Shale gas in a low-carbon Europe: the role of research


Shale gas in a low-carbon Europe: the role of research

23 February 2015, Brussels

The objective of the conference is to facilitate an exchange of views among the different stakeholders on the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of shale gas exploration and exploitation, and how research and innovation can provide the input for a science-based policy in this field.

Online registration form.  We kindly ask you to register by 16 February 2015 at the latest.

The official working language of the event will be English.


Final programme:

09:00 - 09:30 Opening session: setting the scene

  • Welcome and Introduction by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission 
  • Keynote Speech - Dr Michael Knotek, Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

09:30 - 11:30 Session 1: Research and innovation to address the shale gas challenge 

  • The EERA Joint Research Programme: assessing resource potential, opportunities and risks of shale gas exploitation - Dr René Peters, Coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme on Shale Gas
  • The Department of Energy Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources R&D Programme - Dr Ray Boswell, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S.
  • Assessment of deep subsurface hydro-mechanical processes for reducing the environmental footprint of shale gas development - Dr Chris McDermott, University of Edinburgh
  • A holistic approach to assess the environmental impact of shale gas in Europe - Dr Alberto Striolo, University College London
  • Questions and Answers

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30 Session 2: Science-based policy development for shale gas exploitation

  • The European Science & Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction - Nicholas Banfield, Acting Director Strategy, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Science-based policy for shale gas exploitation in Canada - Dr John Cherry, Director, University Consortium on Ground Water Research at the University of Guelph, Canada
  • Shale gas and responsible innovation - Dr Marloes Dignum, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Questions and Answers

12:30 - 13:30 Closing session: shale gas in a low-carbon Europe - the role of research

  • Moderated forum discussion (speakers and audience)

  • Summary and closing remarks - András Siegler, Director Energy Research, DG RTD, European Commission

13:30 Buffet Lunch 




Further information


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