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Exploration and Production

Oil and natural gas will continue to play an important role as energy sources and resources in the 21st century. To discover and develop new fields cost-efficiently and to exploit existing fields effectively, existing technologies need to be continuously developed and innovative ideas implemented. We support these processes by providing a platform for an independent exchange of know-how and experience and by addressing topics that affect the entire industry within the framework of our collective research.

In our work, we rely on a broad network of university scientists and experts from the E&P industry. In our committees, we regularly discuss current topics in the fields of exploration, production and underground storage of hydrocarbons. We regularly invite to working groups and workshops to promote the exchange of knowledge within the network. With our annual DGMK spring conference, we offer another popular forum where science and industry exchange information on the latest scientific and technical developments and trends.

OMV Stock Corporation

Acquisition of 3D seismics for hydrocarbon exploration in Lower Austria.

Your Contact to the DGMK Office

Dr. Susanne Kuchling

Head of the Exploration and Production Department

Ines Musekamp

Coordination of Exploration and Production

Joint Research

The dialogue between science and industry regularly gives rise to ideas for research and development, which we continue to pursue within the framework of our collective research. We regularly publish the results of our research projects as DGMK research reports.

Our core topics are geosciences, drilling technology, reservoir engineering, oil production technology, natural gas production technology and underground storage technology.

We are constantly looking for new ideas to further improve the processes and technologies for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. Project outlines can be sent to the head of the department at any time.

Further information on research funding in the field of exploration and extraction can be found here:


The DGMK Spring Conference is the most successful conference in the German-speaking countries in the field of hydrocarbon exploration and production, with regularly over 600 participants and numerous company exhibitors.

Our district groups regularly organise lectures and lecture series on our specialist topics. In the field of exploration and extraction, the events of the district groups of Hanover and Hamburg-Bremen are particularly noteworthy. Participation is free of charge for DGMK members.

In organising workshops and conferences we also cooperate with the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE), the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG), the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology, and the German Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (GSSPE).

Head of Division

Dr. Jürgen Rückheim

Vermilion Energy Germany GmbH & Co. KG


Heike Bernhardt


Christoph Boor

Wintershall Dea Deutschland AG

Volker Köhler

Neptune Energy Deutschland GmbH

Reinhard Oswald

Representative of the ÖGEW

OMV Exploration & Production GmbH

Jörg Uhde

Pfalzwerke geofuture GmbH

Axel Weiss

ExxonMobil Production Deutschland GmbH

Promotion Circle of the Department of Exploration and Producion

(Article 13 (9) of the Statute)

Prof. Dr. Leonhard Ganzer

Clausthal University of Technology
Institute of Subsurface Energy Systems

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Hilgers

Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT)

Dr.-Ing. Michael Neubert

Baker Hughes, a GE company

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Reich

TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Institut für Bohrtechnik und Fluidbergbau
Freiberg (Sachsen)

Dr. Stefan Wessling

Representative of the GSSPE

Baker Hughes Inteq GmbH