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VIRTUAL EVENT The role of subsurface research labs in delivering net zero: realising the potential of UKGEOS

03 - 04 February 2021
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A range of energy resources, infrastructures and technologies are likely to be required as part of the transition to a low-carbon energy system and net zero. Many of these resources are likely to have impacts on, or implications for, the subsurface. 

Against this background, the purpose of the new £31 million UK Geo-energy Observatories (UKGEOS) is to facilitate research that improves understanding of subsurface energy developments, mass and energy transfer in coupled systems, their impacts on the subsurface and surface, and consequently their interactions with the wider energy system.

The conference will bring together scientists from the UK and across the globe to talk about their experience with subsurface facilities, to examine the capacity of the UKGEOS facilities, to develop and stimulate research directions, to link these to decarbonisation policy and regulation, and to stimulate international collaboration in geo-energy.


Main convenor: Mike Stephenson (British Geological Survey)

Mike Spence (British Geological Survey)

Zoe Shipton (University of Strathclyde)

David Manning (University of Newcastle)

Linda Stalker (CSIRO, Australia)

Abstracts and Registration

We encourage you to submit an abstract for presentation at the meeting. Please submit your abstract online by 4 Jan 2021.

Registration for this conference is open now via the link on this page, or contact to request a registration form.

Preliminary Programme

Talks will take place between 10:45 and 15:00 GMT each day.

Day 1:

  • The importance of test facilities in geoscience - Sue Hovorka and Linda Stalker
  • The Otway test facility - Matthias Raab and Peter Cook 
  • Regulatory and policy need - Alwyn Hart, Mark Ireland
  • Science so far in UKGEOS - Mike Spence and Magret Damaschke
  • Panel discussion: Big challenges in geo-energy

Day 2:

  • Coal mine geothermal at UKGEOS Glasgow - Alison Monaghan
  • Dutch test sites for geothermal – Phil Vardon
  • Gregor Goltz, Joris Koornneef
  • Radwaste disposal - Fiona McEvoy and Jonathan Turner 
  • Role of test sites in interfacing with the public - Jennifer Dickie
  • Panel discussion: Ways to bring the test site community together

And more talks still to be announced


The meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom. 


Please email with any enquiries.


Registration rates

£ 45.00
£ 70.00
£ 15.00
£ 20.00

Geolsoc Contact

Conference Office

The Geological Society
Burlington House