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Petroleum Group

Petroleum Group
   At the forefront of petroleum geoscience...


The Petroleum Group is the Geological Society’s specialist group dedicated to petroleum exploration and production.

The Petroleum Group’s mandate is to advance the study and understanding of petroleum geoscience and to represent the Society with respect to petroleum exploration matters.  Primarily this is achieved through a series of regular conferences, workshops and publications at the cutting edge of the science, supported by the oil exploration industry and the Society.  The Group typically runs five or six events in a year.

The group is run by a committee drawing on participants from industry and academia.  The committee also organises an Annual Dinner and makes several awards including the Petroleum Group Medal and Young Petroleum Geoscientist Award.  On a less frequent basis, the committee is central to organisation of the Petroleum Geology Conferences, which have been held every five or six years since 1974. The eighth of these was held in 2015.

The Petroleum Group is key part of the activities of the Society, with more than 2500 Fellows being members of the Group. The Group’s events generate important revenue for the Society.

Fundamentally, the Petroleum Group aims to encourage the sharing and dissemination of information at the leading edge of petroleum geoscience.

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Fellows and Candidate Fellows of the Geological Society are welcome to join the Petroleum Group. Please email Sarah Woodcock if you wish to join.

To receive information about Society and Petroleum Group activities please indicate this in your email.

If you are not a Fellow of the Society, you are nonetheless welcome to attend Petroleum Group conferences. However, Geological Society Fellows can usually book at preferential rates and it may therefore be beneficial to join the Society.

Join the Committee

The Petroleum Group Committee is made up of 20 elected and 3 co-opted members based in the UK and overseas.

Committee members are expected to actively participate in the Group’s activities through the convening of conferences, participation in regular bi-monthly meetings and through other ad hoc activities related to the Group’s broad agenda.

Nominations are requested for membership of the 2017 Petroleum Group Committee. Please view the nomination details and nomination form

Our Events

If you would like to propose a conference to the Petroleum Group Committee, please complete and return the meeting proposal form to Sarah Woodcock. Ideally proposals should be received at least 12 months prior to the proposed meeting date

The Petroleum Group is able to offer a discount on conference registration fees for unemployed members. Please contact Sarah Woodcock for further information.

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Operations Geology Conference - Bridging the Gaps

02 - 03 November 2016

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

PG: North Sea – next life?

08 November 2016

Venue: The Copthorne Hotel, Aberdeen

  • Lecture
  • Specialist Group

Petroleum Geoscience Collaboration Showcase

15 - 17 November 2016

Venue: ExCeL, London

  • Conference

Deep-water Depositional Systems: Advances and Applications

25 - 27 January 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House

  • Conference

Application of Analytical Techniques to Petroleum Systems Problems

28 February - 01 March 2017

Venue: Piccadilly, London

  • Conference

Subsurface Sand Remobilization and Injection

22 - 23 March 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House

  • Conference
  • Specialist Group

Fold and Thrust Belts: Structural style, evolution and exploration

31 October - 02 November 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House

  • Conference
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Petroleum Group Activities

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Kitty Hall
Independent Director for Det Norske & Seabird Exploration


Teresa Sabato Ceraldi
BP Angola Regional Exploration
Bldg.F, 1st Floor
Chertsey Road, Sunbury on Thames
Middlesex  TW16 7LN


Helen Smyth
97 Jubilee Avenue
Milton Park
Oxfordshire OX14 4RW

Communications Officer

Ben Kilhams
Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij B.V.
A company within Shell Upstream International Europe
PO Box 28000
9400 HH Assen - NL

Committee Members

  • Hugh Dennis
  • Simone Silcock
  • John Argent
  • Fiona MacAulay
  • Mark Bentley
  • Mark Osborne
  • Ian Saikia
  • Cliff Lovelock
  • Partick Dowey
  • Andrea James
  • Lucy Williams
  • Hannah Steaggles
  • James Hammerstein
  • John Howell
  • Iain Brown
  • Matthew Reeve
  • Maxim Kotenev