Short Courses

Continuing professional development training for professionals in oil and gas, water, CCS, hydrogen, geothermal, and environmental management. 

Training in Australia by world-leaders in GeoEnergy

Short courses for industry professionals - Australian School of Petroleum

‘GeoEnergy Resources’ is a term used to describe any energy resource or technology that interacts with the subsurface of the Earth. This encompasses established industries such as oil and gas, as well as developing areas like geothermal energy and the storage of carbon, hydrogen, compressed air and radioactive waste. Water and environmental management sectors are also seeing the benefits of understanding how subsurface structures influence above-surface systems. 

At the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources (ASPER), we leverage our knowledge and experience in Australia’s hydrocarbon systems and apply it to new energy industries, like carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen storage. This is our contribution to the clean energy future.  

To complement our knowledge in subsurface geology and engineering, we bring in legal, environmental, business, organisational psychology, and physical sciences specialists from other parts of The University of Adelaide:  

  • Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources (ISER), which leads sustainability research to advance Australia towards Net Zero 
  • Stretton Institute, which conducts research on public policy issues including bringing industry and government together on climate change policy 
  • Adelaide Business School (ABS), which produces business leaders across a range of disciplines, including Accounting, Finance and Banking, Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship. It is also home to ThincLab which supports creative thinkers, rule-breakers and challengers 
  • Environment Institute, which addresses complex environmental problems and exports innovation to the world. 

Why do professional development training with us?

  • Wide range of industry-led courses available  
  • 1st in Australia and 10th in the world in Petroleum Engineering (QS World University Rankings 2022) and 5/5 rating – above world standard – in the research fields ‘Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy’ and ‘Geology’ (Australian Government’s Excellence in Research Australia assessment) 
  • Presented by award-winning subsurface engineers and geoscientists with demonstrated excellence in teaching and training, many serving as Distinguished Lecturers 
  • Interactive, thought-provoking courses; our lessons are run as workshops, with questions and discussions about real-life workplaces encouraged 
  • Hybrid modules* available; Choose from basic to advanced levels with options to tailor the content to your specific needs, online or face-to-face, at your site or ours, some staff can do only the first day of the course for introductory-level content, others stay for the rest of the week for a deep dive. 
  • No need to go overseas– the best training on Australian subsurface geoscience and engineering is right here with in-person training delivered in Adelaide, one of the world’s most liveable cities  

* We offer flexible course content for most subjects. 

GeoEnergy courses

Our expert team

Many of teaching our staff have served as Distinguished Lecturers for professional societies such as the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Geological Society of America. Others have been recognised for outstanding contributions to research, training and community service through awards and recognition from the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy, Geological Society of Australia and Society of Petroleum Engineers. So, if you study with us, you will be in good hands.  

  • Watch our Head of School, Kathryn Amos, talk about the benefits of studying with us

  • Energy transition team

    Professor Pavel Bedrikovetski 

    A hugely respected figure in the world of reservoir engineering and enhanced oil recovery (EOR), Pavel has recently applied his mathematical modelling expertise in fluid flow and porous media to carbon sequestration and hydrogen storage. He was Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer in 2008-2009 and 2016-2017, and Distinguished Member in 2020-21. He has 40 years' industrial experience in Russia, Europe, Brazil and Australia.  

    Dr Ulrike Schacht  

    Ulrike’s research and teaching expertise spans across carbon storage site selection and characterisation, natural analogue studies for carbon storage as well as monitoring and verification for carbon storage sites. She applies her skills to hydrogen storage and environmental monitoring too.  

    Dr Alireza Salmachi  

    As a specialist lecturer in the fundamentals of drilling engineering, well completion and stimulation, Alireza also applies his expertise to underground hydrogen storage, carbon sequestration in underground coal formations, and environmentally friendly drilling fluids.  

    Dr Sara Borazjani  

    Sara is a leading researcher in the mathematical modelling of two-phase flow in porous media, a complex research area with applications in petroleum, carbon and hydrogen storage, and environmental management. Recently, she has been modelling the sequestration of CO2 in rocks deep underground.  

