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What is IFEG?

IFEG was founded in 1984 as a special interest group for individuals interested in any aspect of information management within the energy sector - including oil & gas, coal, renewables, future fuels, nuclear and energy management.

As an IFEG member you will be joining a network of fellow professionals who can help support you in keeping up with the latest energy information sources, web search techniques and information management tools.

Members include information and knowledge management professionals, researchers, energy consultants, book sellers, publishers of energy information, database providers, information technology experts and many other professionals working in the energy sector.

Membership is free for 2013 and benefits include:

  • a programme of energy related visits and seminars organised each year
  • IFEG Members directory (which lists member contact details)
  • our bi-monthly e-newsletter
  • online access to member forums

We offer members a variety of energy and information related visits and seminars, often in the London area but sometimes further afield, with members located throughout the UK (see our list of past IFEG events over the last 10 years). Typically our annual programme of events includes:

  • Seminars, discussions or workshops at the Energy Institute
  • Visits to energy related sites, libraries and similar places of interest
  • Demonstrations of new systems, software and services
  • Social events

Our IFEG Members directory of members and their interests is published every year, available only to IFEG members. The directory is a useful way to make contact with others working in the same field.

To join the IFEG mailing list, please contact Catherine Cosgrove or complete and return our application form.


IFEG seminars are usually held either once or twice yearly. Past seminar themes include Web 2.0, power generation, electronic journals, virtual libraries, copyright, handling energy information and promoting your library & information service. We have had a wide range of expert speakers from organisations such as The British Library and The Open University, as well as industry consultants and web experts Phil Bradley, Terry Kendrick and Karen Blakeman.

IFEG members have access to all past seminar presentations from 2000 onwards through logging into the Members only section.

2013 Events

Thursday 3


Geological Society Library

A visit to the Geological Society’s Library and Information Services. One of the finest Earth Science libraries in the world, the Library contains over 300,000 volumes of books and serials and 40,000 maps, making it a collection of national importance covering all aspects of the geological sciences.

Further details to follow. To register your interest, please contact Catherine Cosgrove, e: or t: 020 7467 7111.

Geological Society Library


Thursday 16 May


Social media conference – a joint IFEG/ASLIB half day conference at the Energy Institute.

An afternoon seminar featuring a selection of library and institutional bloggers talking about how they use blogging and social media in a professional context.

Chair: Andy Dawson, Library, Archive and Information Studies MSc Programme Director at University College London.

Confirmed speakers:
Matt Burton Emerald Group Publishing
Sarah Day, Earth Science Communicator at the Geological Society.
Jonathan Wilson, Editor of Engineering & Technology magazine online, IET

Further details on this flyer. To register your interest, or to pay and confirm your place, please contact Catherine Cosgrove, e: or t: 020 7467 7111.

Thursday 14 March

Isle of Grain LNG terminal

This visit will include a presentation from one of the terminal managers, followed by refreshments and then a site tour.

The Isle of Grain facility in Kent was built in 1980 as a Peak Shave Plant to provide extra capacity to the UK system during periods of peak demands. In 2005 Grain LNG converted to become a LNG Importation Terminal with the ability to offload LNG ships from around the world and the capacity to supply in the region of 4% of the UK’s gas demand. After rapid expansion, including a second and third phase, Grain LNG now has the capacity to deliver 20% of UK demand.

This visit is now fully booked. To add your name to the waiting list, please contact Catherine Cosgrove, e: or t: 020 7467 7111.

Isle of Grain

Tuesday 29 January


IFEG AGM and Wine & Cheese party
You are invited to attend our annual AGM on Tuesday 29 January 2013 at the Energy Institute, 5.30pm. Following the AGM there will be our annual Wine & Cheese Party with plenty of food and wine – a great chance to meet colleagues within the industry in a relaxed atmosphere.  

Attendance is free to IFEG members and prospective members. If you would like to come please contact Emily Heath by Friday 25 January, e: or t: 020 7467 7115.

wine glass

2012 Events

29 Nov



Fuelling the knowledge engine: the contribution of Information Management expertise – a joint IFEG/Association for Information Management (ASLIB) half day conference at the Energy Institute

We heard three papers covering the identification of knowledge gaps, organising knowledge, and the knowledge management challenges of organisational culture. This was followed by a panel and delegate discussion on these issues, and other hot KM subjects suggested by delegates.


13.30 – registration, tea and coffee

14.00 – Gareth Parkes, Knowledge Manager, Energy Institute, ‘Identifying and filling knowledge gaps’

14.30 – Elisabeth Goodman and John Riddell, RiverRhee Consulting, Organising and retrieving knowledge’.

15.00 – James Andrews, Knowledge and Information Management Officer, British Red Cross, ‘The challenges that come from culture, and practical solutions’

15.30 – tea, coffee and biscuits

16.00 – panel and delegate discussion. The aim of this is to enable everyone to share knowledge, issues and solutions so that delegates can develop their own work for the benefit of their employers and customers.

