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23rd Reservoir Microbiology Forum (RMF2017)

15 – 16 November 2017
Energy Institute, 61 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7AR

This respected forum provides a highly technical programme featuring the latest research and guidance on reservoir microbiology in oil fields, including biodegradation, bioremediation, and applications for oil recovery and enhancement.

The RMF is an excellent multi-disciplinary platform which brings together oil producers, scientists, technologists, engineers, academics and researchers from around the world to present, share and discuss the widespread and versatile effects of microbes in oil reservoirs.

Presentations include:

Comparative transcriptomic analysis of Epsilonproteobacteria during nitrate-mediated sulfide oxidation and iron corrosion
Dr Sven Lahme, Marie S. Curie Fellow, Newcastle University

Microbiological investigation of an oil export pipeline
Dr Ketil Sorensen, Principal Consultant, Ramboll

Higher corrosion rates associated with nitrate addition to seawater microcosms
Dr Julia de Rezende, Lyell Research Fellow, Heriot-Watt University

Predicting MIC from environmental conditions
Rik Winters, Senior Consultant, Bioclear-Microbial Analysis

Volatile hydrocarbons inhibit crude oil biodegradation under sulphate-reducing conditions
Dr Luiza Lessa Andrade, Research Associate, Newcastle University

Laboratory study and field trial validation of a glutaraldehyde/THNM blend for injection water at Petrobras onshore field
Dr Matheus Paschoalino, TS&D Scientist, Dow Microbial Control

Microbial induced carbonate precipitation as a sand control measure for oil wells
Bart Lomans, Shell Global Solutions International BV 

Novel Sulphidogenesis Inhibitory Chemistry Development Part 3: Field trials
Brett Geissler, Staff Scientist, Nalco Champion, an Ecolab Company

CideTracking: Exploiting micelles to map biocide transport
Dr Andrew Osnowski, Scientist, LUX Assure

Microbial exploration techniques: an off-shore case of study
Dr Juande Miranda, Researcher, Repsol

Using DNA based method for biocide evaluation studies – how can we utilise these techniques?
Dr Heike Hoffmann, Consultant Microbiologist, Intertek

Microbiological approaches for de-risking offshore deep water oil and gas exploration
Dr Casey Hubert, Professor, University of Calgary

Cold seeps as a source of new biomarkers for enhanced machine learning-based reservoir exploration
Dr Jose Seoane, Senior Scientist, Repsol

Determination of a suitable biocide program for microbial control in liquefied natural gas (lng) cooling water trains
Dr Richard Johnson, Microbiology Team Leader, Oil Plus

If you are interested in presenting at RMF please contact Vickie Naidu: 
e:; t: +44 (0)20 7467 7179.

View the full programme and timings here.
Past RMF programmes
  • View the RMF2014 programme here.
  • View the RMF2015 programme here.
  • View the RMF2016 programme here.


More about RMF

The event is run by the Energy Institute (EI) with the support of a small working group within the EI’s Microbiology Committee. The current RMF working group members are:

  • Dr Carol Devine MEI, ICR Integrity
  • Dr Lisa Gieg, University of Calgary
  • Dr Ian M. Head, Newcastle University
  • Dr Richard Johnson, Oil Plus
  • Dr Bart Lomans, Shell Global Solutions International
  • Dr Anthony Mitchell, Statoil
  • Dr Geert van der Kraan, Dow Microbial Control

Find out more about the committee here.

Who attends this event?

As the effects of microbes in the oil recovery are very widespread and versatile, this event will be of interest to all professionals and students working on issues resulting from the detrimental or beneficial impacts of microbes in oil recovery.

Areas of work or research will include:

  • Microbiology and molecular biology
  • Production chemistry and engineering
  • Geochemistry and geophysics
  • Reservoir engineering
  • Material sciences
  • Computer modelling

The informal nature of this event makes it an excellent networking opportunity with delegates from all over the world representing companies, chemical suppliers, research institutes, universities, consultancies and service companies. Students are also encouraged to participate.

Contact us

For event information please contact:
Francesca Ferrari
t: +44 (0)20 7467 7192

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Luigi Fontana
t: +44 (0)20 7467 7182


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This event can count towards your professional development – for further information go to:

Chartered Scientist registration (CSci)

Did you know you can gain formal recognition of your achievements as a professional scientist in the energy sector? The Energy Institute can offer you the title of Chartered Scientist, so if you have upwards of four years’ experience in the sector and a Masters level science degree, click here to find out more!


Attached documents

RMF 2017 booking form (PDF 311 Kb) [ Show summary ]
RMF2016_programme (PDF 157 Kb) [ Show summary ]
RMF2015_programme (PDF 171 Kb) [ Show summary ]
RMF2014_programme (PDF 131 Kb) [ Show summary ]