Viertes Gurten-Symposium: Geothermie – Quo Vadis?
Thema der diesjährigen Ausgabe ist die Geothermie. Unter dem Titel «Geothermie – Quo Vadis?» gehen die Teilnehmenden der Frage nach, wie der Beitrag der Geothermie zur Dekarbonisierung der Schweiz in Zukunft aussehen wird. Ziel des Symposiums ist es, eine Bilanz der aktuellen Situation der Geothermie in der Schweiz zu ziehen und das weitere Vorgehen zu diskutieren.

SCCER-SoE Annual Conference 2020
02.112020, online
Hydropower and Geoenergy in Switzerland: Results and Perspectives

Wednesday 17. June 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
The online presentation will start punctually. 

Pluri-disciplinary & multiscale approach for geothermal resources characterization: case studies from Cretaceous and Malm reservoirs of western Switzerland
presented by Jérôme Chablais


Please follow this link (Microsoft Teams) at least 5 minutes before the given time. Before joiningthe meeting please mute your microphone and ideally also turn your camera off. After a short introduction and the 20-30min presentation, we would encourage you to askquestions; for this please digitally raise your hand.

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Should similar events be repeated in the future and how could we improve them?
Looking forward to meeting you online. All the best
Bernhard Gunzenhauser (president) & Stefan Heuberger (secretary)

Monday, 11th of November, starting at 17h45 

University of Geneva, 
Department of Earth Sciences, Auditorium 1 13, 
Rue des Maraîchers 
CH-1205 Genève

Sustainability in Action – bringing it home, making it real!
Linda A. Battalora, Colorado School of Mines

Sustainability is a balance of economic growth, social development, and environmental protection.  The Oil and Gas industry is successfully implementing Sustainability practices in each phase of the project lifecycle but what new business models and partnerships are needed to further integrate Sustainability in technology and operations? This presentation is designed to raise awareness about the universal commitment to Sustainability, corporate prioritization and initiatives, key topics underpinning Sustainability, examples of Sustainability projects in action, and emerging opportunities.


Dr. Linda A. Battalora is a Teaching Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines), a Payne Institute for Earth Resources Faculty Fellow and a Shultz Humanitarian Engineering Fellow. She has BS and MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Mines, a JD degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from Mines.  Prior to joining the Faculty at Mines, she served in various roles in the oil and gas industry including operations engineer, production engineer, attorney, and international negotiator for oil and gas project development.  Linda serves as Chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Sustainable Development Technical Section and is a member of the Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) and Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Production and Facilities Advisory Committee, the US Training Advisors Committee and the Women in Energy Committee.  She is a member of multiple other professional organizations including the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, American Society for Engineering Education, American Inns of Court, American Bar Association, and Colorado Bar Association.  Linda is a researcher with the Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute and Cerner Corporation.  Her research areas include upstream and midstream energy issues, Sustainability in technology and operations, HSE, and the Circular Economy.  She is the recipient of the 2015 SPE Rocky Mountain North America Region Award for distinguished achievement by Petroleum Engineering Faculty and the 2014 Rocky Mountain North America Region Award for distinguished contribution to Petroleum Engineering in Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility.  In 2018, she received the SPE International Award of Distinguished Member. 

Annual Convention 2019 

9-10 April 2019
3rd Hydrocarbon - Geothermal Technology Crossover Workshop
organised by the AAPG and the IGA (International Geothermal Association) and co-chaired by SASEG committee member Prof. Dr. Andrea Moscariello, will take place at Hotel Novotel Geneva on 9-10 April 2019. The theme of this year's workshop is: 

 “Making Geothermal Energy Profitable: from Subsurface Uncertainties to Viable Business Models“

The workshop will be followed by a field trip in the westernmost Swiss Plateau region (11 April) and a Young Researchers & Young Professionals Day (12 April, at University of Geneva)

The attached four-page flyer (PDF) contains the framework and objectives of the workshop, the 7 technical themes, the call for abstracts (deadline for submission: has been extended to 28 February) and the registration fees for workshop, field trip and YRYPD.

