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UHCL-SQCC Energy and Environmental Stewardship:
Oman and the U.S.

UHCL is proud to host the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center’s 10th Annual Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. 

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, located in Washington, D.C., is an important educational initiative of the Embassy of Oman and is dedicated to the advancement of cultural, environmental and economic education and research. All are encouraged to attend and join the conversation to learn about the similarities between oil, climate, and disaster management of the coastal regions of Texas and the Gulf state of Oman.

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This is a great networking opportunity for all students interested in the energy industry, environmental impacts, or furthering their understanding of the geographical concerns in the MENA Gulf region.

Conference Schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019

8 - 9 a.m. | Breakfast and Sign in
  • Breakfast and coffee
  • Sign in in Bayou Building, Atrium I
  • Student Research Poster Exhibition in Bayou Building, Atrium II
9 - 9:15 a.m. | Introduction and Welcome

Introduction and welcome by:

  • Dr. Ira K. Blake, President of University of Houston-Clear Lake in Bayou Theater (located in Bayou Building)
  • Her Excellency Ambassador Hunaina Sultan Al Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States and Chair, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Board of Oversight
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. | Oil in Oman and Texas: Overlapping Histories and Concerns
  • Discuss oil production and social change, current and future technologies, future directions and trends, production and use, and fuel vs. resources.
  • Examine post-petroleum futures and overlapping environmental concerns between the Arabian Gulf and the American Gulf coasts.
  • Evaluate the evolution of smart cities post-oil and gas development.
10:45 a.m. - Noon | Environmental & Climate Challenges in Coastal Regions & Cities
  • Compare experiences of extreme weather, hurricanes (Houston), cyclones (Oman), systems approaches to evacuations and general preparedness. 
  • Analyze climate change effects on coastal systems, focusing on emergency preparedness and prevention; rising tides and their effect on natural habitats.
  • Discuss plans for and anticipate the reality of climate change in multiple sectors (agriculture, housing, displacement).
  • Biodiversity, species preservation, and the shift from hurricane preparation to the future of smart cities.
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Disaster Management: Preparedness, Response, Humanitarian Aid
  • Evaluate preparedness, response, humanitarian aid. Share regional management methods and possible collaborative knowledge and co-training.
  • Assessing community response to natural disasters.
  • Examine how disaster relief and emergency management centers in Texas developed to respond to increasing devastating annual hurricane seasons.
3 - 4:15 p.m. | Science Diplomacy
  • Case studies and possible future directions for collaborative international research to aid in preparedness.
  • Examine ways to leverage science diplomacy and international cooperation in responding to and managing the social impact of climate change.
  • Employing current and future technologies to create sustainable futures.
  • Emerging technologies and food security, development of sustainable agriculture. The development of smart cities post-oil and gas development.

For more information, contact Dr. Maria Curtis at 281-3429. Any person needing an accommodation for a disability to participate in this program should contact 281-283-3429 or


  • 10th Annual Conference of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center