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Beyond Oil conference

Registration for the "Beyond Oil: Deep and Rapid Transformation" conference is now open. We look forward to meeting you in Bergen on October 16 - 17. Beyond Oil is an international and interdisciplinary conference organized every two years by the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) at the University of Bergen.

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Society is inevitably moving beyond oil. However, current rates of change are well below what is necessary to limit global warming to two degrees or less. Low and zero-carbon pathways will require systematic changes in economies, polities and societies. This will affect areas of the world and portions of populations unevenly. Furthermore, existing inequalities hinder the capacity for urgent change. Sustainable transformation must thus simultaneously address the geophysical and socioeconomic challenges of the early 21st century.

How can we accelerate transformation?

Register for the conference here

Beyond Oil is organized in line with the CET Low Carbon Travel Policy.

Take the conference train!

Traveling from/via Oslo? Jump-start the conference by taking the conference train on Tuesday, October 15!

We are planning on sponsoring tickets on the 12.03 train leaving from Oslo to Bergen on Tuesday the 15th of October.

You will be met on the platform by researchers from CET and they will facilitate lively discussions and workshops during the 7-hour train ride. The "Bergen train line (Bergensbanen)" is famous for its spectacular views so this is a perfect way to see the mountains of Norway, as well as engaging with fellow academics. More information to follow!

Are you interested? Please reply via the registration form. Further questions can be sent to beyondoil@uib.no

Conference Program

Wednesday 16th of October

08.30Conference registration opens

09.00Doors open

09.15 - 09.30

Opening of Beyond Oil 2019

Håvard Haarstad, Director, Centre of Climate and Energy Transformation

09.30 - 11.30

Keynote and discussion: Anticipating transformation: What does it take to move beyond oil. 

Keri Facer, Professor of Education and Social Futures, University of Bristol/University of Uppsala

Jessica Jewell, Assistant Professor of Energy Transitions, Chalmers University of Technology

11.30 - 12.30Lunch

12.30 - 14.00

Parallel Session 1

  1. Politics and futures of abandonment
  2. Law and regulation in furthering transformation
  3. Technologies of the transformation

14.00 - 14.30

Coffee break

    14.30 - 16.00

    Parallel Session 2

    1.  Contesting energy futures
    2.  Legacies and transformational potential of oil
    3.  Agents of change

    16.00 - 17.30

    Keynote and discussion: Contesting scenarios for a society beyond oil.

    19.00Conference Dinner at BOD24

    Thursday 17th of October

    08.45Coffee and registration 

    09.00 - 09.30Opening session

    09.15 - 11.30

    Parallel session 3

    1. Citizen engagement with transformation
    2. Transformation in an urban context
    3. Transforming transportation

    11.30 - 12.30Lunch

    12.30 - 14.00

    Keynote and discussion: Living in a society beyond oil

    Lorraine Whitmarsh, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Cardiff University and UK Centre for Climate Change & Social Transformations (CAST).

      14.00 - 14.30Coffee Break

      14.30 - 16.00

      Parallel session 4

      1. Energy Poverty and security
      2. Transformation in the global south
      3. Energy justice and equity

      16.15 - 17.00Plenary dialogue and concluding reflections. 

       

      Practical information

      Conference venue: House of Literature (Litteraturhuset) Østre Skostredet 5, 5017 Bergen

       

      How to get there:

        If you arrive at Bergen Railway station, you are already in the middle of Bergen city. The Railways station is in walking distance to most facilities in the city centre.

        If you arrive at Bergen Airport, Flesland, there are several ways of getting to the city centre:

        • Bergen light rail runs from Bergen airport to ‘Byparken’, in the city centre. Ticket fare is NOK 37, and the trip takes 45 minutes.
        • The airport bus (Flybussen) has frequent departures to the city centre. The bus ride will take you 25-45 minutes, depending on the traffic, and it costs NOK 105.