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International SSPEED Conference
Urban and Coastal Flooding: Building a Resilient Future
October 12 & 13, 2023

Please join us this October for SSPEED’s 11th Conference, where top academic, consulting and governmental experts will present on a wide variety of topics. This two day event will be located at the Anderson-Clarke Center (Glasscock School of Continuing Studies) at Rice University.

Tentative Topics

  • Nature-based flood mitigation solutions

  • Transportation & access to (and protection of) critical care facilities

  • Flood Responses and defense in coastal areas

  • Risk exposure & state hazard mitigation planning

  • Climate Concerns and Flooding Impacts

  • Advanced Flood Warning Systems linked to Data Science

  • Machine Learning and Flood Analysis systems and models

  • The Social Impact of Climate and Flood Mitigation Measures

  • Make Room for the River and the Future of Houston

​Two-Day Conference Pricing

​The conference registration fee includes handout materials, breaks, lunches, and reception. The conference agenda will be posted this summer. Up to 15 hours of CEU credit available.


Early Registration               May 15 - July 15        $250 
Late Registration                On/After July 16        $300
Student Registration*         May - October            $100

*Must have valid Student ID & email. Please email


Please enter the lobby of Anderson-Clarke Center to check-in and receive your name badge on both days. On both days, Check-In opens at 8:00 a.m. and the conference starts promptly at 8:30. Grab a cup of coffee and mingle before the sessions begin. All sessions will be held in the Auditorium, unless noted in the schedule. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Parking & Directions 

This year’s event will be held at the Anderson-Clarke Center at Rice University, home to the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. The closest paid* parking lot is West Lot 5. Entrance #8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Drive provides the easiest access to West Lot 5. Other paid* parking options include: Greenbriar Lot (economical choice, $3 per each exit), Moody Lot, West Lot 2, or Central Garage underneath McNair Hall.

*The Parking Machines at the entrance gates will instruct the driver to insert a credit card (American Express, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover). When the gate opens and the vehicle enters, the computer's "parking meter" begins. Upon leaving, the visitor drives to the exit gate and inserts the same credit card. It is very important to use the same credit card used at entry while exiting, otherwise, the computer will not recognize the card. The gate will open within a few seconds, at which time the meter stops. The computer calculates the time, checks for fee approval, and will automatically bill the credit card.

Reception & Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting our reception on Thursday evening, October 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. We will have light bites and spirits to give our attendees the opportunity to connect with others across the industry. 

Agenda Coming Soon
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