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Petroleum Group

Petroleum Group
   At the leading edge 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 geology, through conferences, workshops, publications and the encouragement of research in addition to representing the Society in respect of petroleum geological issues.  Primarily this is achieved through a series of regular conferences, supported by the oil industry and the Geological Society. 

The group is run by a management committee drawing on participants from industry and academia.  The committee also organises an annual dinner and makes several awards including the Silver Medal and Young Explorer's Award.  On a less frequent basis, the committee is central to organisation of the ‘Barbican’ conference series – the Petroleum Geology Conferences, of which the seventh since 1974 took place in 2009.

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 Laura Griffiths if you wish to join. If you confirm in your email that you are happy to receive information about Society activities by email, we will ensure that you are included in regular email updates, including those on Petroleum Group activities.

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 benificial to join the Society.

Our Events

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

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Petroleum Group Annual Dinner

18 June 2015

Venue: The Natural History Museum

8th Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe Conference

28 - 30 September 2015

Venue: Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, UK

  • Conference

Petroleum Geology of the Black Sea

06 - 07 October 2015

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Conference

The Geology of Geomechanics

28 - 29 October 2015

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Conference

European Oil and Gas Industry History Conference

03 - 04 March 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Conference
  • Field Trip

East Africa: From Research to Reserves

13 - 15 April 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Conference

Mesozoic Resource Potential in the Southern Permian Basin

07 - 09 September 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House

  • Conference
  • Field Trip
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Petroleum Group Activities

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Malcolm Brown
Executive Vice President, Exploration
BG Group
Thames Valley Park
Berkshire RG6 1PT

Vice Chair

Kitty Hall


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

  • Mike Ashton
  • Neville Jones
  • Dan Le Heron
  • Hugh Dennis
  • Simone Silcock
  • John Argent
  • Fiona MacAulay
  • Mark Bentley
  • Mark Osborne
  • Ian Saikia
  • Cliff Lovelock
  • Partick Dowey
  • Andrea James
  • Stewart Easton