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Shale Tech International

35th Oil Shale Symposium

Salt Lake City, Utah

October 5-6, 2015

Symposium Description

Colorado School of Mines, and the Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development will host the 35th Oil Shale Symposium at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Laura Nelson, Director of the Governor's Office of Energy Development, and Jeremy Boak, Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey, will Co-Chair the Symposium, which will review development of oil shale resources worldwide, including research and development, deployment and operations, impact analysis, regulatory framework, and project and program status.

The Symposium will consist of two days of technical sessions in many different program areas. Learn more...

An optional field trip beginning on Wednesday (October 7) and returning on Thursday (October 8) is available. Learn more...

Symposium Objectives

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.

Symposium Program

The Symposium Program, containing the Symposium schedule, paper titles, and presenter information, will be available in September 2015.

Field Trip

A 2-day field trip to the Uinta Basin 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 6, 2015. Further information and instructions for submitting an abstract are available. Learn more...


The 35th Oil Shale Symposium will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah USA. Learn more...

Fees and Registration

Registration for the Symposium will open soon. Submission of an abstract does not constitute registration for the Symposium. Attendance may be limited by space considerations; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...


The Hilton Salt Lake City Center, the Oil Shale Symposium venue, provides several thousand square feet of exhibition space. Exhibitors from all areas are welcome. Learn more...

Financial Support

The Symposium technical team anticipates sponsorship contributions from a number of organizations involved in the development of oil shale, some of which may be used to support participation in the Symposium. 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.

International Participants

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 34th Oil Shale Symposium (2014)

The Proceedings of the 34th (2014) Oil Shale Symposium will be available for download in mid-May 2015. Participants of the 34th Symposium will receive download instructions by email. Others may purchase a copy. Learn more...

Event Media Policy

The organization will have Media passes available at the event registration desk on the first day of the event only. A Media pass allows a reporter access to the event sessions. This pass will not be accepted at the lunches, reception, field or site trips and/or event dinners.

  • Individuals from the Media must have credentials that identify them and their organization.
  • Individuals must provide a driver's license, or some other form of picture ID that shows their name and this name must match their organization credentials.
  • Media representatives must wear their Media badge at all times during the meeting.
  • The organization reserves the right to limit and/or refuse access to Media representatives at the event organizers' discretion.

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

Phone: 303.384.2235
Fax: 303.273.3040

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

Phone: 303.236.1534
Fax: 303.236.3202

Michael Vanden Berg
Petroleum Section Manager
Utah Geological Survey
1594 W. North Temple, Suite 3110
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Phone: 801.538.5419

Kate Washburn, Ph.D.
Senior Geoscientist
3733 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77027 USA

Phone: 713.993.9795 x1052

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