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Scientific Themes

Energy Transition 

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We are excited to announce the launch of The Geological Society’s Energy Transition Theme. The shift to a low/neutral carbon economy, essential to tackle climate change, is now a pressing international effort. The Geosciences will play a pivotal role in the sourcing of essential raw materials, the development of circular economies, in subsurface storage and capture solutions, and in geothermal energy production, and Geoscientists are therefore uniquely placed to support policy makers, stakeholders, and industry, in the Energy Transition. The Geological Society’s Energy Transition theme will champion this goal, to help drive future research, and support communication between academia, business, government, and public communities, and aim to inspire a new generation of geoscientists.

Upcoming events and activities include:

The Energy Transition Webinar Series
A series of webinars planned during 2021:

7-8 June 2021 - Geosciences and the Energy Transition: Energy Transfer, Injection and Storage.

6-7 September 2021 - Geosciences and the Energy Transition: Mineral Supplies on a Finite Planet.


26-27th April 2022 - Energy Transition Discussion Meeting 2022

A multi-day conference in Burlington House, London, will bring together geoscientists, the energy transition communities, and policymakers, with an aim of assessing the on-going directions and priority roles for the geosciences in the energy transition, following the COP26 meeting.


Other useful links:

Decarbonisation Working Group The Decarbonisation Working Group, Chaired by Professor Mike Stephenson, continues to work on key issues at the interface of geoscience and public policy, developing resources and initiatives to highlight and communicate key enabling decarbonisation technologies to policymakers and the wider public. More information about their work can be found here

Special issue of ES3: Earth Sciences and the Race to Net Zero The Geological Society’s new Open Access journal, Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3) will be publishing a special issue on the theme of Earth Sciences and the Race to Net Zero. Submissions are welcomed on all aspects of this topic.