SPE Reservoir Simulation Conference 1 - 3 Mar 2021 Galveston Island Convention Center Galveston, Texas, USA

SPE is closely monitoring the impact of Covid-19 on travel and events. Authors, if your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference and plans for this conference change, SPE will pursue all alternatives available to still allow you the opportunity to present your paper.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now closed.  

Those that submitted abstract(s) will receive a notification email, on 4 August, that will provide information on status of abstract(s).

Authors, whose paper proposals are accepted for the technical program, may also have their paper included in a special edition of the SPE Journal.  The SPE Reservoir Simulation Conference celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021.  This special edition of the SPE Journal will be based on papers from the SPE Reservoir Simulation Conference.


  • Gridding, upscaling, reduced-order models and multiscale methods
  • Data assimilation and uncertainty quantification methods
  • Optimization methods
  • Models built upon computational statistics, machine (deep-) learning, and hybrids with physical models
  • Decision science and data analytics for reservoir management, resource estimation, and planning
  • Case studies in computationally aided engineering: successes and failures
  • Formulations and discretization techniques
  • High-performance computing, algorithms, and large-scale and simulation methods
  • Linear and nonlinear algebraic solution methods
  • Methods for complex subsurface multiphysics (e.g. coupling methods in discretization/solution for coupled thermal, reactive, multiphase flow, and/or poromechanical processes)
  • Integration and coupling of models for the surface, wellbore, and/or subsurface subsystemsData assimilation and uncertainty quantification
  • Advances in closure modeling for complex processes (e.g. thermodynamics, reaction, sorption, confinement, and multiphase models)

Abstract Information 

Please notes that Abstract submissions should be formatted into four (4) specific paragraphs:

  • Objectives/Scope: Please list the objectives and/or scope of the proposed paper. (25-75 words)
  • Methods, Procedures, Process: Briefly explain your overall approach, including your methods, procedures and process. (75-100 words)
  • Results, Observations, Conclusions: Please describe the results, observations and conclusions of the proposed paper. (100-200 words)
  • Novel/Additive Information: Please explain how this paper will present novel (new) or additive information to the existing body of literature that can be of benefit to and/or add to the state of knowledge in the petroleum industry. (25-75 words)


The following guidelines apply:

DO NOT include title or author information in your abstract.
Word Minimum: 225
Word Maximum: 450

General Guidelines

  • Obtain necessary clearance from your management and start preparing now
  • Authors whose paper proposals are accepted will be required to write a manuscript for inclusion on the conference proceedings by 17 November 2020.
  • Authors who do not submit a manuscript and the associated publication forms by the stated deadline will be withdrawn from the program and will not be allowed to present per SPE’s No Paper, No Podium policy
  • If accepted, your paper may be published, as submitted, in conference media, including on the SPE website

Please Note: An agreement to present a paper at this SPE conference carries an obligation to participate in the event. Please review SPE's Author Guidelines for Papers.

A Word On 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 presentation slides. Use of such terms will result in careful scrutiny by the Program Committee in the evaluation of paper proposals, and the presence of commercialism in the paper will result in it being withdrawn from the program.

Prepare for a Conference: An SPE guide to writing and submitting a paper proposal

Paper Policies

Submission Guidelines

Sample Abstract (pdf)

Paper FAQs

Plagiarism Check

In an effort to further improve SPE’s technical quality standards, all submitted conference papers will be checked for plagiarism.


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