Young Professionals Targeted at Subsea UK's Europe Forum 07

Subsea UK's annual Europe Forum is setting its sights on young professionals in a bid to attract them to the thriving subsea sector.

The major international two-day event, which is hosted in collaboration with GEP - the organisation representing the French oil and gas supply chain, will provide hands on demonstrations and presentations to young people thinking about a career in the industry. It will also offer companies the opportunity to showcase the latest advancements in subsea technologies.

With participation from companies including Total, Acergy, ExxonMobil and BP, Europe's fastest growing subsea event is set to attract delegates from around the globe.

The 2007 Forum, which will take place in Paris on June 13 and 14, will follow a slightly different format to previous years with each of the two days focusing on different elements.

Sponsored by Total, Young Engineers Day on June 13 will target university engineering students as well as those who are just embarking on their careers. Delegates will be shown a variety of presentations from subsea operators, exploring the diverse range of career opportunities available in the sector. Registration for the event is free of charge.

The event will be chaired by Steve Sasanow, editor of Subsea Engineering News and managing director of Knighton Enterprises Ltd with presentations from Emmanuel Engelmann, vice president technologies at Total; Antoinette Wilks, group development and resourcing manager at Acergy; Paul Betteridge, subsea development director at Vetco Gray UK; and John Mair, vice president technology at Subsea 7 among others.

This will be followed by a networking dinner at the Sofitel La Defense where organizations and individuals can exchange ideas. Places for the dinner, which is sponsored by BP, should be booked in advance.

The main conference on June 14, sponsored by Acergy, will see presentations on deepwater projects and details of business opportunities west of Africa. Alongside the conference there will also be a number of companies showcasing their latest technologies.

Claude Berbigier, managing director of GEP will chair one of the sessions on behalf of the organization. Papers will also be presented by Eric Rambaldi, head of subsea at Total; Tony Boyle, director of the Angola SURF program at BP; and Philippe Hoffmann, chief purchasing officer at Acergy plus others.

"It will be a forum for exchange of experience on deepwater subsea projects by the major operators and contractors operating west of Africa and with the growing success and enthusiasm surrounding the event we are glad to be taking it to the next level," said Subsea UK chief executive David Pridden.

"This year's Forum will also address the important issue of trying to attract fresh and innovative young professionals into the subsea sector. It is a very important time in the industry and this provides as a great opportunity to identify with and attract new talent. "Paris is a key city for subsea companies because of its concentration of key operators and contractors working west of Africa, and France's established reputation in the subsea oil and gas and wider oceanology and telecommunication sectors.

"The exhibition is a prime opportunity for us to highlight the skills, capabilities and resources of our subsea companies to a very important audience. Visitors will be able to get a snapshot of what the UK subsea industry offers - in one day, under one roof."