NERC UK Geoenergy Observatories project - Community event

Audience at the UKGEOS event

26 June 2018
Royal Society, London

 This event has now closed 

NERC is investing £31 million in a project to establish two centres for research into the subsurface environment. The British Geological Survey (BGS) is delivering the research infrastructure and will operate the facilities over their 15-year lifetime.

NERC organised an open meeting at the Royal Society in London on Tuesday 26 June 2018 to update the research community on progress with the project. This was an open meeting for anyone in the research community with an interest in using the facilities in future. Information on design of the facilities and installed instrumentation, and the anticipated timetable for their construction and subsequent availability for research, was provided.

Those who might normally approach any of the research councils for funding were welcome to attend. There was also time for networking and discussion of potential collaborations or partnerships.

Speakers at the UKGEOS event

Some of the speakers: (left to right, back row) Mike Stephenson, Ryan Law, David Bruhn, (left to right, front row) Linda Stalker, David Manning, Zoe Shipton

This one-day event was an opportunity for members of the academic community to find out more about the UK Geoenergy Observatories subsurface research facilities planned for Cheshire and Glasgow.

The agenda for the event included:

  • an introduction to the Cheshire Energy Research Field Site and the Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site: facilities and vision
  • details of the infrastructure at both sites and the associated facilities to support world-class research
  • practicalities concerning delivery of, and access to, the facilities
  • how researchers can get involved, including a focus on early career researchers
  • international, government and industry perspectives.

Details of the agenda and some of the presentations on the day are below.

Agenda (PDF, 89KB)

Introduction to the project (PDF, 151KB) - David Manning, UKGEOS

Vision, delivery and role of BGS (PDF, 3.9MB) - Mike Stephenson, BGS

Final design (PDF, 4.1MB) - Mike Stephenson, BGS

Outcomes of Unconventional Hydrocarbons call, and future opportunities for research funding (PDF, 1.1MB) - Lizzie Garratt and Liz Fellman, NERC

International examples of deep geothermal test sites (PDF, 3.1MB) - David Bruhn, International Centre for Geothermal Research, Potsdam and Delft University of Technology

Australian geo-observatories (PDF, 4.3MB) - Linda Stalker, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation - Otway project

UK geothermal projects (PDF, 1.2MB) – Ryan Law, Geothermal Engineering Ltd

The British Geological Survey are working hard to establish the UK Geoenergy Observatories - new centres for world-leading research into the subsurface environment. They would love to share information about the project and the opportunities for you and your community to get involved. You can sign up to receive this information via a dedicated BGS email newsletter - external link.