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European Oil and Gas Industry History Conference

03 - 04 March 2016
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Event type:
Conference, Field trip
Organised by:
Energy Group, History of Geology Group
The Geological Society, Burlington House, London
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This joint conference between the Petroleum Group of the Geological Society, the History of Geology Group of the Geological Society and the Petroleum History Institute will be held in London in March 2016.

It will mark several important anniversaries including 150 years of oil exploration in Poland & Romania, the centenary of the drilling of the first oil well in the UK and 50 years of oil production onshore Spain. The focus of the conference will be to examine the history and heritage of the oil and gas industry in Europe from the earliest onshore drilling (and digging) to its development into the industry that we know today and also to examine the transition from conventional to unconventional resource plays in the onshore arena.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers from across the UK, Europe and the USA will share the historical framework of exploration and development activities. Invited Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dick Selley: UK Shale Gas Exploration - From 1875 to Now
  • Jon Gluyas: Argyll: A Field Reborn; Twice
  • Ferdinando Cazzini: The Early History of the Oil & Gas Industry In Italy
  • Jean-Jacques Biteau: The History of the Oil & Gas Industry in the Aquitaine Basin

Associated Events

**Unfortunately the field trip has been cancelled due to being significantly under-subscribed.**

A field trip will be arranged over the weekend following the conference to examine the history, industrial archaeology and geology of the Uk’s earliest oil and gas fields in the east Midlands and the Peak District. During the trip a memorial plaque and information board will be unveiled at the Hardstoft-1 well site in Derbyshire,  marking the 100th Anniversary of the drilling of the well under the defense of the Realm Act to reduce Britain’s dependence on oil imports.

Proceedings Volume

A Geological Society Special Publication is planned in association with the conference.


HOGG members, Corporate Affiliates and GSL associated Societies can register at a reduced fee.

Find out if your company is a Corporate Affiliate.

GSL associated Societies include AAPG, AIPG, GSA, NGWA, GAC and SEPM.

HOGG members and associated Societies members should choose the Other Societies booking option when registering. 

Further Information

For further information please contact Laura Griffiths at the Geological Society.

Registration rates

£ 100.00
£ 150.00
£ 100.00
£ 100.00
£ 50.00

Geolsoc Contact

Conference Office

The Geological Society
Burlington House

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