Guest post by David Middleton
A week ago, this seemed unimaginable…
Houston is open for business
After much communication with those affected by Hurricane Harvey plus research, discussion, and intense deliberation about conditions in Houston, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ Board of Directors has decided to hold the SEG International Exposition and 87th Annual Meeting as scheduled, 24-29 September 2017.
Houston is dear to our hearts, and SEG wants to do everything it can to support the city while advancing the interests and needs of our members, attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and presenters. Many might have concerns about traveling to Houston this month, but officials with the George R. Brown Convention Center and the City of Houston have assured SEG that the city is ready to accommodate Annual Meeting participants. SEG staff members and volunteer leaders have inspected the Conference Center, supporting hotels, and venues, and agree that Houston is open for business!
The SEG Annual Meeting will be the first large conference to take place in Houston following Hurricane Harvey and its devastating floods. Now that the decision is to hold the Houston meeting, the Society is developing plans to bring geophysicists and their expertise to local, state, and federal efforts to repair compromised infrastructure, including roads, bridges, overpasses, and dams. More details will follow. What a great opportunity the Annual Meeting provides to focus many of the brightest minds in the geosciences on the restoration of Houston!
Thank you for your patience during this difficult decision-making process.
We look forward to seeing all of you in Houston!
SEG Board of Directors
Supported by the Geophysical Society of Houston
Just over a week ago, the George R. Brown Convention Center was housing as many as 10,000 evacuees. I still find it hard to believe that hotel accommodations are available in the Houston area… Although Houston is home to a large percentage of SEG’s 27,000 members.