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19 May 2022

Doors Open at 9:00

Morning Session: Setting the Scene – 9:30 to 13:00

Session Topics:

  • How can Net Zero be achieved, and how to ensure all countries play their part?
  • What is the legacy of COP26 on the Energy Transition?
  • How do we ensure society understands the full energy picture and the transition requirements?
  • What core competencies do companies need in the transition?
  • What other factors are important to ensure climate crisis mitigation?

The energy transition is accelerating and so is the change in the contribution of geoscientists. To act on this shift, it is key to understand the strategic drivers and inhibitors to the transition, as well as the different pathways the future may take. This opening session provides a broad, multi-faceted perspective on the economic, technical, social and political forces that shape the energy transition, to allow geoscientists anticipate their future.


icon Lord John Browne of Madingley
Chairman, BeyondNetZero
icon Rt Hon Amber Rudd
Chair of the International Advisory Group, Equinor
icon Ivan Kozak
Boston Consulting Group
icon Jonathan Craig
icon Andy Brogan
Global Oil & Gas Sector Leader, EY
icon Jonathan Copus
Chief Executive Officer, Getech

Afternoon Session: Sustainable Solutions – 14:00 to 17:20

Session Topics

  • What does a sustainable energy future look like?
  • What are the latest developments in Energy Transition strategic minerals?
  • Can CCS be deployed to genuinely decarbonize industry or to simply prolong fossil fuels?
  • Can geothermal be a competitive solution?
  • How do we ensure sustainable clean baseload energy and utilize storage solutions?
  • Where is geoscience applicable in renewable market areas such as hydrogen and offshore wind?

The sustainable solutions session aims to challenge and inspire on how we secure a portfolio of net-zero carbon solutions. Climate change, country commitments and outcomes from COP26 demand concrete actions are taken by businesses, policy makers and individuals. The panel discussions and presentations include perspectives from the petroleum industry, renewable sector and market analysts who will offer insights into a three-fold problem. How do we 1) reduce carbon dioxide emissions, 2) scale-up carbon capture and storage and 3) produce and store low-carbon energy?.


icon Joris Grimbergen
Vice President Development and Subsurface, IG and Growth, Shell
icon Staffan Eriksson
Digital Technology Manager - Emissions Business, Schlumberger
icon Rich Denny
Infrastructure & Projects Authority (Cabinet Office), UK Government
icon Dan Sadler
VP UK Low Carbon Solutions, Equinor
icon Simon Flowers
Chairman and Chief Analyst, WoodMackenzie
icon Kim Tae-Yoon
icon Capella Festa
COO, Genvia
icon Huub den Rooijen
Managing Director Marine, The Crown Estate
icon Ian Spencer
Head of Business Development, H2 Green

Special Keynote Speaker

icon 17:30 – 17:55
Mark Taylor
Vice President of Energy Transition, Kayrros

Evening Reception – 18:00 to 20:00

20 May 2022

Morning Session: Digitalization of the Energy Transition – 9:00 to 12:30

Session Topics:

  • What role will new technologies like Quantum computing and AI play in the ET?
  • When will universities catch up to the new demands from the industry, such as coding skills?
  • How is digital accelerating the path to net zero?
  • How are my skills relevant in the new digital age?
  • How will digitisation impact the way I perform my job in the next 1 / 3 / 5 years?

The pace of digitalization is impacting every part of our industry; across the entire energy value chain to the transition towards a low-carbon energy future. In this session, learn how data and the use of data will change and be complementary with technologies like 5G, AI and Quantum computing to accelerate the energy transition, how some of the world's largest energy companies are using digital to advance their aims and what this means for the future of geoscientists.


icon Declan Meally
Director of Business, Public and Transport sectors, SEAI
icon Mohammad Zoualfaghari
Amazon Web Services
icon Bob Parney
Quantum Computing, IBM
icon Martin Aylward
EDF Energy
icon James Patton
Global Data Platforms Manager, AWS
icon Alice Hildick
StudioX (Shell)
icon Steve Freeman
Head of Energy Transition, D&I, Schlumberger

Afternoon Session: Skills and Capabilities – 13:30 to 16:45

Session Topics

  • Will I be employable in an energy company with a geoscience degree?
  • Is my subject matter expertise sufficient; what other skills should I be learning?
  • How can we inspire future generations of geoscientists to become part of the solution?
  • How to better connect Government, Academia and Industry to meet the the geoscience skills gap?
  • Is academia ready to be nimble and move fast in these changing times?
  • How do I make myself marketable: specialize of diversify?

The “Skills & Capabilities” session will investigate what is required to meet the skills gap in a rapidly changing energy transition. This will be looked at through the lens of three interrelated perspectives, Industry, Academia and Government, to provide a holistic view and to offer some solutions. To be flexible, adaptable and agile to change will undoubtedly underpin unlocking exciting new opportunities in geoscience!


icon Henk Jaap Kloosterman
Head of Strategic Accounts, L&D with RPS Energy
icon Davide Della Moretta

Head of the Basin Geology Department, ENI
icon Madelaine Constance
Geoscience Ltd
icon Alix Thom
Skills and Employment Issues Manager, OGUK
icon Sally Molyneux
Stellae Energy
icon Lauren Bamber
Msc Camborne School of Mines, Bsc University of Edinburg
icon Dr. Matthew Booth
Senior Geoscientist, CGG
icon Prof. Jonathan Redfern
Professor of Petroleum Geoscience, Head of the Petroleum Geoscience and Basin Studies and Director of the Petroleum Geoscience Mscs run within SEES at the University of Manchester. Director of the North Africa Research Group
icon Gabby Watson
Lead ESG and Sustainability Researcher, Sustain:able
icon Lorraine Wild
New Well Delivery Geology Advisor, BP