HOSTED at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 5 to 8 June, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Conference and Exhibition will bring together the leaders of Australia’s oil and gas industry.

APPEA chief executive Malcolm Roberts said the 2016 conference would have a strong emphasis on community and shareholder engagement as well as on management of the environment, safety, skills enhancement and the spectrum of operational issues confronting the industry.

“The conference is a great opportunity to cut through the noise about the business,” he said.

“The program has been structured to optimise delegates’ time by providing accessible up-to-date analysis and case studies and through yet another world-class exhibition.”

The 2016 event will also have a special focus on the international energy landscape in the wake of the Paris climate change talks.

Key to this will be a plenary presentation on climate change and how governments around the world have reacted to the outcome of the Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 Paris climate change summit, by Professor Cameron Hepburn of Oxford University.

Professor Hepburn— a professor of environmental economics at Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and Environment — will discuss the role of gas in a transition to net-zero emissions.

While some say that the building of any new greenhouse gas emitting infrastructure is too much, Professor Hepburn says carbon capture and storage technologies can provide a path for longer-term use of gas – with his presentation to hone in on the future prospects for technological progress that are critical to determining the answers.

Aside from Australia’s resources and energy minister Josh Frydenberg, and an Australian Labor Party speaker yet to be confirmed, attendees will also be able to hear from Australia’s ambassador for the environment Patrick Suckling and Elliot Diringer, executive vice president of the US Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions.

Global oil and gas industry leaders including recently appointed head of KPMG’s United States energy and natural resources practice Regina Mayor will speak at the Tuesday plenary session, joined by Woodside managing director Peter Coleman, McKinsey & Company managing partner in Australia John Lydon and BHP Billiton chair in economics at the University of Western Australia Peter Hartley.

Speakers from several successful Australian Securities Exchange-listed companies including AWE and Carnarvon Petroleum, as well as Santos’ manager of unconventional resources growth Stephen Kelemen and Origin Energy general manager of exploration and new resources Ross Evans.

Journalist Ellen Fanning is also to act as facilitator of a plenary panel discussion on stakeholder engagement on the last afternoon of the APPEA 2016 Conference.

Among the speakers will be Oil Search managing director Peter Botten, who will be focusing on corporate social responsibility; Queensland GasFields Commission chairman John Cotter, who will talk about community trust; Broadspectrum chief executive Graeme Hunt, who will speak about leveraging stakeholder engagement to drive productivity and efficiency through the energy cycle, and INPEX president Australia Seiya Ito.

Networking opportunities will also be abundant at this year’s APPEA Conference, with health and wellbeing on the agenda as cyclists are able to participate in cycle tours run alongside the conference.

Meeting on Sunday, 5 June, registered delegates and some non-registered team members may participate in a 70 kilometre cycle tour across Brisbane, hosted by qualified cycle guides.

Participants can register individually or as a team – and while riders must supply their own bike, refreshments will be provided.

One hour morning cycle rides will also take place on Monday and Tuesday at 6:00am for attendees who like to start the day with an invigorating cycle.

The APPEA Conference’s opening function, the ICE Breaker, will be held on Sunday 5 June at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Offering music and entertainment, seasonal produce from Queensland and drinks to chill, the event will bring together the “who’s who” of the oil and gas industry, making it the perfect way to catch up with industry colleagues and build new business contacts.

The official conference dinner, on 7 June, is a highlight of the event and one of the most anticipated of the industry’s social calendar – with a reputation for a high profile mystery guest star which has in the past included Tina Arena, Kate Ceberano, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy.

A final cocktail event will be  held on the Wednesday evening to close the event in style, with guests taking the opportunity to network and discuss topics highlighted over the past few days.

Following the event will be the Australian Oilfield Golf Tournament, a fund raiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Services to be held over two days at the Indooroopilly Golf Club, 15 minutes from the APPEA conference venue.

The official conference charity is GIVIT, a not for profit website which connects charities that request individual quality items with groups able to make a donation – with more than 300,000 items having been donated since its inception in 2009.