In the spring of 2013, the National Academy of Sciences began planning a new research program focused on human health, environmental protection, and oil system safety in the Gulf of Mexico and similar outer continental shelf regions. Program planning is being conducted by an Advisory Group (AG), a group of volunteers experts appointed to bring a diversity of expertise and experience and provide a vision to steer the start of the new program.
Gulf Research Program Advisory Group (AG) members and staff discuss the program’s initial strategic plan at a recent AG meeting in Houston, TX.
To help its thinking, the AG began hosting a series of opportunities for people to talk with us and provide their views on possible opportunities for our program during the summer and fall of 2013. The AG is hosting two additional meetings in 2014. The first of these meetings took place on Feb. 11-12 in Houston, TX (agenda). The dates for the second meeting are:
- Jun. 11-12, 2014 in Tampa, FL
From the sum of these discussions, we hope to develop an understanding of the activities already under way relevant to our charge, understand what others hope our program might contribute, and identify a range of possible opportunities for our work. Input from these discussions is fundamental in the creation of a strategic plan to guide our program’s activities as we start and over the next five years.
This spring, we will speak at several community events. The dates for these talks are:
Mar. 26, 2014 at the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in Houston, TX -- agenda
May 6, 2014 at the International Oil Spill Conference in Savannah, GA -- schedule
Information from our 2013 meetings can be found below.
The dates for the virtual meetings were:
The dates for the state meetings were:
- Sept. 17-18, 2013 in Alabama -- agenda
- Sept. 25-26, 2013 in Louisiana -- agenda
- Oct. 30-31, 2013 in Florida -- agenda
- Nov. 12-13, 2013 in Mississippi -- agenda
- Nov. 21-22, 2013 in Texas -- agenda
Information from our initial AG meetings is available below.