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Long Beach Annual Convention

It’s that time of year again -- time for the annual convention, AAPG’s main event for the year!

Anticipation, Achievement, Appearance, Aspiration and Amusement are the five “A”s for convention time. On achievement Thomas Edison said that there are three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile -- “hard work, stick-to-itiveness and common sense.” Many members and staff have been “working hard’ to make this one of the best conventions and exhibitions ever.

“Understanding Earth Systems -- Pursuing the Checkered Flag” is the theme for the conference -- referring, of course, to the Long Beach Grand Prix that will take place immediately after the annual meeting.

Long Beach has a lot to offer. It has a reputation as one of the most international cities in America. The Organizing Committee, led by Dalton Lockman as general chair, has had the “stick-to-iveness and common sense” to develop a very comprehensive global event.

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It’s that time of year again -- time for the annual convention, AAPG’s main event for the year!

Anticipation, Achievement, Appearance, Aspiration and Amusement are the five “A”s for convention time. On achievement Thomas Edison said that there are three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile -- “hard work, stick-to-itiveness and common sense.” Many members and staff have been “working hard’ to make this one of the best conventions and exhibitions ever.

“Understanding Earth Systems -- Pursuing the Checkered Flag” is the theme for the conference -- referring, of course, to the Long Beach Grand Prix that will take place immediately after the annual meeting.

Long Beach has a lot to offer. It has a reputation as one of the most international cities in America. The Organizing Committee, led by Dalton Lockman as general chair, has had the “stick-to-iveness and common sense” to develop a very comprehensive global event.


As always, the key part of the convention is the technical program. Both oral and poster sessions in Long Beach are based on the following topics:

  • Deep Water Reservoirs.
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentology.
  • Structural Innovations and Applications.
  • Global Exploration Portfolio.
  • Maximizing our Potential; Reservoir Characterization and Modeling.
  • Geoscience Tools.
  • Unconventional Reservoirs and Resources.
  • Hydrocarbon Systems and Basin Analysis.
  • The New Oil Business.
  • Astrogeology and the “Bigger” Picture.
  • Geoscience and Public Policy.

As you can see there is something for everyone with one of our most diverse programs ever developed for an annual meeting.

All three AAPG Divisions have provided input into the program and, in addition, they are sponsoring lunches with excellent speakers. And AAPG award-winning journalist and author Michael Economides will be the speaker for the.

We also have a complete slate of short course offerings and, of course, many excellent field trips in sunny California.

On the final day of the meeting, we have borrowed a tradition from our Australian “mates” -- AAPG will hold its first “Sundowner” at an annual meeting. This will be an end of convention reception on the final evening open to all attendees.


Annual meetings are when almost all of AAPG’s standing committees meet, and many key decisions will be made in Long Beach for the Association. The decisions they make and the programs they initiate will influence the ultimate direction of the Association. Please consider joining a committee of your interest.

Also, in Long Beach the [PFItemLinkShortcode|id:12534|type:standard|anchorText:House of Delegates|cssClass:asshref|title:See related article - Major Items on Delegates’ Agenda|PFItemLinkShortcode] will be considering the issue of a “graduated dues structure.” The proposal is for a system of dues that is fair for all members and based on a member’s or potential member’s ability to pay.


Long Beach is turning out to be an extremely popular meeting. Hotels have filled-up fast, but we can still find you a place to stay. Recently, we contracted with the Queen Mary for premium hotel space. Most of the hotels are within walking distance of the Long Beach convention center. Please fax your hotel request form to: +1 330 963 0319.

Networking, continuous technical sessions, training, technology and an Icebreaker thrown in for good measure. For the price, AAPG’s Annual Convention is one of the best values for professional development. Long Beach promises to be no exception from that rule. California meetings are always unique and fun.

Long Beach will be a great meeting. Don’t miss out.

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