AAPG Is Back in the Big D Saddle

Celebrations and Challenges

AAPG returns to a familiar locale this month for an event that proudly recalls a century of success as it bravely charts a path toward tomorrow.

The 89th AAPG Annual Meeting, with SEPM, will be held April 18-21 at the Dallas Convention Center, and more than 870 technical presentations are ready to present a comprehensive portrait of the profession, the industry and the science of petroleum geology.

"Embrace the Future — Celebrate the Past" is the meeting theme, and members of the hosting Dallas Geological Society have crafted an innovative technical and social program to explore the topic.

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89th AAPG Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas

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AAPG returns to a familiar locale this month for an event that proudly recalls a century of success as it bravely charts a path toward tomorrow.

The 89th AAPG Annual Meeting, with SEPM, will be held April 18-21 at the Dallas Convention Center, and more than 870 technical presentations are ready to present a comprehensive portrait of the profession, the industry and the science of petroleum geology.

"Embrace the Future — Celebrate the Past" is the meeting theme, and members of the hosting Dallas Geological Society have crafted an innovative technical and social program to explore the topic.

Planners in Dallas have been most aware of the industry's and profession's current environment of change.

"The (meeting's) well-balanced technical program and the diversity of topical content will enable participants to examine subjects unfamiliar to them," said meeting general chair Terence G. O'Hare.

"The program is extremely comprehensive," he added, "providing something of interest for numerous geologic specializations."

Included in the technical program are nine special forums — believed to be the most ever for an AAPG meeting — that include:

  • The History of Geology: Lessons Learned from Failures.
  • Delivering on Our Promises — Managing E&P in the 21 Century (starts at 8:20 a.m. Monday, April 19).
  • Technical, Business and Ethical Challenges for Independents and Consultants (at 1:25 p.m. Monday, April 19).
  • Petroleum Asset Risk Management (at 3:15 p.m. Monday, April 19).
  • Teaching Earth Sciences, K-12 and Public Outreach.
  • Recent Discovery and Development Case Histories.
  • Business Strategies for Exploration Evaluation — Onshore North America (at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 20).
  • The Future of Global Energy — Technical, Environmental, Economic and Policy Issues.
  • Climate Change — Sense and Nonsense in Our Great Geophysical Experiment.

Another special presentation will be the annual Michel T. Halbouty Lecture, which this year will be offered at 5 p.m. Monday, April 19. Veteran international oil explorer Brian Maxted will discuss "Exploration Perspectives and Paradigms — Finding Oil in the Future."

Complementing the technical program, of course, is the huge exhibits hall showcase — the Dallas Convention Center is the largest in Texas — site of Sunday's Icebreaker (and Tuesday's "mini-breaker" reception). This year's display will offer more than 250 exhibitors, offering the latest in cutting-edge technology and information, and including the popular International Pavilion and Virtual Café.

As usual, pre-meeting events — various short courses, field trips and social activities — will be held for early arrivers, including an expanded Teacher Program (begins Saturday, April 17) and Career Seminar (at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel).

The meeting begins in earnest at 4 p.m. Sunday with the opening session and awards ceremony, followed by the traditional Icebreaker in the exhibits hall. Technical sessions begin at 8 a.m. Monday, April 19.

This year also marks a record setting twelfth time Dallas has been host for an AAPG annual meeting — the most for any city. Dallas also is the only city to host an annual meeting in each decade of AAPG's existence.

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