The conference comprised five-days with non-parallel oral and poster presentations. Short (20-30 minute) talks and panel sessions were used to introduce different themes but the conference placed a strong emphasis on group discussions as well as interactions around posters. There were four days of presentations, discussion and breakout sessions and one day in the field.
The conference started with broad thematic sessions to capture thoughts from leading scientists on promising research, to encourage multidisciplinary engagement, and to introduce researchers who are unfamiliar with the challenges of carbonate reservoirs to commonly encountered problems. Participants were then guided through a process to develop teams and to identify and develop a plan for novel and potentially high-impact research related to the overall conference theme. A primary objective was to define promising, new research directions that could generate novel research programs around the globe, stimulating industry-academic collaboration.