The conference started with a broad general thematic session to capture thoughts from leading scientists on the nature and character of the global Lower Paleozoic and Precambrian petroleum systems, similarities and general problems. This was followed by sessions dealing with the fundamental elements of petroleum systems in Australia, North America, North Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia, and the uniqueness of these older systems, and conclude with a session on the technology advances and needs, and with a session on selected case studies.
The conference aimed to gather experts from multiple disciplines. Participants included academic and industry scientists with technical backgrounds in Paleozoic and Proterozoic geology, geochemistry, carbonate reservoir geoscience, fluid flow, basin modeling, seals, and reservoir geophysics. New and different perspectives were sought from researchers in fields that are not traditionally linked. For this reason, the conveners strongly encouraged applications from researchers in related fields such as hydrogeology, visualization methods, numerical modeling, and biological evolution.