Central Atlantic Conjugate Margins Conference – August 2008

In August 2008, The OETR Association supported the Central Atlantic Conjugate Margins Conference, which was held in Halifax. The Conference brought together potential industry, academic and government participants to gain an increased understanding of the hydrocarbon prospectivity of the margins, reduced exploration risks, and more exploration successes.

Below is a summary of the conference from the organizers:

By all accounts, the Central Atlantic Conjugate Margins Conference – Halifax 2008 held this past August was a great success.

We were most pleased with the high calibre of oral and poster presentations that addressed issues directly related to the evolution of the margins and their petroleum systems. We were delighted that everyone enjoyed the venue and conference format.  We have confidence that new collaborative opportunities were created and look forward to the results of potential new research from fellow delegates relating to the Central Atlantic realm. The kind words and positive comments extended to us by delegates were most appreciated and reinforced our belief that the Conference was timely.


A total of 93 presentations were given at the Conference: Oral (45; 6 keynotes), Poster (41), and Core Workshop (7).  Approximately 215 delegates were registered for the conference coming from 17 countries. Over half were from the petroleum industry representing 26 E&P companies, and twenty (20) seismic, research, service and consultancy firms.  Other delegates represented government surveys, agencies and departments (7), universities (19) with the remainder either unaffiliated, emeritus or retirees. We were particularly pleased with the number of students attending, their participation and excellent
presentations. Participants taking in the two field trips, two short courses and the core workshop were unanimous in praise for the high quality of these events. The CNSOPB Reception and other social events were well attended and enjoyed by all.


We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our sponsors without whom we simply could not have convened this event. We appreciated the members of all our committees and volunteers who gave much of their time to ensure that the event was well planned and ran smoothly.

Conference Publications

As stated at the conference, all conference publications that are on the Conference and Core Workshop CDs will be posted on our website.


A surprising number of individuals, groups and companies were keen to explore the idea of reconvening this conference in the future. Discussions are underway with the goal of holding the conference in Europe in early 2011.

We again extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to everyone who attended and supported Halifax 2008, and all the volunteers who generously gave their time and resources.  Together we created an event that we hope benefits everyone, and will a foundation for future successful exploration in the basins of the Central Atlantic Conjugate Margins.

David E. Brown & Grant D. Wach
Co-Chairs, Halifax 2008
dbrown@cnsopb.ns.ca / grant.wach@dal.ca