ASPO Conference 27-29 April Brussels, Belgium

The 9th International ASPO Conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 27 to 29 April 2011. Based on the theme of "European Energy Policy in an era of expensive energy" ASPO 9 will cover a wide range of topics related to fossil fuel depletion. The conference will zoom in on consequences of diminishing oil exports to importing nations, the availability of natural gas, unconventional supplies of oil, gas, and coal, effects of high oil prices on the economy and agriculture, Integrating Renewable Energy Sources into the electricity grid, and European energy policy.

The conference includes over 45 speakers with talks by Oil Drum Contributors Euan Mearns and David Murphy. Conference details and the full program can be found below the fold. Detailed information is also available via the conference website

9th International ASPO Conference

European Energy Policy in an era of expensive energy
Albert Hall, Brussels, Belgium
April 27-29, 2011
+ extra events: April 26 Walloon Parliament & May 3rd European Parliament

Early bird registration at a discount of 100 euro ends 15 March 2011.

Students can register for only 100 euro.

Special Event - Walloon Parliament Public Meeting - Tuesday 26 April 2011

What role for R&D in mitigating peak oil?
10:00 - 10:30 How to valorise research on the effects of peak oil for urban planning?
Susan Krumdieck, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
10:30 - 11:00 An analysis of the peak oil effects for the Walloon territory
Thierry Bréchet, UCL, Belgium
11:00 - 11:30 What can geographers bring to the peak oil debate? The significance of peak oil claims to international oil companies
Gavin Bridge, The University of Manchester, UK
11:30 - 12:15 Q&A
12:15 - 14:00 Lunch
Peakoil and Finance
14:00 - 14:30 The Financial Crisis and Oil Shocks
Speaker to be Announced
14:30 - 15:00 Effects of Triple Digit Oil Prices on the Economy
Jeff Rubin, Author, Former Chief Economist Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
15:00 - 15:30 Potential Impacts of Peak Oil on Financial Markets
Erik Townsend, Former CEO of the Cushing Group, Private Investor

Day 1 - Wednesday 27 April 2011

08:00 - 09:00
Registration of Participants
09:00 - 09:30
Opening of the Conference 
Dr. Colin Campbell, ASPO Honorary Chairman
Philippe Henry - Belgian Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning, and Mobility of the Walloon Region
09:30 - 12:30
Global Overview on Oil, Gas, & Coal Supplies
The ASPO Perspective on Fossil Fuels
Prof. Dr. Kjell Aleklett, Professor at Uppsala University Sweden and President ASPO
Global Energy Assessment
Speaker to be announced 
Discussion, Q&A
  Coffee Break
  Climate Change and Fossil Fuel Depletion
Prof. Dr. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Professor at Université catholique de Louvain and Vice-chair IPCC
  Discussion, Q&A
Session Speakers + Panel Contributor Dr. Colin Campbell, honorary chairman of ASPO
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:30
Parallel Session Track A: Natural Gas Supply and Demand
  The Growing Role of Non-Gazprom Producers in Russia to 2030
Dr. James Henderson,  Lambert Energy Advisory
  Norwegian Natural Gas Prospects
Speaker to be announced
  Caspian and Middle Eastnatural gas: Trade, geopolitics and international politics
Dr. Mert Bilgin, Bahçeşehir University Turkey
  Discussion, Q&A
13:30 - 15:30
Parallel Session Track B: Alternative Energy Sources
  Renewable Energy Pathways to 2050
Speaker to be announced
  Renewable Energy Costs, Potential, Barriers
Prof. Dr. Aviel Verbruggen, University of Antwerp
  Which Renewable Energy Strategies not to select
Dr. Jørgen Henningsen, Senior Consultant European Policy Centre
  Discussion, Q&A
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00
Parallel Session Track A: Frontier Fossil Fuels
  Subsalt and Deepwater Oil
Dr. Ir. Jean-Marie Masset, Former TOTAL Senior VP Geoscience
  The economic prospects for Shale Gas
Ir. Jean-Marie Bourdaire
  Underground Coal Gasification
Julie Lauder, CEO, UCG Association (UCGA)
  Discussion, Q&A
16:00 - 18:00
Parallel Session Track B: The European Electricity Grid
  Integrating Renewable Energy Sources in the Electricity Grid
Prof. Dr. Henrik Lund, Aalborg University Denmark
  DESERTEC: Solar electricity for Africa & Europe
Speaker to be announced
  Progress in Electrical Energy Storage Systems
Prof. Dr. Yulong Ding, Institute of Particle Science & Engineering University of Leeds
  Discussion, Q&A
18:00 - 18:10
Closing address of day 1

