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ISMOS encountered great success


“ISMOS, the largest event on microbiology and molecular biology in the oil and gas industry has reached a new level of quality and excellence during its 5th edition in Stavanger last week”, said Torben Lund Skovhus, Chair of the ISMOS technical and Scientific Committee.

The 5th international Symposium on Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems (ISMOS-5) which took place in Stavanger from June 2 to June 5, under the local organization of IRIS, encountered great success.

The conference was launched on June 2 by Ole Ringdal, CEO IRIS and Bjørg Tysdal Moe, Deputy Mayor of Stavanger, and gathered about 150 delegates from 15 countries, representing almost evenly research organizations and the industry.

ISMOS is a multidisciplinary conference, linking chemists, geologists, microbiologists and molecular microbiologists, including high profile speakers from both industry and academia. The symposium addressed some major challenges faced by the oil and gas industry, such as souring, biocorrosion, MEOR, petroleum biodegradation, as well as specific challenges linked to the Arctic environment. The focus of the conference was to understand how molecular and microbiological tools could contribute to tackle these issues and to develop innovative solutions.

Large oil & gas industries and many SMEs joined and got insight on the latest progress in terms of knowledge and innovation on microbial processes and tools relevant for their business.
Conference facts:
  • Key Note Presentation by Dr. Marc Strous from University of Calgary
  • 32 oral presentations
  • 6 invited key note speakers (opening each session)
  • 80 posters of high technical and scientific quality
  • Panel debate between industry and academy with contribution from young professionals and students
  • Intensive and exciting social program with mountain hike, boat trip, museum visit and dinners

As the main local organizer, Cate Boccadoro and Dominique Durand from IRIS want to thank the Technical & Scientific Committee and the local IRIS team (Anne Krøvel, Mari Mæland, Sree Ramanand, Adriana Krolicka, Elin Austerheim and Sidsel Dagestad) for their support.

We are also very grateful to our sponsors and supporting organizations (Microbial Insights, NECE Ltd, NCIMB, Dow Microbial Control, Nalco Champion, Genome Alberta, The municipality of Stavanger, VIA University College, The University of Essex and Statoil) for their support to ISMOS-5.
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