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With recent advances in shale exploration, there is an increasing need to share the cutting-edge research and technology between industry and academia across the globe. This conference will bring together state-of-the-art knowledge from multiple research consortia sourced through a long-term collaboration between three premier university based shale research centers: the Institute of Energy Research and Training (IERT), University of Jammu, India; the Energy and Geoscience Institute (EGI), University of Utah, USA; and University College London (UCL). Geoscientists from these institutes will present their collaborative research in shale gas and shale liquids plays. Shale geoscientists worldwide are invited to present their research with an audience comprising industry and academia. This workshop will address recent developments in shale technology, shale resource opportunities and corresponding environmental challenges. The workshop aims to take a leap into the future, assessing the present and future of shale plays. Technical presentations will be followed by a discussion on the sustainable development of shale resources in India. In addition, a panel discussion on the acquisition of rock samples, laboratory analyses, data sharing and access, and publishing research data will be held.