I heard a comedian say, “Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up – ’cause they’re looking for ideas.”
If you are looking for some great ideas then I have just the place for you. It is time for the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) in Denver, and we are scheduled for a week of great technical talks and professional opportunities.
ACE officially starts this year on June 7 and ends on June 10, but there will be many activities before and after the meeting – especially a number of excellent field trips.
Randy Ray is this year’s general chair, and he has a passion for developing the best possible experience for attendees. That passion starts with science and has resulted in an incredible technical program.
The development of the Denver program is led by general technical program chair Steve Sonnenberg and technical program vice-chair Paul Weimer. The technical themes are broad and include sessions from “Global Deepwater E&P” to “Unconventional Reservoirs” worldwide.
In addition to the technical talks the committee has produced a number of special events. Highlights include:
Of course, the more traditional trappings of the opening session will be offered as well. AAPG President Scott Tinker will give his presidential address and our profession’s top scientists and leaders will receive well-deserved awards, including the presentation of the Sidney Powers Memorial Award to Marlan Downey.
The AAPG Divisions also have luncheons on Tuesday and Wednesday with good opportunities for professional development. Slated for those events are:
Another key part of the annual meeting is the opportunity for the various AAPG committees to conduct the business of the Association.
If you are interested in serving on a committee, this is the best time of the year to become active; most committees add new members at the end of the AAPG fiscal year (June 30).
The easiest way to join a committee is to go online at aapg.org, search the committee pages for your area of interest and then contact the committee chairs.
Although science and technology represent the heart of the ACE experience, the overarching importance of attending the meeting is the tremendous opportunity that we all have for networking.
Networking is extremely important as the industry cycles through the current economic conditions – and there are many opportunities throughout the entire event to greet and meet your peers, including receptions and alumni events.
Of course, Denver and the mountains are always great in June.
Please take the time and opportunity to join us for a little Rocky Mountain High in Colorado.
Richard D. "Rick" Fritz, an AAPG member since 1984 and a member of the Division of Environmental Geosciences and the Division of Professional Affairs, has been AAPG Executive Director since 1999.