While the numbers attending may have been mildly below projections,
the mood and the technical aspects of the AAPG Annual Meeting in
Dallas exceeded expectations.
by the highest crude and natural gas prices in a decade, the over
5,100 attendees from 77 countries were drawn to the technical sessions,
where the program committee put together a heavyweight curriculum.
technical program is what made this meeting memorable for attendees,"
said Terry O'Hare, the meeting general chairman who also headed
an impressive fund-raising effort to help underwrite many meeting
of money was raised through sponsorship," he said. Also, in his
view the meeting succeeded because it was "well organized and had
a good theme."
"Embrace the Future, Celebrate the Past," was highlighted throughout
the technical sessions, which were described by one of the volunteer
judges as "the most impressive set of papers we've ever had."
to the papers and posters, attendees had plenty to see, hear and
learn about on the exhibits floor, where displays from 164 companies
and 60 non-profits featured the latest in industry technology and
in the exhibits hall was the International Pavilion -- a busy place,
with 37 countries exhibiting, among them Vietnam and Afghanistan,
both making their first appearance at an AAPG annual meeting.
registrants totaled 810, or about 18 percent of the attendees.
also featured seven field trips and 10 short courses -- and, in
another of the meeting's special touches, attendees were given a
first-class athletic bag to tote around session notes.
the meeting officially started with the opening ceremony, a standing-room-only
event where AAPG President Steve Sonnenberg delivered a keynote
address that focused on ethics and professionalism.
noted in his address that education, such as that provided at an
annual meeting, is a vital component of competence, a cornerstone
of being a professional.
also noted the other cornerstone of integrity -- you "must have
a code that you can live by," he said -- as a base on which the
pyramid of professionalism layers to a capstone of enthusiasm.
was very much in evidence in Dallas, including the loud and long
ovation given to Larry Funkhouser as he received the Sidney Powers
Medal, AAPG's highest honor.
was one of 37 people who were honored for their contributions to
the profession, science and the Association.