Workshop, Forum and Summit Committees


An SPE Workshop maximizes the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Highly focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The technical program is comprised of presentations solicited by the program committee as opposed to a general call for papers or presentations. To stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published, and members of the press are not invited to attend. Presentations that have been authorized for release are compiled by the SPE staff and released to attendees after the workshop.


SPE Forums are invitation-only events that unite top technologists, innovators, and managers to explore a specific and emerging industry challenge not already addressed in existing SPE Conferences, Workshops, and Symposia. 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. Forums do not offer a call for papers, published presentations, sponsorships or exhibitions of any kind.

More detail can be found on the Forums page.


SPE Summits address emerging issues, problems, technologies, and strategies of broad significance to the industry. Written records of the discussions and conclusions are published, with the intent of providing a deliverable that benefits the industry and that has the potential to lead to further initiatives. There is neither a call for papers nor presentations offered. Summits do not include any commercialism and do not offer an exhibition.

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