SPE Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

At this difficult time for our industry and the world, SPE hopes that all our members and their families are safe and can avoid exposure to the virus. The COVID-19 pandemic, spreading at the same time as another oil price drop, is creating a lot of turmoil in our industry. The situation remains very fluid. As things evolve, the health and safety of our members, customers, and staff will be our highest priority and guide any decisions that we make.

We understand the uncertainty facing our members and want you to know that we are doing what we can to adapt to current conditions. We are exploring online options for many programs. We recognize that networking is a very important part of SPE. While many people are working from home, we encourage you to remain part of the valued SPE community. Use SPE Connect to stay in touch with colleagues.  

Most of the Distinguished Lecturer visits for March-May have been cancelled. SPE is investigating webinars and other online ways of bringing these industry experts to you. We know that many SPE sections are cancelling their meetings as well. We are exploring options for the student paper contests and other member activities that have had to be cancelled.  

Most SPE conferences and workshops through June have been postponed or cancelled (see current list below). We are making every effort to postpone, rather than cancel, events where possible to preserve the significant work that has already gone into planning them by our volunteers—both program committees and authors.  

These are challenging times. Shauna Noonan, 2020 SPE President, sent the following message on Twitter: 

In my 30 years as an SPE member I have been through ups and downs both professionally and personally, with the one constant being the support of my SPE "family." As we help one another through these turbulent months, let’s showcase to the world the compassionate side of oil and gas.

To learn more about the spread of the virus and protective measures, review the resources provided by the US Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and International SOS.

Current List of Events Postponed or Cancelled

Includes new dates where available.


Asia Pacific



Latin America and Caribbean

Middle East


United States