Before GHGT-11, Clare Lehane of Elsevier and I had discussed marketing materials for the IJGGC at GHGT-11. The tee shirt I thought was a great idea, and of course only my editorial colleague Jim Dooley could have put the said tee shirt on and visited the Wiley stand to put his card in to win and iPad. Will he win? Only time will tell but I wouldn’t hold n my breath Jim. However when I visited our joint stand on day 1 I was told the marketing merchandise was going well and was surprised to find not only the tee shirts on offer but Lego type USB miniatures of (supposedly) myself were going really well.
Most of that same day I walked around the conference meeting old friends, many of whom (like the Weyburn boys, Ben Rostron in particular) took pleasure in ripping of my USB head and like some voodoo doll were expecting the result to be the infliction of pain to my person. I never thought at the time to mimic the pain to any such ‘friend’ at the conference; that would have surprised somebody!
On the following days the same pleasure seemed to be still gripping people i.e. demonstrating the ease in which my head could be extracted from my body (and now that i have returned to the office, i see some of my staff doing the same, but they also seem to have removed arms and legs!) I also noted many decapitated little Me’s pushed unceremoniously into the USB drives of computers.
I was gratified to hear that my USB had sold out before the tee shirts, so thanks Clare for making so many people at GHGT-11 amused at my expense and pulling off a marketing coup for the journal at the same time! Despite this I still hold the Journal dear as well as IEAGHG’s strong relationship with Elsevier, and I look forward to seeing the conference proceedings published in Energy Proceedia.
Also a final plug if any one wants to submit a paper based on their work presented at GHGT-11 to IJGGC, as Editor in Chief I will be very happy to receive them. Remember our I.F. is now 5.11!!!
Finally I am not sure if I should be looking forward to, or be wary of the Journal marketing material for GHGT-12… only time will tell!
Blogged by John Gale,
General Manager IEAGHG &
The venue of the next conference.
Technically it is a secret, not to be revealed until the closing session… but invariably too many people know and are involved before this stage to keep the secret. This time was no different… during the poster session, 8 or 9 people came up to me to talk about the next venue, correctly naming not just the country, state, and city, but the venue itself!
The following is a short blog from Gary Rochelle, Co-Chair of the GHGT-12 Steering Committee, and the Carol and Henry Groppe Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
From my narrow viewpoint, GHGT-11 was the best technical conference ever. There were 11 information packed sessions on just amine scrubbing for capture, so my view of the rest of GHGT was limited to the excellent Plenary sessions and to my discussions with other researchers over lunch and dinner. Even with somewhat fewer participants than GHGT-10, there were more than enough posters to keep me totally occupied. The opportunities for networking with my colleagues from Asia, Australia, and Europe further reinforced the value of this experience.
I brought 14 of my graduate students with me from Austin. Eight had never been to a GHGT meeting and found this one to be especially helpful in understanding their work and how it relates to the work of others.
We are excited to host GHGT-12 in Austin. Our venue at the Austin Convention Center will be modern and spacious with meeting rooms for 10 or more parallel sessions if needed. We are planning for 1800 participants, but will be able to accommodate many more. We have a great networking opportunity planned for the dinner under the stars in the Texas Hill Country.
By 2014 we should have several U.S. and International demonstrations of CCS that can be showcased at GHGT-12. The University of Texas itself has major activities on amine scrubbing, enhanced oil recovery, and CO2 storage that will be presented in full. Also expect to present in full other activities supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. And of course we expect full participation of the international research community on CCS, so GHGT-12 will be the best yet.
The invitation video will be available to view shortly, watch this space for a link!
Blogged by Gary Rochelle, and Toby Aiken (your GHGT-11 Blogger)