Stay knowledgeable and on top of current energy trends by mingling with key players and trendsetters in the industry. Plan to attend an oil and gas conference in your region in 2016. From helpful seminars and panels, to expos and hands-on exhibits, you’re sure to benefit. Not sure where to start? We’ve complied a list of the top trade shows and events that deserve a place on your calendar next year.

1. AICPA & PDI Oil & Gas Conference

Las Vegas, Nevada

This two-day conference explores financial, legislative and political issues in the oil and gas industries both domestically and internationally. This event is geared at CPAs and financial leaders in the gas and oil industry who want to know more about financial education and how it affects the global workforce. This conference is held each October.

2. American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers International Petrochemical Conference

Dallas, Texas

This petrochemical-focused conference will address political, economic, and environmental issues. Competition in the petrochemical markets will also be discussed at this March 20-22, 2016 event.

3. American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2016 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, California

Chemical engineers working in industrial gases, petrochemicals and other energy fields will gather November 13-18, 2016 for professional growth seminars led by both academic and industry experts.

4. 8th Annual Argus Americas Crude Summit

Houston, Texas

Kick off the new year by learning about challenges facing the global crude oil market. Topics like geopolitical threats to supply, OPEC’s influence on pricing and how producers are being more efficient will be discussed. The keynote speaker will be Vice President Dick Cheney at the January 20-22, 2016 event.

5. Digital Oilfields USA Summit

Houston, Texas

Looking for a last minute conference to attend? The Digital Oilfields USA Summit is one of the last industry events of the year, so plan on attending December 7-9, 2015, or wait until December 2016 for the next gathering. This conference focuses on technology used to automate exploration and production in the oil and gas industry. Attendees will learn about style of workflow, how to increase ROI and crunch profitability numbers.

6. EnerCom’s The Oil & Gas Conference®

Denver, Colorado

If you’re an investment professional in the oil and gas industry, don’t miss this conference being held August 14-18, 2016. Over 100 companies will represent 40 countries across six continents in this globally recognized Denver-based conference. Attendees will learn growth plans and industry strategies from senior management teams.

7. 2016 Gas Producers Association Convention

New Orleans, Louisiana

This conference will explore the research, technology and standards in the natural gas and natural gas liquids industries. Planned topics include the gathering, compression, treating, processing, storage and marketing of gas and gas liquids. More than 600 companies are expected to be represented at the April 10-13, 2016 conference.

8. IHS Energy CERAWeek

Houston, Texas

Leaders from the coal, natural gas, nuclear, oil, power and renewable energy industries are taking over Houston, Texas February 22-26, 2016 for the 35th annual IHS Energy CERAWeek conference. The theme for the 2016 conference is ‘Energy Transition: Strategies for a New World’ and speakers at the 120+ sessions will focus on strategy and policy throughout the entire energy cycle. Topics include prices, investments, market trends, environmental agenda, industry structure, regulation and energy geopolitics.

9. International Association of Drilling Contractors / Society of Petroleum Engineers Drilling Conference and Exhibition

Fort Worth, Texas

Billed as one of the top global conferences for oil and gas exploration and production professionals, this event is scheduled for a stop in the United States March 1-3, 2016. The theme of the conference will focus on advancements in worldwide drilling operations that address problematic challenges and deliver improved performance.

10. 20th International Conference on Petroleum Data Integration, Information and Data Management

Houston, Texas

This conference dives into exploration and production data and information management. From in-depth technical presentations about real-world issues and best practices, to cross discipline advances and recent developments, all data concerns are addressed at this conference May 17-19, 2016.

11. Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission Annual Conference

Little Rock, Arkansas

If you’re seeking new ways to implement or advocate for environmentally sound ways to provide oil and gas resources to consumers, this October 2-4, 2016 event is for you. The IOGCC is a multi-state government agency working to conserve oil and natural gas resources with a focus on health and safety for both humans and the environment.

12. NAPE

Denver, Colorado

Close out the year by attending NAPE’s annual networking event in Denver on October 12-13, 2016. The goal of this conference is for oil and gas industry prospects, producers and purchasers to connect and make deals. Seminar discussions will focus on legislative and regulatory challenges, technical advances and industry trends.


Houston, Texas

If you can’t make it to NAPE Summit, head to the annual summer gathering instead on August 10-11, 2016. This smaller, more intimate conference is the place to make personal connections, network with prospects and find your next oil and gas investment opportunity. Organizers estimate 6,000 attendees will be at this event.


Houston, Texas

Key players in the upstream oil and gas industries meet each February to find prospects and close on new opportunities. With nearly 15 acres of exhibition space and breakout informational sessions, this event is a must-see for gas and oil industry executives spanning the globe. Plan to attend February 9-12, 2016.

15. Offshore Technology Conference 2016

Houston, Texas

An estimated 90,000 energy professionals from 130 countries who focus on scientific and technological advances in the offshore industry will gather May 2-5, 2016. During this conference and equipment exhibition, plan to mingle with everyone from investors and buyers to industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

16. Oil & Gas Investment Symposium

San Francisco, California

The Independent Petroleum Association of America presents the OGIS September 26-28, 2016. This conference is geared at energy investors. Both seminars and private meetings are available for attendees to network with CEOs and company representatives at this event.

17. Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference

Houston, Texas

Do you focus on maintenance and inspection? Plan to attend this conference February 8-11, 2016.  Pipeline integrity, evaluation and repairs will be the focus on the seminars at this event. Everyone from engineering management to field operating personnel can benefit from this conference.

18. Society of Petroleum Engineers Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference

The Woodlands, Texas

If your focus is on hydraulic fracturing and hydraulic-stimulated wells, head to Texas February 9-11, 2016. This SPE conference features dynamic training courses and technical sessions so attendees can apply this technology directly to their businesses.

19. Twentieth Society of Petroleum Engineers Improved Oil Recovery Conference

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The 2016 conference theme is “New Challenges, New Solutions” and will focus on the oil commodity market and pricing. New technological advancements, including unconventional oil reservoir ideas will be discussed at the April 9-13, 2016 event.

20. 2016 The International Association of Drilling Contractors / Society of Petroleum Engineers Managed Pressure Drilling & Underbalanced Operations Conference & Exhibition

Galveston, Texas

Drilling practices, technology and safety are the focus of this conference being held April 12-13, 2016. The conference and exhibition will explore underbalanced drilling, managed pressure drilling and dual gradient drilling.

21. Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 86th Annual Meeting

Dallas, Texas

Over 70 countries will be represented at this global geoscience conference. The latest technical, strategic and economic issues affecting the oil, gas and mineral exploration industries will be discussed.  Civil engineering, environmental regulation and archaeology will be points of interest at the October 16-21, 2016 gathering.

22. Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition

San Antonio, Texas

This event focuses on the latest challenges of the subsea tieback industry. Operational issues, challenges and possible solutions will be discussed by strategic decision makers in the industry. Whether you’re a field supervisor, operations personnel or engineering staff member, you should plan to attend this event March 22-24, 2016.

23. Topsides, Platforms & Hulls

Galveston, Texas

Offshore industry professionals, both deep and shallow water, can benefit from this February 9-11, 2016 conference. This event brings in attendees from 25 countries who will focus on the design, engineering, construction, transportation, installation, and modification of topside structures, platforms and hulls.