Latest News : The new dates for the ‘Submission of Abstracts’ and ‘Super Early Bird Registration’ will be announced shortly

Information on Symposia per Science Theme

Theme No.

Theme Title

Number of Symposia proposed

Symposia Title

Symposia Conveners

Biographical sketch of the Conveners




Hydrocarbon Systems

Dr. Kalachand Sain


Dr. P. Chandrasekharan


Richard Coffin 



Petroleum System

Keyu Liu (China)

Indrajit Barua


K. Vasudevan


Dr. Liu has 25+ years of experiences in reservoir characterisation, geofluid and petroleum system modelling. He is an associate editor of AJES & JAES, and active members of AAPG, AGU, IAS and SPE.

Mr. Barua has 30+ years of experiences in petroleum system modelling and sequence stratigraphy.

Mr. Vasudevan has 33+ years of experiences in basin evaluation, sequence stratigraphy and reservoir characterization for hydrocarbons.

Petroleum systems, deep and ultra-deep reservoirs, migration mechanisms, tight oil and gas, resource potential

The Petroleum System is a unifying concept that encompasses all disparate elements (source, reservoir, seal, and overburden rock) and processes (trap formation, generation-migration-accumulation) of petroleum geology. This also includes genetically related petroleum that originates from one pod of active source rock and occurs in shows or seeps. These essential elements and processes must be correctly placed in time and space so that organic matter included in a source rock can be converted into a petroleum accumulation. The petroleum system generally occurs in sedimentary basins up to 7000 m depth. A significant breakthrough has been made in China and elsewhere in exploring deeply buried (more than 7000 m) reservoir plays. Advancement has also been made in accumulation mechanisms in micro-nano pores, under the influence of organic-inorganic interaction. This symposium invites contributions on Shallow to Deep to Ultra-Deep Petroleum Systems. Papers on petroleum exploration, basin analysis, play fairway analysis, petroleum systems, resource assessment, fracture basement, role of geophysics and petrophysics, based on geoscientific studies are invited.

Shale Gas & Coal Bed Methane

A. M. Dayal


Brian Horsfield (Germany)

Rajiw Lochan


Dr. Dayal worked on exploration of hydrocarbons and shale gas using geochemical methods, and published a book on shale gas by Elsevier. Also writing a book on unconventional resources.

Prof. Horsfield, specialized in petroleum compositional and phase prediction with 40+ years experiences with the petroleum industry in upstream R&D, has 250 publications in leading journals and books.

Sh. Lochan, a Coal Geologist having 30+ years of experiences, worked on development and management of coal based unconventional energy resources, and implemented projects with CSIRO, Australia.

Exploration of shale gas, exploitation strategies, accumulation & preservation of CBM, resource evaluation of CBM

Shale gas, a natural gas trapped within shales (fine-grained sedimentary rocks), has captured the spotlight after successful production in USA by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling and now well accepted in China and Poland as well. The interests have spread to tap this natural gas in Canada, Australia, and many European, African and Asia-Pacific countries including India because of its considerable reserve and less emission of greenhouse gas compared to other fossil fuels. Papers on exploration and exploitation strategies of shale gas are invited into this symposium.

CBM (Coal Bed Methane) refers to gas that is generated during coalification and stored within coal, as being a reservoir. This symposium expects papers on pressure, temperature and structural controls on the accumulation of CBM in coal; importance of hydrodynamic sealing in CBM accumulation and preservation; numerical modelling and reservoir simulations to understand the impact of stress dependent anisotropic coal permeability on well design; and gas content, permeability and depth & thickness of coal seam for economic production and resource evaluation in distressed condition also to optimize its utilization to reduce GHG impact under Global Methane Initiatives with suitable technology.

Gas-Hydrates: Future Major Energy Resources

Ingo Pecher

(New Zealand)

Bjørn Kvamme (Norway)

Kalachand Sain (India)

Giuliana Panieri (Norway)

Dr. Pecher, a renowned geophysicist, is pursuing research on understanding gas hydrate system through glacial-interglacial cycles, and evaluating their resource potential and impact on seafloor stability.

Prof. Kvamme (PhD in Chemical Engineering) is a full Professor in Gas Processing at Department of Physics, University of Bergen. At present, he has been pursuing research on exploitation of gas hydrates.

Dr. Sain has proposed several approaches for the delineation, characterization and assessment of gas-hydrates, and identified potential reservoirs in KG, Mahanadi and Andaman basins of Indian offshore.

