Date of release: Monday, December 14, 2015

Britain's crude oil and natural gas form the subject of a public lecture at the University of Greenwich's Medway Campus next month.

Professor David Wray will examine the sources of the oil and gas, and consider how the UK has benefitted greatly from these reserves. He will also discuss the legacy that the exploitation of these energy sources is likely to leave for future generations, some of the scientific and technical challenges involved, and the potential for new discoveries.

Professor in Applied Analytical Chemistry at Greenwich, David Wray specialises in solving geochemical, forensic and environmental challenges. An expert in the analysis of natural materials, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Geological Society, and was awarded the prestigious Richardson Award by the Geologists' Association in recognition of the best paper published (2006).

The lecture, Black gold or fossil fool – the origins and exploitation of crude oil and natural gas in the UK and the legacy that it (and we) are leaving behind, takes place on Wednesday 27 January. It is the latest in the popular series of public lectures run by the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science.

It begins at 6.30pm in the Ward Room, Pembroke, Medway Campus, and will be followed by light refreshments.

To register, or for more information, call 020 8331 9800 or email

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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