The Executive Committee approved the opening of an AAPG Europe Office (AEO) in London, England, to develop a regional presence and to provide local marketing and distribution of AAPG products plus logistical support for events planned by AAPG’s European Region.
With office space donated for a year by Imperial College at the South Kensingston campus, the office looks to recruit new members, generate conferences, workshops and other education programs and provide other member services.
“The London office is an important next step toward AAPG’s goal of being indispensable to geologists worldwide,” said AAPG President Lee T. Billingsley. “London and the European Region provide an opportunity for AAPG staff and leadership to develop policies and procedures that can be applied to other international offices in the future.”
Steve Veal, past AAPG vice president, has been named director of the office. He said the primary financial objective is for the AEO to become self-supporting within the third year of operation, with AAPG providing funding for the first year.
The European Region is the third-largest section/region with 2,796 members.