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The Oxford Conference on Negative Emission Technologies

To register for this event, please contact Tim Kruger at tim.kruger@oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk

The Oxford Conference on Negative Emissions Technologies will take place from Tuesday 24th September to Thursday 26th September 2013. The meeting will explore the potential and issues associated with proposed techniques to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

We have an excellent range of speakers and participants from industry, academia and policymaker circles, including a Keynote Speech from Sir Mark Walport, the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser.

This event aims to bring together the international community of stakeholders with an interest in Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs). This will include academics, policymakers, NGOs, industry, research council funders and the media. The objectives of the meeting are to:

  • Present the findings of research in this field
  • Act as a space where policy issues associated with NETs can be explored
  • Lead to the establishment of a NETs Network that will keep interested parties informed about developments and form the basis for collaboration on research and development of NETs across institutions and across disciplines

The Oxford Conference on Negative Emissions Technologies is being organised by the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, an initiative of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford in collaboration with the Environmental Sustainability KTN and is being jointly sponsored by LWEC (Living With Environmental Change - a partnership of 22 government organisations that fund, carry out and use environmental research) and the Virgin Earth Challenge (a competition offering a $25 million prize for whoever can demonstrate a commercially viable design which results in the permanent removal of greenhouse gases out of the Earth's atmosphere, so as to contribute materially to avoiding climate change). 

Costs and scholarships: Accommodation and meals at Queen’s College will be provided. Participants are asked to contribute £500 towards the costs of the conference and will be responsible for their own travel costs. Concessionary rates will be available for participants who would otherwise not be able to attend. A request for support should accompany the application in such circumstances.


Tuesday 24 September

13:30 Opening Session. Brief talks by Steve Rayner (Oxford), Myles Allen (Oxford) and Andy Stirling (SPRU)

14:10 Biomass Energy and Carbon Storage. Henrik Karlsson (Biorecro) and Nilay Shah (Imperial)

14.50 Break

15:20 Afforestation. Yadvinder Malhi (Oxford) and Tim Lenton (Exeter)

16:00 Land Use Management. Rhamis Kent (Permaculture Institute) and Georgina Mace (UCL)

16:40 Break

17:10 Biochar. Saran Sohi (Edinburgh) and Almuth Ernsting (Biofuels Watch)

17:50 Ocean Fertilisation. Richard Lampitt (Southampton) and Phil Williamson (UEA)

18:30 Poster session and drinks

19:30-21:00 Dinner

Wednesday 25 September

09:00 Introduction to the second day

09:20 Direct Air Capture. Klaus Lackner (Columbia) and Richard Darton (Oxford)

10:00 Enhanced Weathering - Terrestrial. Olaf Schuiling (Utrecht) and Jens Hartmann (GEOMAR)

10:40 Break

11:10 Enhanced Weathering - Oceanic. Greg Rau (Lawrence Livermore) and Andreas Oschlies (GEOMAR)

11:50 Methane Removal. Peter Edwards (Oxford) and Uli Platt (Heidelberg)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Policy Roundtable. Scene Setting. Steve Rayner (Oxford) and Richard Darton (Oxford). Subsequent discussion chaired by John Shepherd (Southampton).

13:50 Societal reactions to new technologies - Dan Osborn (LWEC), Stuart Haszeldine (Edinburgh), Andy Stirling (SPRU), Matt Watson (Bristol)

14:50 Brief presentations on the ESKTN's Negative Emission Technologies Network - Jennifer McDonnell (ESKTN) - and DECC's 2050 Pathways Calculator - Jan Kiso (DECC)

15:00 Break

15:30 The energy and economic implications of NETs: Alan Knight (Virgin Earth Challenge), Cameron Hepburn (Oxford), Justin Adams (BP), Chris Llewellyn-Smith (Oxford)

16:30 Break

17:00 The environmental implications of NETs: Tim Lenton (Exeter), Helena Paul (EcoNexus), Mike Childs (Friends of the Earth), Georgina Mace (UCL)

18:00 Drinks

19:30-21:00 Dinner - Keynote Speech by Sir Mark Walport (GO-Science)

Thursday 26 September

09:00 Introduction to the third day

09:20 Self-organising groups to discuss research priorities and collaboration

10:30 Break

11:00 Plenary session to discuss establishment of a NETs Network

For more information, please contact Tim Kruger at tim.kruger@oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk

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