Program Schedule

APPEA 2020 is postponed




The APPEA 2020 Conference Program will drive in-depth discussion and debate for the industry and its leaders with the theme – Energy for a better Australia. International experts and Australian industry leaders will provide up-to-date analysis, case studies and technical know-how on the big issues facing our industry. Politicians, executives and analysts will discuss the policy concerns confronting us. Combined with an array of business networking events, APPEA 2020 is the place to form new partnerships and strengthen existing  ones.

New for 2020 is the APPEA Panel Series   3 sessions within the Technical and Business Program that will deliver free flowing discussion and debate on a current, relevant topic that is crucial for our industry. Subjects and line ups will be rolled out from March onwards.

APPEA’s keynote speaker program, boasting over 20 international and national industry leaders, stakeholders and global influencers, will be rolled out from March 2020.


PDF program last updated: 28 February 2020.

Please note the most up-to-date version of the program is noted in the body of this web page below

Click the sessions below to expand and see further information. Plenary speaker information will be linked in late February 2020. * Depicts the presenter if not the lead author.

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20 May
7:30 am 5:00 pm
Conference Registration
8:00 am 6:00 pm
APPEA 2020 Exhibition

Develop your business relationships, do deals, collaborate, share ideas, and be inspired as you meet the leading explorers, producers, suppliers and educators of our industry all showcasing their brands and products in the APPEA Exhibition Hall.

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8:00 am 6:00 pm
KPMG Meeting Zone

Need a private meeting with your client? APPEA in partnership with KPMG delivers the KPMG Meeting Zone – a custom made section of the exhibition floor delivering the ideal place to meet in hourly segments, with two private meeting zones.  Available for bookings in advance and/or onsite.

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8:00 am 6:00 pm
APPEA 2020 Technical and Business Poster Presentations

The APPEA conference technical program incorporates an extensive poster series displayed in the exhibition hall. Enjoy your tea break whilst perusing the posters.


8:30 am 10:30 am
PLENARY SESSION 3: Is the oil and gas industry part of a net zero emission future?
10:30 am 11:15 am
Morning Tea in the Exhibition Hall

Refuel with some tasty treats whilst catching up with colleagues and making new contacts in Australia’s biggest annual upstream oil & gas event.

Sponsorship available…


11:15 am 12:30 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION 10: Opening new prospectivity on the North West Shelf
CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Maintenance, safety and risk 1
CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Environmental research and innovation — protecting Australia’s marine environment
CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Diversity and inclusion
12:30 pm 2:00 pm
Networking Lunch in the Exhibition Hall

All delegates are invited to enjoy lunch in the exhibition halls. Explore the exhibits that represent the complete supply chain of the oil and gas industry. Make new industry contacts and expand your business through international and national connections.

Sponsorship available…

1:00 pm 2:00 pm
Meet the Authors - Poster Presentation

Enjoy the gallery of technical and business posters inside the exhibition and meet the authors to discuss their work.

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1:00 pm 2:00 pm
Hot Topics Discussion in the EY Collaboration Centre

Join EY specialists, APPEA representatives & conference speakers to discuss a number industry ‘hot topics’. A great opportunity to connect with oil & gas professionals with similar interests.

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2:00 pm 3:15 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION 15: PESA — 2019 in review
CONCURRENT SESSION 16: Carbon capture and storage — the new frontier
CONCURRENT SESSION 17: The cutting edge of industry technical innovations
CONCURRENT SESSION 18: Developing markets — renewables and hydrogen
CONCURRENT SESSION 19: Employee wellbeing and resilience - approaches to a happy, healthy workplace
3:15 pm 3:45 pm
Afternoon Tea in the Exhibition Hall

It’s coffee o’clock! Share a coffee with one of over 2,000+ oil and gas professionals under the one roof of the APPEA 2020 Exhibition.

Sponsorship available…

3:45 pm 5:00 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION 20: New life for the southern margins
CONCURRENT SESSION 21: Maintenance, safety and risk — next generation learnings
CONCURRENT SESSION 22: IOGP — learnings and discussion from around the globe
CONCURRENT SESSION 23: Community engagement — we’re in this together
5:00 pm 6:00 pm
Happy Hour in the Exhibition Hall

This event provides another excellent networking opportunity for all delegates, exhibitors and invited guests. Meet with colleagues and share ideas over a refreshing drink.

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7:30 pm 12:00 am
Conference Dinner

APPEA invites you to a special evening of mystery and glamour at the APPEA 2020 Conference Dinner Masquerade Ball. Recognising the 60th year of the conference, the evening will include all the glamour of the APPEA dinner and the announcement of the prestigious APPEA Excellence Awards. Its a chance to relax and party as award winning entertainment will light up the stage as we dance the night away.

Last year’s event sold out, so book your individual ticket or table now to avoid missing out on one of the most popular events on the industry calendar.

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APPEA Conference and Exhibition 2020
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