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17th June 2022

Keynote Speaker

Geoffroy Mohn

Professor in Tectonics at CY Cergy-Paris University, France.


Session 1: Geodynamics: Rift to Drift

The geodynamics of assembly, rifting, and ultimate breakup of Pangea provide the template, framework, and constraints within which we develop our understanding of Atlantic conjugate margins.


Today, potential field, seismic refraction and reflection data integrated and calibrated with DSDP/ODP/ IODP and industry well data and plate kinematic reconstructions permit an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate the geology of these conjugate margins. In this sessions, we are soliciting presentations that can provide attendees the results of the latest research and the opportunity to better understand the processes, geology, petroleum systems, and evolution of these conjugate margins.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Jonathan Redfern

Director, North Africa Research Group, Manchester University, United Kingdom

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Session 2: Regional Geology

Regional geology is the foundation and architecture of geoscience and oil and gas exploration. It provides actual observations and facts. All research, modelling, and knowledge of Atlantic conjugate margins and their petroleum systems are shaped by the comprehensive understanding of the regional geology of the margins. The ability to contextualize using that regional framework permits the extrapolation of our findings and results along strike, as well as to the evolving divergent conjugate margins across the evolving Atlantic Ocean. 

In this session, we are looking for presentations discussing and providing insights into the regional geology of the Conjugate Atlantic Margins are solicited for this session.

Keynote Speaker

Paul Mann

Professor, University of Houston, United States


Session 3: Stratigraphy & Sedimentology

The stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Atlantic conjugate margins have been extensively studied by generations of geologists and geoscientists.
However, major unknowns regarding the finer details of the sedimentary record still hinder ongoing exploration efforts around the conjugate margins. 

In this session, we are seeking contributions from members of academia and industry addressing current issues and deficiencies in the stratigraphic and sedimentologic knowledge of the conjugate margins.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Georgia Pe-Piper 

Professor of Geology, Emeritus, St. Mary’s University, Canada


Session 4: Petroleum Systems


Understanding the petroleum systems of sedimentary basins is the major objective of E&P geoscientists. Geochemistry is one of the main tools at the disposal of geoscientists to investigate sedimentary basins and petroleum systems. Major advances have been made over the last decade in the geochemical characterization of sediments, diagenesis, and hydrocarbon source rocks. However, major unknowns regarding the elements and processes of petroleum systems still hinder ongoing exploration efforts around the conjugate margins. Reservoir characterization and provenance of reservoir rocks has become the subject of many research projects, and the presence and quality of reservoir rocks often remain elusive at the prospect level.

In this session, we are seeking contributions that focus on the application of new methods, approaches, models and technologies to resolve some of the complex histories of the petroleum systems around the Atlantic conjugate margins.

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Dr. David J. W. Piper

Senior Research Scientist, Emeritus, Geological Survey of Canada, Canada

Session 5: Deep Water Systems

The deep-water sedimentary environment, both modern and ancient, has been the subject of considerable research over the past decades, partly as a response to the obvious economic and paleoceanographic importance of deep-sea sediments. This has contributed much to our understanding of the world’s most promising, but higher risk frontiers, leaving explorationists with many more unsolved problems. 

What are the true physical characteristics of turbidity currents, debris flows, bottom currents and the myriad of other processes that operate to transport and deposit sediment in deep water? How and where are thick massive sands and structureless muds emplaced? 

In this session, we are seeking presentations that address these and other aspects of turbidites and associated deepwater systems.

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Duncan Wallace

Technical Director

​Chariot Transitional Energy,

United Kingdom

Session 6: Exploration and Energy Thinking for the Atlantic Conjugate Margins

  • Plays and prospects that work or have worked in the past

  • Plays and prospects that resulted in geologic, but not commercial, successes

  • Emerging and/or new energy-related potential


Large petroleum resources have been defined and reserves volumes discovered offshore Eastern Canada (Nova Scotia and Newfoundland-Labrador), Mauritania, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Brazil. Other areas in similar/equivalent settings exist offshore Morocco, Portugal, Ireland, Suriname, Namibia, the U.S., etc. that may host comparable resource volumes. Yet geological analogs to successful basins have not always resulted in the expansion of some plays beyond their discovery areas.

We are soliciting presentations that describe prospects and plays that currently work or have worked in the recent past, prospects and plays that resulted in geologic, but not commercial successes, and, how those observations and new knowledge can be integrated to better assess emerging and/or other potentially analogous areas, plays, and prospects.

Regardless of the commercial success for hydrocarbons production, all that accumulated knowledge may be used to look at quite different energy sources and energy-related issues. These include salt deposits suitable for energy storage (Natural Gas or Hydrogen), depleted reservoirs to be used for CO 2 storage, etc. The history and the potential of the Atlantic Conjugate Margins is yet to be written, so… where do we go from here?

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