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Young Professionals Workshop

17-20 November 2013

Bangkok, Thailand | Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Tower

About this workshop


The workshop theme, “Staying In Front—Maintaining Your Edge in a Competitive Environment!” emphasizes the significance of individual capability development and rapid mastery of emerging technologies in order to overcome challenges in a fast-changing industry, and stay in front of the competition.

The Young Professionals Workshop will involve a high level of delegate participation in a range of interactive technical and soft skill sessions. Stimulating discussion topics will range from personal capability building and knowledge transfer to adapting to innovative technologies and fulfilling social and environmental responsibilities.

Experienced professionals will add their expertise to help guide YPs on developing their skills to think at a senior business level while working through cultural, geopolitical, and technical challenges. There will be opportunities in these interactive sessions to build teamwork skills and engage in group debates.

The workshop will also provide a platform for high quality discussions and diverse networking opportunities. At the end of the workshop, participants from various technical disciplines, cultural backgrounds, and working environments will be able to expand their understanding of the industry’s challenges and what it takes to stay ahead in volatile times.

Focus Topics:

  • Technology needs for the future—deepwater, HPHT, unconventional resources
  • Maintaining Operational Excellence with Young Workforce
  • How to Promote Creative Thinking in the Workplace
  • Engineers with a Business Mindset
  • Health, Safety and Environment Concerns
  • Competency Development / Career Progression

Workshop Guidelines


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore,  formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. A one-page summary will be prepared by the workshop co-chairpersons, which will be posted on the SPE website, and published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), if space permits. The copyright of the summary report will belong to SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with workshop objectives and the SPE mission, excessive commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation at the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed workshop questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be forwarded to registrants with the attendee package prior to the scheduled workshop in September 2013.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.


Delegates are advised to book their domestic/international airline tickets early from their city/country to Bangkok, Thailand. Further detailed transportation information will be available and included in the attendee package, which will be sent to registrants in September 2013.

International delegates travelling to Thailand must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return or through tickets. Visa requirements depend on country of origin. Please check with your travel agent or the Thai Embassy on regulations relating to immigration/visa before your departure.