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Managing Risks across the Mining and Oil and Gas Lifecycle

10 - 12 July 2017
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Event type:
Workshop, Conference
Organised by:
Geological Society Events
Imperial College London, Department of Earth Science and Engineering
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As part of the Geological Society's 'Year of Risk' there was a week (8 - 14 July 2017) of risk related events, starting with 'Managing Risks Across the Mining and Oil & Gas Lifecycle' and culminating in 'Sharing an Uncertain World: Lessons in Managing Risk'.

Below are details about the 'Managing Risks' conference.  For further information about 'Sharing an Uncertain World', please visit the conference webpage.

Conference background

Key operators (including Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Shell, BP, and others) came together to explore our understanding of risks and methods by which we can better manage them!

Risks, be they: technical, political, environmental, social, regulatory, security, or health & safety, are faced by both Mining and Oil & Gas. This conference will explore the state of the sector focusing on where we need to improve our management of risks across the lifecycle, and what each industry can learn from the other; include professional development and multi-disciplinary discussions geared to professional geoscientists, risk management practitioners, experts from other technical and sustainability disciplines, owners, and investors; review how resilient our sectors are really regarding the response to and recovery from failures, and how we proactively plan to ensure these failures do not repeat; and explore emerging strategic and public policy trends with regards to regulating and insuring risk.

Session themes included:

  • Scene setting and risk of investing
  • Managing our waste for the long-term
  • Subsurface risk and uncertainty
  • Geoethics and risks above and beyond
  • Planning for success: Managing risks up front
  • (Human) resourcing our future
  • Discussion and debate with our leaders

Conference material available to download as PDFs

  • Conference programme
  • Conference abstract book
  • Subsurface risk workshop outcomes


Lead convenor - Sarah Gordon (The Geological Society/Satarla)

Lead convenor - Georgina Worrall (The Geological Society)

Co-convenor - Glen Burridge (Glen Burridge & Associates)

Co-convenor - Kirsty Simpson (The Geological Society)

Event sponsors