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Durham University

Biofuels, Science and Society

Biofuels, Science and Society Conference 2012

27-29th March 2012, Holgate Centre, Durham


The Biofuels, Science and Society Conference took place at Durham University. The first of its kind, the conference drew on the exceptional interdisciplinarity of The Institute of Advanced Study and Durham Energy Institute.

The Biofuels, Science and Society Conference 2012 centred on five main themes within the biofuels debate:

  • Securing Energy in the Future
  • Finance and Governance Issues
  • Societal Issues and Public Perception
  • Environmental Considerations
  • Future Biofuel Technologies

The conference brought together biofuel specialists from all stages of the process, and combined their knowledge and insight with that of policy advisers, economists, social scientists, psychologists, geographers, and legal experts, as well as biologists engineers and chemists. The aim of bringing this multidisciplinary forum together in one place was to discuss the drivers, and find ways to overcome the barriers, of the biofuels debate during the current economic, social and environmental climate.

For information on the Conference Porgamme, abstracts and presentations and conference sponsors see the links below. For any further information on the conference please contact Katie Daniels (