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Webinar Series: Public engagement, education and outreach for CCS. Part 5: Social site characterisation

17th March 2017

Topic(s): Public engagement

The fifth webinar in the public engagement, education and outreach for CCS Series will explore the critically important subject of social site characterisation with the very researchers who named the process.

We were delighted to be able to reunite CCS engagement experts Sarah Wade and Sallie Greenberg, Ph.D. to revisit their 2011 research and guidance: ‘Social Site Characterisation: From Concept to Application’. When published, this research and toolkit helped early CCS projects worldwide to raise the bar on their existing engagement practices. For this webinar, we tasked these early thought leaders with reminding us of the importance of this research and considering the past recommendations in today’s context. Sarah and Sallie tackled the following commonly asked questions:

  • What exactly is meant by social site characterisation?
  • Why it is important?
  • What would they consider best practice for getting to understand the social intricacies and impacts of a CCS project site?

This entire Webinar Series has been designed to share leading research and best practice and consider these learnings as applied to real project examples. So for this fifth Webinar, we were really pleased to be joined by Ruth Klinkhammer, Senior Manager, Communications and Engagement at CMC Research Institutes. Ruth agreed to share some of her experiences and challenges of putting social site characterisation into practice onsite at some of CMC’s larger research projects.  

This Webinar combined elements of public engagement research with real world application and discussion, explore important learnings and conclude with links to further resources for those wishing to learn more.   This a must for anyone working in or studying carbon capture and storage or other CO2 abatement technologies. If you have ever nodded along at a conference where the importance of understanding stakeholders is acknowledged, but then stopped to wonder – what might that look like in practice? This Webinar is for you.

Here is a recording of the webinar and a browsable version of the slides used in the presentation:

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