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7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Energy Transition Forum 2019 - A New Era for the Geoscientist - Day 1

15 October 2019

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Energy Transition Forum 2019 - Session 1

Session 1: The Future of Energy

What is 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 geoscientists 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.

7:35 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.
9:00 - Chairman's Welcome

7:40 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.
What is the Future Role of Geoscientists in the Energy Business?

Neal Anderson, CEO, Wood Mackenzie

7:50 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Shell Scenarios and How They Play Into Shell’s Energy Transition Strategy

Jo Coleman, UK Energy Transition Manager, Shell

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Geoscientists in the Transition

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of Foundation for The United Nations Global Compact

8:10 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Energy Transition Forum 2019 - Day 1 Coffee Break 1

Coffee Break

8:20 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
The DECC Global Calculator

Presentation and break out exercise

Dr Jem Woods, Imperial College London, will introduce The DECC Global Calculator, an open-source model of the world’s energy, land and food systems that allows you to design your own version of the future up to 2050 and see the implications for the climate.

Following Dr Woods’ presentation, participants will divide into groups to use the calculator themselves.

8:40 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Energy Transition Forum 2019 - Day 1 Session 2

Session 2: Sustainability

Does the renewables agenda deliver real jobs for me as a geoscientist, or are they just a nice idea?

Plenty of 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 aluminum, iron, lead and nickel, renewables like wind, solar and geothermal activities, will require key additional skillsets.

8:50 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Framing – Sustainable Global Energy – Lower Carbon Emissions in the Emerging World; Low co2 Per Barrel

Abdelkarim Abbou, Head of Exploration Safety & Sustainability, Equinor

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
CCS/CCUS/CC and Conversion Panel


  • Miriam Winsten, Global Social Sustainability Consultant, Schlumberger
  • Oluf Langhelle, Professor, University of Stavanger
  • Rune Thorsen, Principle Geophysicist, R&T, Equinor
9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Framing - Geoscientists - Subsurface Architects of the Energy Economy

Edith Newton Wilson, President, AAPG Energy Minerals Division

9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Café Style Discussion

Topics and presenters

Cross-Over From Oil & Gas to Geothermal - Gioia Falcone, Glasgow University

Lithium - Lucy Crane, Cornish Lithium

Sustainable Business Models - Susan Morrice, Belize Natural Energy

Following the speakers’ presentations, the audience will participate in café style discussions, rotating from subjects and speaker.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Energy Transition Forum 2019 Day 1 networking reception

19:00 - Networking Reception

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Energy Transition Forum 2019 Day 2

16 October 2019

7:10 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
Energy Transition Conference 2019 Day 2 Session 3

Session 3: 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.

7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
8:30 - Chairman's Welcome

7:20 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
National Data Repository / OGA DIGI Initiative

Simon James, OGA’s Chief Information Officer

What can public data drive with regards to transformation? How is data made available?

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
AWS Open Data Initiative or OSDU

Johan Krebbers, GM Digital Emerging Technologies / VP IT Innovation, Shell
Koen Biggelaar, Sr. Mgr, Solutions Architecture, AWS

Alternative O-SDU as an example of new tools to foster cross domain, cross enterprise data exchange.

7:50 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Collaborating to Make the most of Publicly Available Data

Gillian White, Subsurface Solution Center Manager, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

There’s a treasure trove of UK oil and gas related geoscientific data now available to the public. Collaboration is the key to making the most of this opportunity.

7:55 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.
ETF 2019 Day 2 Morning Break

Coffee Break

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The Great Seismic Migration Has Begun: Using the cloud to drive innovation, collaboration and accelerate geoscience workflows

Allan Châtenay, President, Explor

8:05 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.
How does the industry adapt to new ways to work, and the role of the geoscientist

Stephen Warner, Head of Geoscience Technology and Solutions, Schlumberger

The global energy industry needs to adapt rapidly to deliver the transformation and efficiencies needed. Building open, collaborative environments and the liberation of data and domain science in the cloud is now starting to bring about an acceleration of new ideas. Our future geoscience community will play a key role in this change - to do that we need to be adaptable, creative, innovative and embrace data, automation, and artificial intelligence on top of our traditional broad geoscience skills.

8:06 a.m. - 9:06 a.m.
Interactive Poll

Use Slido interactive poll to gauge audiences interests, solicit questions and topics that are relevant for audience. Lead in to open discussion

8:07 a.m. - 9:07 a.m.
Panel Discussion

Facilitator: Arno van den Haak

The state of the industry - what is working, what is not working, is this a pipe dream or a real opportunity in our industry?

8:10 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Energy Transition Forum 2019 Day 2 Session 4

Session 4: Skills

The Challenge:

  • Ensuring a supply of top talent pursuing geoscience career paths in the future
  • Training and developing geoscience graduates & staff with the skills and experiences needed to support all relevant stakeholders in the ongoing Energy Transition.

Key Stakeholders:

  • UK Academia
  • Sustainable Industries; Geothermal, Nuclear, Low-Carbon
  • Environmental, Hydrogeological and Engineering Geology communities
  • International & National energy companies
  • Professional Societies (AAPG, Geological Society of London)
  • External Training Organizations (e.g RPS-Nautilus, TRACS etc.)
8:20 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Session 4 - Part 1: Geoscience Careers and the UNDP Strategic Development Goals

Session Facilitator: Peter Bentham

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Keynote Address: Mapping Future Geoscience Career Paths Against the UNDP Goals

Iain Stewart, Plymouth University

8:40 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Keynote Address: The Student Perspective

Jochen Cremer, Student Energy Summit, Imperial College

8:50 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Future Skills Panel Discussion

What are the key skills & competencies needed by geoscientists in your sector now and in the future? Introduction & Intent followed by series of short presentations from Key Stakeholders framing the breadth of future career paths in Geoscience in the context of the SDG’s and the different sectors within which acknowledge of geosciences plays a fundamental role.

Speakers include:

  • Marit Brommer (IGA) on Geothermal
  • Karen Hanghøj (BGS) on Critical Minerals
  • Simon Shoulders (BP Group Technology) on CCUS
  • Mark Bentley (TRACS) on Training Organisations
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Session 4 - Part 2: Addressing Future Skills Challenge

Session Facilitator: Iain Stewart

The second part of the session will use the insights from the other sessions and Part 1 of this session to document the key geoscience competencies needed support a broad cross-section of SDG-aligned careers, and propose potential actions that would address any critical gaps or issues raised

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Short Keynote talks

A Conversation with Milan Taylor (Mercer) The Future of Work in Oil & Gas 

Mark Anderson (UK Geoscience Depts) The Academic’s Perspective.

John Underhill (Heriot Watt) Practical experiences from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Oil & Gas.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Interactive Design Thinking Exercise

9:40 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
Play Back and Summary

9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Energy Transition Forum 2019 - Day 2 last break

17:00 - Forum Conclusion