The icebreaker offered a terrific opportunity to sample the exotic
flavor of Barcelona. Click on the photo to visit
other pictures from the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition
It's hard to describe exactly the secret to a successful
meeting. Certainly, the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition
in Barcelona had the "spark," and was a vibrant meeting.
As in most meetings, it is the participants and the
quality of the technical program that make a conference dynamic.
Over 1,500 participants attended Barcelona, and based
on the responses of the attendees and the written surveys of the
exhibitors it was a success.
In addition, I think Barcelona will be recognized
as a turning point in international development for AAPG. All six
of our Region presidents were present at the meeting -- the first
time that has occurred.
AAPG President Steve Sonnenberg chaired a Regions
President's meeting. The International Regions Committee, chaired
by Ibrahim Al-Ghamdi, met and discussed various issues within each
Region. Also, four of the six Regions held individual meetings to
discuss ongoing programs and new conferences.
As a result of these meetings, many ideas, growing
pains and solutions were discussed. One of the primary topics was
how to develop better communications within and among the Regions
as well as to and from the AAPG leadership and headquarters.
Some of the suggestions that were discussed included:
- Quarterly teleconferences among Region presidents.
- Monthly teleconferences with the Regions among officers and
- Quarterly e-newsletters to all Regions' leadership.
Another topic was AAPG's international membership
program. After last year's successful program, Dan Smith is chairing
the new Membership Enhancement and Development Ad-hoc Committee.
The following are a few ideas on how to develop AAPG
- Better communication with local societies.
- Membership information stands for local society meetings.
- More visits from AAPG representatives.
- Review of dues structure.
Finally, there were a number of discussions on how
to improve services to international members. Suggestions included:
- Improved mail service -- or more electronic access.
- More Distinguished Lecturers.
- Expand the Visiting Geologist Program.
- International E&P Notes in the BULLETIN.
- Investigate sharing library/offices with local societies.
The history of AAPG shows that its members and leadership
are good at adapting to change. Even more important, AAPG members
always have shown the ability to bring exciting new ideas and programs
to help move the Association into the future.
Be part of that future by keeping AAPG vibrant with
your support and participation.