Planet Oil

14 November, 2016
7pm, Dumfries High School, Bane Loaning, Marchmount, Dumfries, DG1 1PX

Professor Iain Stewart MBE, Professor of Geosciences Communication, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, will deliver the RSE Senior Public Engagement Prize Lecture as part of the RSE @ The Holywood Trust Outreach Programme in Dumfries & Galloway. He receives this accolade for his exceptional, wide-ranging public engagement through the medium of broadcasting and his work with school pupils and teachers.

Half a century on from the birth of the North Sea oil and gas revolution, our modern reliance on fossil fuels is under challenge, not least by growing environmental and climate concerns. Given our past obsession with oil and gas, getting beyond petroleum will not be easy. Like any addiction, the hydrocarbon fix will be hard to kick. So how do we do it? What is the future for hydrocarbons as we shift to a low-carbon world? And is it possible that we are really witnessing the demise of the petroleum age?

Professor Iain Stewart, Director of Plymouth University’s new Sustainable Earth Institute (SEI), will set the scene with a public talk, showing clips from his recent BBC4 series 'Planet Oil: The Treasure That Conquered the World'.

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