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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Alternate futures for the oil sands industry: from the age of steam to the age of biology


Stephen Larter, University of Calgary

Underground steam injection has made in situ recovery of oil sands bitumen possible, but it comes at a high cost. The boiling of water consumes energy and can create significant carbon emissions of its own. In the quest for a better extraction technology, researchers are now drawing inspiration from the abundant microorganisms that produced the bitumen in the first place. Our speaker will introduce Canada’s role in the biotechnological revolution driving this quest, and the likelihood of implications far beyond the oil sector. Stephen Larter will also discuss more generally current Canadian research in technologies to manage better the carbon footprint of the industry.

Dr. Larter is the Canada Research Chair of Petroleum Geology at the University of Calgary and the Scientific Director of Carbon Management Canada Inc.—a federal Network of Centres of Excellence. He has worked extensively on technologies for reduced emission recovery from oil and gas fields and novel schemes for capturing and sequestering carbon. Dr. Larter has co-founded several energy technology companies and has won several academic, commercial and civil awards including the Friendship Medal of the People’s Republic of China. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi).

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday May 3, 2012, 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday April 30, 2012