Despite the fact that we’re still a couple months out from the 100th Anniversary AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) in Houston, it’s never too early to start planning your meeting itinerary.
With all the fantastic events and technical sessions planned, it’s easy to get lost in the program. However, those of us in the Young Professionals (YP) Special Interest Group (SIG) would like to help you navigate your ACE experience by telling you about a few events you should definitely plan to attend.
On Sunday, April 2, come visit us in the George R. Brown Convention Center from 2 to 3 p.m. for the YP Meet and Greet. This event is a perennial favorite among meeting regulars and a definite must for students and YPs attending their first ACE. With the help of our experienced professional volunteers and sponsor Noble Energy, we’ll be fielding all of your industry questions and providing tips and tricks that will make your meeting a success. Come participate in some of the best networking ACE has to offer.
The Future of Energy
After you’ve started your meeting off on the right foot by attending the Meet and Greet, make sure to end on a high note by spending the afternoon in the joint AAPG and Division of Professional Affairs (DPA) Theme 11 Forum aimed at students and early-career professionals on Wednesday, April 5.
According to Forum co-chairs Tim Rynott and Stephanie Nwoko:
“We welcome all YPs and students to ACE 2017 Houston. Two very important timelines are converging, making this one of the most important conventions in history. AAPG is boldly moving into its second century of existence, while the oil and gas industry is simultaneously recuperating from its version of the ‘Great Recession.’ The Great Crew Change is accelerating. Period.
“We need to act now to properly equip the next generation of geoscientists to take on the responsibility of fulfilling the world’s future energy needs. This is the goal of Theme 11: Future of Energy. Today’s YPs will soon be tomorrow’s leaders! You will be leading AAPG into the next 100 years and it is imperative that you are prepared for the task at hand.
“Our forum, ‘Essential Tools for the Next Generation of Geoscientists,’ is a blueprint for future energy industry architects as drawn by some of the biggest names in the business. The invited speakers, which include three former AAPG presidents, are all distinguished geoscientists in the oil and gas industry. They will share talks which will emphasize the importance and relevance of today’s YPs and students, particularly in light of the current industry downturn. We have the pleasure of welcoming Chandler Wilhelm, Shell vice president and current DPA president, as the keynote speaker for the event. This forum is the first of its kind and your participation will make it even more special. See you in Houston.”
The Theme 11 Forum will be held in the George R. Brown Convention Center from 1:15 to 5:05 p.m. in Room 351, and abstracts are currently available online at ace.aapg.org. Both the YP Meet and Greet and the Theme 11 Forum are included with ACE registration, so register today.
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