Conference – Columbus, OH, USA – July 17th-19th, 2024

 

The Conference on Global Coal Transitions 

July 17-19, 2024 

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA 

Hosted by The Global Coal Transitions Research Network  

in Collaboration with the IOP Science journal Environmental Research: Energy  and supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

 

We are still accepting Poster Presentation Abstracts at https://go.osu.edu/coalconference.

Conference Registration NOW OPEN: Register Here

DOWNLOAD THE PRELIMINARY PROGRAM!

 

 

Preliminary AGENDA at a GLANCE

July 17, 2024

9:00 AM-5:30 PM

Wednesday, July 17th Conference Session, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive Columbus, OH 43210, Organized sessions, research paper and poster presentations, plenary sessions, key note addresses, catered lunch, light refreshments and networking opportunities.

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Wednesday, July 17th Calling Hours Theatrical Performance, Mershon Auditorium, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210

Announcing a special encore production of the Calling Hours theatrical production, eulogizing the retired 2 Gigawatt Conesville, Ohio coal-fired power plant, to be performed on the Ohio State University Campus in conjunction with the conference, in partnership with the Pomerene Center for the Arts, Wexner Center for the Arts,  and the OSU Dept. of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts and the OSU College of Arts and Sciences.

July 18, 2024

8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Thursday, July 18th Conference Session, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive Columbus, OH 43210, Organized sessions, research paper and poster presentations, plenary sessions, key note addresses, catered lunch, light refreshments and networking opportunities.

4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Thursday, July 18th Coal Transitions and the Arts Panel Discussion, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210

6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Thursday, July 18th Conference Reception and Jonas N.T. Becker Photography Exhibit, A Hole is not a Void, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210. Hors d’oeuvres, light refreshments, cash bar

July 19, 2024

8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Friday, July 19th Environmental Professionals Network Field Trip, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive Columbus, OH 43210

One-day field trip to the eastern Ohio coal region organized by the Ohio Environmental Professionals Network. Field trip includes transportation, breakfast, lunch, and visits to Ohio coal transition sites and communities, including The Wilds Safari Park, Jesse Owens State Park, Miners Memorial Park and Little Cities of Black Diamonds Historic Districts. Buses to return to the 4-H and Nationwide Conference Center on the Ohio State University Campus in Columbus, Ohio by 4pm.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS!

Dr. Andrew Curley, University of Arizona (USA) and author of Carbon Sovereignty

Heidi Binko, Director of the Just Transition Fund (USA)

Dr. Brian J. Anderson,  Director of the U.S. Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities

Conference Aims and Scope 

 Reductions in coal production and consumption occurring unevenly around the world are driving a wide variety of social, economic, political, and environmental impacts. There is an urgent need to coordinate academic and policy work focused on coal transitions and foster mutual understanding and sharing of insights from diverse transition experiences.  

This in-person conference will assemble Keynotes, Plenaries, Organized Sessions, and Individual Paper Presentations from social science and humanities scholars, regulators, practitioners, and students from around the world whose work deals with the problem of coal transitions. We invite participation from sociologists, geographers, political scientists, economists, planners, anthropologists, practitioners, grants makers, regulatory officials, engineers, scholars of the arts and humanities, and other interested parties whose work addresses the processes and impacts of coal transitions on communities, regions, and economies. 

The Conference on Global Coal Transitions creates an opportunity to showcase the state of knowledge about: 

  • The social and economic costs and benefits of the transition away from coal in regions across the world;
  • Comparison of coal transition trajectories in US and international contexts; 
  • Innovative best practices for managing coal transition at scales from local to national, including strategies for economic development, revenue distribution, community planning, workforce retraining, and alternative forms of energy development; 
  • Ongoing consequences for international relations and security; 
  • Questions of equity and justice in energy development patterns and outcomes;  
  • The efficacy of existing regulatory and governance regimes; and, 
  • Social acceptance and risk perception of energy technologies 

Through facilitated interactive workshop activities, invited experts and symposium participants will produce a roadmap for future cross-disciplinary research priorities.  

Special Focus Issue: Conference presenters are encouraged to submit manuscripts to an open-access special focus issue on Global Coal Transitions in Environmental Research: Energy edited by Max D. Woodworth, Jeffrey B. Jacquet, and Emily Grubert


The Focus Issue Page is now live and accepting submissions through August 31st, 2024: https://iopscience.iop.org/collections/eren-240308-497. Authors who participate in the conference will receive priority consideration and a 100% waiver of  the journal’s open-access publication fees. 

Registration: Registration portal will open April 2024. We anticipate travel awards for students and early career scholars, please check website or listserv to receive more details.   

Participation Formats

Possible thematic tracks might include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Site Retirement and Closure Planning 
  • Coal and International Relations 
  • Workforce and Socio-demographics 
  • Transition Policy and Regulation  
  • Community and Regional Development 
  • Coal Industry Dynamics 
  • Coal Transitions Research Methods 
  • Coal and Energy Humanities 
  • Environmental and Energy Justice 

Oral Paper Presentation: 15-minute oral presentations of original research, study assessment, case study, best practice, or policy implementation pertaining to the societal transition away from coal. 

Poster Presentation: Research posters that provide an overview of original research, study assessment, case study, or policy implementation pertaining to the societal transition away from coal. 

Submit Papers or Poster Abstracts at https://go.osu.edu/coalconference

SUPPORT FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION  

Special opportunities and travel awards are available for Early Career Scholars.  Participants are also encouraged to apply for travel and registration support as Global Coal Transitions Conference Fellow™.  

Address all inquiries to Max D. Woodworth (woodworth.42@osu.edu) and Jeffrey B. Jacquet (jacquet.8@osu.edu). 

 For updated conference details, to submit proposals or abstracts, or enroll in the network listserv, please visit https://u.osu.edu/globalcoal or scan the QR code. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conference attendees can reserve accommodations at discounted rates at (availability is limited, so early booking is advised):

(1) The Hampton Inn and Suites

(2) Holiday Inn Express

(3) Staybridge Suites OSU

(4) Red Roof Inn+: please call 1-800-733-7663 (7am – 2am EST) and use code B121GCT24 for reduced conference room rates

(5) Homewood Suites

Funded with generous support from: