AAPG Needs 500 Judges are needed to evaluate technical oral and poster sessions at the annual meeting in Houston, April 9-12, 2006. Please volunteer to be a judge by indicating your willingness to serve when pre-registering, and select those sessions of interest to you.
OR email firstname.lastname@example.org and volunteer, indicating three sessions in order of preference of interest to you. You must register before or at the meeting to validate serving as a judge.
Of the 11 times that Houston has hosted the AAPG Convention (since 1924), only two conventions were held at times of historically high oil and gas prices. The last time a convention was held in Houston during an oil boom was in 1979, 27 years and a generation ago! The 2006 AAPG Convention in Houston will be another landmark "oil boom" convention. Since 1979, Houston has grown substantially in people and technology making Houston today a thriving energy capital, a crossroads of technology and a gateway of "know-how" to the world.
Back in 1979, high prices followed the peak output of U.S. domestic oil production. In 2006, our industry is facing the possibility that at this time in history we could be at the peak of global oil production. AAPG is planning a forum entitled "Winning the Oil End Game-The Future of Hydrocarbon Resources in Our Global Economy" at the April 2006 convention to debate the issue. However controversial these issues may be, one thing is certain: geologists have always been at the center of energy exploration, from the early wildcatters to space exploration. AAPG is pleased to announce that Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt, the only AAPG member to have walked on the moon, will share his ideas about future exploration and energy at a special forum.
Conventions are all about people and ideas. Ideas drive this year's AAPG program. The theme of the meeting, "Perfecting the Search" (a quote from the late Michel T. Halbouty) reflects efforts to improve our abilities to find and produce hydrocarbons commercially as we strive to become better scientists and explorers.
The strength of the technical program is our foundation.Technical achievement paves the way to profitable business so geologists can "Deliver on our Promises." Mindful that exploration is a business, we have taken steps to ensure that business relevance is integral to this program.
Sessions such as "Energizing the World in the 21st Century" will occur all day during the Monday program. CEOs of oil companies will share their visions of the future. Other business-relevant sessions include "Overcoming Challenges for E&P in the 21st Century," "Reserves Now and in the Future" and "Show Me the Money! How Wall Street Logic, NYMEX Traders and Capital Markets Impact You."