Oil and Gas Industry Conference Donates to Local Children’s Project

 devex donation to satrosphere

The DEVEX 2014 Conference, held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 6th and 7th May, donated £1, 000 this week to Satrosphere Science Centre to support the Energy4me project.


DEVEX 2014 attracted over 350 delegates and saw the event’s largest exhibition to-date with a full technical programme delivered by local and international speakers. The money donated from the Conference was in lieu of the usual gifts given to speakers in order to give something back to the local community.


Energy4me aims to engage teachers and local schools with the Oil and Gas industry by delivering education direct to the science teaching staff of local primary and secondary schools’ through CPD sessions delivered at Satrosphere, based in The Tramsheds on Aberdeen’s Constitution Street, Aberdeen.


Marie Dare, Education Officer, Satrosphere Science Centre said; “We are most grateful to the DEVEX 2014 Committee and speakers for their generous donation; as an educational charity we rely heavily on donations such as this one.  Such funding allows us to reach a wider audience and make a real difference within the community.  In the case of the Energy4me project we are able to provide high quality kit and lesson plans to teachers that are curriculum linked and relevant to their pupils’ daily lives.”


Chairman of DEVEX 2014, Peter Brand of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, commented; “We chose to donate to Satrosphere as SPE had created the educational materials in the Energy4me project, which Satrosphere have adapted.  The concept of informing children about the Oil and Gas industry fits well with the ethos of DEVEX – which is all about sharing information and knowledge – so we are very glad to be able to help Satrosphere with their work to inform and stimulate the imagination of local children!”


He continued; “This happy occasion is one of my last duties as chair of DEVEX 2014 as I’ll be handing over to Philip Whiteley from the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) shortly and he’ll be starting to form the organising committee for DEVEX 2015.”




For further information please contact Kate Timperley by calling 01224 330407, emailing [email protected] or visit www.devex-conference.org


Image attached (L-R):

Marie Dare (Satrosphere), Peter Brand (Devex Chairman)


Notes to Editor


Background information on the DEVEX Conference:

The annual DEVEX conference took place at AECC on 6th-7th May 2014 and was run by SPE Aberdeen Section, AFES and PESGB and with each society taking a turn to chair the event on rotation.


The DEVEX European Production and Development Conference is designed for geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, reservoir engineers, petroleum engineers, production technologists, well engineers and drilling engineers. As a key knowledge-sharing event for the oil and gas industry, leaders will pass on their experience and knowledge of projects, innovation and entrepreneurialism in the sector throughout the event.


Further information on Energy4me Initiatives


The Reading Bus, Satrosphere Science Centre and TOTAL will be collaborating on a new initiative which aims to promote functional literacy through the context of scientific enquiry. This project aims to engage young people with the Oil and Gas industry through a range of exciting hands-on-activities.


This project will involve two city schools, Charleston Primary and Heathryburn.  Both schools will visit Satrosphere Science Centre, to take part in Energy4me workshops, and TOTAL’s Aberdeen headquarters, to research the oil industry.  The young people will work with The Reading Bus team to develop their research skills by participating in workshops on reliable sources, note taking and effective questioning.  The young people will translate their findings into two animations, which will be used as an educational tool for other young people.  TOTAL are keen to be involved in all aspects of the project and will aim to provide opportunities for the young people to engage with the TOTAL staff. We will be working with approximately 25 – 33 P6 pupils from each school.


For further information on the Energy4me project, please contact Marie Dare by calling 01224 640340 or emailing [email protected]


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