Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ Board of Directors votes to proceed with Houston Annual Meeting

Board of Directors has decided to hold the SEG International Exposition and 87th Annual Meeting as scheduled, 24-29 September 2017.

Tulsa, OK, 6 September 2017 – 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.

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!

“I would like to personally welcome the over 5,000 attendees of this years’ Annual Convention of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. I also would like to thank the convention organizers for keeping their commitment to host the convention in Houston,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Houston was hit with one of the largest storms to ever hit a U.S. city, yet we are still standing and events such as this one demonstrate that Houston truly is open for business.”

“Houston is honored and excited to host the SEG International Exposition and 87th Annual Meeting later this month,” said Mike Waterman, President of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I would like to personally thank the SEG board and staff for doing their due diligence prior to making a final decision. While parts of Houston experienced significant flooding from Hurricane Harvey, much of Houston is now dry and functioning as it did prior to Harvey.

“Downtown never flooded, lost power or water, and is open for business. With catastrophes such as Harvey, one of the biggest needs for a city is to have conventions and business return. That is why the entire city of Houston is ready to welcome SEG to our city. With their conference we plan to show them and the world that Houston is open and ready for business.”

Houston is dear to everyone at SEG, and the Society wants to do everything it can to support the city while advancing the interests and needs of 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! For more information regarding the SEG Annual Meeting visit

About the Society of Exploration Geophysicists

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists is a not-for-profit organization committed to connecting the world of applied geophysics. With over 20,000 members in 128 countries, SEG provides educational and technical resources to the global geosciences community through publications, books, events, forums, professional development courses, young professional programs, and more. Founded in 1930, SEG fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, characterization of near surface, and mitigation of earth hazards. For more information visit

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