RDPETRO, the largest oil and gas conference in the world fully dedicated to research and development, is to be held on 9th-10th May 2018 in Abu Dhabi. This year there is a particular focus on tech start-ups who will play a pivotal role in bringing new perspectives to RDPETRO, which presents a unique platform and business growth opportunities for these innovative organizations to show the potential of their projects, products, and research and compete for investment.

Bringing together entrepreneurial thinkers in new startups, with advanced research institutions, oil and gas majors, established tech giants and engineering companies, RDPETRO fosters closer collaboration across industries to help solve real oil and gas challenges. The forum enables leading energy companies to source and invests in innovative solutions and new technologies that optimize oil and gas resources and create value. Organizers announced today that they have already received more than 300 research submissions and 160 conference abstracts from over 30 countries with 100 institutions already engaged, and leading oil and gas companies confirmed as partners.

Startups are invited to apply to exhibit at RDPETRO and use the event as a platform to network, engage, attract investment, collaborate and innovate. They have the opportunity to attend for free and pitch their solutions to the RDPETRO Partners who are willing to invest in innovative technologies that can have value-adding an application in their industry. The application process for startups is simple: they need to create a one-minute video using their mobile phone, outlining why their innovations and why they should be selected to showcase at RDEPETRO. This needs to be submitted along with the application by 31st March.

A judging panel of industry and technology experts will then select the most innovative startups to exhibit free of charge, with the chosen ones notified by 14th April giving them a month to plan and prepare. This offer affords the newcomers a chance to showcase their projects, innovations, and solutions to over 2,000 key leaders and decision-makers in the R&D and oil and gas sector.

Qasem Al Kayoumi, the Chairman of RDPETRO and Unit Manager of ADNOC’s Technical Centre, home to ADNOC’s R&D, said: “RDPETRO is arguably the only event of this kind, focusing on the innovations and solutions, and giving startups free access to some of the largest oil and gas companies and their brightest minds – if they can show the value of their products and ideas. Not to mention the potential to tap into multi-million dollar funds, as the projects of the highest quality will be awarded for engineering excellence and the tangible application of these emerging technologies.

“We want startups and their creative and entrepreneurial minds to develop and deploy their ideas and technologies to help solve real oil and gas challenges, seize new opportunities in our sector, and effectively manage through cutting-edge innovation. Those who have the daring to break away from the mold and build something bold, while being deployment focused, deserve encouragement and a stage. That is what we are giving them. Such an occasion is also a meeting point for the big players to mingle with the young ones and enjoy a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas.”

Equally, academic institutions are also invited to apply to attend for free in order to highlight their inspiring research programs, elaborate on their faculty and facilities, gain access to the oil and gas industry’s top players and establish new collaborations.

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RDPETRO is hosted by ADNOC, along with industry partners who will jointly fund the best R&D projects that they see as having growth and value-add potential. The partners include global leaders and top-tier corporations like: BP, Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC), Japan Oil Development Company (JODCO), Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC), Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Petronas, Schlumberger, Siemens, Total and Wintershall.

RDPETRO organizers recently announced a date change for the 2018 event in response to the request of the large international delegation interested in attending, asking to move the event by a couple of days to coincide with the Monday to Friday working week. “RDPETRO is the international HUB for R&D in Oil and Gas, and we could not be indifferent to the multiple requests from the international researchers and innovators who submitted over 500 proposals and abstracts from more than 30 different countries. Without them the event would not be possible!” said Tiago Hipolito, the RDPETRO Event Director, and ADNOC R&D Advisor.

For further information and to apply or register, visit www.rdpetro.org. Follow the event on social media at #rdpetro.

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