Presented by Professor Stephenson, Head of Science (Energy) at British Geological Survey
Public engagement in the development of subsurface energy usage: shale gas, underground coal gasification, gas storage, geothermal, and carbon capture and storage
Copthorne Tara Hotel, London
Workshop aim; To explore the range of public attitudes to subsurface usage including unconventional gas, gas storage and carbon capture and storage; and to develop ways to engage the public, nationally and locally, in these issues
Workshop content; Public opinion about ways in which we use the subsurface, including shale gas, underground gas storage and carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a critical determinant of either technology acceptance or rejection, and can impact the way in which projects are implemented. While levels of general awareness on subsurface usage technologies are still low, public opposition is growing in areas where projects are underway. Research has shown that the way in which project-related communication and participation processes are handled, has a significant influence on the formation of public opinion. Factors associated with the delivery of communication and participation strategies such as the identity of the messenger, combined with factors that are endemic to specific projects such as local culture, all influence the formation of public opinion.
This workshop will consider case studies of public engagement - CCS at Barendrecht in Holland, shale gas in South Africa, and gas storage in Britain. Then the workshop will analyse how the public sees developments, and how different 'publics‘ manifest themselves: regional, national and local. Followed by consideration of the communication of the science and the
roles of government, science institutes and industry.


About your workshop leader; Prof MICHAEL H. STEPHENSON is Head of Science (Energy) at the British Geological Survey (BGS), Nottingham, United Kingdom. His education has included a BSc, MSc and PhD from the University of Sheffield and Imperial College, London as well as various postgraduate teaching qualifications. Mike’s scientific work is mainly concerned with the petroleum geology of Arabia, and he has published over 50 papers on this and other regions as well as working extensively as a consultant for oil companies. Mike now runs the Energy Programme at BGS including carbon capture and storage, hydrocarbons, renewables and unconventional energy. He sits on the boards of several journals and is Editor-in-Chief of a major Elsevier geological journal. He is a Special Professor at the University of Nottingham and an Honorary Professor at the University of Leicester.

Who should attend;

•  Anyone interested in learning about the hottest developments in natural gas
•  E
nergy consultants
•  Business development managers
•  Company executives
•  Government officials and policymakers
•  Marketing and sales managers
•  Gas marketers and brokers
•  Project developers
•  Strategists, planners, and analysts
•  Environmental educators, professors, or consultants
•  Executives from industrial users
•  Geologists and engineers that need a better understanding of the non-technical challenges to shale development



Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mike Stephenson

Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, British Geological Survey

14:10 Case studies of public engagement

Mike Stephenson

Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, British Geological Survey

14:40 Break-out session 1 - How might they have done better?

Mike Stephenson

Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, British Geological Survey

15:10 How the public sees developments, and different 'publics': Regional, national and local

Mike Stephenson

Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, British Geological Survey

15:30 Break-out session 2 - How important is it to engage different publics, does 'regional', 'national' and 'local' matter?

Mike Stephenson

Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, British Geological Survey

16:00 Afternoon Tea

16:30 Being sure of the science and communicating the science

Mike Stephenson

Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, British Geological Survey

17:00 Break-out session 3 - Designing a shale gas public engagement programme

Mike Stephenson

Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, British Geological Survey

17:30 Wrap up

Mike Stephenson

Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, British Geological Survey

1. Roles of government, science institutes and industry

2. Towards a public engagement strategy


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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