About the Conjugate Margins Conferences

The Conjugate Margins Conferences are independently organized, biennial scientific meetings focused on improving knowledge on the geological evolution and petroleum prospectivity of divergent Atlantic margin basins.

They are supported through the financial and like assistance of industry, government organizations, technical societies and universities. Conjugate Margins Conferences are intended to bring together representatives of industry, government and academia who are interested in relationships between margin evolution and petroleum systems, with a regional focus on the North, Central & South Atlantic and adjacent basins, to lead to a better understanding of the prospectivity of these areas.

The first Conjugate Margins Conference was held in 2008, and has continued every second year since. They attract delegates from E&P companies, geological and geophysical service companies, consultants, university researchers, government agencies and departments. Students are strongly encouraged to participate through discounted registration with the best oral and poster presentations recognized with prizes for presentation excellence.


Conjugate Margins Conferences take place every 2 years since 2008

The first ever CMC took place more than 10 years ago. It was covered by AAPG here and here.
Took place at the other side of the Atlantic. Relevant article can be found here.
The third CMC was once more in Europe. Part of the conference was a field trip to the most classic Giant's Causeway.
St. Jonn´s
The fourth CMC took place in Canada and was heavily covered by the news. You can read about it here, here and here.
Brazil hosted the 5th CMC, with a focus of "Heading South: New Frontiers".

The conferences are held usually during the late summer or autumn with three days of keynote, oral and poster presentations and trade displays, along with pre- and post-conference field trips, core workshops and short courses interwoven with social and cultural events reflecting the hospitality of the host country. The thematic sessions from the conferences to date have included Atlantic margin evolution and development, plate reconstruction, geodynamics, petroleum systems, exploration and production, and productive fields and analogues.


The Conjugate Margins Conferences have a proven record of bringing together people to share new data and ideas about the evolution of sedimentary basins and their associated petroleum systems in the Atlantic margins. Each conference has had a successively greater number of delegates and especially students. The organizers strive to create a gathering that encourages the building of business and research relationships with the goal of improving knowledge and prospectivity of this under-explored global petroleum province.