    Dr Abbas ZeiniJahromi  

    As ASPER’s Director of Research, Abbas ensures that our people focus on top quality, industry-focussed research. His expertise is subsurface engineering with a focus on reactive multi-phase flow in porous media. Applications for his knowledge include EOR, carbon storage, and reservoir modelling. 

  • Professional and compliance team

    Dr Matthew Welsh  

    Matthew has worked with ASPER for 20 years, researching and consulting on human decision making in industry. He has worked with multi-national oil companies, medical research groups, defence, and police. He is a 2020-21 Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer on how cognitive science can help industry decision making, and author of Bias in Science and Communication: A Field Guide.  

    Maria Gonzalez Perdomo  

    Mary is ASPER’s Director of Teaching and Coordinator of the Petroleum Engineering Program. Before joining ASPER, she worked for several years in the oil and gas industry in subsurface and production engineering. Her specialties are hydraulic fracturing, data analytics including deep learning, and production optimisation. 

  • Sedimentary basin team

    Professor Simon Holford  

    Simon is Deputy Head of ASPER and a sought-after lecturer and supervisor in sedimentary basins, with particular interests in basin evolution, volcanic rocks, and structural permeability including fault stability during carbon and hydrogen injection. Simon has won multiple awards for his contributions to knowledge on Australia’s sedimentary basins from professional societies (GSA, ASEG) and industry (APPEA).  

    Dr Rachelle Kernen  

    Rachelle is a geoscientist with an industry background in both petroleum and mining exploration, including deepwater seismic interpretation and copper exploration in sedimentary deposits. Rachelle has expertise in salt-sediment interaction, intrasalt stratigraphy, deformation, and caprocks, with a growing focus on the subsurface storage of CO2 and hydrogen.  

    Dr Khalid Amrouch  

    Khalid integrates geomechanical, petrophysical and structural techniques to better understand the evolution of the upper crust deformation and related mechanics, the geo-fluids migration, and their mechanical effect on rocks through time and space. He is an expert in brittle deformation and 4D stress analysis and applies this expertise to understand the subsurface from microscopic to whole-ofbasin scales.  

    Dr Mark Bunch  

    With skills in digital rendering of past landscapes and features preserved in the subsurface, Mark brings sedimentary basins to life in engaging and informative ways. From him you will learn about interpreting seismic data, reservoir modelling and locating potential gas storage sites. 

  • Specialisation team

    Associate Professor Kathryn Amos  

    Kathryn is Head of School at ASPER. Her expertise is in clastic sedimentology, with research focusing on understanding the controls behind processes of sediment transport and deposition in a range of environments, using information from both modern environments and the rock record. Kathryn is a highly engaging presenter and leads the Flinders Ranges field trip.  

    Dr Mohammad Sayyafzadeh  

    With qualifications in chemical, reservoir and petroleum engineering, Mohammad has unique, multidisciplinary specialist expertise. He is also a skilled computational mathematician and applies machine learning and uncertainty quantification to optimise field development.  

    Associate Professor Manouchehr Haghighi  

    Manny has more than 30 years’ experience working in integrated reservoir simulation, unconventional resources, CO2 sequestration and machine learning. Prior to joining ASPER, Manny spent 15 years in industry, with his most recent roles including directing integrated reservoir simulation studies.  

    Dr Thomas Russell  

    Thomas performs novel research on fluid flow and formation damage in porous media, using mathematical modelling and laboratory experimentation to assist enhanced oil and gas recovery and the injection and storage of CO2.

Registration and fees


To discuss which course may be best for your circumstances, or to talk about potential formats for learning, please contact Professor Simon Holford on +61 8 8313 8035 or via email at 

You can also contact ASPER Reception on +61 8 8313 4148 or via email at 

For full details of upcoming courses in subsurface geoscience and engineering, please visit our course outlines listing


Fees vary depending on format, location and content provided. To discuss fees and payment options please call ASPER Reception by phone on +61 8 8313 4148 or email at