European Region

Officials are calling the first-ever AAPG European Region conference to be held in Mallorca, Spain, a “great success.”

The conference, “Architecture of Carbonate Systems Through Time,” was held in late April and attracted over 130 attendees from 31 countries -- and over half of those attending were members of AAPG.

The object of the conference was to address the subject of carbonate reservoirs in a thematic sense -- with an emphasis on poster presentations -- and to attract an audience from Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

The Mallorca conference was the second conference held by the European Region. The first was held in Prague in 2004.

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Officials are calling the first-ever AAPG European Region conference to be held in Mallorca, Spain, a “great success.”

The conference, “Architecture of Carbonate Systems Through Time,” was held in late April and attracted over 130 attendees from 31 countries -- and over half of those attending were members of AAPG.

The object of the conference was to address the subject of carbonate reservoirs in a thematic sense -- with an emphasis on poster presentations -- and to attract an audience from Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

The Mallorca conference was the second conference held by the European Region. The first was held in Prague in 2004.

These regional conferences are designed to address both local and regional topics of interest to members.

The organizing committee making this successful meeting possible included:

  • Mateu Esteban, general chair, REPSOL/YPF.
  • Keith Gerdes, general vice chair, Shell International E&P.
  • Frans van Buchem, technical program chair, IFP.
  • Luis Pomar, technical program co-chair and field trip chair, Universitat de les Illes Balears.
  • Arve Lønøy, technical program co-chair, Hydro ASA.
  • Rudy A.J. Swennen, oral sessions chair, University of Leuven.
  • Philippe Lapointe, poster sessions chair, Total.

Co-sponsors of the Mallorca event included REPSOL/YPF, Statoil, Shell, Total, the Government and University of the Balearic Islands, SAGEX, Chevron and Carbonates International.

The Region’s next conference, in Athens, Greece, will be held in the fall of 2007. AAPG will announce details as they become available.


AAPG’s education program has something very important in common with our Regions and Sections -- it likes to be “there,” with you, where the action is.

U.S. members have a variety of upcoming short courses to consider, including Quantification of Risk (June 6-9) in Denver; Practical Salt Tectonics (June 26-28) in Houston; Basic Well Log Analysis (Aug. 15-18) in Austin, Texas; and Practical Mapping for Reservoir Characterization (Sept. 30-Oct. 1) in New Orleans, in conjunction with the SEG annual meeting.

Also, a new course has been set in Jackson Hole, Wyo., July 31-Aug. 4, on “Application of Structural Geology in Prospecting in Thrusted and Extended Terrains.”

On the international scene are two upcoming field seminars: one in Barcelona, Spain on “Folding, Thrusting and Syntectonic Sedimentation -- Perspectives from Classic Localities of the Central Pyrenees” (June 12-16), and one that begins in Malaysia and ends in Brunei on “Fluvial to Turbidite Reservoir Systems of Southeast Asia” (July 19-28.)

Four Hedberg Conferences -- three in international locales -- are currently scheduled in the next 12 months. They are:

For further details on any of these programs contact the AAPG education department at (918) 560-2650, or visit the AAPG Web site at www.aapg.org/events/research/hedberg-conferences.

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