The Oxford Energy Seminar is about the present and future environment in which important policy and investment decisions on energy are made. There are major problems which need to be solved as well as significant opportunities which may be put to great advantage. The seminar will attempt to define the main issues, to compare different perceptions about future changes in the environment, to identify the options available to governments and corporations, and to investigate the implications of alternative strategies.
The methods of study include two main instruments: the lecture, and the syndicate. Selected material will be made freely available to participants for these purposes.
The LECTURES form the backbone of the programme. They are designed to convey information in an efficient manner. However, their main purpose is to provide a framework for debate between the speaker and the participants. All lectures are therefore followed by ample time for questions and discussions, and the participants are encouraged to ask questions.
The SYNDICATES will be formed by dividing the participants into groups of ten, each group combining a wide spectrum of interests, experience and specialisation. The syndicates will work on one project per week prepared by the Assistant Director and will present their findings on designated days during the seminar.
About the Energy Seminar
The most original feature of the Oxford Energy Seminar is that it seeks a balance in the composition of the panel of speakers between nationals of petroleum exporting and importing countries, in order to cover various interests in the field of energy.
The Oxford Energy Seminar is about the present and future environment in which important policy and investment decisions on energy are made. There are major problems which need to be solved as well as significant opportunities which may be put to great advantage.
I find myself talking with friends, family and co-workers about our experience at Oxford and I’m amazed at how much I learned from the lectures and the participants in the conference. I am honored to count all of you as my friends; I feel much more connected to what is happening all over the world since our time together.