Reservoir Microbiology Forum (RMF) 2022


16/11/2022 - 17/11/2022

Hybrid - 61 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7AR / Online

Non-Member: £499.00 (excl. VAT)
Member: £299.00 (excl. VAT)

Bookings for the RMF will close at 17:00 on Tuesday 15 November. 

The RMF is an excellent multi-disciplinary platform that 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. 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 Forum will take from Wed 16 - Thurs 17 November. Following Wednesday's drink reception, we will head over to Piccolino for dinner. Bookings for the dinner are now closed. 

Full agenda below.

Silver Sponsor

Baker HughesSolvay Uk Ltd

Gold Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor


Wednesday 16 November

08:30-09:00    Registrations and refreshments

09:00-09:10    Welcome — Dr Tony Mitchell

09:10-09:45    Keynote — Dr Rainer MeckenstockProfessor in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Duisburg-Essen

Session 1:  Microbial and Chemical Monitoring

09:45-09:50    Introduction by Chair — Professor Ian M. Head

09:50-10:15    Development of a MicH-specific recombinant antibody for MIC detection and diagnosis — Dr Sven Lahme, Senior Research Engineer, ExxonMobil Technology and Engineer Company 

10:15-10:40    Break

10:40-11:05    Bacteria and archaea associated with hydrocarbon seeps in the deep-sea sediment of the Scotian Slope — Ms Carmen Li, R&D Specialist in Molecular Biology, University of Calgary

11:05-11:30    Development and Validation of a Scalable qPCR Solution for Assessing MIC Risk in Oil and Gas Samples — Ms Danika Nicoletti, Applications Scientist, LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

11:30-12:30    Lunch

Session 2:  Microbiological aspects of Hydrogen and CO2 Transport and Storage

12:30-12:35    Introduction by Chair — Dr Bart Lomans, Principal Production Chemist / Upstream Microbiologist, Shell Global Solutions International

12:35-13:05    Defining the impact of microorganisms on subsurface hydrogen storage — Dr Anne-Catherine Ahn, Postdoctoral Researcher, Wageningen University

13:05-13:30    The potential microbiological impacts of subsurface CO2 injection and storage — Dr Sophie Nixon, Research Fellow, University of Manchester

13:30-13:55    Hydrogen consumption by halophilic microbes and original salt cavern communities: implications for hydrogen underground storage — Dr Nicole Dopffel, Senior Researcher, NORCE

13:55-14:20    Break 

14:20-14:40    Panel session — Dr Bart Lomans/ Dr Tony Mitchell

Session 3:  Microbially Influenced Corrosion

14:40-14:45    Introduction by Chair — Dr Ken Wunch, Energy Technology Fellow, Lanxess Materials Protection Products

14:45-15:10    Development of an Expert System for Assessing Internal Pipeline Failures due to Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) — Dr Torben Lund Skovhus, Docent and Project Manager, VIA University College

15:10-15:35    Effects of Temperature and Salinity Gradients resulting from Production Water Reinjection (PWRI) on Sulfate-reduction and Microbially-Influenced Corrosion (MIC) — Dr Mohammed Sindi, PhD student at Newcastle University/ Lab Scientist at Saudi Aramco, Newcastle University / Saudi Aramco

15:35-16:00    Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC): Development of a model system to investigate the role of biofilm communities within MIC — Mr Liam Jones, Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) / PhD student, University of Southampton

16:00-16:20    Panel session — Dr Ken Wunch / Professor Ian M. Head

16:20-16:40    Break

16:40-17:25    Poster presentations — Dr Tony Mitchell, Equinor or ASA

17:25-17:30    Closing remarks — Dr Tony Mitchell, Equinor or ASA

17:30-18:30    Drinks reception at EI

19:00-00:00    Dinner at Piccolino (separate ticket must be booked, get 10% if booked Forum)

Thursday 17 November

08:30-09:00    Registration 

09:00-09:05    Welcome — Dr Tony Mitchell, Equinor or ASA

Session 4:  Reservoir Souring

09:10-09:15    Introduction by Chair — Dr Tony Mitchell, Equinor or ASA

09:15-09:40    Re-evaluating treatment strategy to mitigate reservoir souring — Mr Jone Waage, Lead Production Chemist, Aker BP

09:40-10:05    Wellbore Reservoir Souring:  A simulated study of Control of H2S production and Biofouling in injection wells using sand-packed reactors — Dr Renato De Paula, Technical Lead Advisor, Solvay

10:05-10:25    Break

Session 5:  Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery and Microbial Upgrading

10:25-10:30    Introduction by Chair — Dr Paul Evans, Consultant Research Scientist, Chevron Technology Centre

10:30-10:55    Microbial enhanced thermally engineered oil recovery (METEOR) for lowering the emissions intensity of heavy oil production — Dr Casey Hubert,  Professor of Geomicrobiology, University of Calgary

10:55-11:20    Enhancement of Acetoclastic Methanogenesis during In Situ Biostimulation of Coalbed Methane Generation — Dr Elliott Barnhart 

Session 6:  Microbiology of Hydraulic Fracturing

11:20-11:25    Introduction by Chair — Dr Paul Evans, Chevron

11:20-11:45    Understanding the microbiology of the hydraulic fractured Bowland shale coupling genomic and culturing-based approaches — Ms Natali Hernandez-Becerra, PhD student, University of Manchester

11:45-12:10    Sulfide generation and biofilm formation by UK fractured shale communities under elevated pressure conditions — Dr Matt Streets, Head of Division & Senior Research Scientist, Rawwater

