Short Courses and Conferences
31st Oil Shale Symposium
October 17 - 21, 2011
Colorado School of Mines, along with the Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research, will host the 31st Oil Shale Symposium at the Green Center on the campus of Colorado School of Mines.
The Symposium will review development of oil shale resources worldwide, including research and development, impact analysis, regulatory framework, and project and program status.
The Symposium will consist of a broad overview session on Monday afternoon (October 17th), followed by two days of technical sessions in many different program areas on Tuesday and Wednesday (October 18 - 19). Learn more...
An optional field trip is available on Thursday and Friday (October 20 - 21). Learn more...
The symposium content is directed primarily toward those active in the development of oil shale resources, including those in the energy industry, government, academic, and stakeholder communities.
The field trip is directed at engineers, scientists, stakeholders, and regulators involved in oil shale development.
The Symposium Program, containing the Symposium schedule, paper titles, and presenter information, is available. Learn more...
A two-day field trip to the Piceance Creek and Uinta Basins will provide insights into the oil shale resource from geological and technological perspectives. Learn more...
Call for Papers
Papers are being solicited for presentation at the Symposium in a broad range of areas, including Surface Processing, In-situ Processing, and Oil Shale Properties. A full listing of the categories for papers is available. Learn more...
The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is July 1, 2011. Further information and instructions for submitting an abstract are available. Learn more...
A one-day "Workshop on Principles for Oil Shale Resource Assessment" is being offered in conjunction with the Symposium. Learn more...
The 31st Oil Shale Symposium will be held on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden (near Denver), Colorado USA. Learn more...
Fees and Registration
Registration for the Symposium is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...
The Oil Shale Symposium venue provides nearly 8,000 square feet of exhibition space. Learn more...
The Symposium technical team anticipates sponsorship contributions from a number of organizations involved in the development of oil shale. Learn more...
Travel and Accommodations
Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.
Symposium participants from outside of the United States may want information concerning visas, invitation letters, travel and health insurance, currency, and other matters. Learn more...
Proceedings of the 30th Oil Shale Symposium (2010)
The Proceedings of the 30th (2010) Oil Shale Symposium will be available on a compact disc (CD) in April 2011. Participants of the 30th Symposium will receive a copy upon release of the CD. Others may purchase a copy. Learn more...
Further Technical Information
For more information about the Symposium, please contact:
Dr. Jeremy Boak
Director, Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research (COSTAR)
Colorado School of Mines
1516 Illinois Street
Golden, Colorado 80401 USA
Justin E. Birdwell, Ph.D.
Research Engineer, Central Energy Resources Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Box 25046, MS 977
Denver Federal Center
Denver, Colorado 80225 USA