carbon-conundrum logoEvery year, the British Science Festival takes to a different city to unveil the mysteries of science, engineering and technology to children and adults alike. It's Birmingham this year, and we'll be lifting the lid on carbon capture and storage (CCS) with a fun and informative session.

The Carbon Conundrum, our joint event with British Geological Survey (BGS) and the UK CCS Research Centre, takes place from 10am on Sunday 7 September. It will begin with talks from the experts before segueing into a lively discussion chaired by journalist and science writer, Dr Claire Ainsworth.

After hearing about the technology behind CCS – from capturing CO₂ at power plants to transporting it to storage sites, not to mention work along the way to ensure it stays there – the audience will have the opportunity to quiz our panel of experts.

We'll also have representatives on board from the UK's two trailblazing CCS projects – Peterhead in Scotland and White Rose in Yorkshire – which are currently at design stage. These projects could be the UK's first large-scale CCS projects, with Peterhead in line to be the world's first CCS scheme at a gas-fired power plant.

If that wasn't enough, the audience will then get the chance to see the technology in action with a range of demonstrations and displays. Safety goggles at the ready!

This event is free but ticketed, and is aimed at ages 14+. For full details and to book a ticket, go to

Speakers will include:

  • Prof Myles Allen, University of Oxford
  • Dr David Reiner, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Paul Fennell, Imperial College London
  • Dr Julia Race, University of Strathclyde
  • Michelle Bentham, British Geological Survey
  • Dr Claire Ainsworth, SciConnect
  • Calum Hughes, National Grid Carbon - Project Director, White Rose CCS Project
  • Denise Horan, Shell - Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Lead

This is a joint event with UKCCSRC and BGS with support from IC4S at Imperial College and EPRG at University of Cambridge.

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