With the theme “Innovative Energy Solutions,” the 23rd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) is coming to Houston next year, Dec. 5-9, 2021. Known as the "Olympics" of the petroleum industry, the WPC covers all aspects of the industry from technological advances in upstream and downstream operations to the role of natural gas and renewables, management of the industry and its social, economic and environmental impact.

From the opening and closing ceremonies to the USA-themed and Young Professional-focused nights, the 23rd World Petroleum Congress presents an array of events tailored for attendees’ diverse interests. The Congress offers delegates the singular opportunity to learn from and network with the industry’s highest-level executives, government leaders, policy authors, innovators and technicians.

A strong Congress program will feature more than 700 presenters, including nine plenary sessions, nine ministerial sessions and six ministerial roundtables, 15 CEO roundtables and panels, 11 strategic dialogues and 23 technical forums. The Congress draws delegates from more than 100 countries, including national delegations, media, 250 exhibiting companies, academia, financiers, consultants, consumers and more.

Houston will host the 23rd WPC at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which will provide the largest WPC exhibition space in the Congress history. Located in downtown Houston, the soaring world-class conventional hall of George R Brown Convention Center boasts 500,000 square feet of space where some 250 businesses will showcase their organizations, technologies, innovations and interactive booth designs. Attendees will experience easy access to all Congress program sessions on the third floor of the center and connected walkways to the Hilton Americas and Marriott Marquis hotels.

The convention campus includes live entertainment on Avenida Plaza and nearby Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park and BBVA Compass Stadium.