What We Do

In an effort to help promote Texas as a world-class destination for research, TAMEST hosts an annual conference, engages in educational programs on key issues and offers awards to provide recognition to aspiring Texas-based researchers. Our members are from universities, research organizations and industries throughout Texas.

TAMEST has held dozens of major events including annual conferences, critical issues forums and the 2015 Texas Research Summit. These events advance scientific research by providing forums for Texas’ science and technology leaders to explore opportunities for collaboration, share information with each other and recognize outstanding achievements within their scientific community.

These forums elevate Texas’ position as an important destination for scientific discovery and innovation internationally, and help ensure that our state attracts and retains the best minds in medicine, engineering and science.

TAMEST 2023 Annual Conference: Forward Texas—Accelerating Change

May 23–25, 2023 | The InterContinental Houston – Medical Center | Houston, Texas

The TAMEST 2023 Annual Conference, Forward Texas: Accelerating Change, gathered some of our most celebrated and innovative researchers to examine how science and technology are leading to fundamental changes in society. The cross-disciplinary program focused on four profound scientific transitions underway: CRISPR gene editing, “big” data science, renewable energy and decarbonization.

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TAMEST 2023 Annual Conference
TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference

TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference: Forward Texas—Imperatives for Health

June 20–22, 2022 | The Westin Riverwalk | San Antonio, Texas

The TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference, Forward Texas: Imperatives for Health, explored how Texas can build the vibrant, healthy communities of tomorrow and address topics like health care, education, infrastructure and infectious disease. It was also an important opportunity to examine the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, its long-term impacts on our communities and discuss the innovative solutions and interventions that happened as a result.

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TAMEST 2020 Annual Conference: Innovating Texas

January 7–9, 2020 | Fairmont Dallas | Dallas, Texas

The TAMEST 2020 Annual Conference: Innovating Texas explored how basic research leads to new technologies, products and companies and showcased avenues to commercialization for researchers across an array of disciplines. The program featured success stories from some of Texas’ greatest entrepreneurs and inventors and looked at astounding research and technology developments happening now that will impact our lives and economy in the future.

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TAMEST 2020 Annual Conference

TAMEST 2019 Annual Conference: Neuroscience and Brain Health

January 14–16, 2019 | Horseshoe Bay Resort | Horseshoe Bay, Texas

The TAMEST 2019 Annual Conference convened some of the top minds in Texas and the nation to explore the groundbreaking research that could lead to advances in neuroscience and better brain health. We investigated topics such as healthy aging, addiction and the opioid crisis, neurological disease prevention, technological advances in mapping the brain, and neuroscience research priorities and challenges that lie ahead.

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TAMEST 2018 Annual Conference: Aerospace

The 2018 Annual Conference: Aerospace explored the potential in Texas for greater research and development in aerospace, specifically in the areas of human space flight, aeronautics and commercial space exploration.

Texas’ top minds gathered on January 10–12, 2018, at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City to explore what the future has in store for aerospace in Texas, the country and the world.

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2018 Annual Conference
Shale Task Force Report

Studying the Impacts of Oil and Gas Development

A task force convened by TAMEST examined the environmental and community impacts of shale oil and gas development in Texas. The TAMEST Shale Task Force is a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive review of scientific research and related findings regarding impacts of shale oil and gas production in Texas.

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2017 Annual Conference

Building a Sustainable Future for Texas

What kind of place will Texas be 100 years from now? Can it be smarter, cleaner and more innovative? Research in Texas is moving the state in that direction, and at the 2017 TAMEST Annual Conference, hundreds of Texas’ top minds gathered to find solutions for the state’s growing population, dynamic economy and changing climate.

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Texas Research Summit

Expanding Research

On November 12–13, 2015, TAMEST hosted a unique event, a new research summit in Texas that gathered federal agencies and the state’s leading researchers together to highlight the outstanding research and innovation taking place in Texas.

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O'Donnell Awards

Recognizing Rising Star Researchers

The O’Donnell Awards annually recognize rising Texas researchers who are addressing the essential role that science and technology play in society, and whose work meets the highest standards of exemplary professional performance, creativity and resourcefulness.

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Water Summit

Understanding Water Issues

The 2014 Texas Water Summit addressed the economic implications for meeting the state’s water needs as our population doubles in size over the next 50 years. Scientists, engineers, policy analysts, legislators, CEOs, agency officials and interested citizens learned about the latest advances for achieving water security in the agriculture, oil and gas, power and manufacturing industries.

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