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Reservoir Microbiology Forum (RMF) 2017

The 23rd  Reservoir Microbiology Forum will take place on 15 - 16 November 2017 in London.

This annual two-day forum provides an excellent multi-disciplinary platform for industry and academia to come together to present, share and discuss experiences in the area of reservoir microbiology relevant to oil production. The event is run by a small working group within the Energy Institute’s Microbiology Committee.

The current RMF organising committee members are:

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

Venue for RMF 2017
Energy Institute, 61 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7AR

RMF 2017 registration
For more information on registering for RMF 2017, please visit the events page

Who should attend the RMF?
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.

Reservoir Microbiology Forum History 

RMF started in a small way in 1995 when Hilary Lappin-Scott, Catherine Bass (both at The University of Exeter at the time), Stephen Maxwell (Commercial Microbiology Ltd.) and Peter Sanders (Oil Plus Ltd.) got together, lamenting the fact that there wasn’t a forum where scientists, consultants, oilfield operators and chemical vendors could meet to openly discuss reservoir microbiology. The idea was formed to set up an annual forum where the latest ideas on important issues such as reservoir souring, plugging, microbially enhanced oil recovery, downhole corrosion, modelling microbial effects and reservoir biocide treatments could be discussed in an informal setting. 

The first meeting in 1996 was a great success and subsequent meetings were held in different venues around the UK: Oil Plus Ltd (Newbury), Commercial Microbiology Ltd (Aberdeen), University of Exeter, Texaco (London), Albright and Wilson -now Rhodia - (Oldbury) and latterly the Energy Institute (London) to name a few. 

The concept was to have “hot topic” presentations and discussions without issuing proceedings or minutes, allowing plenty of time for “off the record” conversations. Since 2003 the annual forum has been organised and hosted by the Energy Institute under the guidance of the EI Microbiology Committee. The number of delegates has increased from the original 30 or so to approximately 100 and the  RMF is now a well established, more formal, two day annual event, covering all aspects of oilfield microbiology and petroleum biotechnology. 

Energy Institute
The Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the development and dissemination of knowledge, skills and good practice, working towards a safe, secure and sustainable energy system. EI undertakes a focused technical work programme that comprises original independent research and investigations, technical responses to legislation and regulation to provide the international industry with information and guidance on relevant technical issues. The results of the work are made available through our technical publications at, events and training courses. EI technical staff also facilitate and coordinate UK input into the work of national and international non-EI committees in organisations such as BSI, ISO and CEN