40th Annual Meeting of The Society for Organic Petrology – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Decoding the shift: Organics and Critical Minerals in Future Energy

ABSTRACTS DUE: 1 July 2024

Central Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Venue of TSOP is right next to the square and parliament building (source: Mongolian Tourism)

It has been four decades since the first official TSOP meeting at Tyson’s Corner, Virginia (USA) in 1984. Although the aspiration was always for TSOP to be an internationally recognized professional organization, I think few of us could have imagined the many places in the world we’d end up having our annual meetings. Certainly, not one 24 year old geologist (that’s me in case you are wondering).

Thus, it is with great pleasure that we extend an invitation to all geoscientists to join the the 40th Annual Meeting of The Society for Organic Petrology to be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from September 14 – 22, 2024. Not only is Mongolia rich in organic-bearing sediments and a geological setting that can only be described as spectacular, it also sits in a very important geopolitical place in the world. It goes without saying that it once was the centre of the largest empire in the history of the world. Our venue (to be announced in two by the end of March on the website) is very near the main square and Mongolian parliament house shown in the above photograph.

So, get your abstracts ready, submit them before the 1st of July. We expect an excellent turnout so book your place now. Just go to the guidelines for abstract submission here: https://www.tsop-2024.com/submission.html

General Schedule of the 40th TSOP Conference

The schedule is packed with something for everyone (see table of events). We have two very exciting and dare I saytopical, workshops (see below for extended descriptions). We have a pre-conference cultural field trip arranged on the 14th of September.  The field trip will be various sites around Ulaanbaatar including the Chinggis Khan Statue (truly big and truly spectacular!), Turtle Rock, and wee bit of Horse back riding (you can’t get more into the culture in Mongolia than being on a horse!). See below for more on the post-conference field trip.


Exciting Workshops! 🎓🔍

 Lets talk a little about the preconference workshops.

Engage in two thought-provoking workshops led by distinguished experts in the field. Prof. Marc Bustin and Dr. Amanda Bustin from the University of British Columbia, Canada as well as Mr John Hattner and Dr Jim Davidson from NSAI who will unravel the complexities of shale, providing invaluable insights. Dive deeper into the realm of critical minerals in coal with Prof. Shifeng Dai from China University of Mining and Technology in Beijing, China. This is your chance to learn from the luminaries! Visit our website for more details (https://www.tsop-2024.com/workshop.html) and see below for little bit more on our speakers.



Shales as unconventional gas and oil reservoirs: geology and engineering


Marc Bustin (Ph.D., P. Geol., FRSC)

Marc Bustin is a petroleum and coal geology professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia and president of RMB Earth Science Consultants and Renewable Geo Resources Ltd.


Amanda M.M. Bustin (Ph.D., P.Eng.)

Dr. Amanda Bustin is a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia, the President of Renewable Geo Resources Ltd, and the President of Bustin Consulting.


John Hattner (M.B.A., M.S. Geology)

John Hattner is a Senior Vice President at Netherland Sewell and Associates Inc. and serves on the Executive Committee for Geology and Geophysics at their Dallas office.


Jim Davidson (B.S., M.S., PhD Petroleum Engineering)

Jim Davidson is a Vice President with Netherland Sewell and Associates Inc. and a Senior Technical Advisor.  He has over 44 years of experience in the oil and gas industry



Understanding Critical Minerals in Coal


Prof. Shifeng Dai

Shifeng Dai is a Professor at China University of Mining and Technology Beijing. He is one of the top researchers of inorganic material in coal and an expert in critical minerals and elements.


Post-Conference Field Trip

Following the technical sessions, brace yourself for a four-night field trip into the wilds of Mongolia. This is not just a journey but an expedition, including two nights of camping under the stars. More details on the route, stops, and requirements will be unveiled on our website. Our spaces are limited so get in soon with your registration.

Student-Centric Initiatives: Nurturing Future Leaders 🌟🎓

Last, but never least, are our extensive programs with and for STUDENTS. Our organization is nothing without young professionals and we always encourage and reward the highest achieving students to come, interact and present and become our leaders of tomorrow.

Student Travel Awards: Empowering Aspiring Minds 💼💡

Three Student Travel Awards, each valued at USD 1000, have been curated to facilitate the attendance of promising students at the annual TSOP meetings. This financial support is aimed at easing the travel burdens for students eager to engage in this transformative academic experience.

Colin Ward Emerging Student Researcher Award: Fostering First Encounters 🏆🌱

The Colin Ward Emerging Student Researcher Award, valued at USD 700, is specially designed to support the first attendance of Ph.D. students at the annual TSOP meeting. Beyond financial assistance, this award aims to seamlessly integrate emerging scholars into the vibrant TSOP community, providing a platform for networking and collaboration.

Spackman Awards: Nurturing Research Excellence 📚🌐

Two Spackman Awards, offering USD 1000 and USD 750, respectively, have been instituted to bolster graduate thesis research in organic petrology. These awards signify our commitment to fostering excellence in research and advancing knowledge in the field.


Complimentary TSOP Membership: Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders 🌐🔬

All student attendees will receive a complimentary one-year TSOP membership, providing access to a network of seasoned professionals, exclusive resources, and a platform to amplify their research endeavors.

Well, it does not end here; TSOP also offers our students the best talk and poster presentation awards. Visit our website for this surprise award.

 Student Events: Building Connections Beyond Academia 🍽🎉

As part of our commitment to creating a holistic experience, TSOP organizes student events during the Mongolia meeting. A dedicated student dinner and drinks, generously sponsored by TSOP, will allow students to relax, connect, and forge lasting friendships within the academic community.

Chart Your Academic Journey: Explore TSOP 2024 on Our Official Website (http://tsop-2024.com/Welcome.html)

We eagerly anticipate your active participation, ensuring a week of profound discoveries, collaborative discussions, and a nurturing environment for future leaders in organic petrology.

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