Three ‘Don’t-Miss’ Opportunities

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I visited a local bookstore looking for an extra 2003 calendar but the selection wasn't great in early February. I finally gave up in my search when I realized my only two choices were a calendar with dogs standing around in men's clothing or a calendar that featured recipes based on astrology.

(Maybe we should make an AAPG calendar that features some of our geologists and geophysicist in field garb, or some of our explorationists finding energy.)

I was looking for a calendar because my thoughts have been on the new year and its possibilities. Now that we are well into 2003, it is time to start thinking about some of AAPG's major events.

In addition to a lineup of exceptional schools, sectional and regional conferences, AAPG has three main events this year that you must put on your calendar.

Event No. 1: The 2003 AAPG Annual Meeting, May 11-14, at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City.

The theme for this meeting is "Energy — Our Monumental Task." Each year the technical program committee is challenged to develop an exceptional program. The organizing committee for Salt Lake City has risen to the task. The technical program for the Salt Lake City meeting is exceptional. Salt Lake City is known as "The Crossroads of the West" and the technical program committee accomplished a monumental task in preparing a program that is a crossroads of global energy resources and technical issues for finding and developing those resources.

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I visited a local bookstore looking for an extra 2003 calendar but the selection wasn't great in early February. I finally gave up in my search when I realized my only two choices were a calendar with dogs standing around in men's clothing or a calendar that featured recipes based on astrology.

(Maybe we should make an AAPG calendar that features some of our geologists and geophysicist in field garb, or some of our explorationists finding energy.)

I was looking for a calendar because my thoughts have been on the new year and its possibilities. Now that we are well into 2003, it is time to start thinking about some of AAPG's major events.

In addition to a lineup of exceptional schools, sectional and regional conferences, AAPG has three main events this year that you must put on your calendar.

Event No. 1: The 2003 AAPG Annual Meeting, May 11-14, at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City.

The theme for this meeting is "Energy — Our Monumental Task." Each year the technical program committee is challenged to develop an exceptional program. The organizing committee for Salt Lake City has risen to the task. The technical program for the Salt Lake City meeting is exceptional. Salt Lake City is known as "The Crossroads of the West" and the technical program committee accomplished a monumental task in preparing a program that is a crossroads of global energy resources and technical issues for finding and developing those resources.

Items of note include:

  • A special "Discovery" session has been added, to introduce a few new exploration discoveries.
  • Monday is "Executive Day," with special presentations and events by and for top leaders in the petroleum industry.
  • AAPG started the International Pavilion a decade ago, and this year it will be better than ever. AAPG is working with petroWEB to provide online access and services for the International Pavilion.
  • Of course, the field trips held around Salt Lake City are remarkable events, and there will be short courses to meet many of your training needs.

You can view the technical session themes, field trips, short courses and other events on AAPG's homepage at www.aapg.org. Also, you can use our new registration system to register online.

If you have not been to Salt Lake City lately, I strongly recommend a visit. This always beautiful city has been made "new and improved" as a result of its preparations in hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics.

There are still good prices on airline tickets to Salt Lake City, so register now and don't miss this event.

Event No. 2: APPEX 2003, Sept. 9-11, in Houston.

This year AAPG Prospect & Property Expo will be held for the first time in mid-September. Many APPEX participants have asked for this date, and we plan to make the post-Labor Day time frame permanent.

APPEX is the only geological and geophysical exposition of its kind, in that attendees have the opportunity to meet with many of our industry's explorationists to market and screen prospects and properties.

This year we'll be building on the success of last year's meeting with many innovations, including both a "Deep Water Pavilion" and an "International Pavilion."

Exhibition booths already are beginning to fill, so make your reservation early.

This year AAPG, in conjunction with Petris, has developed a new Web site where exhibitors can list their prospects and properties as soon as they register. Interested buyers will be able to view the prospects and properties prior to the show.

During the show exhibitors will be able to use an electronic road map to plan each day.

Event No. 3: The 2003 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 21-24.

Barcelona is also a "crossroads," and the theme for this meeting is "Crossroads of Geology, Energy and Cultures."

Barcelona is a great venue, and we are expecting one of the largest turnouts we have had for an international meeting. The organizing committee is developing a great program and exhibition, and the technical program committee has had tremendous response to the call for abstracts.

Also, like Salt Lake City, Barcelona is one of the premier locations in the world to launch spectacular field trips. In fitting with the charm of the city of Barcelona, many spouse activities, special programs and innovative, simultaneously run guest and technical field trips are planned.

Registration will be available both via hardcopy and through AAPG's new convention registration system. If you ever considered attending an AAPG international conference, this is the one.


These three meetings are the primary networking events for AAPG members for 2003. Each offers its own unique set of opportunities, and each is important in building and developing our profession.

This year, especially, there are many changes developing in the industry and the profession. We need members to meet, discuss and share. You need to be there.

Please check your calendar now — and don't miss these important opportunities.

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