Civil Engineer from the Paris School of Mines, Alain Prinzhofer completed a doctoral engineering PhD on the structural geology and petrology of the New Caledonian ophiolite at the Paris School of Mines, and a state PhD on melting processes of the Earth's mantle at the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris (IPGP).
As a researcher in cosmochemistry, he worked on the formation of the solar system at Caltech (California), then on natural gas at IFPEN.
For several years as a precursor, he has devoted himself to research into natural hydrogen, a new source of renewable and non-polluting energy. He is Scientific Director of GEO4U (Brazil), and affiliated professor at the University of Paris and Rio de Janeiro. He has published 70 articles in international journals, 1 book, 8 patents, and approximately 200 communications in international conferences.
After a Ph.D. in physics, Simon occupied various positions in advanced R&D teams, mainly focused on optical components and systems.
With Thales Research and Technology, he developed non-conventional laser sources. With Draka he worked on hole assisted and nonlinear optical fibers and then joined the Scientific division of the HORIBA group as a novel instrument scientist.
Simon is now part of the R&D team of FEBUS Optics to bring his expertise in physical optics.
Gilles has more than 15 years of experience in the Oil industry, with more than 50 integrated studies completed. He has worked as Development Geologist for major operator and consulting companies. He has developed integrated workflows, to adapt methods of modeling to fit objectives. Since 2012, he has been thoroughly involved in the development of Reservoir modeling trainings for IFP School and IFP Training.
Daniel, born 1955, embarked on a life-long journey into the world of dinocyst morphology and stratigraphy during his PhD at Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France, awarded in 1981. He then applied his skills to industrial projects, as a summer internship with the exploration team of EXXON's European team. In 1984, he moved to Canada, providing palynological support to an oil exploration partnership involved in offshore Newfoundland plays. In 1986 he crossed the Atlantic back to Europe and moved to British Petroleum, where he was responsible for Tertiary palynology of the Central North Sea.
In these early stages of his career, he was fortunate to meet two of the pioneers of dinoflagellate studies, Lewis (Lou) Stover, from ExxonMobil and William (Bill) Evitt from Stanford University and have profitable exchanges with them about dinocyst morphology. He attended Evitt's unique 2 weeks dinocyst course, entirely focused on morphology, regardless of stratigraphy. This reinforced Daniel in his belief that there can be no good biostratigraphy, be it based on dinocyst or other microfossil groups, without an accurate morphological interpretation.
He joined Total (now TotalEnergies) in 1989 for an extended career of 32 years, during which he applied this approach to new horizons, broadening his expertise both stratigraphically (in the Cretaceous and Jurassic) and geographically, with a focus on western Africa, Angola, Ivory Coast, and more recently South Africa).
Recently retired, he is now keen to share the experience accumulated during four decades of first-hand, eyes down the microscope experience of what represent arguably the most exciting of all microfossil group, Dinoflagellate Cysts of the Mesozoic and - best of all - the Cenozoic.
Geoscientist with 30 years' experience in oil and gas exploration/development in major oil companies: ENI, Gaz-De-France, ENGIE, Neptune Energy.
Throughout these decades he was multi-disciplinary team and project leader, peer review team leader, company's key expert, chief geologist and Technical Authority for exploration geology.
He is also teacher, mentor and coach of young geoscientists, via pedagogical-educational courses and training-on-the-job activity, leading teams by doing, with technical expertise gained over the years.
His core technical background is 2D/3D seismic/structural interpretation and mapping, prospect generation and assessment, from regional play evaluation to target identification, ranking, Play Risk analysis, HIIP volumes evaluation, well location and proposal. He got a strong experience in New Venture analysis and regional or block size assessments for licensing rounds.
Piero has worked in several Countries, regions and basins throughout the world: North Sea (UK, Norway, Hollande, Germany), offshore Poland, Italy, France, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Malta, Azerbaijan, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Brazil.