Lyell Centre & IGE to co-host international environmental conference



Porous media is defined as a solid with space for fluid to pass through or around them
Porous media is a solid or collection of solids with space for fluid to pass through or around

Interpore 2023, an international conference on porous media in the environment, is coming to Edinburgh from 22-25 May.

Hosted with support from researchers at the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology, a partnership with BGS (British Geological Survey), based at Heriot-Watt University, and the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering (IGE), the major event will bring together about a thousand experts in reservoir engineering, geothermal energy, soil mechanics, biotechnology, biofilms, energy/carbon storage and other engineering disciplines and geosciences to the city and Heriot-Watt campus.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Energy Transition’ with delegates expected to share and advance scientific knowledge on the safest and most effective ways to transition to zero-carbon energy sources.

The conference will include invited talks, workshops and presentations from researchers across the globe as well as oral and poster sessions in the form of minisymposia.

Professor of Earth Sciences at the Lyell Centre, Andreas Busch co-leads the local organising committee and said: “We are proud to host the annual Interpore conference in Scotland this year. InterPore is working at the interface between academia and industry to advance our understanding of porous media systems.

The thematic topic of ‘Energy Transition’ for this year’s conference perfectly matches the strategic research direction of Heriot-Watt and will create visibility for it.”

Professor for Flow in Porous Media at IGE, Florian Doster adds “Gathering so many renowned experts from diverse disciplines will facilitate the sharing of cutting-edge science and technologies and break down silos to advance knowledge in natural and industrial porous media systems.

“This kind of collaboration is vital and enables the scientific community to collectively address the most pressing research questions that affect Earth and its resources.”

About Interpore 2023

The conference will take place in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 22-25 May 2023.

It is hosted by Interpore, the International Society for Porous Media, a non-profit-making independent scientific organisation established in 2008. It aims to advance and disseminate knowledge for the understanding, description, and modelling of natural and industrial porous media systems. 

Abstract submissions are open until 12 December. More information is available at the conference website.


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