As many as 300 experts will meet in Antigonish in May to discuss how Nova Scotia can meet growing energy and environmental challenges, and identify future priorities for the province’s energy sector. Nova Scotia’s Energy Research and Development Forum 2006 takes place May 24 and 25 at St. Francis Xavier University. This year’s forum will build on the success of Energy Research and Development Forum 2004 with sessions focusing on energy and the marine environment, petroleum systems and renewable energy. “We want to create opportunities for new partnerships, inspire new ideas and support sustainable benefits for Nova Scotia’s energy sector,” said Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “This forum illustrates Nova Scotia’s commitment to creating a world-class energy industry through research and development.” This year’s forum features speakers and presenters from Nova Scotia, Canada and around the world, and representatives from the research, industry and government sectors. Michael Raymont, CEO of EnergyINet, will be among the keynote speakers. EnergyINet is a not-for-profit network of experts committed to developing ways to provide Canadians with a clean and abundant supply of energy. Dr. Raymont will provide insight on shaping energy and environmental needs and how to position Canada as a world energy leader. The Department of Energy is providing university students with an opportunity to attend the forum. Students will be invited to attend the expert sessions and share their energy-related research projects with forum participants. The forum is presented by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, and supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Centre of Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Research, and Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada. For more details on the forum program and to register go to www.energyresearch.ca .