International Conference on Harnessing Technology (ICHT 2008)

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Event Date/Time: Oct 13, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 15, 2008
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Preliminary Call for Papers

Aim of the Conference

The Sultanate of Oman and Gulf Region has strived ahead in leaps and bounds over recent years in all areas of growth, both economically and industrially. The government, under the visionary leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has worked tirelessly toward creating a boom for the country and making Oman a key player on the global map. The exchange of information and knowledge is crucial to the expansion and further growth of any nation in assuring the successful and sustainable development of their natural resources. Cultivating and improving on these vital assets is of paramount importance, and is engineered through the dissemination of research, knowledge and expertise.

The Caledonian College of Engineering has been contributing to the social, economical and industrial development of the Gulf region for over 10 years through high quality technical education. Established in Oman as the affiliate of Glasgow Caledonian University (UK), it is now recognized as one of the most successful private colleges in the Sultanate. In the continuous quest for development in the region, the College will be hosting the International Conference on Harnessing Technology (ICHT), and will create an opportunity for various international, national and regional sectors to come together for strategic level discussions. This will assist in identifying future needs, expand on current innovations and bring forward target-effective, goal-orientated solutions for key issues in Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, relevant to the Region.

The Conference will be conducted under the esteemed patronage of His Excellency H.E Maqbool Ali Sultan - Minister of Commerce & Industry, and the Steering Committee and Advisory Committee are composed of key individuals from industry, commerce, government and academia

Key Topics

The conference will operate under four main sub-themes:

Renewable Energy Resources & Technology: Solar and Thermal Energy systems and technologies Biogas & Biomass; Tidal Power Generation & Wind Energy, Hybrid Energy Systems; Alternative Fuels; Storage, Transmission & Distribution Equipment; Optimal Design for Energy Production.

Natural Energy Resources & Technology: Technology & Materials; Oil & Gas Energy Sources; Grid Based Power Systems, Planning & Regulation, Sustainable Energy and Processes; Thermal Power Systems; Storage, Transmission & Distribution Equipment; Optimal Design for Energy Production

Environmental Impacts: Regional Issues and Policies; Hazardous Waste, Waste Management & Treatment; Air, Water Pollution Control & Equipment; Clean Technologies; Global Change and Sustainable Development; Environmental Risk Analysis; Coastal Erosion & Sea Water Intrusion; Environmentally Benign Materials & Technology;

Energy Conservation, Economics & Strategic Management: Economics & Policies; Efficiency Energy Systems; International & Regional Strategy for Energy, Development & Environment; Power System Planning & Management; Legislation, urban and rural development and protection of heritage and culture. Socio-economic & Infrastructure Issues; Public awareness and Education in Energy & Environment issues.

Information for authors

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts not exceeding 1 page of A4, in English, relevant to the themes above. The abstract must include the title, author(s) full name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers. Following review, selected authors will be invited to submit their full paper, not exceeding 5 pages of A4, according to the format and templates supplied. The paper will be printed in the proceedings from the authors typed manuscript with soft editing and formatting. The papers must be presented by authors personally. Detailed instructions to the authors are available on the ICHT website.


Authors and delegates wishing to attend the Conference are invited to register by following the instructions on the ICHT Conference website OR by completing the attached registration form and returning it by post OR by typing the form in MS word and sending it as an attachment through e-mail to the Conference Coordinator. The registration fee for one author who presents the paper in the conference will be waived off.

The Venue & Accommodation

The ICHT Conference will take place in the prestige surroundings of the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Muscat, Oman. The hotel is situated in a prime, central location in Muscat and boasts panoramic views of the city and its picturesque coastline. The hotel is furnished by 200 rooms, executive facilities, a gym, spa, pool and outdoor tennis courts. The restaurants provide a varied selection of dining cuisines from the delicate flavours of Persia, to the famous riches of Italian cooking, and guests can choose whatever their palate desires from any of the 6 restaurants and leisure outlets which offer a full array of international choice. The Crowne Plaza will provide accommodation to conference participants at a special, reduced rate for the duration of the Conference days only. All costs of accommodation and meals must be borne by the participant, and paid directly to the hotel.

About Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is an independent country in the southeastern quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said came into power in 1970 and has since reformed, developed and modernized this jewel of the Peninsula.

Muscat is situated in the North of the country and is the capital of Oman. Host to beautiful stretches of untouched coastline and a historical and fascinating culture, its rich heritage dates back thousands of years and makes Muscat one of the oldest cities in the Middle East. The city enchants visitors in a way that no other city in the Gulf Region can match and amalgamates a delightful mixture of preserving the old, and developing the new. Muscat, Muttrah and Ruwi are the capitals core districts. Muscat is the site of the Sultan’s main palace, whilst Muttrah is the old port area which was the hub of trade in historic times. Ruwi is the capitals modern commercial district, however considerable further development is taking place in other cities, from Salalah in the south, to Sur, a traditional coastal town, on to Sohar in the north.


The ICHT is proudly sponsored by major Petroleum and Oil and Gas Industries in the Sultanate of Oman.

Speakers to be announced

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: 10th May 2008
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 10th June 2008
Receipt of final Manuscripts: 10th July 2008

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