Dr Stefano Patruno’s areas of expertise include geology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, seismic interpretation and petroleum geology. Stefano earned his BSc (cum laude) in Geological Sciences in 2007 from the University of Chieti (Italy), and in 2008 obtained an MSc in Micropalaeontology from University College London, UK (distinction – Dennis Curry Fund Prize, Geologists’ Association). During 2009-2013, Stefano pursued a PhD at Imperial College London (UK) on the sedimentology and seismic stratigraphy of subsurface deltaic sand bodies and clinoforms, which resulted in several high-impact international publications. He furthermore achieved a second master degree in Geological Sciences and Technologies from the University of Chieti in 2017, with a thesis in the seismic interpretation of recent fault-driven extensional basin in the Central Apennines, with associated earthquake hazards. Since 2013, Stefano has been directly working in the Oil and Gas exploration sector (both operators and service companies) as a geoscientist, senior geologist and consultant, in subjects including 2D and 3D seismic interpretation (from crustal scale to reservoir scale), exploration, prospect definition, well proposals and new ventures, particularly focusing on the North Sea, Africa and the Mediterranean. At the same time, he kept pursuing his academic interests as an independent researcher, resulting in more publications in sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeoenvironments, tectonics and oil exploration, and in new applied play concepts. Stefano is currently the Chief Editor of a Special Publication of the Geological Society of London (Cross-border petroleum geology in the North Sea) and an associate editor of Basin Research.