Technical Programme Paper and Poster Speakers Selected for the 23rd World Petroleum Congress


LONDON, U.K., Thursday, February 27, 2020 – Out of a record number of 2,000 abstract submissions, the World Petroleum Council has confirmed the selection of 300 Expert Speakers who will present their papers and posters at the 23rd World Petroleum Congress in December 2020. The high-level programme features 23 Technical Forums on innovative energy solutions across the oil and gas sector, from disruptive technologies to cleaner energy solutions.


Working with 2,000 abstracts from 59 countries and more than 400 companies, making the selection was very challenging for the Forum Chairs, whilst ensuring the usual level of quality and diversity for the Congress. In total the Congress Programme will include around 700 international speakers.


Global coverage of the latest technologies will be considered from the perspective of almost 40 countries, providing the opportunity for focused discussions.  Under the theme of ‘Innovative Energy Solutions’, the Technical Programme of the Congress is divided into five main topical blocks:


BLOCK 1 – Innovation in Upstream

BLOCK 2 – Innovation in Downstream & Petrochemicals

BLOCK 3 – Innovation in Natural Gas

BLOCK 4 – Future Energy Landscape

BLOCK 5 – Managing Energy Solutions


The 23rd World Petroleum Congress will provide the platform for open dialogue between consumers and producers, governments and industry, academia and financiers, leaders and society, in order to address these issues and present debates, developments and solutions for sustainable production and use of the world’s energy resources. Full details of the programme are available here.




About the World Petroleum Council

The World Petroleum Council was established in 1933 and provides a neutral platform for discussion of the issues facing the oil and gas industry and its stakeholders around the globe. It is a non-advocacy, non-political organization, dedicated to the application of scientific advances in the oil and gas industries, technology transfer and the sustainable use of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all. The WPC is registered as a charity in the UK. Its nearly 70 member countries represent 96% of the world’s oil and gas production and consumption.  Every three years the WPC hosts the prestigious World Petroleum Congress in one of its member countries.




For further information on the World Petroleum Council, contact:

Ulrike von Lonski, Chief Operations Officer

Tel: +44 7901 640194   Email:


About the 23rd World Petroleum Congress

The 23rd World Petroleum Congress takes place in Houston, Texas, December 6-10, 2020. The triennial World Petroleum Congress is the oil and gas industry’s largest and most prestigious international event. Known as “the Olympics of the oil and gas sector,” the Congress attracts the highest-level industry and government leaders from around the world, including heads of state, ministers of energy and C-suite executives.


More than 100 countries, 50 ministers, 700 expert speakers, 1,000 media and 10,000 delegates are expected to participate in the Congress, which will also feature the World Petroleum Exhibition in the 50,000 square meter George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston’s Downtown Campus.


Further program and event details for the 23rd World Petroleum Congress can be found at




For further information on the 23rd World Petroleum Congress, contact:

Ben Bladon, Director, Public Relations

Tel: +971 58 527 0107    Email:


Courtney Moufarrej, Partnership Coordinator

Tel. +1 346 353 6023     Email: