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The First PESGB Special Interest Group meeting was a one-day event held in 1998 on West Africa the success of which led to a second one-day conference on Southern Africa and the Falklands in 1999 at which a PGS paper identified the prospectivity of the Rovuma Basin. It is surprising that it took so long to develop this promising hydrocarbon target.

In order to build on the success of our Africa SIG and establish our conference as an annual event, a link with the Houston Geological Society was proposed whereby the venue would alternate annually between London and Houston. This association has proven to be very successful with both sides benefiting in terms of organisational improvements and reaching out to a larger delegate base. The first joint PESGB/HGS meeting was held in London in 2002. In 2007 the London Africa Conference re-located for that year only to Cape Town and presented, for the first time, a field excursion to examine the Tanqua Karoo turbidites.

Africa Conference
The conference has established itself as the premier event for technical discussions and networking on exploration and geosciences in Africa. The 2015 London conference was the largest event to date with 624 delegates in attendance including operators, consultants, governments and academia. There were 34 technical papers presented in a high quality oral programme, 30 poster presentations, complemented by a bustling show floor with 61 exhibitors.

Read the review from the 2019 Africa Conference by Kevin Dale, PESGB Africa Chair.

Organisations wishing to sponsor the Africa SIG should contact:

To join this Special Interest Group you must be a PESGB member. Please visit to find out more about becoming a member.

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