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Ideas Sought for 2005 Annual Meeting
Planning has begun for the 2005
AAPG Annual Meeting, to be held in Calgary, Canada --
and your ideas are needed.
The meeting's Technical Program Committee is currently
compiling themes for the anticipated oral and poster sessions. The
meeting will cover a very wide spectrum of disciplines related to
sedimentary geology and energy exploration and exploitation.
Committee members, therefore, would appreciate receiving
ideas for session topics -- and would especially welcome ideas for
research symposia and special sessions.
So, do you have an idea for a technical session topic?
Send your preferences to .
The deadline is Dec. 1.
exhibition hall was a popular meeting place during the recent AAPG
International Conference and Exhibition in Barcelona. More than
1,530 attended the meeting.
this picture to view more of the events and activities at the Barcelona
a theme of "Crossroads of Geology, Energy and Cultures," the AAPG
International Conference and Exhibition held in Barcelona, Spain,
in September certainly lived up to its billing.
meeting was a spectacular crossroads for a gathering of geologic
minds to share technology and experiences, attracting over 1,530
attendees from 62 countries.
rivals that of an AAPG annual meeting four times the Barcelona meeting's
had a ‘first' at this meeting in that all six of the AAPG region
presidents attended the meeting," said Rick Fritz, AAPG executive
director. "As a result, we had a number of excellent meetings on
much applause for the Institut Cartografic de Catalunya as host,
and for general chairman Jordi A. Ferrer and the organizing committee
for planning and executing the conference in less than 18 months
-- a prodigious effort for a meeting of this complexity and size.
offered over 500 technical papers, and the floor plan of the Catalonia
Palace of Congresses allowed posters and oral sessions to be situated
in close proximity, which attendees found convenient for attending
the five concurrent sessions and viewing the 300-plus poster presentations.
A total of six pre- and post-meeting field trips were held, as was
a full slate of guest tours. A student reception attracted over
first at the Barcelona international meeting was an "All Convention
Luncheon" featuring John Gibson, president and CEO of the Halliburton
Energy Services Group, which was a sell-out (see story on page 14).
the meeting, AAPG President Steve Sonnenberg noted the importance
of the international influence on the science, the profession and
the association itself, presenting charts and figures that showed
how "international membership is growing significantly within AAPG."
showed how international areas comprise 30 percent of AAPG membership;
of that total, 33 percent are from the European Region.
growth, he said, also is outpacing domestic membership growth.
proud to be here," Sonnenberg said of AAPG's first-ever meeting
we all know that we face serious obstacles in meeting the world's
energy needs," he said, "but that's why we're here, isn't it? To
prepare ourselves for the challenges, and for the opportunities,
for a world that demands our very best."
general secretary of public works for the Catalunya government,
welcomed delegates at the opening session and noted the importance
of geology to society that "plays a very clear, leading role in
any action man takes in a territory."
context, he also cited the "GeoCampus Catalunya" initiative by the
national, regional and local levels of government in cooperation
with the University of Barcelona and the Spanish oil companies.
The initiative is designed "to boost, coordinate and foster all
activities related with research of the high geological value of
the Pyrenees region so as to make it a reference center for ‘scientific
tourism' and nature," which "will result in a valuable body of information."