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Janet Watson Meeting 2016: The Future of Hydrocarbon Exploration

27 - 28 April 2016
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Geological Society Events, Energy Group
The Geological Society, Burlington House
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The Geological Society's first Janet Watson Meeting: An Early Career Geoscience Symposium

This two-day meeting aimed to bring together early career geoscientists with leading industry and academic experts to discuss and show case recent and potential future innovations in hydrocarbon exploration geoscience. The meeting provided an excellent forum for networking and an opportunity for graduate students and young professionals to present their research. The conference offered more experienced hydrocarbon exploration geoscientists new research, ideas and concepts plus the chance to add their experience to the panel discussion.

Conference themes

  1. Career Development and Industry Challenges at $20 to $30 oil
  2. Adapting established techniques to enhance exploration potential
  3. Building effective links between Industry and Academia: successful joint Industry projects and Academic consortia.
  4. The future exploration tool box: new techniques and software solutions

A panel discussion on the “Future of Hydrocarbon Exploration” was chaired by Prof. John Underhill (CDT)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Al Fraser (Imperial College)
  • Keith Gerdes (NERC CDT, Shell)
  • Robert Hall (Royal Holloway)
  • Gary Nichols (Nautilus)
  • Henrik Omma (Rocktype)
  • Bryan Ritchie (BP)
  • Mike Simmons (Halliburton)
  • Zoe Shipton (University of Strathclyde)
  • Dirk Smit (Shell)
  • John Underhill (Heriot Watt University)
  • Oonagh Werngren (Oil and Gas UK)


Subsurface architecture of fluvio-deltaic deposits in high- and low- accommodation settings

Jennifer Stuart (Shell)

Gravity for Hydrocarbon Exploration – A New look at an Established Tool

Tim Archer (Reid Geophysics Ltd)


Structural Tools and Workflows for Hydrocarbon Exploration of Faulted Reservoirs

Graham Yielding (Badley Geoscience Ltd)

Is biogas production from heavily degraded crude oil a viable option for energy recovery?

Julia de Rezend (University of Newcastle)


  • Isobel Sides (Halliburton-Landmark) - lead convenor
  • Mike Cottam (BP)
  • Caroline Gill (Shell)
  • Helen Smyth (Halliburton-Landmark)
  • Lucy Slater (Actis Oil & Gas)

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The Geological Society
Burlington House

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