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Connecting women and opportunity

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Lauren Selby, Experimental Geochemist at the British Geological Survey – Energising Women in Energy through discovering overlap and building relationships

Carbon capture

Lauren Selby is an experimental geochemist at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, Nottingham, a world-leading geological survey focusing on public-good science for government, and research to understand earth and environmental processes. She works on research into carbon capture and storage, together with radioactive waste storage. She has previous experience in fluid processes research, new product development, quality control and stability after gaining her B.Sc. in Forensic Science at Nottingham Trent University.

Lauren Selby
Lauren Selby

Lauren attended the first Women in Energy conference at the University of Warwick in October 2014 as a speaker which inspired her to organise a follow up event to take place on 30th April at the British Geological Survey where she works.

Exciting and challenging sector

The Women in Energy conference is designed to enable women working in the energy sector at all levels from Ph.D. students through to experienced professionals to network and share their experiences of working in this exciting and challenging sector. The event will take place at the British Geological Survey’s headquarters in Keyworth, near Nottingham, on Thursday 30th April 2015.

Inspirational and uplifting

Women in EnergyThe first Women in Energy conference, held at the University of Warwick in October 2014, was inspirational and uplifting – and we hope to repeat this triumph. The speakers, women with successful careers in science and engineering, shared their extensive experience and extended the knowledge of the audience on the wide range of careers in energy.

It was brilliant to see how the ladies had made a go of their career, to hear about the issues they face and how they were able to overcome them. It was also a chance to do some networking and see the wider aspects of energy research.

Discover overlap and build new relationships

There are already collaborations between the British Geological Survey and the other universities but I believe this can be strengthened by events like this because this is open to a wider audience and not limited to a specific area like carbon capture and storage. We can then start to see where areas overlap and build our relationships within additional departments.

I think it is also important to learn about personal progression and potential pitfalls to aid and inspire the younger generation of the energy sector, especially with successful women speakers.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is pleased to organise and host the next conference in this series, partnered by the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC).

The format of the day is as follows:

  • Conference
  • Networking
  • Exhibition
  • Panel-led, focused discussion

Speakers include:

  • Mike Stephenson, British Geological Survey
  • Jo Coleman, ETI
  • Sarah Beacock, Energy Institute
  • Sarah Tennison, Tees Valley Unlimited
  • Margaret Stewart, British Geological Survey
  • Liz Wright, Costain
  • Dani Gent, University of Loughborough and DECC
  • Monica Guilietti, University of Warwick
  • Sarah Beacock, Energy Institute

Exhibitors include:

  • British Geological Survey
  • Midlands Energy Consortium
  • Energy Institute
  • Energy KTN
  • University of Warwick, Energy GRP
  • Couch Perry & Wilkes LLP
  • ETI
  • GEoEnergy Research Centre
  • BritGeothermal

The event is free to attend. To register please visit:


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