april, 2020

15apr9:00 AM10:00 AMThe Global Energy Future and the Need for a New Model in Higher EdWebinarCategory:Oil & Gas,Webinars

chemicals production


(Wednesday) 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CST/15:00 UK



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Event Details

Featured Speaker:Dr. John H. Bradford

Vice Provost for Global Initiatives,
Dean of Earth Resource and Environmental Programs,
Professor of Geophysics,
Colorado School of Mines

Hosted via Zoom:

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The earth passed a count of 7 billion people in 2011, and by most estimates, we are on course to reach more than 9 billion by the year 2050. This large population puts an enormous strain on the earth’s resources resulting in a cascade of problems that society must seek to manage. Many of these are in the energy sector – establishing a sustainable energy economy; managing CO2 emissions; supplying the minerals required to sustain a technologically driven society, and meeting these demands while ensuring access to clean fresh water. Solving these integrated, complex problems will require new ways of thinking that go beyond disciplinary bounds. A global transformation is underway, and our higher education systems must adapt to prepare 21st-century leaders and remain relevant.


Key Take-Aways:

  • Hydrocarbons will be a significant portion of our energy system for decades but must achieve a net-zero carbon emission energy system as soon as possible
  • Dramatic increases in minerals production are essential to all energy mix projections
  • Our energy, minerals, and water supplies are inextricably linked
  • To solve these problems effectively, science and engineering education must adapt to emphasize systems thinking


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