Thursday, 6th December
Federico Games, (ex BECIP and Addax) now associated with GER SA (consultancy firm based in Geneva) has agreed to give a talk on December 6th at UNIGE titled: 
 "Uncertainty analysis and decision making based on realistic flow simulation. Examples from carbonate reservoirs”
This will be very relevant also for the geothermal activities in the Swiss Plateau.

Tuesday, 25th September 2018, 17h15
Climate Change, the Future of the Oil and Gas Industry and Geopolitical Challenges
Ray Leonard & Art Berman
University of Geneva, Department of Earth Sciences, Auditorium 1,13, Rue des Maraîchers, CH-1205 Genève
CV and Flyer

26./27. Oktober 2018
22. Bodenseetagung, Schaffhausen
Tagungsthema: Risiken, Kommunikation und Akzeptanz von geologischen Grossprojekten
Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung der SFIG/GSGI, DGGV und OGG

Mittwoch, 03.10.2018 Gurten Symposium
«Chaos im Untergrund – Fakten statt Mythen! Zur untertägigen Raumplanung in der Schweiz»

Der Druck auf eine verstärkte Nutzung des Schweizer Untergrundes nimmt zu. Die 2. Revision des Raumplanungsgesetzes (RPG) schlägt einen stärkeren Einbezug des Untergrundes vor. 

Wie ist der Stand der 2. Revision des RPG? Wie könnte die Raumplanung im Untergrund künftig aussehen und wie weit werden Praxisbezug, Mehrwert, Zweckmässigkeit und Wirtschaftlichkeit berücksichtigt? Welche Rolle spielen die dreidimensionalen geologischen Modelle unter Anderem der Landesgeologie? 

Die Organisatoren des Symposiums sind der Schweizer Geologen Verband CHGEOL, die Landesgeologie von swisstopo, die Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz SCNAT, das Amt für Raumentwicklung ARE und der Fachkreis Nutzung Untergrund FNU. Der Schweizerische Städteverband übernimmt ein Patronat. Der Anlass wird von der Journalistin Karin Frei moderiert.


Anmeldungen bis spätestens 24. September 2018 erfolgen unter

Mercredi, 03 octobre 2018 Gurten Symposium

 « Chaos en milieu souterrain: Des faits plutôt que des mythes! Planifier l’utilisation du milieu souterrain en Suisse »

En effet, la pression pour une utilisation accrue du sous-sol suisse augmente et la 2e révision de la loi sur l’aménagement du territoire (LAT) propose une prise en compte plus forte du sous-sol.  

Où en est la 2e révision de la LAT? Comment l’utilisation du milieu souterrain devra-t-elle être planifiée à l’avenir et dans quelle mesure les critères de praticité, valeur ajouté, utilité et rentabilité seront-ils pris en compte? Quel rôle joueront les modèles géologiques tridimensionnels, notamment ceux du Service géologique national? 

Nous vous invitons à un état des lieux et à des discussions ouvertes avec des aménagistes, des entrepreneurs et des géologues. Nous nous interrogerons au sujet de la répartition des tâches entre l’administration publique, l’économie et le monde scientifique et de l’utilisation durable du sous-sol suisse.

Le symposium est organisé par l’Association suisse des géologues CHGEOL, le Service géologique national swisstopo, l’Académie suisse des sciences naturelles SCNAT, l’Office fédéral du développement territorial ARE et le Cercle utilisation du sous-sol (CUS). L’Union des villes suisses assurera le patronat. Cette conférence sera animée par la journaliste Karin Frei.

