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Energy Transition: How can the geosciences contribute to the Energy Transition?

13 April 2021
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Energy Transition: How can the geosciences contribute to the Energy Transition?

The first of a series of webinars and meetings to assess and highlight the role of Geosciences in the Energy Transition (ET). Three webinars are planned for 2021 leading to a Discussion Meeting on the Energy Transition in April 2022.

This first event is an overview the Energy Transition and Geoscience contributions. The aim is to cover science progress and achievements in critical areas, the context of geosciences wrt society awareness, and Government Policy.

Series Overview and Purpose

An overview of Energy Transition and Geoscience contributions with an aim to cover science progress and achievements in critical areas, the context of geosciences in society awareness, Government policy, finance, insurance, and economic communities.

The series of meetings will provide updates and discussions on the geological science needed to underpin future energy changes and to promote the systems approach for the collaborations needed for efficient integration of geosciences into the ET.
The series of Webinars/Meetings is aimed at addressing the following questions:

1. What are the recent advances and future needs in geoscience areas critical to the Energy Transition?
2. How can Geosciences contribute more effectively to the Energy Transition?
3. What advances in Geoscience integration into societal needs and public awareness of the Energy Transition are possible?
4. How well is the Geosciences community integrated with other sciences and engineering, and how can a more multidisciplinary, systems approach be achieved?

The outcomes of the series are aimed at:
• Increased and accelerated awareness of the role, contribution and importance of the geosciences to the Energy Transition.
• Highlighting the need for rapid and robust planning and action on responsible resource usage and the use of geoscience skills in the Energy Transition. 
• Generating a platform for multi-disciplinary engagement and collaboration across the geosciences and with other sciences as a foundation for future interdisciplinary meetings/engagement on the ET.
• Publications in the online open access journal; Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3).

Provisional Programme

Session 1.   (13.00 to 13.35)

Introduction: Opening perspectives on earth sciences in the Energy Transition

      Mike Daly, President Geological Society

      Sir Andrew Mackenzie FRS  

      Jen Roberts. Programme Review

Session 2.    (13.35 to 14.20pm)         

Energy Transfer, Injection and Storage: State of play, opportunities and challenges

  1. Stuart Haszeldine: (Chair) Navigating in a new landscape
  2. Jen Roberts: How do we make sure that the CO2 or the hydrogen stays underground? 
  3. Jon Gluyas: How do we deliver low carbon heat?
  4. Stuart Haszeldine: Energy Transfer, Injection and Storage - Wrap up

Session 3.    (2.20pm to 2.55pm)

Resources and Sustainability (Chair: Mike Stephenson)

  1. Frances Wall:  Resource Supplies on a Finite Planet

     ii. Bethan Pugh: Responsible Hydrocarbon Stewardship

Break           14.55 to 15.15

Session 4.   (15.15 to 16.00)

Social awareness, policy and economics (Chair: Bethan Pugh)

  1. David Reiner:  Public understanding of the geosciences and the energy transition
  2. Mike Stephenson: Geosciences input to Government Policy
  3. Richard Norris: The cost of everything, the value of nothing.                      

Geosciences input to Government Policy, Finance, Insurance and Economic (Chair: Mike Stephenson)

Session 5.   (4pm to 4.30pm)

  Panel Discussion:  Sir Andrew Mackenzie FRS. Roz Bulleid (The Green Alliance)

             Wrap up Mike Daly 


  • Rob Knipe (University of Leeds)
  • Jon Gluyas (University of Durham),
  • Stuart Haszeldine OBE (University of Edinburgh) 
  • David Reiner (University of Cambridge)
  • Frances Wall (University of Exeter)
  • Nick Gardiner (St Andrews University and Geological Society Theme Leader)
  • Jen Roberts (University of Strathclyde)
  • Mike Stephenson (BGS)                   
  • Jo Coleman OBE (Shell).
  • David McNamara (University of Liverpool).


This event is virtual but booking is essential.

Registration closes at 12.00 BST, 12 April. 

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Thanks to the sponsorship from University of Cambridge, University of Durham, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Leeds, University of St. Andrews and University of Strathclyde., the registration is free.


This conference will be virtual.


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