Day 2 - Thursday 28 April 2011

08:00 - 09:00  
Registration of Participants / Coffee and tea
09:00 - 10:30
Long Term Perspectives on Energy & Industrial Civilisation
Effects of triple digit oil prices on the economy
Jeff Rubin, Author, Former CIBC Chief Economist
  The Energy Costs to Produce Energy
Dr. David Murphy, State University of New York
  Discussion, Q&A
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:40
Short Term Oil Market & Economic Developments
  Crude Oil Price Forecast and Investment/Hedging Strategies
Erik Townsend, private investor, former CEO Cushing Group
  Short term Outlook for Oil, Demand, Spare Capacity, Oil Projects
Chris Skrebowski, Peak Consulting
  Economic Developments and Oil Production
Ir. Jean-Luc Wingert, ASPO France
  Discussion, Q&A
12:40 - 13:40 Lunch
13:40 - 15:40
Track A: European Energy Policy
  Peak Oil, Climate Change, and Energy Policy
Dr. Euan Mearns, University of Aberdeen and The Oil Drum
  Mobility after Peak Oil in Europe
Jörg Schindler, member of Energy Watch Group and ASPO Germany
  Material Scarcity and its effect on Energy Solutions
Dr. Derk Bol, Program Manager Materials Innovation Institute M2I
  Discussion, Q&A
13:40 - 15:40
Track B: The Relation between Energy and Agriculture
  Opening by the Belgian Walloon Minister of Agriculture 
  Food, Energy, and Society
Speaker to be announced
  Towards a Truly Sustainable Agriculture
Dr. Wes Jackson, President of The Land Institute
  Biomass as a source of materials
Speaker to be announced
  Discussion, Q&A
15:40 - 16:10 Coffee Break
16:10 - 18:10
Track A: Energy, Transport, and Materials modeling
  Modelling Costs and Material Requirements for Solar Energy
Ir. Niels van Loon, TNO Industrial Innovation, Solar
  The impacts of Energy Resource Availability on the Future Energy System
Dr. Alban Kitous, Enerdata
  Modeling European Transport
Dr. Michael Krail, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovations Research ISI
  Discussion, Q&A
Session Speakers + Panel Contributor Dr. Susan Krumdieck, University of Canterbury
  Coffee Break
16:10 - 18:10
Track B: European Policy on Food Security & Biofuels
  Feeding the world in the 21st century
Dr. Christian Annton Smedshaug, Senior Advisor Norwegian Farmer's Union
  Integrating Energy, Biofuel, and Food Policies
Speaker to be announced
  European Bio-energy Targets
Speaker to be announced
  Discussion, Q&A
18:10 - 18:20
Closing address of day 2
 18:30 - 20:30
Conference Reception

Day 3 - Friday 29 April

09:00 - 10:50  
Oil Export Changes and Energy Policy
  Oil Export Changes and their effects on oil producing countries
Prof. Dr. Paul Stevens, Chatham House
  Oil Export Changes and Energy Policy
Darren Bezdek, MISI Energy Director
  Discussion, Q&A
10:50 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 13:05
Energy Security of European Oil Supply
  Australian Policies to deal with Oil Supply Constraints
Bruce Robinson, Convenor ASPO Australia
  A view from the EU parliament
Ir. Philippe Lamberts, co-President European Green Party &  EU Parliament Member for the Greens/EFA group
  A view from the EU commission
Speaker to be announced 
  Discussion, Q&A
13:05 - 13:15
Conference closing address
13:30 - 15:00
General Assemby of ASPO at the Albert Hall