Consulate General Houston - News & Events

Photo: CEO of Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen at the OTC Exhibition.

During four intense days, may 4-8, the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), the largest of its kind in the World, took place in Houston. With a significantly lower oil price, attendance dropped by 10% and may be a reflection of a greater need for smarter and more economical technological solutions. Read more

Earlier this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) established a global dialogue (GOTIA) to encourage the development of advanced technology and the regulatory drivers that allow for its efficient use. Read more

Photo: Hamza El Maabdi.

On May 14, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in cooperation with NACC, Innovation Norway, and INTSOK, staged yet another succesful "Lunch'n Learn" event at Norway House. Read more

Photo: Kerri Lohmeier. From left to right - City of Austin Economic Development Director Kevin Johns, Oslo's Vice Mayor for Cultural Affairs and Business Development, Mr. Hallstein Bjercke & Director of Oslo Business Region Fredrik Winther.

For the City of Oslo, SXSW 2015 marked an upward shift in their focus and efforts towards enhancing the City’s business -, entrepreneurship and cultural commitment with a more international approach. The City of Oslo just signed a tri-party agreement with the City of Austin and Hackney, London, with the formalization of “The Creative Cities Alliance” taking place during 2015 SXSW. Read more

Photo: Synne Øverland Knudsen 2013 - Members of Death by Unga Bunga at Varna, Moss, Norway.

This year’s SXSW Music festival hosted in Austin, TX attracted a number of Norwegian artists performing at one of the most prestigious music festivals worldwide. We connected with the band “Death by Unga Bunga” to learn more about their experience with SXSW, as well as their music career in general. Read more

Hanne Kolstø. 
Photo: Hamza El Maabdi.

Representatives from the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Houston travelled to Austin, TX in March to cover some of the Norwegian music displays at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. With more than 2200 official performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues, SXSW Music is the largest festival of its kind in the world, providing an opportunity for Norwegian artists to reach... Read more

Mr. Jostein Dahl Karlsen visited Houston this week in the capacity of being Chairman of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) new “Gas and Oil Technologies (GOT)” initiative. In addition to preparing for events during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston in May, Mr. Dahl Karlsen met with a number of energy companies to involve them in IEA’s new GOT initiative. Read more

Photo: Norway's Consul General Jostein Mykletun during the openings remarks .

On March 4, The Royal Norwegian Consulate in Houston, in close cooperation with Export Credit Norway, GIEK and DNB, as well as partners INTSOK, Innovation Norway and NACC, hosted the 2015 Norwegian Finance Day at the Federal Reserve Bank branch in Houston. Read more

Photo: Rice University’s Dr. Jan E. Odegard .

On Thursday, January 29th, the Norwegian Consulate General in Houston had the honour of hosting a well attended first 2015 Lunch’n Learn. With Rice University’s Dr. Jan E. Odegard as speaker, the participants were given a highly informative, inspiring and exciting talk on both the possibilities and looming challenges of continued growth in information technology. Dr. Odegard is the executive... Read more

The Great Blue Hole and Professor André W. Droxler

Professor André W. Droxler at Rice University reveals interesting findings from research of Belize’s Central Shelf Lagoon and Great Blue Hole, possibly explaining the sudden disappearance of the Mayans. These findings may also provide further insight on climate conditions and prepare us for what is likely to come. We met up with Professor Droxler to have a chat about his findings. Read more

Photo: Charles Foster on stage .

On Friday January 23, 2015, immigration expert Charles Foster spoke to the Houston Consular Corps about immigration reform and Obama’s executive action. Despite opposition in Washington, Mr. Foster confidently concluded that reform is a necessity and that it will happen. Read more

Photo: left to right: Dr. Sylvia Eckes; Samuel Deason, 3rd price; Mary Rose Norell, 2nd price and Daniel Baer, 1st price, the Marshal Prize.

In Sarasota, Florida, the year 2015 was kicked off with a new Grieg festival. Not only were American Grieg enthusiasts introduced to some of his lesser-known work through well-known performers, they also listened to young musicians performing Grieg’s music whilst competing for prizes. Read more

From left: Sigbjørn Smeland, State Secretary Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg, Svein Skeie, Stein Tore Nilsen and Gunnar Sæther

State Secretary Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg at the Ministry of Health and Care Services of Norway visited Houston last week, and had the opportunity to learn more about the close collaboration between Houston and Norway within the health and medical fields. During her stay, the State Secretary met for a roundtable discussion with Norwegian doctors and hospital leaders, she visited MD Anderson Cance... Read more

Photo: Kristoffer Landmark Marø.

On Tuesday, 9th of December, Professor Arne Graue gave a talk on energy for the future at the European Science Café. The event is co-hosted by a different European country every time with the support of the French Consulate General. The December event was co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General. Read more

The WorkBoat Show in New Orleans is the largest commercial marine tradeshow in North America, attracting over 14,000 visitors and more than 1,000 companies/booths. Read more

Consul General Mykletun and Ambassador Djerejian. 
Photo: Kristoffer Landmark Marø.

The Consular Corps of Houston staged a Consular Luncheon with Ambassador Edward Djerejian at the Junior League on October 30th. He gave an informal and insightful talk on the currently unfolding events in the Middle East Read more

Ambassador Park, Deputy Minister Ayhan, Governor Bryant, and Ambassador Mykletun

On Friday 10th of October the Consulates General of Brazil, Korea and Norway staged the 4th annual Houston Shipping and Offshore Conference (HSOC) at the Houstonian Hotel Club & Spa. The Governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant and the Deputy Minister Dilek Ayhan of Norway were the keynote speakers, while the rest of the program featured industry leaders. Read more

The Arctic Business Roudtable Discussion

On Friday the 17th of October the Mayor’s Office and the City of Houston hosted a Consular Forum on Opportunities and Challenges in the Arctic. The Event was co-hosted by the Arctic nations of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. Read more

Photo: Quy Tran.

On October 13th Deputy Minister Dilek Ayhan, from the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, opened the second NorTex Nano Summit. The Summit is a direct spin-off from the Transatlantic Science Week, held in Houston in November 2012, and focuses on creating nanotechnology clusters between the participating universities from Texas and Norway. Read more

The Deputy Minister Dilek Ayhan with Students and Researchers from the NorTex Nano Summit. 
Photo: Kristoffer Landmark Marø.

Last week the Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Dilek Ayhan visited Houston to speak at the Houston Shipping and Offshore Conference (HSOC) and the NorTex Nano Summit. Read more