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.
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
Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science
and Engineering (PAGSE)
--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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Deadline: Monday April 30, 2012