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ESF-FWF Conference in Partnership with LFUI



Dr. Isabelle Czernichowski-Lauriol
CO2GeoNet - BRGM, FR


Dr. Nick Riley
CO2GeoNet - BGS, UK

Dr. Rob Arts
CO2GeoNet - TNO, NL


22-27 November 2009


Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, near Innsbruck, Austria
The Obergurgl University Centre is located at an altitude of 1940 metres, in the highest glacial village in the Tyrol, at the end of the Ötz Valley and surrounded by numerous three-thousand metre peaks.
Group transportation will be arranged from/to Innsbruck airport, via Innsbruck train station, on arrival and departure days.

Final Programme & List of Accepted Participants

Capturing CO2 at large industrial plants and storing it underground in deep geological layers is a top priority in the race to significantly reduce atmospheric emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), thus helping to mitigate climate change and ocean acidification. By storing CO2 underground, the carbon released through burning coal, oil and gas is returned back to where it was extracted, rather than released into the atmosphere.

Since the 90’s, a huge research effort on CO2 geological storage, especially in Europe, has led to significant outcomes and the technology has now reached a transition stage between research and worldwide deployment. There is now a need to assess the progress made, to bridge gaps between industry and research, to spread the results to a larger community of scientists and to train young engineers and researchers.

The aim of this conference is therefore to draw conclusions from the last decades of research and to outline the future challenges to be faced along the road to industrial implementation.
The interlinked presentations will unroll as follows:
Firstly, a run-through of the characteristics of a good site for geological storage and how to select such sites (day 1),  then the modelling techniques available to determine the behaviour of CO2 in the reservoir (day 2), and consequently how to assess the risks linked to geological storage (day 3), followed by how to monitor a storage site (day 4). Finally, a summary of the whole process of a CO2 geological storage project, from design through injection to closure and then abandonment, will be given (day 5). In addition, two sessions will focus on current and planned industrial demonstrations worldwide (days 2 and 4).
At the end of each day, an open discussion session will enable participants to raise specific issues and to take on a broader perspective of the whole process.

Final Programme PDF (726 KB) Last Updated 20-November-2009
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants


List of Accepted Posters PDF (130 K)

Posters can be fixed with magnets and pins onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 140 cm high x 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...


Two buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Innsbruck railway station, via Innsbruck airport and Obergurgl. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours.  

Bus departure times on Sunday, 22 November
From Innsbruck railway station: 15.45 and 17.45
From Innsbruck airport: 16.00 and 18.00
Bus departure times on Friday, 27 November
From Obergurgl: 8.00 and 9.00


Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Anne Blondeel-Oman.

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Registration Form
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 25 October 2009

What conference fee covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation at the excursion and the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest airport.
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners375 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 11 October700 €
Registration and payment between 12 October and 25 October800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 150 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.Plus 150 €
Late Registration SupplementAn additional 150 € will be charged if participants register after 25 October.Plus 150 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

Senior Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2024
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-293 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Österreich (FWF)

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