Dr. Giuliana Panieri works in the field of Arctic gas hydrate, environment and climate, and seeks to answer questions regarding timing, and periodicity of methane emissions and hydrate dissociations using biogeochemistry.

Deletion & assessment of gas hydrates, seafloor instability, flow assurance, exploitation techniques,

The potential of Gas hydrates is huge that can meet the global energy requirement for about many centuries at the current rate of consumption. The production tests in onshore Alaska and McKenzie delta and offshore Japan and China spread tremendous interests in national programs of many countries, and provide great hopes for the energy security of the world. This symposium invites papers on gas-hydrates from geophysical, geochemical, and biological natural occurrences and evaluating resource potential; laboratory studies and numerical modelling on dynamics; geotechnical studies on sea floor instability; flow assurance and feasible production technologies; and possible impact of extraction on environment.

Sub-volcanic Mesozoic Sediments

Kalachand Sain


N. Chandrasekhar


Dr. Sain has delineated sub-volcanic sediments using travel time and state-of-the-art full-waveform tomography of wide-angle seismic data, and imaged subsurface by PSDM of MCS data.

Mr. Chandrasekhar has been involved in exploration of sub-basalt Mesozoics using state-of-the-art technologies related to long-offset MCS, wide-angle OBS, tomography, FWI & Petroleum system studies.

Imaging sub-volcanics, non-seismic methods, resource estimation, prestack depth or reverse time migration

More than 50% global oil is found in Mesozoic sediments. However, such sediments remain hidden below a vast tract of Deccan Volcanic rocks in central-western India (both onshore and offshore). Such a situation is observed at many volcanic provinces in the world that has made routine geophysical methods incapable of probing sub-volcanic Mesozoics. We need innovative and integrative approaches for delineation of Sub-volcanic Mesozoic sediments. This symposium invites papers on different aspects of Sub-volcanic Oil bearing sediments.

Enhanced Oil Recovery

Masoud Riazi (Iran)

Manouchehr Haghighi


Dr. Riazi with ten years of experiences in oil companies is currently the Director at Enhanced Oil Recovery Research Center and Vice dean of School of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

Prof. Haghighi, Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, has a focused research on integrated reservoir simulation, EOR and hydraulic fracturing, wwettability alteration, low salinity water-flooding etc.

EOR methods, laboratory experiments, field scale studies, numerical modelling, reservoir simulation

Only up to 30% oil is produced economically by conventional methods; additional 5–35 % can be extracted by Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods by which the sweep efficiency and production are increased by altering physiochemical properties of reservoir fluids and rock. Popular utilized methods are : chemical based (e.g. polymer, alkaline, surfactant, and polymer flooding), gas based (e.g. CO2, miscible, near miscible and immiscible gas, foam injection), thermal methods (e.g. air, steam, hot water injection), and combination of these methods. Contributionson EOR methodologies, both at lab and field scales, using geological, geophysical, geochemical, and petrophysical data, numerical modelling and simulation of different EOR methods are anticipated in this session.

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Experiment

P S R Prasad


Baleshwar Kumar (India)

Dag Nummedal (USA)

Dr Prasad carried out experimental research on genesis & structural stability aspects of clathrate hydrates. Subsequently, he contributed to the CCS & U research in India.

Dr Kumar led researches in carbon management and hydrocarbon exploration. He represented India at various International forums on CCUS and coordinated three International conferences on CCS in India.

Dr. Nummedal is also the director of the Carbon Management Centre at CSM. He is a Research Professor and has vast experiences in Geology, Geophysical imaging and Petroleum Engineering.

Geological storage, CO2 Adsorbents, Rock-fluid interactions, Bio CCUS & Transportation of CO2 Laboratory & Pilot study

Consumption of fossil fuels increases CO2 concentration in atmosphere that leads to global warming. As a step forward in reducing the global temperature by ~20o C, as suggested by the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) experiment is one of the best alternatives for reducing the carbon footprints. Saline aquifers, depleted oil and gas fields, basalt formations, deep coal seams and deep water shallow marine sediments are potential sites for CO2 storage. These procedures, though, have its own drawbacks of limited storage capacity. Connectivity between capture and transportation to storage sites and the geological leakage of stored CO2 are cost intensive. The CCUS initiatives in developing economies are still in initial stage. This symposium invites papers covering several aspects of CCUS experiments.