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Meetings in Cairo and China Highlights

International Bulletin Board

This month we continue with discussion of two important meetings that will be held in Cairo, Egypt, and Hangzhou, China.

In each case, members of our International Regions teams have played an important part in the planning and presentation of technical sessions, short courses and field trips that re-emphasize the need for continuous learning by AAPG members as they move through their careers.

To each of the members involved in planning these meetings, "thank you."

And to each of you who have the opportunity to attend either meeting, we hope you learn new facts or concepts that can be applied to doing your job better.

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This month we continue with discussion of two important meetings that will be held in Cairo, Egypt, and Hangzhou, China.

In each case, members of our International Regions teams have played an important part in the planning and presentation of technical sessions, short courses and field trips that re-emphasize the need for continuous learning by AAPG members as they move through their careers.

To each of the members involved in planning these meetings, "thank you."

And to each of you who have the opportunity to attend either meeting, we hope you learn new facts or concepts that can be applied to doing your job better.

Enjoy the meetings!

Cairo International Conference and Exhibition

With a theme of "Ancient Oil — New Energy," the Cairo 2002 meeting, set for Oct. 27-30, is attracting a great deal of interest and mounting enthusiasm. Mahmoud Abdul Baqi (Saudi Aramco), chair of the steering committee, and Mostafa K. El Ayouty (petroleum exploration consultant), general chair of the organizing committee, have inspired the committees to new levels of dedication.

The technical program committee has produced a program that promises to deliver an array of technical excellence — and with more than 500 technical abstracts received, attendees are sure to hear insights to support and expand the meeting's theme.

The short course committee has developed a wide-ranging program of pre- and post-conference short courses sponsored by AAPG and SEG. Topics will include:

  • Deep-water clastics exploration.
  • Perspectives on international oil and gas ventures.
  • Pore pressure prediction.
  • Reservoir characterization using geophysical and geologic information.

The courses are sure to be a highlight of the conference and are another reason to come early to Cairo — and stay late.

Field trips, discussed in last month's column, will reinforce the applications of new technology. The energy and enthusiasm of this committee has set the bar high for field trips for future AAPG conferences.

Cairo 2002 is special because it is seldom that practicing geoscientists can learn about the latest technical advances in hydrocarbon production and look through the eyes of "the Ancients" at the same lands. To think of the Nubian Sandstone as a hydrocarbon reservoir and also a stone from which great temples were built centuries before our meeting is humbling. We need to listen to what the rocks tell us!

The conference announcement and exhibits information will be mailed and simultaneously available on our Web site in early June. The pre-registration deadline will be in late September.

For information contact the AAPG convention department, at 1-918-560-2679 (phone); 1-918-560-2684 (fax).

Hangzhou Symposium

As you read this column, the "International Symposium on Chinese Petroleum Exploration in the 21st Century," including the second Forum on Marine Carbonate Reservoirs, has concluded in Hangzhou, China, hosted by the Chinese Association of Petroleum Geologists in conjunction with AAPG.

Honorary chairmen of the conference were Son Jian and Michel T. Halbouty. Over 450 attendees from China, Australasia and North America were extended invitations

Like Cairo, Hangzhou has been an important city for many centuries. Their histories as marketplaces, locations of enlightenment and strategic locations near major oil and gas accumulations are revisited by AAPG members in 2002. Learning from the past helps to map the future of our industry.

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