Africa Conference Programme



The 2017 conference promises to be bigger and better than ever. We will take the audience back to first principals and challenge pre-existing paradigms that have existed in Africa. We will highlight new insights that will provide the foundations for the next generation of exploration, appraisal and development. Topics include; The New Geography of the Distal Domain. ‘New insights into Young Rifts’ and ‘New Technology leading the way in illuminating and defining our reservoirs’. Following on the success of 2015 our seismic workshop will showcase the most recently acquired seismic surveys with sessions from Ion, PGS, Spectrum and Western Geco. The conference promises a full program of events and networking opportunities in the heart of London.


Once again the PESGB will be recognising the best technical contributions with its prestigious awards, made by a respected panel of industry judges. The presentation ceremony will take place at the conference close.

Awards will be made for:

Best Student Poster
Best Poster
Best Seismic Theatre Paper
Best Oral Paper

The judging panel (drawn from a selection of experienced working explorationists) will use a formal marking scheme to ensure fairness. Marks will be awarded for relevance and interest to the delegates, originality and new ideas, technical quality and clarity.

Anyone interested in volunteering to be a judge please email

Additional Events

Make the most of your trip with social events, networking opportunities, a evening lecture, course and even a field trip!


29 August 2017 – The Geological Society, London

Gondwana re-assembled: Challenges for making the new map and insights for exploration

Colin Reeves

This special evening lecture will be themed to coincide with this month’s Africa Conference. Open to all members and registrants we hope to announce the speaker and title shortly.


Please note that you will need to register to attend this FREE event.

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30 August 2017 – DoubleTree by Hilton London – Islington – Duncan MacGregor & Dave Boote  

The Tamar, Leviathan and Zohr discoveries have revitalised interest in North Africa and the Mediterranean. This course is an abbreviated version of the original 3 day PESGB North Africa course and is designed to provide participants with a regional overview to back up their own block and prospect-specific interpretations.

Separate registration required, find out more here



30 August 2017 – BDC London

The first opportunity for networking with everyone, the Ice Breaker Drinks reception is sure to start the Africa Conference with a bang!


31 Aug 

The first day at Africa Conference has a drinks reception right on the exhibition floor, allowing plenty of time and space to make contacts and exchange ideas. Held in the main Exhibition Area from 5.30pm, the Cocktail Party is open to all delegates.

Syn-rift lacustrine carbonates; cycles, microbial mounds, and brackish to hypersaline facies models; Purbeck Group, Wessex Basin, UK. Analogues for south Atlantic pre-salt carbonates?

2 – 4 September – Purbeck

Separate registration required, find out more here 

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