The Gordon Research Seminar on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.
Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is considered a critical part of efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas-fueled climate change. Owing to the large scale of anthropogenic CO2 emissions, which is 10s of gigatonnes annually, effective offsets of CO2 emissions will almost certainly require a combination of technologies applied in parallel. Numerous technologies have been developed that are capable of either capturing, safely storing, or re-using CO2, or some combination of the three. Nowadays, CCUS is not yet widely applied. Apart from technical feasibility, there remain significant barriers to implementation, including financial, political, and social concerns.
At the 2019 Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on CCUS, cutting edge research on technological advances in CCUS will be presented by budding researchers in the field, facilitating interdisciplinary discussion as to what the future of CCUS should be including existing barriers to its widespread adoption and how they might be overcome. The GRS will provide a unique opportunity for early career researchers and students to share their freshest research through oral and poster presentations, intertwined with numerous informal discussion opportunities. The development and deployment of CCUS is by necessity an interdisciplinary endeavor. Therefore, the seminar will focus on a wide variety of CCUS facets, including novel approaches to CO2 capture, advances in carbon storage, cutting-edge carbon utilization and conversion research, process optimization, and social science research on public perception, and relevant market/policy considerations that currently act as barriers to CCUS.
The development and deployment of CCUS does not only require technological advances, but the existence of highly skilled experts in the various aspects of CCUS and societal impacts. Therefore, the GRS will also include a strong career mentorship component to help early career CCUS experts explore their career prospects and gain valuable advice regarding a number of potential career pathways within CCUS and related areas.
The GRS will occur immediately before the associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on the same topic, which participants are also encouraged to attend. The GRC will provide an in-depth and interactive assessment of the state-of-the-art in CCUS research presented by leading experts, with ample opportunity for informal discussion and networking.