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Energy Transition Discussion Meeting: What does Geoscience need to do now for a sustainable transition to net zero?

26 - 27 April 2022
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Hybrid, Conference
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Geological Society Events, Energy Transition, Responsible Raw Materials
Hybrid In person at Burlington House and Virtual via Zoom
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What does Geoscience need to do now for a sustainable transition to net zero?

The shift to a net zero carbon future is a pressing international effort. The Geosciences play a pivotal role in enabling this increasingly urgent energy transition, driving innovation, supporting business and facilitating a sustainable and socially just transition.

Geological knowledge will allow the sourcing of essential raw materials, in particular critical metal resources, for low carbon energy infrastructure including transportation, construction, and engineering. Responsible resource stewardship is critical to the development of circular economies, reducing waste and environmental impact and supporting sustainable communities. Geological solutions will underpin new technologies for energy production, transfer and storage – including geothermal.

Geoscientists are thus uniquely placed to support policy makers, industry, and other stakeholders, in the management of Earth resources fundamental to the Energy Transition. The Geological Society’s Energy Transition theme champions this goal, supporting communication between academia, business, government, and public communities, and aims to inspire a new generation of geoscientists.

The Energy Transition Discussion Meeting is a 2-day Hybrid conference on 26 - 27 April 2022, which aims to identify what Geoscience needs to do now to meet the net zero targets in a fair and sustainable way - to support policy, business and innovation, and in parallel develop new scientific and engineering knowledge and solutions. It will connect and engage the Geoscience community with key stakeholders in society, government and beyond, and through multi-way discussion, the event will both tease out and integrate geoscience, policy, sustainable development and the Energy Transition. In doing so, it will identify new opportunities for Geoscience research, development and impact, and critically ask what the Geosciences need to do now for a sustainable transition.

Further information and details can be found on the Conference Website

See our YouTube channel for a range of videos on the theme of Energy Transition

Event Programme

This is a hybrid meeting (in person and online) and will consist of invited speaker sessions and panel discussions. 

Sessions include:

· Metals and minerals for the low carbon economy

· Resource stewardship

· Powering the transition

· Decarbonisation & (waste) storage

Plus discussions on:

· What does geoscience need to do to enable a just transition?

· What sort of geological skills are needed to enable net zero?

With the overarching goal to identify new opportunities for Geoscience research, development, and impact, and to help define roadmaps to achieve this.

We encourage audience participation via questions both on the day and in advance.

A networking event will be held in Burlington House on the Tuesday evening.

Follow the links to the full programme and the summary programme.


Dr Nick Gardiner (St Andrews)

Dr Sarah Gordon (Satarla)

Prof Stuart Haszeldine (Edinburgh)

Dr Jen Roberts (Strathclyde)

Dr Dan Smith (Leicester)

Prof Rob Knipe (Leeds)

Dr Gareth Johnson (Strathclyde)

Confirmed speakers

Paul Monks (Chief Scientific Adviser of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Karen Hanghøj (Director, BGS)

Natasha Dowey (Sheffield Hallam University and Geoscience for the Future)

Richard Herrington (Head of Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum)

Benjamin Sovacool (Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex)

Kathryn Moore (Senior Lecturer in Critical and Green Technology Metals, Exeter University)

Ruth Allington (Collaborative Problem Solving and incoming GSL president)

Mike Daly (Outgoing GSL president)

Tavis Potts (Chair in Sustainable Development, Aberdeen)

Simon Gardner-Bond (Chief Technical Officer, TechMet)

Anita Parbhakar-Fox (Associate Professor, Sustainable Materials Institute, University of Queensland)

Charlotte Adams (Coal Authority)

Georgina Hallett (Chief Sustainability Officer London Metal Exchange)

Nem Vaughan (Senior Lecturer in Climate Change, UEA)

Roy Payne (Executive Director GDFWatch)

Cathryn MacCallum (Director, Sazani Associates)

Julian Kettle (Vice Chairman, Metals & Mining, Wood Mackenzie)

Michelle Bentham (BGS Chief Scientist for Decarbonisation and Resource Management)

Cathryn MacCallum (Sazani Associates)


Fees for in-person attendance (includes both days, attendance for one day only will incur the same fee):

Fellow  £80.00
Non-Fellow  £100.00
Student Fellow  £30.00
Student Non-Fellow  £55.00
Corporate Patron  £80.00 
Retired  £110.00


Lunch £15.00

Virtual attendance for this event is free of charge 

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*Joint event special discount for in-person attendees*

We are offering a special discount for in-person delegates who are also attending our two day Energy Group conference Applicability of Hydrocarbon Subsurface Workflows to CCS. Prices are as follows:

In-Person Energy Transition/CCS Joint Registration Fees
Fellow  £224.00 
Non-Fellow £320.00
Student Fellow £44.00
Student Non-Fellow  £84.00 
Corporate Patron £224.00 
Retired  £168.00 

Optional (For Energy Transition event only)
Lunch  £15.00

Register for both events


Please contact [email protected] with any enquiries.

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Responsible Raw Materials will be hosting the virtual component of this event. If you wish to sign up to attend please note your details will be shared solely for the provision of event information. Please contact [email protected] if you require further information relating to Responsible Raw Materials' privacy agreements. 

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If you are interested in supporting this event, please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0) 20 7432 0960. 

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