Perth Packed an International Punch

Perth a Record-Setting Meeting

When Western Australian Premier Alan J. Carpenter told the large opening session audience in Perth that his state was “a geologist’s paradise,” he may not have realized just how perfect that statement would prove to be.

The 2006 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, even though it was held at the “remote” venue of Perth, proved to be a record-setting meeting. With a final official count of 2,626 registrants, it became the largest international meeting in AAPG history.

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When Western Australian Premier Alan J. Carpenter told the large opening session audience in Perth that his state was “a geologist’s paradise,” he may not have realized just how perfect that statement would prove to be.

The 2006 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, even though it was held at the “remote” venue of Perth, proved to be a record-setting meeting. With a final official count of 2,626 registrants, it became the largest international meeting in AAPG history.

From Carpenter’s viewpoint, he used “paradise” to explain the region’s huge exploration potential -- and the huge potential for his state in working with the oil industry.

“It’s (Western Australia) got tremendous potential, and the opportunity to discover totally new petroleum provinces,” he said. “If we can’t win the battle on exploration, we can’t win the war on petroleum production, so we’re putting in an effort to work with geologists to unlock the secrets of potential discoveries.”

“Paradise” for meeting organizers referred to the large international crowd that flocked to the meeting. Although Australians accounted for the largest block of participants by country -- 907 registrants -- geologists from 65 countries attended the meeting.

Other countries with large numbers of attendees included the United States -- 283; the United Kingdom -- 100; Malaysia -- 90; Indonesia -- 76; and People’s Republic of China -- 67.