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Arctic Exploration

TROMSØ, Clarion Hotel The Edge , 31.05.2016 - 02.06.2016

Understanding the Barents Sea potential

The Program committee is looking forward to welcome you in Tromsø 31 May-2 June 2016 for the The Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF) upcoming International Arctic Geological Conference (IAGC), taking place in Tromsø 31 May - 2 June 2016 at the Clarion Hotel The Edge. The conference is named "Arctic Exploration - Understanding the Barents Sea potential".


Invited speakers from both the industry and academia will cover the main topics on the Arctic like; Resource Potential, Regional trends and onshore-offshore link as risk mitigation of Prospects, New plays, Petroleum Systems and New Technology in Exploration. 

I addition to the conference there will be diverse poster-sessions covering related subjects. A geological field excursions in Troms  covering both recent and ancient geology will also be arranged pre/post the conference.


Call for poster abstracts to the NPF conference “Arctic Exploration – Understanding the Barents Sea potential” in Tromsø 31. May-2. June 2016

On behalf of NPF we invite you to submit an abstract for the poster session in “Arctic Exploration – Understanding the Barents Sea potential” in Tromsø 31. May-2. June 2016. The absolut deadline for abstract submission is May 1st 2016 and the abstract should be submitted to Mariam Winther Smedvik mariam.winther.smedvik@npf.no. The conference is free for students who are particularly encouraged to submit a poster abstract. The topics include, but is not limited to:

  • Gepohysical methods and use of new technology in the Arctic
  • The dynamic of the petroleum systems
  • Analogues: Onshore-offshore link of play and fields
  • New plays – Out of the box thinking

Extended abstracts (1-4 pages including illustrations and references) are accepted. Please proofread and spell-check materials. Posters should not exceed 1 m in width and 1.5 m in length. Each presenter is encouraged to prepare and oral presentation that can be delivered at a scheduled time. Posters will be on display throughout the conference. The abstract should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt font, and the typing format for author’s names is: first name, middle initial, last name. Typing should be left justified in italics, 10pt font.

By submitting your abstract you allow NPF to publish and promote your submission through all media formats including USB sticks and archiving. NPF will not own the material and the material will remain the property of the individual submitter. Any questions can be directed to Mariam Winther Smedvik mariam.winther.smedvik@npf.no.


Technical committee:

Alfred Hanssen (alfred.hanssen@uit.no)

Bjarne Rafaelsen (bjraf@statoil.com)

Field Ecursions I:
Modern deltas and postglacial valley fill, Målselvdalen – daytrip (1 day) 31 May at 10:00 - From the Edge hotel, returning for the icebreaker at 19:00. There will be served lunch on the trip.

The trip will go through: Tromsø-Målselv T/R. (Drivingroute: Tromsø-Olsborg, Karlstad – Kjerresnes–Sandholmen (Målselvdelta) – Rossvollmoen (Rossvoll-Møllerhaugen) – Andselv – Fossmoen – Rundhaug – Øverbygd – Tamokdalen – Nordkjosbotn – Tromsø.

Price in Nok: 1500 + tax

Field Ecursions II:

Varanger Peninsula, Eastern Finnmark (2 June – 5 June)

Kirkenes– Kongsfjord – Vadsø -Kirkenes

The Varanger peninsula is a remarkable geological laboratory with extraordinary Late Proterozoic and Quaternary outcrops and landscapes. During the excursion we will visit outcrops spanning from the Bigganjargga Tillite, an icon in Norwegian geology, to amazingly well preserved raised cobble beaches from the end of the last glaciation. In addition to the outstanding geology, the nature is spectacular with a wide horizon and a large sky, always with the Barents Sea in sight. The arctic nature is at its best here, and landscape in the Varanger peninsula is old Scandinavian scale, and it is largely shaped before the glacial period. Icecap of the last glacial period was frozen over large parts of the peninsula. The large boulders areas believed to be very old, from before the last Ice Age. In addition to block field, flush gutters and annular rock formations is characteristic landscape element. We will drive through the national tourist routes along the Varanger Fjord and a very varied landscape along the Tana River.

The price will include guided trip, 3 nights at hotel, breakfast, transportation.

Price in Nok: 4400 + tax

Flight to Kirkenes will be at own cost. Kirkenes price example SAS 2 June kl 18:35 kr 2499 (return is not in this price as this depends on where you are travelling back home to) Price at web sas.no 1 April 2016. return from  field will be after 11:00 5 th June 2016.

To join one or both fieldtrips can be done upon registration to the conference - there are limited seats available. Flighttickets will not be covered by NPF if the trip will be cancelled. We therefore recommend you to wait with flightbooking untill we are enough people to join for the trip.

23.05.2016 is deadline for the registration deposit for the two field trips. Cancellation after this date is non-refundable.

For further questions please contact Project Manager: Mariam Winther>>



Practical information

Venue & Accommodation:
Clarion Hotel The Edge
Booking code #0705 to The Edge>>

Price single romm/night 1420 NOK, double room pr night: 1620 NOK

Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF), Lilleakerveien 2A, 0283 Oslo


Final date of pre-registration:
25th May 2016


Conference fee:

NPF personal members NOK 8 900,- plus 25% vat
Non-npf-members  NOK 10 400,- plus 25 % vat

Payment can be done upon registration by credit card (Master Card/Visa) on our website. If you do not want to pay with creditcard, you can ask the project manager to send you an invoice from Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF).

The fee includes:
- Conference papers
- Coffee/tea
- Lunches
- Conference Dinner


Cancellations must be received in writing by 17th May 2016, and will be subject to a cancellation fee NOK 1000,- (plus 25% vat) unless a substitute delegate is offered. After this date, the full registration fee will apply, however, substitutions will still be accepted. Substitutions for registered delegates may be made at any time, but we would appreciate prior notification. In case of cancellation of the conference by the Norwegian Petroleum Society, (NPF), the participant will be refunded the conference fee and/or the exhibition fee. Other expenses the participants may have are not refunded, and is not the responsibility of NPF.


Conference paper:
Presentations from the conference will be available on Internet after end of conference. Delegates will be informed when available by e-mail.


Programme changes:
It is sometimes necessary to change timing of the programme. The conference organiser will not be liable for any such unavoidable changes.



For more information please contact:
Project Manager Mariam Winther Smedvik >>



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