17.00 – Close

Presentations from this event are now available for members in the IFEG Members section

Gareth Parkes speaking:

Gareth Parkes speaking


Tuesday 6 November


Data and Energy special - the UK Data Landscape and roll-out of Smart Energy Metering - Professor  Nigel Shadbolt, Open Data Institute, and Nick Hunn, Onzo. A joint IFEG/UCL Energy Institute event at University College London, Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building Torrington Place, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HB.

Welcome - Dr Greville Williams, Chair of IFEG and IHS AssetBank & AS$ET Product Manager

Introduction - Professor Tadj Oreszczyn, UCL Energy Institute

The Energy Institute and UCL Energy Institute are co-hosting a one-off special seminar focusing on the topic of data. Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute, will discuss the current state of data availability and the impact that this has on UK innovation and policy.

With the landscape set out, Nick Hunn, Chief Technical Officer from Onzo will then discuss the case of how the UK Government is committed to the most complex smart metering and consumer engagement project in the world - the vision of a smart grid, where data becomes the prime commodity to manage consumption and demand.

The presentation will promptly start at 5.30pm and will be followed by drinks and nibbles and the opportunity to network. This is a free event but must be pre-booked at We expect the event to be extremely popular and places will be on a first-come first-served basis.

For those who missed this event:

Nick Hunn speaking:

Nick Hunn speaking

Wednesday 15 August

Summer social to the Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS

Come and join fellow members of IFEG on an evening visit to the Chelsea Physic Garden, a beautiful ‘hidden gem’ of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants. We will be eating at the delicious Tangerine Dream Café, where we have tables booked, at 7pm. The gardens will be opening late for the evening, from 12-10pm.

This event is open to all IFEG members, future members, colleagues, family and friends. The garden costs £9.00 for adults and senior citizens to visit or £6.00 for students, unemployed people and children (5-15 years old). The café has a varied menu of seasonal food, with drinks from £1.50, main courses from £8 and homemade cakes from £3.50.

Picture of Almond blossom

Wednesday 20 June


Thornton's Budgens visit
21-23 The Broadway, Crouch End, London N8 8DU

A visit to the Thornton’s Budgens supermarket in Crouch End to discuss its energy saving features with the store manager. The visit will begin with a trip upstairs from 2.30-3pm to see the innovative Food from the Sky project - Thornton’s Budgens was the first supermarket in the world to grow its own fruit and veg on its roof. The store strives to reduce its carbon footprint and make a positive social impact in the local community.

This visit is free to IFEG members; the non-members charge is £3 or you are welcome to become a member and attend (2012 membership is £25/£12.50 for unwaged members). If the visit proves too popular then a waiting list will be in operation and priority will be to current IFEG members. Spaces are limited to 15 people.

Photos from this event are now available at

Azul-Valerie Thome on the Food from the Sky roof

Photo above of Azul-Valerie Thome, Co-creator and project leader of Food from the Sky

Tuesday 3 April


(1-2pm buffet lunch)

IFEG spring seminar
Advanced web searching for energy information

Trainer: Karen Blakeman,, Twitter:@karenblakeman

A practical advanced web searching half-day workshop to help you save time and money for your business by learning to use the Internet more effectively.

Karen Blakeman will cover advanced Internet search techniques, including the latest developments in Google, using some energy related examples. You are welcome to bring your laptop (wi-fi capability required) to try out Karen's expert tips and tricks as she demonstrates them. By the end of the day, participants will have a vital toolkit to help them search more effectively, including key search tools, comparisons, top tips and essential search techniques.

IFEG members: £10 + VAT (£12)
EI/UKWEC members: £30 + VAT (£36)
Non-members: £50 + VAT (£60)

Attendance fee includes buffet lunch and refreshments.

Karen's presentation is now available in the IFEG Members section.

Wednesday 14 March


LondonWaste EcoPark Tour

The EcoPark is a 43-acre site operated by LondonWaste Ltd, a wholly owned company of the North London Waste Authority. LondonWaste offers a range of waste services - recycling, composting, energy recovery and disposal - primarily to the seven North London Boroughs; but also to businesses in and around London. On arrival visitors are directed into a Conference Room for a 90-minute programme, which includes a 10-minute overview film, general questions and a tour of the Compost and Energy Centres. Attendance fee £10 inc VAT.

LondonWaste EcoPark Tour - control room

Photos from this event are now available at

IFEG Committee

Volunteers to join the committee are always welcome. You can be co-opted onto the Committee at any time, and stand for election to the Committee at the AGM. Duties mainly involve suggesting events ideas or seminar topics and are not difficult or time consuming - only two or three Committee meetings each year - and it looks good on your CV!

Contact Catherine Cosgrove or any other committee member if you are interested.

Attached documents

Energy Matrix / EIKS flyer (PDF 223 Kb) [ Show summary ]