The Oxford Energy Seminar is a fully residential, educational conference for government officials, industrialists, managers and other professionals involved in either public or corporate decisionmaking in the field of energy.

The seminar has been held annually, in September, since 1979. It is now widely recognised as an important international forum on energy.

The Director of the Seminar is Mr Nader Sultan, the Dean of the Seminar is Dr Louise Fawcett and the Assistant Director of the Seminar is Dr Bassam Fattouh.

The thirty-ninth seminar took place in September 2017.


Energy Seminar group 2017
Group photo from 2017 Seminar
  • To enhance the professional qualifications of participants through an intensive exposure to the latest developments in thinking and knowledge on problems of energy.

  • To improve the understanding of forces shaping the future environment in which both investment and policy decisions relating to energy will be made.

  • To provide a privileged opportunity for close contacts and a fruitful dialogue between participants from petroleum exporting and petroleum importing countries.

Within the framework of its joint sponsorship by St Catherine's College, OPEC and OAPEC, the Oxford Energy Seminar will seek a balance among its speakers and participants between nationals of petroleum exporting and importing countries, in order to cover various interests in the field of energy.

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