Whether you are an employer or a professional in the energy sector, there is much to be learned by attending conferences. They can be expensive in both money and time away from the office, so it’s critical that you make the most of each one you attend.
What Makes Conferences Worth Attending?
- Industry-focused exhibits and discussions.
- Expert-level presenters.
- Displays of new and innovative technologies.
- Opportunities to network with other professionals.
- Plenty of engaged attendees.
Here Are Several of the Energy Sector’s Top Conferences:
This yearly conference in Washington, DC provides energy professionals throughout the world with a venue to discuss globalization, industry outlooks and other energy issues. Summaries of previous year’s conferences are available on their website.
Pipeline Week’s Conference will be held in Houston, TX this fall and will cover opportunities and developments in the oil and gas industry. Topics include increasing safety, reliability and profitability within the industry. Exhibitors this year feature providers of solutions and products for mapping, pipeline services, engineering, pipeline integrity, regulatory compliance, pipeline solutions, asset integrity, environmental issues, emergency management, damage prevention, and architecture & design. See last year’s show report here.
This annual forum is hosted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to bring together attendees to share information, educate and learn about pertinent industry developments and opportunities. The conference is known for opening lines of communication between the public and the NRC staff. The conference is made up of technical sessions and keynote addresses, as well as opportunities to engage with industry experts in a variety of specialties. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for professionals to network and learn about key developments in the field of nuclear energy.
AACE International offers several opportunities throughout the year for their members to network, educate and learn about total cost management and developments in the industry. The annual meeting is held in the United States and is a three-day event filled with keynote addresses, presentations, and almost 100 sessions that delve into the nuances of total cost management. The organization also sponsors an international conference that brings together individuals from around the globe in a format similar to the annual meeting.
Making the Most of Your Conference Experience:
At the best conferences you will have opportunities to learn something new about your industry, build your network and uncover opportunities that you may not have found otherwise. Mingle, take plenty of notes and engage with other attendees. Speak to presenters offline if the opportunity is offered. Using social media such as Twitter to comment during the event will give you the chance to chat with other conference-goers and be perceived as a thought leader in the industry.
Be sure to follow up after the event as well. Visit the conference website for updates. Connect with people you met by asking them to join your network on LinkedIn. Or call or email them to further discussions begun at the conference.
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