Aberdeen University and SPE Off Shore Europe
It is always nice to be back in Scotland. Yesterday I spent a most productive day in Aberdeen where I had the opportunity to visit Aberdeen University as well as the SPE Off Shore Conference and Exhibition Europe 2015.
The visit started off at Aberdeen University where we had an excellent lunch with Professor Jeremy Kilburn, Vice-Principal and Professor Neva Haites, Vice-Principal for Development. Then followed a number of very interesting presentations ranging from climate change to Scandinavian studies. I was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet with students who study Swedish and was struck by the many nationalities represented. Every student had a fascinating story to tell about why they were studying Swedish. I would be fantastic if some of them ended up in Sweden in the future.
I must say that I was very impressed by the university and I was very pleased to hear about the many links to Sweden. The cooperation with SLU in Umeå had been going on for some ten years and is set to continue.
In the afternoon I visted the SPE Off Shore Europe 2015. This is an oil and gas conference that attracts some 80,000 visitors. This year Business Sweden had set up a Swedish pavilion where nine Swedish companies were represented. The companies specialise in advanced off shore equipment. I had the opportunity to speak with several of the company representatives to learn more about their products. I hope these companies will increase their business toward the oil and gas industry and that they will return to SPE Off Shore Europe in 2017.