In making preparations for this month’s International
Conference and Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, I began to think
about the changes AAPG has experienced over the past 20 years.
Most of these changes have been positive, and AAPG
continues to expand and improve. This is largely due to the activity
and support of AAPG volunteers.
It’s also the direct result of how the AAPG leadership
listens to members’ concerns, and then directs AAPG staff to adjust
to their needs. The recent all membership survey (see June EXPLORER)
is a good example.
Currently, over 30 percent of AAPG’s membership is
outside the United States. During the recent Membership Enhancement
and Development program over 70 percent of the applicants were non-U.S.
The top recruiter for AAPG was Yusak Setiawan with Unocal Indonesia.
He recruited 48 members.
For the first time since 1995 the total membership
of AAPG was over 30,000 on July 1. Membership was actually 30,178
on June 30, 2003. But each year on July 1 we drop unpaid members
from the previous year. In recent years we have had more new members
than dropped members.
Most of the positive changes in member statistics
are due to increases in non-U.S. Active members, as well as significant
increases in Associate and Student members.
As AAPG membership continues to diversify, so do
the needs of the members.
operations continue to expand and develop outside of the United
One of the primary services AAPG members receive
is in the form of conferences. Our second-largest meeting each year
has been our now yearly international conference and exhibition.
During the last 20 years we have had 15 international conferences
from Nice to Rio to Bali.
Last year’s Cairo conference was the first joint
international conference involving five societies.
The Barcelona meeting, set Sept. 21-24, combines
an excellent technical program with a great venue. I encourage all
members who have the resources to consider attending the conference
(see related story).
Information about on-site registration for Barcelona
is available on the meeting's Web page.
Regions continue to grow.
AAPG is working with members to develop programs
for the regions, and those members are starting to develop their
(For an example of regional activities, turn to the
Bulletin Board for a report on Africa.)
Next March AAPG will hold its third annual APPEX
London Prospect and Property Exposition. Both the Energy Institute
and the Geological Society of London endorse this event. IHS will
sponsor another Perspectives Forum with the exposition, which will
be held at the Paragon Hotel, West Brompton, March 2-4, 2004.
The Europe Region is planning a conference during
the fall of 2004 in Prague, Czech Republic. This will be one of
the first conferences initiated primarily by one of AAPG’s regions.
The Geological Society of America is planning to
participate in the conference.
Lecture series continues to be one of the best programs we have
for reaching AAPG members. The program’s international portion has
grown during the past several years and plans are under way to search
for funding to increase the number of AAPG Distinguished Lecturers
AAPG is planning to expand continuing education resources
through our new Training Partners program. We also are expanding
the AAPG-AGI Internet Online Learning courses with several new Web-based
carbonate online modules.
Speaking of the Internet, AAPG is using this technology
more and more -- and in new ways -- to deliver our products on a
A good example of this would be the ongoing development
of our DataPages offerings,
where all members have access to such services as "Search and Discovery"
and the BULLETIN archives at no additional costs.
Region officers, and super and service team leaders,
AAPG committees and AAPG staff continue to work together to plan
new projects and benefits. President Steve Sonnenberg, has asked
past-president Dan Smith, the new chairman of the Advisory Council,
to consider long-range planning this year.
AAPG is already an international organization. The
new long-range plan will include designs to improve and develop
AAPG services worldwide.