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The exploration eyes of the world will be turned toward Spain this month, as the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition is held in Barcelona.

The meeting, designed around the theme "Crossroads of Geology, Energy and Cultures," will be held Sept. 21-24 at the Catalonia Palace of Congresses. Jorge/Jordi Ferrer, representing the hosting Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, is the general chairman.

More than 500 technical presentations -- including talks, posters, short courses, field trips and workshops -- will be offered, built around five themes:

  • Regional Geology (special emphasis on the Circum-Mediterranean and the Atlantic Margin).
  • Field-Based Geological Models (to emphasize Spain’s and the region’s outstanding geological outcrops).
  • Business and Energy Transport (featuring management forums and a special session on the role of smaller independents in the international arena).
  • Technology.
  • Student sessions.

Sunday’s opening session will feature addresses from several local and regional officials, plus entertainment that will flow into the traditional Icebreaker. Monday’s All-Conference Luncheon speaker will be John Gibson, president and CEO of the Halliburton Energy Services Group, talking about "The Ethics Storybook."

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