobs for me as a geoscientist, or are they just a nice idea? Plenty options have been shared, in theory, where geoscientists can support renewable energy scenarios. Are these activities commercially viable and can they deliver real jobs? If so, where and if not, what do we need to do? Supporting the 2-degree economy by 2050 and the demand for new metals and minerals like aluminium, iron, lead and nickel, renewables like wind, solar and geothermal activities, will require key additional skillsets.
• Digitalisation: Evolution or revolution? What is the Geoscientist already doing differently? Geoscientists have been digital for over 20 years, so are we talking about the development of the routine systems/applications currently in place, or true disruption? Let’s be clear. We need to step beyond the jargon and understand how ways of working have already changed, where they will continue to change, and how to capitalize on this.
• Skills: Which Geoscientists already have their travel bag of skills ready to go?
What do these roles actually look like, with the hybrid competencies and polymorphic skillsets, filled by those well-versed in the commercial part of the business and willing to work beyond upstream and into the extended value chain. Let’s look at those mobile across a broader industry, from digital tech, to seismic operator, to oil & gas, to renewable and back and understand how they best prepared themselves to do this.
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CEO, Wood Mackenzie
UK Energy Transition Manager, Shell
Chairman of Foundation for The United Nations Global Compact
Head of Exploration Safety & Sustainability, Equinor
Imperial College London
President, AAPG Energy Minerals Division
Global Social Sustainability Consultant, Schlumberger
Professor, University of Stavanger
Principle Geophysicist, R&T, Equinor
Belize Natural Energy
GM Digital Emerging Technologies / VP IT Innovation, Shell
Sr. Mgr, Solutions Architecture, AWS’s Chief Information Officer
Student Energy Summit, Imperial College
(IGA) on Geothermal
(BGS) on Critical Minerals
(BP Group Technology) on CCUS
(TRACS) on Training Organisations