AAPG President Peter R. Rose completed a 27-day, eight-nation tour in late November, meeting with a number of geoscientists (including some AAPG members), ministry officials and students in Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
The trip included 12 major addresses and a number of luncheon talks and other meetings aimed at affirming AAPG's support of its membership goals and growth in Central and Eastern Europe, and building closer ties with our growing European Region.
The tour also included attendance at the International Petroleum Technology Conference in Doha, Qatar, sponsored by AAPG, EAGE, SEG and SPE, which was designated as an AAPG Middle East Region meeting.
John Brooks, AAPG's Europe Region president, accompanied Rose on the European portion of the tour and also made presentations in Oslo, Norway and Kiev, Ukraine.
AAPG Region representatives served as facilitators during the European and Russian legs of the trip. They included:
- Sigrund Heiberg and Sigrunn Johnsen -- for Stavanger and Oslo, Norway.
- Istvan Berczi, Hungary.
- Ewa Zalewska, Poland.
- John Dolson, Russia.
- Vlasta Dvorakova, Czech Republic.
- Alex Kitchka, Ukraine.
- Wolfgang Nachtmann, Austria.
Rose's trip included seven university stops that allowed talks with faculty and students, as well as meeting with various industry and government ministers, including meeting H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Baher Al Olom, Iraqi oil minister.
A presidential tour of the Pacific Rim region is being planned for spring 2006.