Beyond Oil: Technology Transition and Social Consequences
University of Dayton
October 1-3, 2009
The University of Dayton announces its first in a series of symposia on
Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment
(SEE). Beyond Oil: Technology Transition and Social Consequences, will
be held October 1-3,
2009 on the University of Dayton campus in Dayton, Ohio.
In recent years, petroleum prices have fluctuated erratically as
has increased. Economies around the world have been affected, leading to
increased interest in the search for viable, alternative fuels and
options to increase
energy efficiency. Further pressures will likely be placed on current
due to inadequate supplies and increased awareness of issues such as
global climate change, environmental safety, and the social impacts of
harnessing alternative fuels. This symposium provides a unique,
forum exploring the technological search and transition beyond
petroleum dependency. We seek to encourage and promote critical dialogue
the social and ethical consequences of this transition as our energy
systems migrate and become more diverse.
Beyond Oil: Technology Transition and Social Consequences Themes
The Symposium is structured with multidisciplinary sessions that are
organized around key transitional technology
options. Papers are invited in the following themes:
* Alternative Fuel Options – Discussions and analysis of the various
emerging energy options including:
biofuels, tar sands, coal-to-liquids, hydrogen, renewable electricity
and alternative materials/vehicles for
* Technology – Personal transportation vehicles, trucking, air, rail,
and infrastructure developments.
* Historical, social, and economic factors which may impact the
transition options and process.
* Ethical perspectives concerning potential impacts on other resources,
the environment, or society.
Theme sessions will conclude with a multidisciplinary panel discussion
drawing speakers and participants
together to provide commentary and promote dialogue.
Dr. Daniel Kammen – Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy
Laboratories (RAEL), University
of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kammen’s interdisciplinary focus has made
him an international expert in the
areas of renewable energy, energy production and public energy policy.
Expect his presentation to weave
together technical, economic, social, environmental and political
threads in new and enlightening ways.
Dr. Robert Kaufmann – Director, Center for Energy and Environmental
Studies (CEES), Boston
University. Opening our first full day, Dr. Kaufmann will share his
expertise on Alternatives to Conventional
Crude Oil. Hear some of the latest information and alternatives.
Dr. Paul Thompson – W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and
Community Ethics, Michigan State
University. Dr. Thompson is world renowned for his work in environmental
and agricultural ethics. He
will open the final day with what promises to be a lively discussion.
Call for Abstracts/Papers
This conference is unique in that it seeks papers from scientists,
engineers, historians, social scientists, philosophers,
theologians, economists and other experts. Above all it seeks to engage
a diverse community of individuals
and scholars in conversation on critical issues and choices related to
sustainability, energy and the
environment and the inherent social implications.
Interested parties are encouraged to submit a short paper abstract of
paper. Please note that:
* Deadline for Abstract Submission: April 15, 2009.
* All received submissions will be acknowledged by April 20, 2009.
* All submissions will be sent to a selection committee for review.
* Participants will be notified in writing or electronically by May 15,
their submissions have been accepted for presentation.
* The abstract must be 300 to 500 words, Times New Roman font, size 12,
with the heading in Times Roman, size 12, bold.
* The abstract should be a clear but concise and state the specific
objectives of your proposed paper and the
issues to be covered.
* Do not include references, tables, diagrams, or footnotes in the
* On our website http://see.udayton.edu you will find links to the
conference webpage and to a sample
submission cover sheet. Please follow this format in your submission.
* Successful candidates will be requested to submit their papers or a
copy of their presentation (electronically)
for distribution via CD to attendees.
Additional questions should be directed to: Robert Brecha,
Sustainability, Energy & the Environment
Initiative, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469-2314, Phone (937)
229-2227 or email:
Please note: Presenter Registration Policy
* Presenters are expected to pay the registration fee (see back page).
If registration and payment have not been made
by the registration deadline, the presentation will not be listed on the
conference program or included on the CD.
* Student presenters are eligible to apply for a conference fee waiver
thanks to a grant(s) from symposium sponsors/
co-sponsors. A limited number of stipends are available for faculty,
too. Please contact us for further information.
* Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the attendee. A list of
recommended area hotels will be sent with
confirmation of submission receipt.
A $300 registration fee is being charged on a cost recovery basis. This
fee will cover:
* Access to the conference plenary sessions and parallel sessions for
the 2 and 1/2 days
* Conference fee covers all continental breakfasts, lunches, breaks,
Thursday Evening Dinner/Theater presentation
and Friday’s Evening at Carillon Park.
* A CD-ROM of the presentations (those submitted).
Note: Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the attendee. A list
of recommended area hotels will be sent with confirmation of
Beyond Oil: Technology Transition and Social Consequences.
Thursday, Oct. 1
Major Issues & Themes
Daniel Kammen, Ph.D.
Bounty-Mad River Theater Works
Friday, Oct. 2 Robert Kaufmann, Ph.D.
Paul Thompson, Ph.D.
An Evening at Carillon Park
Saturday, Oct. 3
with Open Audience Participation
Summation of Present
Challenges & Future Strategies