12:10-12:30    Panel session — Dr Paul Evans / Dr Tony Mitchell

12:30-13:30    Lunch

Session 7:  Microbial Control (fundamentals, mitigation strategies, modelling, and prediction)

13:30-13:35    Introduction by Chair — Dr Renato De Paula, Technical Lead Advisor, Solvay

13:35-14:00    Application of the PMA stain technique to improve the evaluation of biocide performance — Dr Xiang Shi, Research Associate, University of Glasgow and Heriot-Watt University 

14:00-14:25    Impact of Iron Sulfide Particulates on Oilfield Biocide Performance — Dr Ethan Solomon, Technical Applications Lead, Lanxess

14:25-14:50    Case Studies on the Interaction Between Solids and Microbial Control Strategies in Oilfield Systems — Mr Gilberto Guerrero, Latin America Technical Liaison & Lead Oilfield Microbiologist, Baker Hughes Company

14:50-15:10    Break

15:10-15:35    Identification and characterization of enzymes with potential to reduce the impact of microbially influenced corrosion — Dr Huiqing Zheng, Research Investigator, Lanxess

15:35-16:00    Control of souring and SRB biofilm formation on steel by a low-cost, environmentally-friendly protein treatment — Dr Julia de Rezende, Assistant Professor, Heriot-Watt University

16:00-16:20    Panel session — Dr Renato De Paula / Dr Paul Evans

16:20-16:25    Closing remarks — Dr Bart Lomans

Poster presentations

Initial study on the combination of nitrate and glutaraldehyde for souring mitigation using flow-through sand-pack bioreactors, Hasrizal Abd Rahman, PhD student, Heriot-Watt University and Manager, PETRONAS             

Organic Oil Recovery, Sustainable Recovery & Microbial tracing, Dr Colin Hill

Biofilm control via osmotic stress: studying the expansion and detachment of Thalassospira sp. biofilms in glass microchannels during salinity changes, Dr Nicole Dopffel,  Senior Researcher, NORCE

A holistic in-field approach to determining microbiological load, efficiency of biocide and degradation timeline, Rediat Moges  Sr. Microbiologist, ChampionX

Full-Scale Modeling of Microbial Reservoir Souring and Its Interplay with Scaling, Ali Mahmoodi, PhD student, Danish Offshore Technology Centre (DTU-Offshore)

From Lab to Field, Waterflooding Conformance Control In Tight Oil Reservoir With Biotechnology, Bo Lu, Sr. Director — Head of EOR Technology, Rockwater Energy Solutions

NRB Stimulating Nutrient, a Compatible Additive with Biocide to Extend SRB Prevention, Chao-yu Sie, Sr. Research Scientist, Rockwater Energy Solutions

Consultant Research Scientist


Dr Ethan Solomon

Dr Ethan Solomon

Dr Ethan Solomon, Technical Applications Lead, Lanxess

Rediat Moges

Rediat Moges

Senior Microbiologist, ChampionX

Dr Huiqing Zheng

Dr Huiqing Zheng

Project Manager, LanXess

Dr Anne-Catherine Ahn

Dr Anne-Catherine Ahn

Postdoctoral Researcher, Wageningen University

Ms Danika Nicoletti

Ms Danika Nicoletti

Applications Scientist, LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

Ms Natali Hernandez Becerra

Ms Natali Hernandez Becerra

PhD student, University of Manchester

Dr Julia de Rezende

Dr Julia de Rezende

Assistant Professor, Heriot-Watt University

Mr Gilberto Guerrero

Mr Gilberto Guerrero

Latin America Technical Liaison & Lead Oilfield Microbiologist, Baker Hughes Company

Dr Xiang Shi

Dr Xiang Shi

Research Associate, University of Glasgow and Heriot-Watt University

Dr Matt Streets

Dr Matt Streets

Head of Division & Senior Research Scientist, Rawwater

Dr Casey Hubert

Dr Casey Hubert

Professor of Geomicrobiology, University of Calgary

Dr Renato De Paula

Dr Renato De Paula

Technical Lead Advisor, Solvay

Mr Jone Waage

Mr Jone Waage

Lead Production Chemist, Aker BP

Dr Nicole Dopffel

Dr Nicole Dopffel

Senior Researcher, NORCE

Dr Sophie Nixon

Dr Sophie Nixon

Research Fellow, University of Manchester

Mr Liam Jones

Mr Liam Jones

Postgraduate Research Student, University of Southampton

Dr Mohammed Sindi

Dr Mohammed Sindi

PhD student at Newcastle University/ Lab Scientist at Saudi Aramco, Newcastle University/ Saudi Aramco

Dr Torben Lund Skovhus

Dr Torben Lund Skovhus

Docent and Project Manager, VIA University College

Ms Carmen Li

Ms Carmen Li

R&D Specialist in Molecular Biology, University of Calgary

Dr Sven Lahme

Dr Sven Lahme

Senior Research Engineer, ExxonMobil Technology and Engineer Company

Why attend RMF?

Who attends?

As the effects of microbes in 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:

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. The online format will provide plenty of opportunities to interact with speakers and delegates, provide question and answer sessions, and access to written materials.

'Thank you so very much for all of the incredible work that (goes into) the RMF meeting. Simply excellent in every way, and what a cutting-edge and dynamic group of!!!!' - Professor Bruce Fouke, Director, Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Join the RMF LinkedIn Group  stay in touch with other delegates and professionals in the industry.

About RMF:

This 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:

Media Partners:

Are you interested in microbiology training?

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14-15 November, In-person  London

As MIC is taking place the week of RMF, you can receive a 10% discount if you've already booked onto RMF. Email us at for the discount code.

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Contact details

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