Honors & Awards
Distinguished Member of the House
Citation: To Vlastimila Dvorakova — to recognize her contribution through her HoD membership to the emergence of the European Region and globalization of the AAPG.
Vlastimila Dvorakova was born in 1960 and raised in Bzenec, a small town first mentioned in 1015 A.D. in Moravia, a region with natural beauties and tumultuous history, in the South Eastern part of Czech Republic. She graduated (M.Sc.) in 1984 from the Charles University Prague in Applied Geophysics.
As a dedicated research geophysicist she has been working on projects applying seismic methods to deal with geological issues such as reservoir and underground gas storage modelling and, above all, the philosophy of geology, and structural and tectonic interpretation. She started an international career in early ‘90s (in Libya, USA, Canada and France) and is now currently with the Czech Geological Survey.
Joining AAPG in 1996, the first phase of her activity culminated in 2004 serving the position General Vice Chair of AAPG European Region Conference held in Prague in October 2004, the first one of the European Region (ER) and the first one in Central/Eastern Europe. The conference was a great success contributing to the rise of the ER.
The second phase of her AAPG career started in 2006. She became a member of Organizing Committee of AAPG and AAPG ER Energy Conference & Exhibition in Athens, 2007 (Technical Programme, Short Course Chair). In 2011 she took the position of Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair and Technical Program Theme VI Leader for ICE Milan. With the two terms in the HoD and one term as Co-Team Leader PROWESS Awards and Nomination Committee, she has documented her competency and vision to work on Association scale.
Her leadership in the European Region as Secretary/Treasurer (2006–2009), President-Elect (2009–2011) and President (2011–2013), last but not least as a permanent host of the IBA European Qualifications in Prague (2008–), has generated a deep imprint in the history of the AAPG in general and that of the European Region in particular.
Those who have known and worked with Vlastimila admire the great enthusiasm with which she accepts responsibility and discharges work assignments at a high professional standard and a timely basis, earning a reputation to be able to combine hard work with emotional approach. This is why she has a capability for recognizing talented and dedicated people to work in a worldwide, open community of professionals like the AAPG.