Les inscriptions se font au plus tard jusqu'au 24 septembre 2018 sous:


Friday, 28th September 2018

Saseg 2018 08 28


Wednesday 27th of June 2018, starting at 12h00 sharp 

Waterflood Design and Operational Best Practices
by R. Scot Buell - Chevron Energy Technology Company

The talk will be held on Wednesday 27th of June 2018, starting at 12h00 sharp
(45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes discussion) Abstract

University of Geneva, Department of Earth Sciences, Auditorium 001
13, Rue des Maraîchers, CH-1205, Geneva

To attend the lecture please kindly confirm your registration at the following link:

16.06.2018 - 18.06.2018
Annual Convention 2018

Hotel Chur, Chur (GR)

The Swiss Association of Energy Geoscientists (SASEG), in cooperation with AAPG, SPE and the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Geneva,
has organised a lecture on
Thursday 22 March, 11.15 a.m.
Dr. Ole Jacob Martinsen
Chief Geologist and Vice President Exploration, Statoil
"Development of Geological Sciences since Plate Tectonics: the Role of Big Data and Digitalization from an Industry perspective"
Please note that the lecture will start again at the unusual time of 11.15 a.m. because in the afternoon Dr. Martinsen will join a Ph.D. committee at the university. 
We thank SASEG management committee member Prof. Andrea Moscariello for convincing Dr. Martinsen to present this lecture before attending the Ph.D. defence.

Thursday, 1st of March, 2018, 11.15
Dr. Gabor Tari, OMV Group Chief Geologist 
Deepwater exploration in the Black Sea
University of Geneva, Earth Sciences, Auditorium 1 
13, Rue des Maraîchers, CH-1205 Genève
Invitation and Abstract

Thursday 01.03.2018  14h15 
Mr. Mahmoud Leila, UNIGE, supervised by Prof. Andrea Moscariello
Sedimentology, organic geochemistry and reservoir characterization of the
Upper Miocene sediments onshore Nile Delta, Egypt
University of Geneva, Rue des Maraîchers 13, Room 001

Thursday 20th February 2018, 11h15
Dr. Hans Doornenbal
Chief geophysicist - GeoModelling Department
TNO - Geological Survey of the Netherlands, Utrecht – The Netherlands
Towards a full 3D geological subsurface model of The Netherlands and
neighbouring regions: lessons learnt and future plans    Flyer

University of Geneva, Department of Earth Sciences, Auditorium 1
13, Rue des Maraîchers, CH-1205 Genève

12 - 16th February 2018

Nous avons l’immense plaisir de vous annoncer que les horaires des sessions des Journées Biennales des Géosciences et de l’Environnement 2018 sont désormais en ligne sur notre site internet:
Nous vous invitons vivement à vous inscrire d’ici le vendredi 12 janvier, à partir de l’adresse: 
Journées Biennales des Géosciences et de l'Environnement 

L’équipe JBGE 2018

Tuesday 23 January 2018
Visit geothermal well site Satigny (GE)

Thanks to the initiative of SASEG management committee member Prof. Andrea Moscariello and his team at Univeristy of Geneva we start the year with offering an exciting guided visit to the site where a geothermal well is currently drilling, at Satigny west of Geneva. It is the first well of the Géothermie 2020 project of Services industriels de Genève (SIG). It has a planned T.D. of 677 m in the Lowermost Cretaceous. The first section, to 340 m, was completed before the holiday break. 

More on the aim of the well and the geology is contained in the following documents:“GEO_2020_panneau_satigny” and “Medienmitteilung_Satigny_16.11.2017-1”

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 17h15 
Geothermal and Hydrocarbon Exploration in the Upper Rhine Graben – 
Competition and Cooperation 
Detlev Rettenmaier, GeoThermal Engineering GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany 
University of Geneva, Department des Sciences de la Terre, Auditorium 1, 
13, Rue des Maraîchers, 1205 Genève 
Thursday 23 November, 14-17 hrs
Invitation to visit the Mühleberg nuclear power plant
Flyer and Program
June 17-19, 2017
Annual Convention 2017, Monte Verità, Ascona (TI)

June 12 - 15 2017
79th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2017, Paris, France

May 15th, 17.15
Dr Piotr Krzywiec, Associate Professor, Polish Academy of Sciences 
Department of Earth Sciences, Room 001, 13 rue de Maraîchers, 1205 Genève

