Joint US-UK workshop on Improving Understanding of Potential Environmental Impacts Associated with Unconventional Hydrocarbons

5-6 November 2015
Washington DC, USA

NERC and the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the Environment Sustainability & Energy Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (ESED), are inviting applications from UK scientists to attend a jointly organised workshop on Improving Understanding of Potential Environmental Impacts Associated with Unconventional Hydrocarbons in Washington DC on 5-6 November 2015.

The deployment of hydraulic fracturing technology to exploit shale oil and gas reservoirs in the USA and now potentially in the UK has raised a number of environmental concerns. This workshop brings together researchers in the USA and the UK to learn from each other to identify the areas of major environmental uncertainty, the focused scientific research questions that need to be addressed, and the opportunities for innovation and translation of existing research within this area.

For further information, please see the Announcement of Opportunity and the Expression of Interest form below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 168KB)

Expression of interest form (Word, 117KB)

The deadline for applications is 16:00 on Wednesday 9 September 2015.

This workshop has now taken place and the full report from the workshop is available below.

Workshop final report (PDF, 38.1MB)

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) have posted a blog in connection to the workshop.

Environmental Sciences: Processes & Impacts blog - external link

Professor Fred Worrall, one of the workshop's UK participants, gave a public lecture at the Royal Society of Chemistry on 5 May 2016 covering some of the points discussed at the meeting: 'Exploring the impact of the unknown: a potential UK shale gas industry'. This is available to view on the RSC YouTube channel.

Subtitles (closed captions) are available once the video is playing.

Contact

Sarah Keynes
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