Events and Special Sessions

If you’ve never attended one of ATCE’s longstanding events, such as the Annual Banquet or President’s Luncheon, now is the time! Here is a list of all events and special sessions taking place during ATCE 2010.

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Monday, 20 September

Expo Welcome on Exhibit Floor


Cavaniglia and Ground and First Floors, Spadolini

This welcome event opens ATCE’s exhibition of the latest technologies and products on the market. It gives attendees a chance to network with other leading E&P professionals. Admittance is included with conference registration.

Opening General Session: Gas Market Variables in the Global Energy Equation


Auditorium, Palazzo dei Congressi

Join a panel of E&P industry experts as they discuss what will be required to satisfy future demand as well as the requirements for implementation of successful solutions to enable the globalization of gas. Read more.

Chairman’s Luncheon


Basilica, Ground Floor, Arsenale

The ATCE 2010 General Chairperson Claudio Descalzi, chief operating officer, E&P of Eni, will share his insights on the industry. Purchase a ticket to this event.

25–Year, Century, and Director’s Club Reception


Sala delle Colonne, Ground Floor, Monumentale (new location!)

SPE will offer a networking reception for members with 25+ continuous years of SPE membership, members who have recruited 100 or members to SPE, and all past and present SPE Board members. Purchase a ticket to this event.

Young Professionals Reception


Sala della Scherma Terrace, First Floor, Monumentale

Mingle with fellow young professionals at this reception. Admittance is included with a Young Professionals Workshop ticket (see additional information below).

Tuesday, 21 September

Special Session: Reservoir Management As An Integrated Technology


Room 11, Lower Floor, Spadolini

Ganesh Thakur defines reservoir management as the “use of financial technological and human resources, while minimizing capital investments and operating expenses to maximize economic recovery of oil and gas from a reservoir.”  Reservoir management has evolved beyond the reservoir engineer into a multidiscipline, integrated team effort.  Simulator models go beyond just the reservoir, incorporating the completions, wells, and subsea facilities.  Key project decisions must incorporate all of the disciplines.  How well have we done?  How do we do better? This session explores these questions and more.


Gene Narahara

SPE Technical Director, Reservoir Description & Dynamics

Senior Advisor Reservoir Engineering, Chevron


Alain Labastie, SPE President-Elect, and Engineering Adviser, Total

Ali Dogru, General Supervisor, Saudi Aramco

Marcelo Curzio Salomão, Senior Advisor Reservoir Engineer, Petrobras

Alain C. Gringarten, Director – Centre for Petroleum Studies, Imperial College

Iberê Nascentes Alves, Senior Petroleum Engineer, Petrobras

Young Professionals Workshop: The Oil & Gas Apprentice—Building Leaders of the Future


Sala della Scherma, First Floor, Monumentale

This year’s program is new and exciting!  Join a panel of top industry executives for an informative and engaging session based on the popular US and UK television show, The Apprentice. Read more. 

Special Session: SPE Talent Council Initiatives


Room 11, Lower Floor, Spadolini

This session highlights progress on initiatives related to workforce supply and demand report, industry/academia cooperation in Kazakhstan, and improvement of the quality and quantity of talent globally.


  • Susan Howes, Reservoir Management Consultant, Chevron
  • Olivier Soupa, Senior Manager, Schlumberger Business Consulting
  • Jenny Coconnier, E&P Career Manager Business Development, Total
  • Tania Gandamihardja, Human Resources Director, Artificial Lift, Schlumberger
  • Tom Blasingame, Professor and Robert L. Whiting Endowed Professor, Texas A&M University
  • Ramona Graves, Professor and Department Head, Colorado School of Mines
  • Iraj Ershaghi, Omar P. Milligan Professor and Director, University of Southern California

Annual Reception and Banquet - SOLD OUT


Michelozzo Courtyard and Salone dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio

The Annual Banquet recognizes SPE members who have made significant contributions to the oil and gas industry. Prior to the Annual Banquet, all banquet attendees are invited to gather for a reception. See who are our 2010 award winners.

Wednesday, 22 September

Special Session: A Global View of Reserves Systems


Room 11, Lower Floor, Spadolini

With the ever increasing globalization of the oil industry, there is a heightened need for improved understanding of the numerous reserves reporting systems in use. A panel of eight industry experts will discuss the regulatory requirements of various countries, including a historical perspective and the scope and basis of each system.  The goal of the session is to improve attendees’ understanding of the information available from public disclosures made under various reporting regimes.


Delores Hinkle, Marathon Oil

Dominique Marion, Total


Xiaowen Duan, PetroChina

Alexander Shandrygin, Schlumberger-Russia

David Elliot, Alberta Securities Commission

John Lee, SEC Academic Engineering Fellow

Glenn Brady, International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)

Energy4me Teacher Workshop


Sala della Scherma, First Floor, Monumentale

SPE’s energy education outreach program, Energy4me, will invite 50 Tuscany-area classroom teachers (of students ages 12-18) to attend a free, one-day energy education workshop. Educators will receive comprehensive, objective information about the scientific concepts of energy and its importance while discovering the world of oil and natural gas exploration and production. Read more.

Informazioni in Italiano


President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members


Basilica, Ground Floor, Arsenale

Symbolizing SPE’s heritage of industry leadership, this prestigious event presents the “State of the Society” address from 2010 SPE President Behrooz Fattahi, who passes the presidential gavel to 2011 SPE President Alain Labastie. Read more »

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Other SPE Events Planned During ATCE

Annual Section Officer Workshop

1100–1630, Sunday, 19 September

Sala della Scherma, First Floor, Monumentale

The Section Officer Workshop is for SPE section officers only. The goals of the workshop are to learn about SPE sections programs and services; to share best practices with other section leaders; and to network with officers from other key sections.

SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section Meeting

1200–1730, Sunday, 19 September

Sala della Volta, Ground Floor, Monumentale

The Drilling Systems Automation (DSA) Technical Section invites you to join us for a half-day meeting that will be held in conjunction with ATCE in Florence. View the agenda »

SPE Research & Development Technical Section Dinner

1930–2230, Sunday, 19 September

Sala della Scherma, First Floor, Monumentale

The SPE Research & Development Technical Section invites you to a dinner to be held in conjunction with ATCE 2010, featuring SPE Regional Director John Donachie who will present "Technology Adoption in a Risk Adverse Industry.”

The adoption of new ideas in any industry is a challenge, but the oil and gas industry is equally tested when it comes to risk aversion. This presentation provides new ideas and answers to questions raised by technology evaluators. RSVP now!

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