KNGMG is proud to support the upcoming AAPG Conference “Geoscience in a New Era”:

KNGMG members will be entitled to register for the conference with a special rate of 399 euro. For this reason, a special registration code has been created that is available upon request by sending an e-mail to On the registration page, when on the second step select “I have a Registration Code” and insert this special code.

About the Conference

As the energy industry considers lower-carbon technologies and new commercial models to carry it through energy transitions, innovative and data savvy geoscientists are needed to support sustainable resource development. Maximizing the skill sets of geoscientists today ensures their relevance and value tomorrow.

The AAPG Energy Transition Forum – A New Era in Geoscience held 5-6 September in Amsterdam will address these dilemmas. We expect the answers to lie within a conversation on the future of energy, sustainability, digitalisation, talent and skills, and collaboration between a broad range of technology, geoscience, renewable, and oil and gas industry contributors.

A New Era in Geoscience will focus on:

The Future of Energy: Depending who you follow, oil and gas will be required for some time to come, but in meeting that demand, can we afford to continue to apply geoscience in the same way we have till now? Or do we need to work differently? What is our role as we move toward renewable energy? The prize for collaboration is large if we can discover new business models utilizing existing (data) assets for new revenue streams and develop the essential partnerships that geoscientists need to make to take the next necessary step.

Sustainability: What will make us sustainable in the future? How important is it to address concerns about geopolitical aspects as well as macroeconomic issues in the pursuit to be believed to be “clean” in both the sustainable and ethical senses of the word? What roles do geoscientists have in improving efficiency and sustainability? Will these measures be enough to attract the best talent?

Digitalization: In a world that focuses increasingly on machine learning, where are the opportunities for applying digitalization to improving the efficiency of data management, interpretation, and other parts of exploration discovery and production? We hope to share ambitions for applied digitalization, which improve ongoing businesses and perhaps uncover areas for co-creation.

Skills: Will in-depth domain knowledge be enough or will the geoscientist of the future need to have hybrid competencies and polymorphic skillset? It is conceivable they may also need to be well versed in the commercial part of the business and willing to work beyond upstream and into the extended value chain – mobile across a broader industry, from digital tech, to seismic operator, to oil & gas, to renewable and back. What impact will that have on how jobs are done, the skills necessary and the culture of organizations?

Who Should Attend?

The Energy Transition Forum is designed for anyone who wishes to contribute to a debate around the future of Geoscience in a rapidly changing world. What will the future hold for our industry and our geoscientists from the perspective of:

Young Professionals (new and existing) – What does the industry need to do to meet expectations in terms of skills development, motivation, and career ambition?

Generation X – What is the future role for existing experienced professionals, potentially with deep expertise and possibly individual contributors? Will roles change? What additional skills will be required? What will companies need to do to make the most of all talent available?

Decision Makers – What decisions need to be made and how should leadership respond to stakeholder expectations?

Educators – How will our teachers, trainers, and mentors need to adapt in order to provide the next generation with the necessary skills, expertise, and attitudes to provide a safe, reliable, and sustainable industry?