Energy Transition Forum 2019 - A New Era for the Geoscientist

Occured on 15-16 October 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The “AAPG Energy Transition Forum – A New Era for Geoscience” in Amsterdam, September 2018, brought together expert speakers and distinguished participants to discuss the Future of Energy, Sustainability, Digitalisation, and Skills and New Ways of Working. Sessions provided thought-provoking presentations and interactive breakout sessions utilising a variety of facilitation styles to maximise engagement. For 2019, the event built on the discussions that took place in 2018, but being reframed with a greater focus on the individual in a New Era for the Geoscientist the dilemmas that keep him or her up at night, and the skills that might help unlock future opportunities.

Despite the vast majority of all scenarios indicating that oil and gas will be required for decades to come, there will be changes in what, how and when to explore and exploit, considering the already discovered resources and new types required. This means the role of the geoscientist will gradually change.

The projected global increase in energy demand, and the diversification of supply sources means a deep, solid understanding of geoscience core skills are still required, be it for oil & gas exploration, CCS, rare earth metal mining or geothermal energy extraction. Due to the growth in digitalisation and fusion of energy supplies, there will be a wider spectrum of roles for geoscientists, especially those who have multi-domain knowledge and maintain a learning mind-set.

More discussion is required outside our ecosystem, especially with governments and the public at large on how traditional integrated oil & gas companies are transforming into integrated energy companies, diversifying the service they provide to society and how they can be part of the solution. The discussion should not underplay the contributions made in the improvement of people’s lives due to greater access to energy and be a source of investment capital required for renewable energy, whilst also acknowledging the environmental challenges of the current energy supply mix.

In particular, geoscientists need reach out and encourage the next generation of geoscience students. This new generation deeply cares about climate change and is keen to get involved. To attract talent, universities and companies need to show how their studies & work link to their core values, and how they too can become part of the solution.

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Friday, 23 June 2023, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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