Controversial energy series continues

Controversial energy series continues

A controversial new lecture series tackling the current challenges and debates within the energy sector continues tomorrow evening (Thursday 16 April).

Professor Bahman Tohidi, Director of the Centre for Gas Hydrate Research at Heriot-Watt University will take to the stage as part of the Energy Controversies lecture series, hosted by the University of Aberdeen.

Professor Tohidi's lecture, Gas hydrates – Friend or Foe, begins at 6pm at the King's College Conference Centre on the University's King's College Campus.

The lecture is free to attend, and places can be registered in advance at

In his lecture - the fifth to take place in the series – Professor Tohidi will provide an insight into the various positive and negative aspects of gas hydrates including their potential as a source of energy and their role in subsurface storage of CO2.

Aimed at influencing energy and social policy at a local and national level, the Energy Controversies series brings together leading figures from the oil and gas industry alongside academics and experts from all areas of the energy sector.

Highly topical issues covered across the series include the exhaustion of fossil fuel reserves and their imminent decline as an energy source, the impact of the changing political climate on the energy industry, and the concern surrounding the environmental impact of our continued use of fossil fuels.

Two lectures are still to take place in the series.  These are: Global Warming: the View of the IPCC by Professor of Soils & Global Change at the University of Aberdeen and author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Pete Smith, which will take place on Thursday 23 April; and Nationalism and Energy in the 'New Cold War' by Dr David Galbreath, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen which will take place on Thursday 30 April. 

Both lectures will be held in the King's College Conference Centre and begin at 6pm.

Anyone interested in booking a free place for these lectures should visit or telephone the University of Aberdeen Events Office on 01224 273874.