year for New Year's Eve I returned to an old family tradition of
staying up most of the night.
the '50s and '60s my mom and dad and many of our relatives would
stay up all night enjoying each others' company, playing cards and
other games. At about 3 a.m. we would go bowling and then come back
to our house for a huge breakfast.
like a lot of fun at the time.
in 2005 we held a similar party with friends and their kids, except
that we replaced the bowling with karaoke singing. We did not understand
why none of the kids or adults were getting sleepy until we realized
that it was our rather poor singing that was keeping everyone awake.
even as a scientist, I do not recognize cause and effect immediately.
and effect for AAPG in 2005 is the new direction of our APPEX (AAPG
Prospect and Property Exhibition) program. This year our program
will be more international in scope, especially with our APPEX London program scheduled for Feb. 28-March 6. This is our fourth annual
APPEX London meeting, and like last year we will meet in the Ibis
Hotel in West Brompton.
is one of the most unusual international events in the petroleum
industry meeting schedule. It is designed to be a key international
"business forum" and exposition for decision makers around the world.
is operated by AAPG with endorsement from the Geological Society
of London, the Energy Institute, the International Association of
Oil and Gas Producers and the UK Department of Trade and Industry.
IHS is the industry sponsor for the APPEX Global Perspectives Forum,
with ABN-AMRO sponsoring the Finance Forum.
finance forum kicks off the event on Monday afternoon, Feb. 28,
designed to bring together petroleum company executives with key
financial sector executives from London and around the world:
The early afternoon session is titled "Oil and Gas Company Perspectives."
late afternoon session concentrates on "Financial Company Perspectives."
second day -- Tuesday, March 1 -- offers a global perspective forum
on the UK and Europe. In this:
morning session includes talks on new opportunities in the North
Sea as well as an overview and perspective of opportunities outside
of the North Sea, such as coalbed methane in Europe.
early afternoon session is on the potential of new European states;
a late afternoon session is an "Investment Opportunities Forum,"
during which exhibiting entities will have opportunities to present
their investment opportunities to attendees.
for Wednesday and Thursday, March 2-3, is a "Global Perspectives
Forum" sponsored by IHS Energy that includes discussion of global
oil and gas supplies and E&P hotspots around the world, including
global deepwater and frontier regions.
special executive panel session is scheduled for Thursday afternoon
on "Drivers for E&P Growth -- Keys to E&P Success." Many
senior executives have committed to presentations at this year's
APPEX London event.
program information can be found at www.aapg.org, where you also
can register or order a booth online.
to the APPEX conference program, of course, we will once again offer
a superb exhibition composed of upstream opportunities. APPEX London
is well attended by key decision makers in the industry and, as
such, is a great place to meet and network.
you will find that the event is value priced, with attendees and
exhibitors alike receiving a great deal of information and opportunity
for the price of registration.
second international prospect and property opportunity is our endorsement
of the North American Prospect Exhibition. We are joining forces
with the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Independent
Petroleum Producers of America and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists
to develop a strong intersociety NAPE program. AAPG is expected
to lend both strong domestic and international support to the program.
include more about our involvement with NAPE in the next few months
after we complete the corporate arrangements.
up all night was fun when I was a kid, but it's a lot tougher the
older I get. In 2005, we are excited about the future -- and any
"burning of the midnight oil" will be concentrated on the many opportunities
for the AAPG membership.