Call for Abstracts

Thank you to all those who submitted abstracts for inclusion in the 2019 program!

If you require a revision to your abstract, please email it, with your Abstract ID to

GeoConvention 2019 Abstract Template
This template is used for both oral and poster presentations.

GeoConvention is an integrated geoscience-focused annual convention jointly held by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and Canadian Well Logging Society (CWLS). This event provides over 3500 delegates and attendees the opportunity to network with fellow industry professionals and expand scientific horizons. On behalf of the CSPG, CSEG and CWLS, we thank you for your submissions.

GeoConvention 2019 Themes

Building Strong Foundations - Technical Fundamentals and Applications

An opportunity to mentor others by sharing fundamental aspects of key subsurface disciplines and grow by learning how others have applied specific discipline skills to improve subsurface understanding.

New Horizons - Novel Technological Tools and Advancements

Do you have a new idea or novel technology to share? Have you applied machine learning or Artificial Intelligence to solve a geo-engineering or subsurface understanding problem? This is your chance to share new approaches and technologies to solve new, and old, problems!

Unconventional Plays - Advancing Understanding and Profitability

Focus will be on key Canadian unconventional plays (Montney, Duvernay, Spirit River, Heavy Oil, Oil Sands) and international analogs. Content will emphasize integrated studies and case examples that show advancements in play understanding and how this drives profitability.

Managing the Risks of Unconventionals Development

Unconventional resource developments face many technical and public relations challenges including surface footprint/access, water sourcing/management/disposal, fugitive emissions and induced seismicity. Cooperation between industry, academia, government agencies and local communities will lead to the best outcome on these issues. Let's share our experiences and views on how to manage these risks.

Conventional Plays and Frontier Basins

Conventionals and frontiers endure as an integral part of our industry. What treasures remain and where do we look for future opportunities?

Challenges and Opportunities for the Canadian Energy Industry

What opportunities await as Canada’s energy industry evolves? Share your perspective on the current, near or long term status and needs of our industry.

Business and Development

This theme will focus on personal, business and professional development as well as bring in market insights from industry leaders. How can we best position ourselves and our business for the future?

Theme and sub-theme breakdown

Oral and Poster Presentation General Guidelines

Extended abstracts are accepted and preferred. A minimum of two (2) pages is required in addition to a figure. Acceptable file fomat(s) are: Microsoft Word Document (*.doc, *.docx) or Adobe PDF Document (*.pdf).

A template has been created to assist you in formatting your abstract submission. Please utilize the template for formatting consistency.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a short question and answer period. Upon acceptance, presentations must be prepared in a single screen electronic format (PowerPoint).

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations will be allocated one 4’ x 8’ panels. If two (or more) panels are required, please include a comment on your submission form. Each presenter must prepare a five-minute oral presentation that can be delivered at a scheduled time and poster presenters will be required to remain with their poster for the morning of their scheduled presentation time. Posters will be on display for the full conference and scheduled presentation time(s) will be provided upon approval of abstract(s). If your poster does not fit a specific topic category, please select the category that most closely fits. Posters will be approved based on content and relevancy and do not necessarily have to fit within the pre-defined themes. Further information on the Posters can be found here.

If you select to present an oral and poster presentation, the organizing committee will work with the schedule to ensure your presentation times do not overlap. If you sign up to present both an oral and poster presentation, please note, you are agreeing to present both the oral (slides) presentation and the poster presentation.

Formatting Instructions

*Please refer to the template for more details on formatting

A minimum of two (2) pages is required in addition to a figure. Abstracts not meeting this requirement will be rejected.

Presentation title should be capitalized, left justified and bold in 16pt font – Arial

Typing format for author’s names is: first name, middle initial, last name. Typing should be left justified in italics, 10pt font.

Affiliation/Company should be listed, excluding city/state. Typing should be left justified in italics.

Summary, Theory / Method / Workflow, Results, Observations, Conclusions, Novel/Additive Information, Acknowledgements and References should follow author and affiliation information.

The maximum number of pages allowed is four (4), excluding references.

Please proofread and spell-check materials.

Limit figures to those that reduce or clarify the text. Ensure all figures are in color so as to ensure good quality print reproduction. 

Presentation Acceptance

Notification emails will be sent in early 2019.

CSPG Core conference

Further information about abstract submission for the CSPG Core Conference can be found here. Core Conference abstracts should not be submitted through the GeoConvention Portal.

Commercialism Policy

The intent of GeoConvention 2019 is to provide good quality, high-level technical presentations which are free from commercial influence or bias. GeoConvention 2019 prohibits presentations that constitute promotion and/or advertising. Presentations that deal exclusively with a program, publication or product will not be accepted or tolerated by the participant or selection committee. 

No Show Policy

By submitting your abstract, you are agreeing that you will be available to present during the 2019 GeoConvention, May 13-15. If you do not agree with one or more of the statements, please e-mail
  • I understand that papers should be submitted only by authors who are certain of their availability to attend the Conference and also of their ability to deliver effective presentations.
  • I understand that all presenters must register as a delegate to attend the meeting (discounted delegate presenter rate)
  • I understand that GeoConvention has implemented a No-Show policy effective for the 2019 program and will be enforced per the outline below:


If no one appears to present an accepted paper (poster or oral) that is listed in the Delegate Handbook, the presenting author will be placed on a No-Show List unless excused by the Technical Chair. Abstracts submitted to a subsequent Convention in which the presenting author is on the No-Show List will be automatically rejected. For the first offense, the presenting author will be placed on the No-Show List for two years. If there is re-occurrence, the time will double for each subsequent offence. Additionally, secondary authors will be put on a Non-Compliant List for one year and so notified. If an author remains on the Non-Compliant List for three years, the author moves to the No-Show List. Presenting authors who withdraw their paper in writing to the Technical Chairs before four weeks prior to the commencement of the Conference will be considered compliant and not be placed on the No-Show List. Presenting authors that withdraw or are a no-show after this date are placed on the No-Show List at the discretion of the Technical Program Chair.


By submitting your abstract you allow GeoConvention to publish and promote your submission through all media formats including USB sticks and archiving. GeoConvention will not own the material and the material will remain the property of the individual submitter. Any questions can be directed to

Submission Deadline

The abstract submission deadline is: December 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM MST.
If your paper cannot be released before this date, please upload a placeholder and we will be in touch to follow up with final submission.

Contact Information

Questions regarding abstracts, submissions, or the technical program, should be directed to


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