1st International Symposium on Phytoremediation for Energy & Element Developments (SPEED)

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
RICS, London

The 1st International Symposium on Phytoremediation for Energy & Element Developments will be taking place on 19th April, 2016 at Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London, UK.

The event will be hosted by Cranfield University in collaboration with CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments) with financial support from UK EPSRC Creative Outreach for Resource Efficiency (CORE).    

Global estimates indicate there are 385-472 million hectares of abandoned land unsuitable for agriculture due to contamination, in particular toxic metals/metalloid elements. Potentially, up to 1,840-2,253 Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent) of energy crops can be grown on this land area, equating ~10% of world total energy production in 2012 with suitable plants.  Additionally, this has the potential to address land remediation challenges achieving pollution control and or remediation of contaminated sites, as well as the recovery of metal(loid) elements.

The SPEED event is intended to bring together leading researchers and policy makers working in this area to discuss the current state-of-the-art, an analysis of future vision for this sector and innovative technologies arising from their work.  

The conference will include keynote presentations, panel discussions and poster presentations. An aim is to further enhance communications between scientists and engineers from both academic institutions and industrial companies, and to foster new and substantial collaborations.  

Confirmed keynote speakers currently include:

  • Dr. Eleni G. Papazoglou (Agricultural University of Athens)
  • Prof. Ana Luísa Fernando (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)  
  • Prof Mei Lei (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • Dr. Richard Lord (University of Strathclyde)
  • Dr Dan CW Tsang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)  

Registration fee for this one-day event is £300 per delegate with a 15% discounted rate for all IES members.

(Fee includes conference materials, daily refreshments and lunch).

Booking for this conference should be completed through the secure registration website

For registration enquiries please contact the Event Secretariat:  energytheme-events@cranfield.ac.uk   

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