One of the most important technical events in the natural gas industry, the International Gas Union Research Conference (IGRC) will arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in May 2017. Organized by IBP – Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute, in partnership with International Gas Union (IGU), the Conference is an itinerant event promoted every three years in a different country. The 2017 edition has as theme “Natural Gas: Catalysing the Future”, which will bring technology as strategic key to the future business model for gas growth. The conference will map out all technological trends, as one of the fundamental pillars for the industry development. IGRC 2017 will gather business leaders across all areas of natural gas sector to debate the most relevant topics in discussion at the national and international scenario. The event will also bring together specialists to present technical papers, which will propose solutions to confront the challenges to the development of natural gas sector and to potentialize business opportunities. The conference topics include several segments as production & exploration, gas transmission & distribution, industrial gas utilization, climate and environment, and others.