A host of activities will be on offer for students, all designed to help develop new skills, make new contacts in the industry, prepare themselves for a career in the oil and gas industry and how SPE can help them along the way.


Oil and Gas: Expat-ations of Living Abroad

16 April | 0900–1200 | Rooms 9 and 10

Working and studying abroad is a huge part of the oil and gas industry and despite the impact on a professional’s career and personal life, little guidance is available for those considering the big move. At this event, we will be sharing stories from those who have gone through the same process and explore some of the benefits and difficulties of diverse working environments.


Student Sustainability Challenge: Harnessing Sustainability through HSSE

16 - 17 April | 1300–1700 | Rooms 9 and 10

Sustainability means many different things to different people. For governments, it means ensuring development that meets the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. For companies, it means performing their operations in a way that ensures minimal impact on the environment or society while ensuring a future for the business in the long-term. Oil and gas exploration, production, transportation and refining companie,s along with other mineral extractive and processing industries can sometimes be seen to be inherently unable to act sustainably given the nature of their involvement with irreplaceable fossil fuel. 

The challenge for students will be to debate one or more of the following from the perspective of sustainability: 

  • Oil and Gas is Necessary for a Healthy Life
  • The Oil and Gas Industry Helps to Mitigate Climate Change
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms can be Sustainably Decommissioned
  • Local Communities Benefit from Oil and Gas Exploration and Development
  • Exploration in More Difficult and Treacherous Conditions is worth the Health, Safety and Environmental Risk
  • The World Would be Worse Off Without the Oil and Gas Industry


SPE Cares x Emirates Environmental Group (EEG): One Root, One Communi-Tree

16 April | 0900–1200 | Rooms 9 and 10

SPE Cares, an SPE International’s community service initiative that aims to provide opportunity for members and volunteers to give back to the community, is collaborating with EEG on “One Root, One Communi-Tree” project which aims to mobilise the community and enable the growth of green urban space through planting of indigenous trees.


Career Pathways Fair

17 April | 0900–1200 | Rooms 9 and 10

The Career Pathways Fair (CPF) is organised in recognition of the important role that the petroleum industry can play in inspiring the next generation of E&P professionals to start working in the oil and gas sphere. This project provides an opportunity for students and recent graduates to speak in an informal environment to both young and experienced professionals working in various career paths. The CPF will consist of series of stands where each represents a different career path/discipline. Each part of the CPF demonstrates the features and advantages of a particular segment of the oil and gas industry, so students can ask questions or discuss professional issues with representatives. We hope that attendees will leave this event with a greater knowledge of the career paths available, and be in a better position to manage their existing or future careers.


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The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit organisation. Income from this event will be invested back into SPE to support many other Society programmes. When you attend an SPE event, you help provide even more opportunities for industry professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence. Scholarships, certification, the Distinguished Lecturer programme, and SPE's energy education programme Energy4me are just a few examples of programmes that are supported by SPE.



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