March 14, 2017, 17.15  
The Economics of Oil  - A Primer Including Geology, Energy, Economics, Politics
by Sam Carmalt    Flyer
Department of Earth Sciences – Room 001, 13 rue de Maraîchers, 1205 Genève

organisiert durch SASEG und das Institut  für Geologie der Universität  Bern
am 26. JANUAR 2017 am Institut für Geologie der Uni  Bern 
Programm Flyer       Bilder Kolloquium
Peter Burri und die Geothermie
mit Vorträgen von Markus Häring (Häring Consulting):  „Raumfahrt in die Tiefe: Geothermieforschung in den USA“
Peter Meier (CEO Geo-Energie Suisse AG, GES): „Vorstellung GES und die laufenden Forschungsprojekte“ und Olivier Zingg (Chef de projet Suisse romande, GES):  „Das Haute Sorne Projekt“ und „Lessons learned aus Basel“
Peter Burri und Hydraulic Fracturing
mit Vorträgen von Prof. em. K.M. Reinicke (TU Clausthal): „Erfolgreiches und sicheres Fracking dank Bohrungsintegrität“  
Ronald Kozel (BAFU – Abteilung Hydrologie): „Fracking in der Schweiz“.  Erkenntnisse aus der Bearbeitung parlamentarischer Vorstösse zum Thema.

December 16th 2016, Geneva, 17.15h
Public Conference 
World Energy Outlook 2016 by the International Energy Agency
by Markus Klingbeil, IES, Directorate o Global Energy Economics, Paris
Departement of Earth Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland
13 Rue des Maraichers, CH-1205 Geneva Room001m 17.15h
Drinks will follow the presentation kindly offered by AAPG, Geneva Petroleum Club, 
SASEG and SPE   Flyer  Please register for this event at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

November 14-18, 2016
14th Swiss Geoscience Meeting 18th and 19th November 2016 in Geneva

Call for Papers
13th Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies 
EPFL, Lausanne, Abstract

November 10, 2016, 10.00
Committee meeting, Berne

07.11.2016, 16.15
Erdwissenschaftliches Kolloquium Institut für Geologie Uni Bern
Im Studer Auditorium, 2. Stock, Baltzerstrasse 3
Dr. David Hollander, Univ. of South Florida
Sub-surface oil plumes, sedimentary oil deposition and other unexpected consequences and impacts in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil-well blowout

25.10.2016, 13.30

CHGEOL Koordinationssitzung:
Akademie der  Naturwissenschaften Schweiz, Laupenstr. 7,  3008 BERN

24.10.2016, 16:15h Berne
Lucia van Geuns, president of KNGMG (Royal Dutch Geological and Mining Society) will present a lecture on the challenges and lessons learnt from the induced seismicity in Europe's largest gas field, Groningen. The attached PDF file contains the lecture invitation and further information. No registration is required to attend this lecture, which is organised and sponsored by SASEG in cooperation with the University of Bern.
18 - 21 October 2016
Assessment of Petroleum Plays in Compressional Settings
Hameln, Germany
Flyer    Key Information
17. September 2016, 14.15-17.30 Uhr
Tagung Thermische Übernutzung des Untergrunds

Fakten und Lösungen zur nachhaltigen Nutzung der Erdwärme 
ZHAW, Aula, Gebäude SW, Volkartgebäude St.-Georgen-Platz 2, 8400 Winterthur 

25.06. bis 27.06.2016 in Heidelberg

SASEG Committee Meeting 2016
June 25th, 09.00 NH Hotel Heidelberg

June 14, 2016

Geothermie in der Schweiz: direkte Nutzung für Strom und Wärme
Referent: Dr. Gunter Siddiqi, Sektion Energieforschung, Bundesamt für Energie BFE, Bern

Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Bern

30 May - 2 June 2016
78th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2016, Vienna Austria
Second Announcement

Monday, 9 May 2016, 17h15
Prof. Tony Dore, Statoil (UK) and University of Durham
North Atlantic Extension and Breakup: Challenges, Controversies and Implication
University of Geneva, Department des Sciences de la Terre, Auditorium 1
13, Rue des Maraîchers, 1205 Genève
You are cordially invited to attend (non SASEG guests welcome)
Peter Burri SASEG President

March, 31st at 11.30
Dr Neil McDougall
Senior Advisor at Repsol Exploracion, Madrid
"The Power of Integration: Clastic  sedimentology and seismic 
techniques applied to field development; an Upper Ordovician 
glacial reservoir from North Africa"

University of Geneva, Department of Earth Science, Auditorium 1,
13 Rue des Maraichers, Geneva
Abstract and CV

March 14, 2016 17.15
L. van Geuns (President Royal Dutch Geological and Mining Society): 
Induced Seismicity in the Groningen Field, NL: challenges and lessions learnt
University of Geneva, Department of Earth Science. 13 Rue des Maraichers, Geneva
Abstract and CV      Presentation

10./11. Februar 2016 Presentation H. Heinzle (CEO, RAG Energy Drilling)

3rd edition 2015-2016

Training course in Deep Geothermal Systems: CAS DEEGEOSYS  
Flyer 14Flyer 15InvitationRegistration Form

Special book offer for SASEG Members only
'Swiss Gang' - Pioniere der Erdölexploration:     

Thursday, 11. Februar 2016, 17.30, at Berne 
H. Heinzle  (CEO, RAG Energy Drilling):  
"Drilling - eine Hochpräzisions-Technologie: Herausforderungen und mögliche Entwicklungen”
Geologisches Institut  der UniBE, Baltzerstrasse 3, Berne 

Wednesday 10. Februar 2016, 17.15
H. Heinzle  (CEO, RAG Energy Drilling):  
"Drilling, a high precision technology  -  current challenges and possible ways forward”
University of Geneva, Department of Earth Science. 13 Rue des Maraichers, Geneva

Wednesday 13. January 2016, 17.15
Prof. H.J. Kümpel (President BGR, Bundesanstalt für Geologie und Rohstoffe, Hannover):  
"Unconventional Gas in Europe, chances and  risks (and the role of gas in the German Energy supply)"
University of Geneva, Department of Earth Science. 13 Rue des Maraichers, Geneva
Abstract and CV

Friday 18. December 2015, 17.00 room 001
Markus Klingbeil (International Energy Agency):  "IEA World Energy Outlook 2015"
University of Geneva, Department of Earth Science. 13 Rue des Maraichers, Geneva
Flyer     Abstract and CV
Thursday,19th November 2015 12:00-13:00 

Optimism in Reservoir Production Forecasting
Impact of Geology, Heterogeneity, Geostatistics, Reservoir Modeling, and Uncertainty
kindly hosted by:
Oryx Petroleum, Rue de la Synagogue 35, CH-1204 Geneva 
Save the date and register online:

Freitag, 3. Juli 2015
Erdwärmenutzung konkret:  Neue Technologien und Erkenntnisse in der Tiefengeothermie 
Vortrag Peter Burri
Ort:     Baden, Hotel Du Parc, Saal gamma/delta
Zeit:    19:00 – ca. 20:30 Uhr mit anschliessendem Apéro

Annual Convention 2015

Tuesday 2 June 12.00-13.30

The Changing World of Natural Gas (2015 - 2030)

Ray Leonard
Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Geneva, Ground Floor Lecture Room
Rue des Maraichers 13, Geneva
PresentationAbstract Flyer Biography

Energiegipfel Aarau
Peter Burri, Geologe, Präsident Swiss Association of Energy Geoscientists
«Tiefengeothermie in der Schweiz hat Potenzial - auch nach St. Gallen und Basel»
7.30 - 10.00 (morgens!), Vortrag Peter Burri 8.30
Kultur und Kongresshaus Aarau (Zentrum)
Zusätzliche Information unter

