Dedicated Sessions

Dedicated Sessions are organised as part of the Technical Programme, adding to its depth and variety.

Submissions for the Dedicated Sessions are open to invited speakers only. 

The Call for Abstracts for the Dedicated Sessions is closed.

NW Europe, UK and Norway Exploration Wells: 2018-2023

This dedicated session would focus on the most recent exploration well results between 2018-2023, drilled in Norway and the UK. The focus would be on high-impact and/or play-opener and potential new petroleum-system opener wells drilled. The dedicated session will feature keynote speeches from NPD, UK NSTA and Westwood; the presentations will emphasize on the pre-drill concepts and main risks and the post-drill results.

Technical Community: Basin and Petroleum Systems Analysis


  • Balazs Badics (Wintershall Dea)
  • Alyson Harding (Westwood Energy)
  • Jorge Sanchez Borque (Norwegian Offshore Directorate)
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Best of Petroleum Geoscience

This session comprises some of the best papers published recently in Petroleum Geoscience.

Petroleum Geoscience provides a multidisciplinary outlet for the publication needs of those involved in the science and technology of the rock-related subsurface disciplines. Published by EAGE and the Geological Society, the journal aims to share knowledge of reservoir geoscience and to reflect the international nature of its development.


  • Jonathan Redfern (University of Manchester)
Petroleum Geoscience Journals
Showcasing Geoenergy

This session will showcase a range of papers published in Geoenergy’s inaugural year. Geoenergy is devoted to the publication of non-hydrocarbon energy geoscience and engineering research critical for this new era of sustainable energy. Published by EAGE and the Geological Society, the journal offers a venue to present new innovative technologies and methodologies, as well as the redeployment of knowledge built up over decades of oil and gas exploration.


  • Jonathan Redfern (University of Manchester)
  • Sebastian Geiger (Delft University of Technology)
Direct Heat Geothermal Energy: Importance of Forward Modelling and Data Assimilation

Heating and cooling demands almost 50% of the EU’s total gross energy consumption. A large portion of this energy can be delivered by direct heat from geothermal resources. In this session, we discuss how numerical modeling and data assimilation can help in improving the energy production from direct heat systems.


  • Denis Voskov (Delft University of Technology)
  • Øystein Klemetsdal (SINTEF)
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The Frontiers of Rock Mechanics – American Rock Mechanics Association Special Session

This session will present a collection of research papers representing the frontiers of rock mechanics from the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA). These include contributions in fundamental and interdisciplinary Earth and planetary rock mechanics, and the application of rock mechanics in petroleum, civil and mining engineering, and geothermal energy.


  • Mengsu Hu (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Brice Lecampion (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne)
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Anything but Kimmeridge! – Alternative Petroleum Systems of North West Europe

The Kimmeridge Clay Formation is one of the most intensively studied formation globally. Exposed in England in a band stretching from Dorset to North Yorkshire with dramatic outcrops at the Kimmeridge Bay, the Formation has reached significant economic importance based on two facts: i) it is present offshore along the entire North Atlantic to Barents Sea domain with age equivalent source rock formations in Norway (Draupne Fm., Spekk Fm., Hekkingen Fm.) and ii) it is associated with often juxtaposed or superimposed Middle Jurassic (Brent Gp, Lower Vestland Gp, Fangst Gp) and Lower Jurassic (Båt Gp, Kapp Toscana Gp) world class reservoirs. However, as a consequence of the low resolution of chemostratigraphy and the fact that Late Jurassic rich source rock formations are drilled by nearly every exploration well targeting Middle and Early Jurassic or even deeper reservoirs, petroleum system analysis and especially organo-geochemical assessments as input for prospect risking especially in North-West Europe have to deal with a tremendous data bias. This session aims to make a stage for petroleum systems analysis and petroleum source plays which are not dependent on Late Jurassic source rocks.

Technical Community: Basin and Petroleum Systems Analysis


  • Axel Wenke (Equinor)
  • Jean-Jacques Biteau (retired from TotalEnergies)
Natural Hydrogen Potential Assessment and Modeling

The Energy Transition poses new challenges to the way we utilize the subsurface for the exploration, exploitation and storage of traditional and new forms of energy that have a highly reduced or zero carbon footprint. Given the size of the challenge, we need to initiate our investigations at the scale of entire basins to analyse their current state and forming mechanisms. The acquired knowledge can then be applied to assess and select preferred locations with favourable geological conditions. To address such basin- to local-scale problems, advanced basin modeling techniques are now increasingly being applied for Energy Transition related investigations of geologic systems and processes.

The session will gather basin modeling practitioners and geoscientists interested in the role of large-scale geological processes as they affect subsurface components of the Energy Transition. It will enable new technical developments and scalable applications of static and dynamic geological process modeling to be showcased.

Topics will include:

  • New solutions for natural gas E&P

  • Hydrogen systems modeling for exploration and production

  • Large-scale storage of CO2 and other fluids

  • Geothermal energy exploration and storage

  • Mineral systems modeling for exploration for critical minerals


The session will conclude with an interdisciplinary discussion of experts and stakeholders on developments and the way forward for basin modeling in the face of these new challenges.

