Motivation and Resiliency

What motivates you? How do you keep going? I have been thinking about how we have been keeping motivated over the past year while most of us have been coping with working from home, juggling office space and taking care of children, along with job losses, health crises, and few (if any) interactions or in-person networking opportunities.

I know that many of you have been experiencing all or some of those situations and, unfortunately, it is not over yet!

Online Offerings

Our members have shown a lot of resiliency to stay motivated by attending pivot webinars organized and championed by Susan Nash, AAPG’s director of innovation, emerging science and technology. By focusing on new technologies and providing information on transitioning into other industries, these efforts provide support to members looking for new career options.

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What motivates you? How do you keep going? I have been thinking about how we have been keeping motivated over the past year while most of us have been coping with working from home, juggling office space and taking care of children, along with job losses, health crises, and few (if any) interactions or in-person networking opportunities.

I know that many of you have been experiencing all or some of those situations and, unfortunately, it is not over yet!

Online Offerings

Our members have shown a lot of resiliency to stay motivated by attending pivot webinars organized and championed by Susan Nash, AAPG’s director of innovation, emerging science and technology. By focusing on new technologies and providing information on transitioning into other industries, these efforts provide support to members looking for new career options.

The Energy Minerals Division has been instrumental in putting on webinars ranging from “Fundamentals of shalegas/ oil reservoirs,” conducted by myself, and a free workshop on “Freeware for freelancers,” organized by EMD’s President-Elect Justin Birdwell and Vice President Mike Bingle-Davis. The latter will have a second edition next month because of great demand. Please also check out our EMD YouTube channel where this webinar was posted.

See Each Other at ACE 2021

Resiliency and motivation are needed to keep engaged in our profession, and after a year of attending webinars, virtual volunteering and networking over Zoom, I think we are all ready for in-person meetings again! Although ACE 2021 will not happen in May, it will be even better when in September we meet for an in-person/virtual meeting in conjunction with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. The Theme 9 program, organized by our chair and EMD Secretary Claudia Hackbarth, will be very exciting with several EMD sessions and two special panel sessions: “What’s new in energy minerals” with our esteemed EMD commodity committee chairs giving us an overview of the newest developments regarding their respective resources; and a special session on “Questions of transitions – forum of leading thinkers.”

We hope you are planning to attend in person this fall!

Member Survey

We asked, you answered, we listened. Thank you so much for answering our member survey about how to serve our membership better. We are happy that your priorities are lining up with our goals to serve our membership.

Here are a few highlights: overwhelmingly you would like us to communicate new technology and geoscience concepts through virtual communication. The most interesting committees to you were Critical Minerals, Energy Economics and Technology and Tight Oil and Gas, followed by Geothermal, in which we will keep expanding and conducting workshops and webinars to disseminate information and new concepts.

We have also been exploring our budget shortfalls that we might remedy with a small fee. It seems most of you wouldn’t mind contributing less than $30 per year to keep EMD going!

As always, please contact me or any of the EMD committee chairs at AAPG.org/Divisions/EMD if you’d like to get involved in this exciting organization. It has been a pleasure to serve as president of this interesting and forward-thinking organization and I am looking forward to stay involved as past president next year!

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