Over a year ago AAPG and SEG developed an ad hoc “joint cooperation committee” to review each society’s respective programs and look for different ways to cooperate. Then-AAPG President Will Green initiated the ad hoc joint committee at the end of his term with his counterpart, Fred Aminzadeh at SEG. Scott Tinker and John Lorenz continued the committee along with their SEG counterparts Larry Lines and Stephen Hill.
The co-chairs for this ad hoc joint committee are Dick Baile and Lee Billingsley. Members of the committee include Tim Berge, Lee Lawyer, Randi Martinsen, Elwin Peacock, Randy Ray, Gary Servos and Jim Tucker.
Typically the committee meets at AAPG’s and SEG’s annual meetings with some e-mail and telephone discussion in between. Initial discussions involved the committee members getting comfortable with the various society programs and the ways each society operates.
During the last two meetings (Denver-AAPG; Houston-SEG) discussions focused on specific programs and related committees.
SEG and AAPG have a long history of cooperating on various projects and programs; however, most of these have been ad hoc and along natural lines of cooperation between the two societies. Some examples include joint publications, workshops, conferences and insurance.
As a result, one of the primary areas considered for cooperation is between the various society committees.
The discussions within the committee have been wide ranging – from small joint programs to merging foundations and even annual meetings. The AAPG-SEG cooperation committee has made progress – if only in small steps.
It is hoped that these small steps will lead to more cooperation and a stronger alliance in the future.
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.