Technical Community: Basin and Petroleum Systems Analysis


  • Thomas Hantschel (Terranta)
  • Johannes Wendebourg (TotalEnergies)
  • Bjorn Wygrala (Consultant)
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Offshore CCS: A North Sea Perspective

Today, the North Sea is a hot spot of CCS activity with projects being pursued in multiple countries and projects spanning the states of scoping, appraisal, development, and operation. Offshore, CCS faces different challenges than onshore. We bring together operators, service providers, regulators, and researchers to share case studies on challenges, opportunities, and learnings; especially with respect to characterization, MMV, and SHE.

Technical Community: Decarbonization and Energy Transition


  • Matthias Imhof (ExxonMobil)
  • Audrey Ougier-Simonin (BGS)
Structural Geology Methods and Applications for the Energy Transition

How can existing knowledge, expertise, software, and data be harnessed to fast-track and de-risk methods and workflows for the Energy Transition?


This dedicated session aims to bring together geoscientists and engineers interested in learning and sharing experience and knowledge of emerging new methods to explore the role that structural geology plays in subsurface characterisation workflows for CCS; Hydrogen and Energy Storage; Geothermal, and Wind. The session aims to review fault uncertainty applications, fracture characterisation workflows, seal integrity studies, and geomechanical considerations through theoretical and applied examples.


Technical Community: Decarbonization and Energy Transition


  • Dan Hemingway (PDS Group)
Decarbonization and Energy Transition

Governments and the research community are working together to reach international agreements to tackle climate change and transition to low and net-zero carbon energy production. The Energy Transition brings an opportunity to face resilience in the future energy demand and meet the governments’ agenda to decrease carbon emissions. Investigating alternative solutions to oil and gas also improves the energy independence from countries with low fossil fuel resources. EAGE too keeps working to respond to the interests of our members and to the challenges from a fast-paced environment such as the Energy sector. For this reason, in the last year, EAGE has changed its own structure to give more space to these needs. An increasing interest in the decarbonization of the energy sector and the necessary skills to meet the future demand in this area, has brought fresher and new currents of discussion to EAGE, which are now being reflected in more dedicated sessions and conferences for specific topics related to the Energy Transition. At this year’s EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition, the Dedicated Session for the Decarbonization and Energy Transition (DET), will present the changes EAGE is undergoing and the new Special Interest Communities EAGE is aiming to host, in relation to the Energy Transition. By creating new Special Interest Communities, EAGE aims to bring a safe and engaging environment to discuss specific topics such as CCUS, energy storage, geothermal energy and wind energy. Members will have the opportunity to engage more effectively and fruitfully with their peers, including those who are already embracing the new opportunities the Energy Transition brings to the Geoscience and Engineering workforce.

Technical Community: Decarbonization and Energy Transition


  • Carla Martín-Clavé (AtkinsRéalis)
CCS for a Net-Zero Economy

Several decarbonisation pathways will play a significant role in bringing the European and global economy towards the net-zero ambition by 2050. Carbon Capture and Storage is consistently highlighted as a key decarbonisation pathway to reduce emissions and enable negative emissions. This session invites abstracts analysing different aspects of CCS deployment from power, industry, hydrogen, offshore oil and gas, ships, bioenergy, direct air capture. Topics can include geologic potential assessment, integrated assessment modelling, life-cycle assessment, and cost-benefit analysis.


  • Stefania Gardarsdottir (SINTEF Energy Research)
  • Simon Roussanaly (SINTEF Energy Research)
  • Vikram Vishal (IIT Bombay)
Good AI Practice and Challenging Case Studies for Injecting, Producing and Storing of Subsurface Fluids

Artificial intelligence makes use of the advantages of both model driven and learning-from-data driven approaches to develop powerful and fast computational tools to handle massive amounts of data. This session aims to share successful and challenging case studies of the use of AI in subsurface developments for injection/production/storage of fluids/gas. AI is seen as a viable technology specifically for cases with complex but uncertain physics, where the advantage can be made of data abundance to integrate relevant information and help build more confident and informative judgment/understanding for the subsurface developments. Applications include (but not limited to) integrated modelling solutions, history matching, monitoring, well control and placement, forecasting, optimization, injection strategies, geothermal, CO2 and energy storage.


  • Vasily Demyanov (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Ashkan Jahanbani Ghahfarokhi (NTNU)
Unlocking Engineering Insights from Cross-Disciplinary Datasets

Data from different subdisciplines of geological engineering too often remains siloed in different teams, preventing organizations from benefiting from their full combined value. This session explores recent innovations in machine learning, automation, visualization and building information management (BIM) that have led to valuable insights and improved communication in civil, geotechnical, environmental, and tunnel engineering projects.


  • Craig Christensen (Emerald Geomodelling)
  • Bahman Bohloli (NGI)
Critical Minerals and Rare Earth Elements in Focus: Geoscientists at the Helm of the Energy Transition

Explore the instrumental role of geoscientists in ensuring a sustainable supply of vital minerals and REEs for the evolving energy landscape. We’ll examine versatile geoscience proficiencies, environmental complexities, and the indispensability of battery-critical minerals and rare earth elements in forging a green energy future. This could include the need for critical minerals and a geoscientists role, transferrable Geoscience skills for the Energy Transition, Environmental and geo-political issues surrounding critical minerals and the “green” transition, Battery-critical minerals, Rare earth elements, and Onshore and offshore exploration.


  • Kirsty Lewis (Equinor)
  • Swapan Sahoo (Equinor)
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