The Qatar Process Safety Symposium (QPSS) is an annual 2 day event held in spring that allows delegates from industry, regulatory institutions, and academia to hear about safety success stories, incident case studies, best practices, new legislative regimes, and recent advances of research on process safety. Initiated in 2010 by Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q), QPSS has become a key event in the process safety community in Qatar.

History of QPSS:

Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q) hosted its first Safety Symposium on 15-16 March 2010. The event initiated and organized by Dr Simon Waldram, Professor of Chemical Engineering  and leader of the process safety research group at TAMU-Q, was generously sponsored by Qatar Shell, Exxonmobil Research Qatar and Qatar Petroleum. It attracted more than 80 attendees from local industries and universities. It gathered speakers of international stature and reputation, from Qatar, USA and Europe. The first symposium was well received by the Qatar Process Industry. TAMU-Q accordingly decided to pursue this initiative and make it an annual event.

The second Safety Symposium was held on 15th and 16th March 2011 at TAMU-Q. The two-day event was sponsored by the Ministry of Interior and presented under the auspices of H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa AI-Thani, Minister of State for Internal Affairs of the State of Qatar. The second edition of the symposium attracted 100 attendees from the local industry. The program included 16 distinguished speakers from different key players in the field of safety including Regulatory Institutions, Industries and Academia from Qatar, the USA and the UK. The program focused on many safety industry’s hot topics such as hazard identification, risk assessment, regulations, process safety management systems, emergency planning, lesson learning from major incidents and recent advances in process safety research.

Following these successful events, ConocoPhillips Qatar and TAMU-Q signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 30 November 2011 to memorialize their understanding and desire to cooperate to establish an Annual Safety Symposium in Doha, Qatar for the next 5 years. The Safety Symposium then took the name of Qatar Process Safety Symposium (QPSS).

Following the Memorandum of Understanding, the third edition of the safety symposium, under the name QPSS, took place on the 13-14 March 2012 at TAMU-Q. For the first time the program of the symposium was developed around a central theme: “Role of Leadership Commitment in Making Safety a Core Value”. This event featured 18 speakers and attracted 120 attendees from Qatar and abroad. Dr. Mark H. Weichold, Dean and CEO of TAMU-Q, said of the event, “Safety is a responsibility we all share, and the best way to promote it is to talk about it. The annual safety symposium at Texas A&M at Qatar has become an important gathering of experts and industry practitioners to discuss best practices, emerging trends and news challenges that threaten the safety – and, ultimately, productivity – of Qatar’s industrial operations“. The symposium gave also the opportunity to research students to present poster to the industry (8 posters).

ConocoPhillips and TAMU-Q organized the 2013 edition of the QPSS for the first time at the Qatar National Convention Centre on 11-12 March 2013. The new venue was needed to accomodate the growing demand to attend the event. The symposium program allowed discussion around the theme “Investing in Process Safety for a Sustainable Future”. The number of attendees in 2013 rose to more that 150 people. 13 posters from the research students and from the Graduate students of the Process Safety Engineering course at TAMU-Q were presented to the industry on diverse topics of process Safety. The 2013 edition of QPSS was special as it was the event chosen bt TAMU-Q to announce the launching of a satellite of the renowned Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) in Qatar!

The 2014 QPSS Edition of the QPSS was held on 8-9 April 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Centre on the theme “Reaching Operational Excellence by Asset Integrity Management”. Over 220 people from the safety and process safety community (>40 different companies) attended the event. 13 posters from the students MKOPSC and from the Graduate students of the Process Safety Engineering course were presented. The event gathered 31 speakers from 15 companies.

The Qatar Process Safety Symposium (QPSS) has become a key process safety event in Qatar and genuinely gathered the process safety community in Qatar. It is the Process Safety event in Qatar that allows Industry, Regulatory Institution and Academia to discuss the process safety challenges. It is an example of how Industry and Academia can work together to improve process safety in Qatar.

We thank you for your support in this initiative and look forward to making QPSS a successful initiative.

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