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Call for Papers

2016 Conference Topics

The 2016 Programme Committee invites paper proposals for the following topics. Authors are encouraged to consider developing papers featuring multidiscliplinary approaches that highlight HSE benefits such as innovation, collaboration, and value creation. Additionally, authors may consider proposing papers that feature these HSE benefits within specific elements of the oil and gas sector value chain. The conference also features a special drilling track, and the programme committee invites authors to indicate if their abstract relates specifically to drilling.

Health in Communities and the Working Environment

Health in Communities

      • Collaboration With Agencies, Government, or Other Stakeholders
      • Community Health Outreach
      • Global, National, and Regional Partnerships
      • Health Impact Assessment
      • Infectious Diseases
      • Product Stewardship
      • What Should Be the Role of the Oil and Gas Industry in Communities?

Health in the Working Environment

      • Extreme Environment
      • Fatigue Management
      • Fitness for Duty
      • Health Emergency Response
      • Health Performance Measures
      • Health Risk Communication
      • Health Strategy
      • Industrial Hygiene
      • Infectious Diseases
      • Physical Fitness Programs
      • Preventative Medicine

Occupational and Process Safety

Occupational Safety

      • Behavioural Safety: Human Factors
      • Human Performance
      • Journey Management
      • Managing Major Incidents Risks and Response/Media Response
      • Safety Leadership
      • Transport Safety: Land/Air/Marine/Equipment/People

Process Safety

      • Assessing Supply Chain Safety Risk
      • Barrier Identification
      • Human Factors
      • Managing Process Safety in Company/Asset Acquisition
      • Operational Risk Management
      • Operational Safety
      • Predictive Analytics
      • Process Safety/Asset Integrity
      • Reporting Challenges and Successes
      • Safety in Projects
      • Understanding Hazards Associated With the use of Procured Critical Controls
      • Well Operations Safety


      • Accelerating Integration of Sustainable Development Factors in Executive and Operations Decision Making
      • Climate Change
      • Collaborating to Achieve Local Content
      • Diversity
      • Leveraging Technology
      • Public Acceptability and the Rational Middle
      • Sustainable Operations in the Arctic

HSE Management

      • Alignment/Harmonisation of Standards and Practices
      • Audit and Assurance Programs
      • Bridging Documents
      • Chemical Inventory Management
      • Collaboration With Contractors, Partners, and Other Stakeholders
      • Contractor and Sub-Contractor HSE Management
      • Cutting Costs, Not Corners
      • Cyber Security
      • High-Reliability Organisations
      • HSE Culture
      • Joint Venture Management
      • Leadership / Accountability
      • Learning Organisations
      • Management of Change
      • Operational Excellence
      • Preserving Maintenance and Safety in a Low Cost Environment
      • Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)
      • Technology and Systems
      • Training and Competency


      • Air Emissions and Flaring
      • Biodiversity and Sensitive Environments
      • Chemical Risk and Well Stimulation
      • Collaboration With Regulators, Partners, or Other Stakeholders
      • Decommissioning Legacy Assets
      • Developments in International Guidance and Best Practice
      • Ecosystems Services Management
      • Greenhouse Gas Management (Including Carbon Trading and Energy Efficiency)
      • Impact Assessment and Risk Management (including environmental, cultural, and cumulative impacts)
      • Monitoring, Reporting, and Stewardship for Environmental Performance Improvement
      • Regulatory Changes / Challenges
      • Spills Prevention, Control, Countermeasures, and Emergency Response
      • Unconventional Oil and Gas
      • Waste Management
      • Water Management (Including Produced Water and Water Use)

Social Responsibility

      • Collaboration with Communities, Partners, or Other Stakeholders
      • Ethics and Human Rights
      • Fresh Water, Major Resource Utilisations, in Heavy Security Areas, etc.
      • Indigenous People, Grievance and Claims Management, Resettlement
      • Integrating Social Responsibility Into Management Systems to Mitigate Risks
      • Interaction of Social Responsibility Issues With Other Aspects of Environment, Safety, Security, Health
      • Public Consultation, Engagement of Stakeholders, Conflict Management, Community Outreach
      • Social Impact Assessment and Management
      • Social Performance Indicators / Reporting for Greater Transparency
      • Supply Chain

Paper Proposals Sought From

      • HSSE-SR executives, directors, managers, and leaders
      • Compliance officers
      • Educators
      • Environmental professionals
      • Health, safety, and environment engineers and specialists
      • Inspectors
      • Professionals from other industries and government officials concerned with health, safety, or the environment
      • Safety and operations managers
      • Scientists
      • Drilling HSSE-SR professionals


General Guidelines

Extended Submission Deadline: 10 August

  • Obtain necessary clearance and travel approval from your management.
  • The paper proposal should be formatted into four specific paragraphs. The combined word count must be between 225 and 450 words in length. Visit for more information
  • Please summarise experience that qualifies you to present this abstract at the conference in Novel/Additional Information section.
  • The paper proposal must be received by 10 August (extended deadline).
  • Submit your paper proposal online at
  • Do not include title or author names in the body of the abstract. Title and author information will be requested separately through the submission system.
  • Please note that, if accepted, your paper proposal may be published, as submitted, in conference information media, including the SPE website.
  • Authors whose paper proposals are accepted will be required to provide a manuscript for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Authors who do not submit a manuscript and the associated publication forms by the manuscript due date will be withdrawn from the programme and will not be allowed to present. Manuscripts will be due at SPE no later than 30 November 2015.


All authors of papers presented at the conference will be required to complete and submit a copyright release form to SPE or submit the copyright exemption form where applicable.

Changes, Cancellations, and Withdrawals

SPE and the Programme Committee consider an accepted abstract as a commitment to present. If extenuating circumstances prevent the author from making the presentation, it is that author’s obligation to find an alternate presenter and notify their SPE Programme Lead and their session chair(s), if applicable. Withdrawals must be made in writing to the SPE office as soon as possible. Under no circumstances can a submitted abstract be changed once it has been submitted. The failure of SPE conference authors to have at least one designated individual present the paper at the conference will result in the conference paper being permanently withdrawn from the SPE technical paper archive on Cancellations, particularly after a paper has been accepted and publicised, are viewed by the Programme Committee as highly unprofessional.

A Word About Commercialism

SPE has a stated policy against use of commercial trade names, company logos, or text that is commercial in tone in the paper title, text, or slides. Use of such terms will result in careful scrutiny by the Programme Committee in evaluating abstracts and the presence of commercialism in the paper may result in it being withdrawn from the programme.

A Word About Plagiarism

We expect authors to credit all sources used in their writings and not to represent work of others as their own. We take plagiarism very seriously. Please refer to SPE’s plagiarism policy.

Manuscripts will be due at SPE no later than 30 November 2015.



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