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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Launch of ReFINE – Researching Fracking in Europe

7th November 2013, 18:15, The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BG

ReFINE is a pan-European research project being led by Durham University focused on the underpinning science of the controversial oil and gas exploitation technology known as ‘fracking’

The official launch of the ReFine (Researching Fracking in Europe) research project is being organised in partnership with Prospect Magazine. NGOs, industry, EU officials and embassy representatives from European nations and other stakeholders will be attending. The event will feature a panel discussion chaired by Bronwen Maddox, Editor of Prospect on - How to get more evidence into the European debate on fracking? This will be followed by audience questions and a reception.

ReFINE is a pan-European research project being led by Durham University (Richard Davies, Earth Sciences and Durham Energy Institute) with research partners and supporting organisations: Keele, Newcastle and Heriot Watt Universities, European Union Joint Research Centre, Environment Agency, The Royal Society of Chemistry, The Bulgarian Geological Society, The Geological Society, London and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The project focuses on the underpinning science of the controversial oil and gas exploitation technology known as ‘fracking’. The project will carry out research to provide an evidence base for the public and decision makers. Durham University is taking an agnostic stance on whether the technology should or should not be adopted by nation states. The project will run in the first instance for two years, publishing peer reviewed research and short research briefs that will be translated into ten languages that are open access and available globally.

Sir David King, who was formerly the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor and was recently appointed as the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change is Chair of the Science Board for ReFINE. NERC, Chevron, Total and Shell fund the project. The project has adopted the best ethical practices to ensure that the research results are entirely independent of the funding organisations.

For more information about the project visit ReFINE.

Please refer any questions to Professor Richard Davies at richard.davies@durham.ac.uk

Contact richard.davies@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.