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SOC in Edinburgh

Thu 12 Dec 2019 at 18:00 PM - Edinburgh
Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Industry-Academic Collaboration while Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Energy Future

Sebastian Geiger, Energi Simulation Chair, Director of Research and Director of Institute, Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering

Royal Scots Club 29 Abercromby Place Edinburgh EH3 6QE Map

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Synopsis

The recent Annual Conference and Exhibition of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers concluded unequivocally that we are in the transition from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy sources, and the only debate now is the speed at which this transition occurs. University departments that have a proud heritage in providing training and research for the oil industry not only have to adapt to this transition, they also need to counter the increasingly negative perception from university stakeholders when collaborating with the oil industry. Using the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, which has recently rebranded itself as the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering, as an example, I will discuss how we can turn these challenges into new opportunities that allow us to maintain and even expand industry-academic collaborations, and put us on a new trajectory where we can make lasting contributions in teaching and research that help to decarbonise energy production by building on our historical strengths in geoscience and engineering.

Speaker

Professor Sebastian Geiger is the Director of the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering (IGE, previously Institute of Petroleum Engineering) at Heriot-Watt University where he leads the implementation of a new research and teaching strategy that allows the institute to address the challenges of sustainable energy production in a low-carbon society whilst supporting the institute’s traditional strength in delivering world-class research and teaching for the oil and gas industry. As the Energi Simulation Chair for Carbonate Reservoir Simulation, he also leads the Carbonate Reservoir Group at IGE. His research interests include modelling, simulating, and upscaling multi-phase flow processes in (fractured) carbonate reservoirs with applications to oil and gas production, CO2 storage, and geothermal energy. He has authored over 150 technical papers and edited 1 book on these topics. Sebastian received a PhD degree from ETH Zurich in 2004 and an MSc degree from Oregon State University in 2000. He joined Heriot-Watt University in 2006 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2009 and full professor in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a member of EAGE, SPE, AAPG, AGU, and Interpore, a co-editor for Petroleum Geoscience and Transport in Porous Media, and serves on numerous technical committees EAGE and SPE. In 2017, he received the Alfred Wegener Award from the EAGE for his pioneering research related to carbonate reservoir modelling and simulation.

Arrangements

Neither video nor audio recording is permitted at this event.

Members and guests are invited to convene between 17:30 and 18:00 for coffee/tea and biscuits (pay-bar available). Meeting commences at 18:00. An opportunity for informal discussion between members and guests will follow the presentation in the Cocktail Bar until commencement of the Discussion Dinner (Chatham House Rule) at about 20:00.

Menu: Balvenie whisky cured smoked salmon and Atlantic prawns with buttered brown bread and lemon ~ Roast turkey with all the trimmings ~ Festive cheese and biscuits ~ Coffee and warm mince pies

Beverages: Brise de France, Sauvignon Blanc, Languedoc, France, 2017 and Brise de France, Merlot, Languedoc, France, 2017

Special Venue Information

The Royal Scots Club offers availability of overnight accomodation to SOC members. Contact the Royal Scots Club on +44-131-556-4270 or book here.

Booking

Cost: £35.00 inclusive of VAT for dinner. Presentation-only free of charge.

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel, please do so before Wednesday, 11th December 2019 6 p.m. After this moment, we make a head-count committment with the venue. If you cancel after that and you have booked a dinner, we will be pleased to give the dinner you paid to another guest.

Bookings for dinner are required. Bookings for you to attend only the presentation are normally not required (unless specified otherwise for a particular event), but we would appreciate if you could let us know anyway since we need to monitor the total head-count. There is no charge for attending the presentation-only.

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