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Smiles Remain For Athens

AAPG European Region officials had a lot of reasons to still be smiling several weeks after the close of their largest meeting in their history.

Final numbers showed that 1,283 people attended the historic AAPG-AAPG European Region energy conference and exhibition in Athens, Greece – a gathering that was several times larger than any other meeting the Region has offered.

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AAPG European Region officials had a lot of reasons to still be smiling several weeks after the close of their largest meeting in their history.

Final numbers showed that 1,283 people attended the historic AAPG-AAPG European Region energy conference and exhibition in Athens, Greece – a gathering that was several times larger than any other meeting the Region has offered.

“We had much more attendance than expected, which was a nice surprise,” said meeting general chair Geir Lunde, but he had a long list of other reasons why the meeting was a success, including “high quality talks with wide appeal” that lived up to the conference theme, “Challenge Our Myths.”

“We gave received a lot of positive feedback,” Lunde said. “The theme really affected the attitude of many participants in approaching new and untraditional ideas.”

ER president István Bérczi said the meeting’s success – both in terms of attendance and scientific results – was the result of “many components.”

“It was a good idea to extend the scope of the conference both geographically and thematically,” Bérczi said, because that showed “the importance to open from the classical exploration geology to the gray areas between geology and engineering, (and) to the issues of the contribution of geology to the economy.”

In keeping with the conference theme, the paper and poster that best “challenged our myths” were honored at the closing session. Those winners were:

  • Paper – Henk J. Droste, Shell Technology Oman, Muscat, Oman, for “The Myth of the Flat and Monotonous Mesozoic Epeiric Carbonate Platforms in the Middle East.”
  • Poster – Sebastian Rohais, Institute Francais du Petrole, Rueil Malmaison Cedex, France, for “Modeling the Stratigraphic Architecture of the Southern Margin of the Corinth Rift (Greece).”

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