1) European Countries Team
The Board wish
to have regular contacts with all team leaders. Sigrunn will soon contact
each CTL in order to improve communication between them and the Board
within the European Region. The Board will encourage the CTLs
to help increasing the number of AAPG members, publicizing the benefit
of the AAPG membership among young colleagues, organizing the Visiting
Geologists Programmes among other things. The European Region wish also
to motivate the CTLs to propose additional Hedberg Conferences
in Europe with the objective of potentially having an annual AAPG European
Region meeting in the future. The European Region will organize formal
meetings with CTLs during AAPG conferences to be held in Prague
in 2004 and in Paris in 2005, in order to meet "face to face" and define
our long term strategies as needs for Student Chapters and CTL committees
and so on. NB! Students get free AAPG memberships thanks to sponsorship
2) AAPG European Region
Conference in Prague; October 10-13, 2004:
A phone meeting
was organized on December 4th with the European Board (Sigrunn, François),
AAPG International Officer, Brenda Cunningham, the organizers of the
Prague conference (Vlasta, Jana and Olin in Prague, and Juraj in Utah),
and Steering Committee member, Dirk. This conference will cover both
regional and thematic topics, with a joint symposium with the Geological
Society of America (GSA) on Russia.
regarding this conference is now located on the AAPG web site: www.aapg.org/meetings/prague04/.
Call for abstract will be ready soon.
3) AAPG International Conference
in Paris, September 11-14, 2005:
will be held in Paris at the CNIT in La Défense. Local organizing
committee met with Dana Patterson Free and Steph Benton from AAPG in
December 4th at Total in La Défense to discuss details.
4) Hedberg Conference in
Conference in Vienna has been re-scheduled for July 11-14, 2004.
It will aim
to discuss the "Origin of Petroleum - Biogenic and/or Abiogenic and
Its Significance in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Productions".
5) European Distinguished
Schlager just finished his European Distinguished Lecture tour (November
10-December 3, 2003), which included lectures in UK (universities of
Durham and Liverpool), Denmark (Geological Society in Copenhagen), Norway
(university of Oslo), France (IFP in Rueil), Italy (University of Parma),
Spain (Association de Geologos y Geofisicos Espanoles del Petroleo in
Madrid), and Germany (University of Potsdam).
6) Short paper in the Explorer:
currently working on a short note to be published in the AAPG Explorer,
summarizing the current activities, hopes and scopes of the European
We on the AAPG
European Region Board hope that you find this update on AAPG activities
in Europe useful. We plan to submit similar Newsletters about 8 to 10
times a year and would appreciate input and comments from you the AAPG
If you would
like to respond to this Newsletter, please contact:
- Sigrunn Johnsen,
+47 2130 3034
- Francois Roure,
+33 1 4752 7362