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Health and Social Responsibility: The Role of the
Oil and Gas Industry in Community Health

1 – 3 June 2015 :: Miami, Florida, USA

About this forum

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has organized its first forum exploring the link between community health and social responsibility. The Forum will focus on three key areas:

  • The social, technological, economic, environmental, and political environment impacting the oil and gas (O&G) industry and projects both nationally and globally
  • The community health and social responsibility environment from an O&G industry and project point of view, including prevention, treatment, and care
  • Advantages gained within the national and global energy landscape from efficiently managing health and social issues across the industry’s value chain and a project’s complete life span

Participants will consider opportunities and challenges for health and social responsibility in our industry, as projects are developed around the world and supported by robust health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) programs. Questions to be explored include:

  • What should the role of the O&G industry be on health outside of the fence line?
  • In what way might the industry and stakeholders address outcomes we would like to achieve?
  • How is collaboration achieved across the industry, academia, financial institutions, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and communities?
  • How might emerging technologies promote positive social change?

To set the context, we will examine the point of departure, or current state, and explore the role the O&G industry plays in community health and social responsibility today.  To facilitate a vibrant discussion, this forum will focus on exploring the destination, or future state, with an emphasis on what role the O&G industry might play in community health and social responsibility in the year 2040.  During this discussion, we will consider:

    • The pathways, from the point of departure to the destination, with a focus on potential courses of action for the O&G industry and other stakeholders. In particular, discussions will look at ways to promote the O&G sector’s role in community health and social responsibility; and,
    • The dashboard, or benchmarks, indicators, and metrics, with a focus on measuring performance, excellence, and success. These are the standards thatthe O&G industry can use as it defines its role in current and future states of community health and social responsibility.

Who should attend

This forum will be of interest to members of the following disciplines

  • health, public and government affairs, socio-economic representatives from oil and gas industry
  • academia and public health experts from governmental, non-governmental and international organizations

What is a forum?

SPE Forums are unique, by-invitation-only SPE events that bring together top technologists, innovators, and managers to address a specific industry challenge. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to contribute their experience and knowledge, rather than be spectators or students.

The objective is to create a collaborative, idea-generating arena that stimulates new ideas and innovation about future challenges facing the E&P industry.

If you have a role to play in meeting the challenges of tomorrow head-on, apply today.

Who should participate?

  • Are you a young professional with at least five years’ industry experience? Get involved now. Forums are a window on the future that belongs to the next generation of professionals.
  • Do you want to exchange ideas with others in your technical area of expertise? Participation in a forum committee builds a professional network that will last a career. Forums offer an exclusive opportunity to interact with innovators, seasoned professionals, and leading technologists.
  • Are you looking to establish your technical reputation throughout the industry in a way that benefits your company? Forums provide the perfect setting because they serve as early incubators for future trends and technologies.

Benefits to You and Your Organization

  • Gain insight and perspective through conversations with peers who share your same interests.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of learning through one-on-one interaction.
  • Meet with other experts from international companies, research institutes, and universities in an off-the-record format.
  • Form professional relationships that will continue after the forum has ended.

Forum Guidelines

  • Brief, facilitated presentations promote maximum discussion.
  • Conducted off the record to support the free interchange of information and ideas.
  • Extensive note taking is not allowed.
  • Recording of any portion of the forum (photographic, electronic, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Information disclosed at a forum may not be used publicly without the originator's permission.
  • Participants are requested to omit reference to forum proceedings in any subsequent published work or oral presentation.
  • A written summary will be prepared and distributed to participants after the forum at the discretion of the program committee and SPE approval.
  • Participants are expected to attend every session.

Application Information

Participants at SPE Forums are selected by the Forum Steering Committee based on the ability to contribute to the discussion of the topic. Attendance is limited to maximize each person's opportunity to contribute.

Accepted applicants will receive their registration form and other materials within two weeks of the application deadline. For those requiring visas to attend the forum, please ensure that you leave sufficient time for your visa to be processed.