Regarded as one of the premier events on the world energy calendar, the OPEC International Seminar brings together Ministers from OPEC Member Countries and other oil-producing countries, heads of intergovernmental organizations, chief executives of national and international oil companies, other industry leaders, renowned academics, analysts and media.

OPEC expects the latest in the series of Seminars, which began in 2001, to provide fresh impetus to key industry issues and to hopefully develop existing and new avenues of dialogue and cooperation.

Theme: Petroleum: Fuelling Prosperity, Supporting Sustainability

Location: Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria

Date: June 13-14, 2012


The event’s insightful presentations and panel discussions will seek to move the energy debate forward, with the high-calibre speaking line-up discussing a wide range of topical issues affecting the industry, both in the short- and long-term, against a backdrop of significant uncertainty, such as the ongoing global financial turmoil, the economic malaise that continues to grip many parts of the world and geopolitics.


The event will have four main sessions and a panel discussion.

  • The Global Energy Scene
  • Oil and the World Economy
  • Capacity Expansion and Investment
  • Technology, Environment and Policies
  • Panel Discussion: Petroleum for Progress and Cooperation

In addition, two awards will be made at this year’s Seminar to honour distinguished scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the petroleum industry and related areas during their lifetimes. The awards are the OPEC Award for Research and the OPEC Award for Journalism.


Saudi Aramco is a sponsor of this event.

HE Ali I. Al-Naimi, Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Chairman of the Board of Saudi Aramco, is a speaker at this event.

Download the 5th OPEC International Seminar 2012 agenda

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Organizer: OPEC

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