New record for 19th WPC Call for Papers

London, UK, 16th October 2007

The World Petroleum Council invited the best and the brightest minds in the petroleum industry to share their knowledge and their expertise with the attendees of the largest gathering of the oil and gas industry - the 19th World Petroleum Congress in Madrid from 29th June - 3rd July 2008 – and over 2000 responded. They submitted more than 1500 abstracts for the papers and posters at the event. Authors could select from 24 topics in the wide-ranging Technical Programme which had been compiled by the international Congress Programme Committee to recognize the scientific, technological and professional achievements of the petroleum industry. The topics for the sessions reflect the official theme for the 19th World Petroleum Congress: A World in Transition: Delivering Energy for Sustainable Growth

The Director General of the World Petroleum Council, Dr. Pierce Riemer, was pleased by these results: "We are delighted with the positive response. For the previous Congress we received over 1200 abstracts, so this is a new record in our 75 year history. We will be able to present an outstanding selection of world class, quality papers and posters at the 19th World Petroleum Congress. On behalf of the World Petroleum Council and the official Organising Committee in Spain I invite all to join us for the 19th World Petroleum Congress in 2008 and witness the industry's commitment to excellence at the "Olympics of the oil and gas industry" in Madrid."

The Forum Chairs now have the difficult task to evaluate all submissions and select the best papers and posters for each Forum. With nearly 300 places to be awarded, the World Petroleum Congress demonstrates once again its role as a benchmark for the oil and gas industry. The best papers will be presented at the Congress, while the best posters will be showcased in the state-of-the-art interactive Poster Plaza in a prime position of the main exhibition hall. The results will be available in December and will be publicized on the official website

Notes to Editor

About the World Petroleum Council

The World Petroleum Council was founded in London in 1933. It is an international, unbiased, non-political organisation that provides a forum for discussing world issues facing the oil and gas industry. The WPC is dedicated to scientific advances in the oil and gas industries, technology transfer and the promotion of the management of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of mankind. Every three years, the World Petroleum Council hosts an international oil and gas congress hosted by one of its member countries. The 19th World Petroleum Congress will take place in Madrid in June 2008.

Trends and outlooks integral to the future success of the industry are the focus of discussions, forums and presentations. Delegates explore international business opportunities, exchange ideas on global issues, network and share the latest information on technology, business management and industry developments. High-level government delegations from member countries and thousands of delegates usually attend the congresses.

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