Conference and Workshop Planning and Organization
Raven Ridge Resources has played a key role in planning, organizing, and/or chairing numerous coalbed and coal mine methane conferences, symposia and workshops in the U.S. and internationally. Both government organizations such as U.S. EPA and private companies such as the Strategic Research Institute have relied on our technical expertise and communications skills to facilitate a wide range of conferences and workshops. Our responsibilities have included planning agendas, selecting speakers, compiling and maintaining databases of contacts, preparing and disseminating announcements, preparing instructional materials, reviewing abstracts and papers, and conducting or chairing conferences.
In 2005, Raven Ridge Resources organized and co-sponsored the Western States Coal Mine Methane Recovery and Use Workshop with the Coalbed Methane Outreach Program (CMOP) of U.S. EPA. By utilizing our breadth of industry contacts as well as our planning experience, we were able to bring in timely and interesting speakers covering a wide range of topics relevant to the coal mine methane industry. The workshop was so well received that we repeated our success with the second workshop in September of 2006. In 2007, RRR planned and coordinated the U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference being held in St. Louis, Missouri. Raven Ridge Resources coordinated speakers, sponsorship, venues, giveaways, meals, and field trips.
Raven Ridge Resources’ efforts have helped ensure the success of many coalbed methane conferences and workshops. Recent examples include the 2nd International Methane Mitigation Conference in Novosibirsk (prepared detailed announcement/agenda booklet), the Strategic Research Institute Coalbed and Coal Mine Methane Conferences in Denver and Annapolis (chaired and helped plan), and the 2001 CMM/CBM International Investment and Technology Symposium/Expo in Shanghai (identified invitees, prepared web site, announcements and mailings, processed registrations, and served as U.S. contact for registrants). Raven Ridge was also involved in planning and participation in the Partnership Expo held by Methane to Markets, as part of the coal mine technical subcommittee.