What is the Distinguished Lecturer Program?
The Distinguished Lecturer Program of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) offers a unique opportunity to share valuable insights on industry trends, challenges, and technical applications with more than 180 SPE sections across the world.
The program began in 1961 with three lecturers and has since become one of the premier programs of the SPE, fulfilling the mission of disseminating technical information. Each year, about 30 professionals are selected to represent SPE and share their expertise through in-person presentations to local sections and SPE LIVE Distinguished Lecturer events. They also act as “SPE Ambassadors” for their company and country.
Who Can be a Distinguished Lecturer?
To become a distinguished lecturer, nominees need to be comfortable public speakers and willing to share their knowledge. They should also be experts in a subject matter of global interest. Ideally, they should have at least 10 years of experience. Nominees from all regions are welcome to apply, with a strong focus on seeking more nominees from Asia and Africa.
Being selected as a distinguished lecturer offers numerous benefits, including positive global exposure for the subject matter, the lecturer, and their respective organization. It also provides widespread recognition and a significant increase in network and contacts, along with unforgettable professional and travel experiences. Additionally, once selected as a distinguished lecturer, all associated costs will be paid by SPE, and the only sacrifice is the employee’s time.
How to Nominate?
Nominations are open until March 15, 2023. To nominate someone, please visit the DL area of the SPE website or contact a DL Committee (DLC) member in the Asia Pacific region. You can also watch accompanying videos from previous distinguished lecturers.
Timeline for 2023:
- March 15: Nominations close
- March 31: Nominee submission deadline
- May: Initial judging
- August-October: Final judging, including in-person presentation review meetings in each hemisphere. The 2023 EH PR meeting will be in Perth, Australia (August 23-25)
- November: Successful applicants notified
- Q3 ’24: Tour season begins through mid-’25