Call for Abstracts

* £30.00 – Student Presenter registration fee (special discounted rate for accepted oral/poster abstracts).

Energy Geoscience Conference 1 (EGC1) in 2023 provides an opportunity to showcase the fundamental science which underlies the full range of options in the energy mix and abstracts are invited across the full breadth of energy-related geosciences. The transition to a wider base of energy sources represents a huge opportunity for learning from other industries and submissions are particularly welcomed that facilitate two-way learning and illustrate the applicability of data, techniques and workflows across the full spectrum of geoscience applications in the energy transition.

Broad conference session themes and topics where the convenors invite submissions are summarised in the table below. There will be a particular emphasis on areas of crossover where topics have applicability to multiple subsurface uses and can help drive inter-disciplinary sharing and collaboration.


A. Resource exploration in the energy transition: targets, techniques, workflows, results and synergies
Energy, storage and disposal resources
Exploring for geothermal resources and lithium brines
Hydrogen and helium habitat and exploration techniques
Exploration and appraisal of storage/disposal sites: CCS, hydrogen, gas, radwaste
Hydrocarbon exploration in a changing world: mature basins and gas resourcesCross-cutting themes: regional geology, tools, exploration tools, workflows and concepts
Regional evaluation of hydrocarbon, geothermal and storage resources
Exploration workflows and tools for the energy transition
Exploration geophysics for the energy transition

B. Salt as a store, seal, repository and trap

Evaporites: understanding seal characteristics, response to utilisation and implications for seal integrity
Salt as a store for compressed air, CO2, hydrogen, gas and radioactive waste
Modelling of salt geometry, evolution and geomechanics
Advances in seismic imaging, salt evolution and its role in hydrocarbon trapping

C. Subsurface modelling for energy projects

Role of modelling for resource extraction: lifecycle prediction, reservoir behaviour, resource definition
Hydrocarbons: advances in reservoir modelling
Geothermal case studies

Role of modelling for resource storage and sequestration: containment, capacity, behaviour
CO2 storage: modelling CO2 movement, containment assurance, capacity and behaviour
Radioactive waste
Hydrogen storage in porous media: multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing risk and uncertainty

Cross-cutting themes: analogues, petrophysical characterisation, fluid flow, heat flow, induced seismicity

D. Rock-fluid interactions

Process modelling and predicting reactions
Monitoring-rock-fluid interactions
Remediation and intervention
E. Geothermal crossover
Challenges and opportunities
Utilisation of by-products: CO2, Heat, REE, Cascade
The search for geothermal fluids, de-risking, new applications
Transitions – sharing best practice – case studies

F. Seals, containment and barriers

Nature of seals (top; lateral; base)
Measurement and monitoring of seals
Seal response through useage
Importance of seal integrity: evaluating, de-risking, modelling and utilisation
Cases histories of storage, sequestration and hydrocarbon entrapment
G. Shallow geophysics
Near surface and shallow applications of geophysics
Wind farm siting, drilling hazards, etc.Technology applications and future developments
H. Learning from subsurface surprises
Learning from helpful and unhelpful experiences especially for new subsurface uses
Maximising use of existing subsurface data to minimise unintended future outcomes

I. Fault and fracture characterisation for the energy transition

Natural fracture fundamentals
Analysis and characterisation of fractures
Fracture system modelling
Fracture system case studies

J. Early life, late life, new life

New resource development
Reservoir management for current and future purposes
Efficient development and management of resources, scope to create advantage
Repurposing depleted por­­e space
Sharing the subsurface; spatial, temporal and stratigraphic conflicts

K. Digitalisation

Key digital enablers for geoscience in the energy transition

Whilst it is anticipated that many of the contributions will be from the UK and Northwest Europe, worldwide participation is welcomed by the convenors. The hybrid conference format is designed to be inclusive and in person or virtual contributions – both talks and posters – are welcomed, regardless of geography. A shorter, ‘research highlights’ format for talks from early career researchers on ongoing research can also be also offered.  Continuing the tradition of the former Petroleum Geology Conference series, the conference will have a strong subsurface science focus and will not be able to offer an opportunity for marketing-oriented contributions. It is hoped that many contributors will be willing to contribute high quality technical papers to the subsequent Conference Proceedings volume. To discuss possible contributions with a convenor, please contact

Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2022

Guidelines to submit your EGC 2023 abstract

Following formal acceptance by the convenors of offered talks and posters, all speakers and poster authors will be given a chance to refresh their abstracts in late 2022.

  • Register your email address. Once you have registered to use the Oxford Abstracts online submission system, you will be taken to the online submission form.
  • You will be able to copy and paste your abstract into the online submission form.
  • Complete all fields requested, including title and the full abstract. Mandatory fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  • Abstract word limit is 500 – text only no figures.
  • Once you’ve submitted your abstract, you will receive an email confirmation. Should you wish to preview or amend your submission, there are links in the email to facilitate this.