Energy leaders from around the world will meet in Aberdeen next month to discuss the future of the industry in the UK.
Representatives from the sector and politics will consider issues including how to use oil and gas profits, the future of the energy workforce and how to reconcile hydrocarbon production with the country’s green credentials at the two-day event.
The Politics of Oil and Gas in a Changing UK conference, which will be held at Aberdeen University, will also feature academics from Europe and the Americas when it starts on Wednesday, May 8.
The event is being hosted by the university’s centre for citizenship, civil society and the rule of law.
Centre director Trevor Stack said that the economics of oil and gas were likely to play a key part in the Scottish independence debate, but added: “The conference falls just a few weeks before the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, reminding us of the human cost of the windfall that offshore oil has brought to the UK.
“Although the focus will be on the UK, the conference will address what can be learned from other countries and will ask how the UK can meet its global responsibilities.”