Technische Gesellschaft Zürich
Vortrag Peter Burri SASEG
Unkonventionelles Gas und Fracking  -  Bedrohung oder Energiebrücke in die Zukunft ?
18h15  Hauptgebäude der ETH, Hörsaal HG D 1.2
siehe auch
Gäste/Nichtmitglieder willkommen

18.30-21.30, Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zürich
Conventional Oil vs U.S. Shale:
Where do we go from now?
Dinner Discussion with Dr Peter Burri and Dr Helima Croft

30.01.15 19.30
Januarloch: Aarmassiv Programme

23.01.15  14.30 
Neuerungen  Programme

20.01.15  18.15
Zeitreisen - Weltneuheit  Programme

16.01.15 16.00  
Kristalle im Wandel Programme

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium Bern
Programm           Programme       Présentations

Tuesday September 30, 2014
Annual Conference 2014
Challenges and prospects for Hydro-Power and Deep Geothermal Electricity Production in Switzerland
ETH Zürich, AudiMax, main building, Rämistr. 101, Zürich

Thursday September 18th, 2014
SPE Field Trip - more information & registration
Emosson Dam, One of the Most Spectacular Hydroelectric Power Schemes in Europe

Sunday September 14th, 2014
128. Versammlung acatech - Science Technology Café, Mainz
Fracking – Chancen und Risiken. Über Potenziale und Grenzen, Ökologie und Ökonomie
Podiumsdiskussion mit Peter Burri, SASEG
Flyer    acatech Position 2015

Mardi 19 août à 19 heures, à Uni Mail, en salle R 380
19e Congrès international de sédimentologie (ISC 2014), l'UNIGE, conférence que donnera Michel Meyer
GEothermie 2020: mieux connaître le sous-sol genevois pour réinventer l'eau chaude
Sédimentologue formé à l'UNIGE, responsable du programme GEothermie 2020, Michel Meyer envisagera une application locale des connaissances de la sédimentologie

Geologie ein Erlebnis (Exkursionen, Führungen, Ausstellungen) 2014

Monday, 19 May 2014, 17h15
Professor Patrick Corbett, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh
Is our carbonate reservoir fractured? – Engineering says yes and 
Geology says no!
Peter Burri, SASEG President

Shale Gas & Fracking Workshop
The slides from the day’s presenters are now available on the ESC website at

01.04.2014, 18.30 - 22.00
Shale Gas Fracking – Bubble, Scare or Solution?
University of Zurich, Aula (KO2-F-180) Rämistrasse 71, Zurich

02.04.2014, 10.00 - 16.30
Shale gas and fracking - state of the art
Workshop and panel discussion ETH  ZÜRICH

'Swiss Gang' - Pioniere der Erdölexploration:  Special book offer for SASEG Members only

Mittwoch, 5. Februar, 12,00 Uhr
Addax Petroleum, 3‐3 4 Koula ‐ Drilling Room
Global Oil Supply & Trade Flows: Shaping Reality
Edgar JONES ‐ Head of Market Intelligence GSB CSA CA – STATOIL UK

Donnerstag, 6. Februar 2014, 17.00
Einladung zur Buchvernissage Pionierband 97 «Swiss Gang - Pioniere der Erdölexploration»
Die Vernissage mit anschliessendem Apéro findet im focusTerra, Departement Erdwissenschaften, Sonneggstrasse 5, 8092 Zürich (siehe Lageplan in der Einladung) statt.

Donnerstag, 30. Januar 2014
Energie-Apéros 2014 Auftakt in Bern
„Gemeinsam für die Energiewende mit Bund, Kantonen und Wirtschaft" 
Programm       Flyer

Donnerstag, 23. Januar, 16.00 Uhr
In  Gedenken an Peter Lehner
Programm    In Memory of Peter Lehner

Donnerstag, 9. Januar 2014
Schiefergasgewinnung oder Trinkwasser? Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt
Vortrag von Herrn Dr. Markus Häring, Geo Explorers Ltd. Liestal 
Mitglied der Eidgenössischen Geologischen Kommission


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