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IPTC 2024 Young Member Activities Overview


The oil and gas industry continues to invest in initiatives aimed at engaging young people in the energy sector in order to ensure the world’s ever-growing energy demands will be met, and our future lies in the hands of the upcoming young talents, who will pave the way by ‘inventing solutions, leading the transition!’  IPTC supports this initiative through a set of dynamic educational activities held in conjunction with each edition, targeting young talents at different stages in their educational and professional careers.  From high school student teacher training to undergraduate university students choosing their career direction to young professionals looking to develop timely skills, the Young Member Activities (YMA) aim to provide a platform to help launch and develop careers in this diverse industry.

Education Week Trip


EMERGING LEADERS FORUM - International Young Professionals (YPs)

Calling all future leaders looking to enhance their professional and management skills! The IPTC Emerging Leaders Forum will offer the opportunity for YPs to get together for a day of inspiration, education, and collaboration.

This interactive one-day programme aims to bring together high-performing individuals, who are at the earlier stages of their careers. The Forum will appeal to YPs looking to advance into management and hone their professional skills by learning from key executives in the industry.  Additionally, this event will give emerging leaders the chance to engage with their peers to discuss the industry, and how the new era of leaders will contribute to its future development.  The emerging leaders will also have the chance to engage with industry and management professionals from around the globe, providing attendees with the chance to debate critical issues, develop vital skills needed for the future of work, and address key challenges.  Activities may include leadership simulation training, panel and speaker sessions, round table discussions, and more.  

A Young Professional (YP) is defined as someone aged 35 or below or having less than 10 years of experience in the industry.


SCIENCE TEACHERS WORKSHOP – Locally-Based High School Teachers

The Science Teachers Workshop will highlight how energy works in our everyday lives, and promote information about career opportunities in petroleum engineering and the upstream professions. This programme values the role teachers and energy professionals play in educating young people about the importance of energy. The information provided will be factual and non-biased and can easily be used in classrooms around the globe. There will be hands-on activities to provide educators with interactive, age-appropriate experiments, using basic household items that illustrate energy concepts. Teachers may also be provided with a technology tour at the IPTC Exhibition.



EDUCATION WEEK – International Undergraduate University Students

Top-performing university students will be the ones to shape the future of energy, and IPTC recognizes the importance of providing real-life experiences outside of the classroom to help develop these young talents.  In each edition of IPTC senior undergraduate science, geoscience, and engineering students from around the world are invited to participate in IPTC’s Education Week. The programme aims to give students a unique and exclusive insight into the industry they are about to join, allowing them to return to their universities and colleges with a positive story to share with their peers. They will be given the opportunity throughout the five-day programme to form new friendships with colleagues from around the world, whilst working together on a joint activity, as well as many chances to interact with major industry employers who are looking to recruit the best talent. Under the theme of ‘Shaping the Future of Energy,’ participating students will walk away from this edition of Education Week with long-lasting connections and memories.

NOTE: Students’ travel and accommodation will be covered by IPTC through sponsorships.


Know More

One of the key youth programmes and most comprehensive, is the exclusive university student IPTC Education Week. This programme offers a unique experience that aims to assist selected students with their transition from student to young professional. IPTC Education Week will typically host up to 100 of the best senior undergraduate science, geoscience, and engineering students from national and international institutions around the world.

During this five-day programme, students will experience a multitude of activities that aim to prepare them for life beyond university. These activities may include: developing their professional skills by learning from experienced and young professionals, working together on joint projects, networking with their peers and executives in the oil and gas industry, attending IPTC technical and panel sessions and participating in dynamic field trips.


Who can Apply?

Students must be nominated by their Faculty Advisor in order to apply for the programme.  Nominees should be top undergraduate students enrolled in full-time studies, either in their 3rd or 4th/final year of studies.  They should be studying within a programme that aligns with IPTC, such as science, geoscience, and engineering and must be a member of one of the four participating societies – AAPG, SEG, EAGE or SPE.  Please see full nomination criteria below.

Once a student has been nominated, they will receive the full online application form, which is the responsibility of the student to complete by the deadline.

How are Students Selected?

Students will be selected by the IPTC Young Member Activities – Education Week Committee on the basis of information provided in their application.  All students will be notified in November 2023 about the selection results. It is anticipated that up to 100 students will be invited to participate.


How can a Faculty Advisor Nominate a Student?

Faculty Advisors from the four participating societies will be contacted by IPTC with the online nomination form.  Faculty Advisors may then nominate a maximum of four students from the society they represent at their institution.  If a Faculty Advisor represents two or more societies at their institution, they may nominate up to four from each society they represent.

Faculty Advisors must ensure that all nominees meet all nomination criteria and are encouraged to consider nominations who not only excel in academic performance, but also show initiative with leadership, and participation in extra-curricular activities.  

Student Nomination Criteria

In order to be nominated a student must meet all criteria listed below.  Students must:

  • Be enrolled in full-time, undergraduate studies in their 3rd or 4th/final year as of 1 September 2023. 
  • Be a member of one or more of the four sponsoring societies – AAPG, EAGE, SEG and/or SPE.
  • Have excellent proficiency in written and spoken English. 
  • Obtain permission from their programme department to be away from their studies from 10 – 15 February 2024 plus travel days. 
  • Be able to demonstrate in evidence that they are in the top 40% of their class or major. 
  • Not participated in previous IPTC, AAPG, EAGE, SEG, or SPE Education Programmes. 
  • Follow the IPTC Education Week Code of Conduct and be able to commit in writing to their institution and IPTC that they will attend IPTC Education Week as scheduled.

Nomination and Application Deadline: 25 September 2023


IPTC Education Week Provisional Programme

Below is a potential outline of the 5-day Education Week Programme.  The final 2024 agenda may differ.

Day 1 – Welcome Reception and Dinner with IPTC Executives

Students will be welcomed on their first evening with a Welcome Dinner Reception.  They will have the chance to meet one another for the first time, as well as network and interact with industry executives and committee members.

Day 2 – Field Trips around Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

Students will be taken on one or more field trips with either an industry or cultural focus.

Day 3 – Education Week Sessions

This day will be packed with a number of activities that will be tailored specifically to the Education Week students. These may include panel speaker sessions, interactive networking sessions or games, presentations by industry executives, round-table discussions and more.

Day 4 – International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC)

Students will have the chance to explore IPTC for the whole day.  They will have access to a number of delegate activities including, technical sessions, panel sessions, and the exhibition floor.

Day 5 – IPTC and Education Week Closing 

Student teams will have the opportunity to complete their team assignment.  All assignments will be assessed or judged in order to select the top three teams, who will then be announced and awarded at the IPTC Closing Ceremony.


Team Assignment

Each IPTC Education Week, students are grouped together in teams and given a joint project or assignment to work on at IPTC Education Week and sometimes prior to arriving as well.  The team assignment will typically be judged or assessed so that the top three teams will be awarded at IPTC.


For more information, including how to nominate please contact Jackie Hoffmann at or Diana Awad at


Nomination and Application Deadline: 25 September 2023


Photo from IPTC 2022 Education Week held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia