On behalf of the GEO 2020 Executive and Technical Programme Committees, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to join us in Bahrain for the 14th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition.

Since its inception in 1994, the GEO conference and exhibition has grown to become one of the major geosciences events in the region and beyond, providing a healthy platform for knowledge sharing, exchange and dissemination as well as an excellent opportunity to interact with major upstream companies, service providers and academia. I have proudly attended every single GEO conference over the past 3 decades and proudly witnessed the added value of this gathering to me personally and to the scientific community. With geoscientific data being at the heart of any successful petroleum development, the event is similarly important for all professionals working on optimizing oil and gas recoveries from reservoirs.

To address the fast-moving developments in geosciences alongside the 4thIndustrial Revolution, the GEO 2020 committees have chosen to address the theme of Geosciences in the Digital World: 2020 and Beyond. The theme reflects our strongest belief that the advancement in the new cloud technologies, analytics, the ‘Internet of Things,’ artificial intelligence and machine learning will provide geoscientists with powerful tools in dealing with complex data and we are just in the beginning of this new fascinating era.

In addition to an array of technical oral and poster presentations, GEO 2020 will host plenary sessions led by international experts. The event will also witness an increased presence by universities and research centers supported by a students’ programme, interactive short courses and field trips. Furthermore, GEO 2020 will also host an international pavilion exhibiting prospects from around the world.

We encourage you to support and contribute to the scientific community by actively participating in GEO 2020 and we look forward to seeing you all in Bahrain in March 2020.

Hisham Zubari

Hisham Zubari

Senior Advisor to H.E. the Minister of Oil, Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
GEO 2020 General Chair