Short course

The Short Course will be held on September 12th, 2021. Our renowed speakers are:

Prof. James Hower
University of Kentucky, Center for Applied Energy Research

Topic: Blue Gem and Fire Clay coals and various trends in fly ash chemistry
Jim Hower received his BA, MS, and PhD degrees in geology from Millersville University, Ohio State, and Penn State.  He has been a scientist at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) since 1978 and has been a Research Professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Earth & Environmental Research since 2016 with a research focus on a broad range of topics within coal and fly ash petrology and chemistry.  He has authored over 470 publications in more than 120 journals and books. He was the editor of International Journal of Coal Geology and Coal Combustion & Gasification Products for 10 years each.  Jim has received the top awards from The Society for Organic Petrology, International Committee for Coal & Organic Petrology, and the Geological Society of America’s Energy Geology Division.  In addition, he was a fictional coal geologist in Karen Rose Cercone’s 1999 mystery novel, Coal Bones.

Prof. Robert Finkelman
University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Geosciences

Topic: Environmental and health impacts of coal including uncontrolled coal fires
     Dr. Robert B. Finkelman, retired in 2005 after 32 years with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He is currently a Research Professor in the Dept. of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, a Distinguished Professor at the China University of Mining and Technology and an Adjunct Professor at the China University of Geosciences, Beijing. He is an internationally recognized scientist widely known for his work on coal chemistry and as a leader of the emerging field of Medical Geology. Dr. Finkelman has degrees in geology, geochemistry, and chemistry. He has a diverse professional background having worked for the federal government (USGS) and private industry (Exxon), and has formed a consulting company (Environmental and Coal Associates). He has lectured and provided mentorship at colleges and universities around the world. Most of Dr. Finkelman’s professional career has been devoted to understanding the properties of coal and how these properties affect coal’s technological performance, economic byproduct potential and environmental and health impacts.
For the past 23 years he has devoted his efforts to developing the field of Medical Geology. Dr. Finkelman is the author of more than 825 publications and has been invited to speak in more than 50 countries and he was the first person to have written a dissertation on the returned lunar samples.

Prof. Shifeng Dai
China University of Mining and Technology

Topic: Critical elements and mineral matter in coal

Shifeng Dai is a professor at the Key Laboratory of Coal Resources and Safe Mining, China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing). He had his Ph.D. (2002) from China University of Mining and Technology. His research fields include coal geology, coal geochemistry, and coal-hosted rare-metal ore deposits. He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Coal Geology (2007-) and the President of The Society For Organic Petrology (2015–2017). He is the Chief Scientist of National Key Basic Research Program of China and Changjiang Scholar Professor of Ministry of Education (China). He published over 200 research papers, co-authored three books, and edited several special issues for international journals. He is a recipient of Distinguished Service Award of The Society For Organic Petrology, and the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China.

Please, find below the Short Course registration fees:   

TSOP Members and Non-members 80 Euro
Students 40 Euro
Short Course registration fees include:  

  • virtual participation in the course
  • e-certificate

All participants are kindly requested to pre-register by sending a completed Registration form using the link to the on-line registration system. 

A letter of confirmation will be sent to participant on receipt of the Short Course registration form and respective payment.

  • Before June 30th, 2021 – 100% refund (excl. 40 Euro bank fee)
  • Before July 30th, 2021 – 50% refund (excl. 40 Euro bank fee)
No refunds will be given after July 30th, 2021 or for no-show.