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Day 1 – Fossil Fuels: Can we turn Unconventional into Conventional?
Day 2 – The Future of the Electricity System
Day 3 – The Economics & Policy of Energy Systems

Day 1 – Fossil Fuels: Can we turn Unconventional into Conventional?


Conference Opening

Dr. Euan Mearns

Dr. Euan Mearns

Welcome and Sponsor Address

Lord Ron Oxburgh

Lord Ron Oxburgh, House of Lords UK Parliament

Keynote Address on the Global Energy Challenges


The Limits to Easily Accessible Fossil Fuels


Dr. Roger Bentley

Dr. Roger Bentley, University of Reading

Limits to Global Energy Supply

Kevin Jianjun Tu

Kevin Jianjun Tu, Senior Associate Carnegie

Perspectives on China’s Coal Industry and Future

Tatiana Mitova

Dr. Tatiana Mitrova, Head Oil & Gas, Energy Research Institute Russian Academy of Sciences

Russia’s Natural Gas Production & Export Policy


Frontier Fossil Fuel Technologies and Basins

Dr. Kenneth Chew

Dr. Kenneth Chew

The future of US shale/tight oil

Dr. Ruud Weijermars

Dr. Ruud Weijermars, Director TU/Delft Unconventional Gas Research Initiative

Oil and Gas Recovery from Continuous Resources

Prof. MehranSohrabi

Prof. Mehran Sohrabi, Heriot-Watt University

Key Developments and Challenges of Enhanced Oil Recovery techniques and CO2 Solutions

Peter Dryburgh

Peter Dryburgh, Wardell Armstrong

The current Status of Underground Coal Gasification as a Commercial Technology



Chaired By – Paul McConnell, Wood MacKenzie Consulting

Energy Scarcity, Threat or Fiction?

Viewpoint A: “Upcoming technologies will unlock the unconventional resource base”

– Prof. Alex Kemp, Professor in petroleum economics, University of Aberdeen
– Dr. Roberto F. Aguilera, Research Fellow Curtin University, Australia.

Viewpoint B: “We can’t afford the energy, labour and capital cost to prolong the fossil fuel era”

– Dr. Michael Kumhof, Deputy division chief, Modeling Unit International Monetary Fund (IMF)
– Prof. Kjell Aleklett, Professor, Global Energy Systems Group, Uppsala University

Day 2 – The Future of the Electricity System


Conference Opening

Chris Vernon

Chris Vernon, University of Bristol

Welcome and Sponsor Address

Dr. Jeremy Leggett

Dr. Jeremy Leggett, non-Executive chairman Solarcentury, Chairman Solaraid

Keynote Address

The viability of Nuclear Power

Steve Thomas

Prof. Steve Thomas, Greenwich University

The British Nuclear Power Program: a failure of public policy?

David Shropshire

David Shropshire, Head Planning and Economic Studies, International Atomic Energy Agency

The Costs and Economic Viability of Nuclear Energy

Henri Palliere

Henri Palliere, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

Trends towards Sustainability in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Dr. Richard Stainsby

Dr. Richard Stainsby, Chief Technologist, UK National Nuclear Laboratories

Generation IV fast Reactors and the Re-use of Long-lived Nuclear Waste

The challenges of a renewables based electricity grid

Dr. Nicola McEwen

Dr. Nicola McEwen, Director of Public Policy, Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh

Energy Independence and Interdependence: the Scottish context

Dr. Ulrike Lehr

Dr. Ulrike Lehr, Institute of Economic Structures Research GWS

The Benefits and Costs of Renewable Energy deployment

Andrew Hiorns

Andrew Hiorns, Network Strategy Manager, National Grid UK

Grid Balancing and Development in an Era of Renewable Energies

Alastair Martin

Alastair Martin, Founder, Flexitricity

Demand side Electricity Grid Management

Friedrich Schulte

Friedrich Schulte, Head of Technologies, RWE AG

The Potential and Costs of Electricity Storage

Dr David Fermin

Dr. David Fermin, University of Bristol

Electrochemistry and the Energy Storage Gap



Chaired by – Steven Vass, Deputy Business Editor, Sunday Herald

Where to invest in for the electricity system of the future? A choice between Shale Gas, Nuclear, Renewables, and Coal with CCS?


– Prof. Stuart Haszeldine, Professor in Carbon Capture and Storage, University of Edinburgh
– Prof. Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics, The University of Edinburgh
– Karl Harder, Managing Director, Abundance Generation

Day Summary

Dr. Roger Bentley

Dr. Roger Bentley

Closing of Day 2

Day 3 – The Economics & Policy of Energy Systems


Conference Opening

Rembrand Koppelaar

Rembrandt Koppelaar

Welcome and Sponsor address

Prof. Michae Jefferson

Prof. Michael Jefferson, University of Buckingham

Keynote Address

Understanding Energy Supply, Demand, Price, and the role of policies

Dr. William Blyth

Dr. William Blyth, Director Oxford Energy Associates

The Influence of Price Risks on Policy Design and Investment

Dr. Sgouris Sgouridis

Dr. Sgouris Sgouridis, Masdar Institute

The Demand Side: Energy Intensity of the Economy

De. Michael Dale

Dr. Michael Dale, Stanford University

The Energy Capital Cost Requirements of Energy Transitions

Panel Discussion

Prof. Charles Hendry

Chaired by – Prof. Charles Hendry MP

Discussion on Key Knowledge, Data & Policy Gaps in the Energy Sphere


– Prof. Michael Jefferson, University of Buckingham
– Prof. Zoe Shipton, University of Strathclyde
– Prof. (Emeritus) Stephen Salter, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Jelte Harnmeijer

Dr. Jelte Harnmeijer, University of Edinburgh, Director SCENE

Conference Summary


Quick access:

Day 1 – Fossil Fuels: Can we turn Unconventional into Conventional?
Day 2 – The Future of the Electricity System
Day 3 – The Economics & Policy of Energy Systems