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Vlastimila Dvorakova
Senior Researcher - Geophysicist
Czech Geological Survey, Brno, Czech Republic


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Based on my previous experience through service as an AAPG officer and meetings organizer, I feel that the time is right for me to work with the Executive Committee, Advisory Council, headquarters staff and members to accelerate AAPG’s journey to our next era.

My vision for the future of AAPG involves working toward a framework of transparency that can effectively embrace smaller units of AAPG such as the Regions and Sections.

Coming from Central Europe and speaking two of their dominant languages – German and Russian (in addition to my native language and English) – I feel closer to the people of the Regions in terms of understanding their mentality and cultures. This asset brings a sensitivity that I might use to help create a bridge to the central organization from the Regions and Sections. That bridge will make AAPG a more successful international organization.

I would work to make AAPG more agile and responsive to member needs and thus enhance AAPG relative to other organizations. I will work to ensure that they, Regions, Sections and Societies, continue to experience the value that AAPG provides. AAPG has become a strong and respected organization through their participation and the financial support from industry and donors.

During the past decade, AAPG has been able to balance new services for members through the expansion of regional offices and a string of wise fiscal decisions. Moving forward, AAPG must continue to be vigilant with a combination long-term budgetary forecasts and fiscal constraint in the decision making process. Moving forward, the lengthy global recession makes it more important than ever that AAPG manage profit and loss closely and evaluate the budgets and agendas based on lessons learned.

My affiliation with the AAPG is one that has involved the combination of different skills under the auspices of a professional organization. As a scientist I can recognize value of scientific topics/events to attract members and/or participants while as a manager I know the ways and means to implement ambitious and challenging plans. I do have the ability to communicate, inspire confidence and lead. Over my career I have experienced both geoscience and technology from industrial, governmental and academic perspectives, working in all of those sectors.

I am a good fit for the candidacy of AAPG treasurer. Not only because of the combination of the professional, organizational and negotiation skills, but also because I grew up and lived in an environment of permanent shortages, financial and otherwise. This brush with austerity developed skills for managing and maintaining financial balance. This was the way I worked in the Europe Region and this is a skill I believe global AAPG needs, too.

Personally, I can imagine that my father, an economist, would have dreamed about his only daughter following her professional interests that have broadened beyond a career in geosciences that he saw only at the very beginning. In some way this is his heritage and my way to thank him for his support and training.

Academic Degrees

  • 1984, M.S., applied geophysics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic


  • 2003-Present Senior researcher-geophysicist Czech Geological Survey
  • 1995-2003 Senior geophysicist and reservoir geologist, division manager, Duke Engineering & Services (formerly GEOGAS a.s.), later FRAMATOME ANP DE&S,a.s.
  • 1992-95 Independent research geophysicist, Kappa Ltd, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 1984-92 Senior geophysicist, Geofyzika State Company, Brno, Czech Republic


AAPG Activities

Joined AAPG 1996

  • 2014 AAPG ICE Istanbul, general vice co-chair
  • 2006-15 HoD delegate, Europe Region
  • 2008-Present PROWESS, Nominations & Awards Sub-Committee, co-team leader
  • 2008-Present Imperial Barrel Award Program, (IBA), Europe Region Organizing Committee, member and host, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2005-present AAPG Distinguished Lecture, Europe Region Sub-Committee, Czech Republic representative
  • 2011-13 Europe Region of AAPG, president
  • 2011-13 International Regions Committee
  • 2012-13 HoD Nomination & Election Committee
  • 2012 AAPG presidential tour - Europe Region coordinator and host
  • 2011 Sponsorship Committee co-chair, AAPG ICE Milan
  • 2007 Energy Conference & Exhibition technical program committee chair; short course committee chair, Athens, Greece
  • 2006-09 Secretary/treasurer Europe Region
  • 2004 ER AAPG & GSA Europe Region Conference general vice chair, Prague, Czech Republic

AAPG Honors & Awards

  • 2013 AAPG Certificate of Merit, Europe Region president
  • 2012 AAPG Distinguished Member of the House Award
  • 2011 AAPG Certificate of Merit, sponsorship co-chair, ICE, Milan
  • 2009 AAPG Certificate of Appreciation, treasurer & secretary AAPG Europe Region
  • 2008 AAPG Certificate of Merit, technical program co-chair, ICE, Athens
  • 2004 AAPG Certificate of Appreciation, general vice-chair AAPG Europe Region Conference


  • Over 65 company reports on geophysics (physical properties of rocks, seismic interpretation and reservoir geology including some reports on underground gas storages evaluation and modeling).
  • Over 20 State geological survey reports and testimonies related to local government services, licencing process and petroleum resource potential assessment.
  • Five confidential reports to the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic and the Czech Government related to unconventional shale gas potential and environmental risks.
  • 1984- present Presentations at professional, geophysical, AAPG conferences and workshops, presentations to the Czech government, parliament and senate, Czech Academy of Sciences and universities, talks and interviews to the public media - TV, radio, newspapers and Internet related to petroleum geoscience topics (2008-present) and unconventionals (2010-present).

Section 7. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall supervise the receipt of all funds and, under the direction of the Executive Committee, be responsible for all disbursements of funds of the Association; shall serve ex officio as a member of the Committee on Investments; shall give bond, the amount of which shall be determined by the Executive Committee, shall make the annual report as Treasurer, and perform such other duties as directed by the Executive Committee.

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Candidates for AAPG office have been given the opportunity to respond briefly to the subject: "Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for an AAPG Office."

Their responses and biographical information were provided by each candidate and edited only for grammar, spelling and format.

This information will also be provided as hard-copy in an early issue of the EXPLORER and available on the AAPG website through the election period. Ballots will be mailed, online in the first quarter of each year. Results will be posted mid-May.

Candidates were asked to limit their biographies to 350 words and responses to 500 words.

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