UH Hosts Megatrend Future Day Nov. 9

The state and federal government’s role in bridging the gap between the demand for energy and energy production will be discussed at the University of Houston’s Megatrend Future Day on Nov. 9.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. It will be held at the UH Hilton, Waldorf Astoria Ballroom from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Register for the event at http://www.egr.uh.edu/research/megatrend_future/.

The UH Policy Debate Team, which includes students from the Honors College, the UH Law Center and the Cullen College of Engineering, will discuss the role government plays in bridging the gap between energy demand and energy production, both fossils and renewables. 

UH President Renu Khator will give opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. Jonathan Stevens-Garcia, director of the Global Futures Projects at the Bertelsmann Foundation, will follow with a discussion on megatrends in global interaction starting at 8:45 a.m.

There also will be a panel discussion on energy and natural resources at 10:30 a.m. The panelists will be Tim Douglass, director of economic development for Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Barry Lefer, associate chair of UH’s earth and atmospheric sciences department, Scott Nyquist, leader of the global energy practice at McKinsey & Company, and Lane Sloan, president of Sloan Consulting Services and co-chair of the energy collaborative at the Greater Houston Partnership.

Joseph Pratt, NEH-Cullen Professor of History and Business at UH, will give the keynote address at noon.

The event’s sponsors are the colleges of architecture, education, engineering, liberal arts and sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, optometry and technology, the Honors College, the libraries and the Office of International Studies and Programs.

About the University of Houston

               The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 39,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.