Our Goal: No Geologist Left Behind

In his first EXPLORER column in July, AAPG President John Lorenz noted that his focus this year will be on “advancing the science.”

It’s an important message and a key goal for all of AAPG – we know if we can provide the best science possible, then professionals and students will want to join AAPG and contribute.

As part of the focus on providing the best science, AAPG is reviewing all of our products and services against the needs of the membership.

For example, we are upgrading AAPG’s professional development program through its new Education Directorate. Susan Nash, AAPG’s education and professional development director, is working with the Education Committee, Research Committee and the Divisions to build a comprehensive program. The membership of the committees and Divisions provide key resources and guidance for staff to build AAPG’s education program. READ SUSAN NASH'S BLOG - LEARN!

The following is a list of educational offerings for this new fiscal year:

  • Fall Education Conference: This year’s theme is “The Business of Oil and Gas.” It will provide strong offerings of courses designed to help you succeed in quickly changing environments.
  • Spring Education Conference: The 2010 theme is Unconventional Resources. With four concurrent tracks and courses spread over five days, you have an opportunity to mix and match to meet your needs in shale gas, coalbed methane, resource plays and more.
  • New short courses: Educational offerings are designed for both new and experienced geoscientists.
  • New course content focuses on science and technology, with practical applications. New “Getting Started” courses include petroleum geoscience, salt tectonics and more. Courses range from one to five days with various cost levels to provide affordable alternatives.
  • Please check out our online courses as well as our traditional classroom settings –online courses are an affordable, convenient way for you to obtain education when and where you need it.
  • e-Symposium series: This is an affordable and convenient new delivery format, great for getting started or expanding your knowledge.
  • Each e-Symposium course includes a one-hour live interactive webinar combined with a full day of independent study materials, which can be accessed any time, any place. The webinar’s archived version also is available after the event, so if you miss the live event, you can access it later. You also can sign up for the archived event after the fact.
  • Forthcoming topics include 3-D seismic of shale plays, integrated geothermal operations, thermogenic gas, and carbon capture and sequestration, plus new courses on renewable energy such as wind farm operations.
  • (Remember, if you miss it, you may always sign up for the archived version.)
  • Geoscience Technology Workshops: AAPG’s new GTW program is designed to provide quick-to-market information on hot topics. The format is exciting and dynamic, with an emphasis on sharing real-life experience, case studies, “lessons learned” and new directions.
  • Several GTW’s are planned for the coming year, including those on reserves reporting, unconventional resources and carbon capture and sequestration.
  • Renewable energy: Stay tuned as we launch new courses, seminars and online certificate programs in renewable energy. Our goal is to provide you up-to-date and relevant education on wind, geothermal, solar, biomass and integrated renewable/non-renewable solutions.
  • Empower yourself with knowledge in this dynamic, quickly evolving area.
  • Hedberg Research Conference: This season’s first Hedberg Conference will be held on Aug. 16-19 in Vancouver, Canada, titled “Carbon Capture and Sequestration.” A second Hedberg is planned on deepwater fold belts on Oct. 4-9, in Tirrenia, Italy.
  • Hedbergs often are followed by GTWs on similar topics. More Hedbergs are in the planning stage, so watch the calendar for new offerings.

One of the keys to AAPG’s success in building this new professional development program is to find key research – especially cutting-edge research – that can be used to educate AAPG membership and other professionals. To that end, we need more volunteers who are willing to advance the science by sharing their knowledge.


If so, please contact Susan Nash – she’ll be glad to discuss possibilities and connect you with the right committees.

I know it is hard to find time to invest in professional education when times are good, because you’re busy – and when times are slower, it is difficult because of the economics.

AAPG’s courses are affordable and good quality.

Take another look. Now is the time to invest in yourself, to expand your skill sets and knowledge base for your future success.

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Richard D. “Rick” Fritz, an AAPG member since 1984 and a member of the Division of Environmental Geosciences and the Division of Professional Affairs, served as AAPG Executive Director from 1999 to 2011.

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