AAPG Young Professionals (YPs) in the Asia-Pacific Region are quickly moving toward establishing a strong YP group in Indonesia.
The growing success of this group was exemplified at the Indonesian Petroleum Association Convention and Exhibition (IPA Convex), held in May in Jakata – 150 students representing 14 Indonesian Student chapters, 32 YPs and 15 “expats” participated in several activities organized by the AAPG Indonesian Student Chapter (SC) and the Asia-Pacific YPs.
On the convention’s first day, the AAPG YP-SC exhibition hall booth was inaugurated in conjunction with the organizing meeting of TESEP (Teacher Earth Science Education Program), which was attended by AAPG House of Delegates chair-elect Robert Shoup.
As YPs Dwandari Ralanarko and Putu Ayu Saraswati explained, TESEP is a geoscience guest lecture program in Australian universities that will be implemented in Indonesia as AP-GEP (Asia Pacific-Geoscience Education Program).
During the following two days, students and YPs were given the opportunity to interact with industry mentors, which included many illustrious AAPG faces. During the sessions, each SC was given 30 minutes to give a poster presentation of their latest campus activities. These presentations were followed by networking opportunities, where participants exchanged knowledge and experiences on various geologic topics.
The program also included three YP talks, by Bagus Priyanto, Dwandari Ralanarko and Amin Ahlun Nazar, which revolved around the speakers’ experience and included advice on leadership, organization, student chapter operation and technical knowledge on geology and geophysics.
Scientific papers also were presented in the IPA technical session by YP speakers.
Asia-Pacific president, Peter Baillie, joined AAPG vice president-Regions, John Kaldi, Shoup and AAPG members Herman Darman and Robert Morley for a panel discussion, where all shared their experiences and commented on various challenges they’ve encountered while working in the Industry.
Darman also presented a career talk in which he gave valuable tips to the student and YP attendees on developing professional skills.
Baille presented three student chapter awards on the event’s final day:
- Outstanding Student Chapter Award – the Universitas Pembangunan Nasional “Veteran” Student Chapter.
- Honorable mention – the Universitas Padjajaran Student Chapter.
- Honorable mention – Universitas Gadjah Mada Student Chapter.
Baille also acknowledged the Universitas Padjajaran Student Chapter for winning second place in the AAPG SC video contest held earlier this year.
We’re thankful to all the AAPG members who helped make this event a memorable one for our YPs and students.