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This month’s column was provided by Herman Darman, president of AAPG’s Asia Pacific Region.
AAPG’s Asia Pacific Region, geographically the Association’s largest, covers 16 countries, including the world’s first, second and fifth most populated countries (China, India and Indonesia).
The region extends from Pakistan in the west to Japan in the north and New Zealand in the southeast. The world’s highest peak (Mount Everest) and deepest sea (Mariana Trench) also are located in this region.
Considering the oil industry activities and members’ enthusiasm, it’s apparent this region has a large potential of growth for AAPG.
All geoscience departments in Indonesia have established their AAPG student chapters, which continually report excellent quality activities, including seminars, courses and field trips. (Thanks to the Student Chapter Oversight Committee in Jakarta, which helps students in organizing the activities.)
Malaysian and Indian geoscience departments are starting to establish and/or reactivate their student chapters as well, and the committee plans to continue its involvement in establishing student chapters throughout the rest of the Region.
The Visiting Geoscience Program also contributes significantly to the success of student chapter activities in the Region. Last year there were about 20 VGP talks at universities.
In other Region news and activities:
- Communications and networking among members are very important in this Region -- and electronic communications have become the key to bridging what would otherwise be a huge challenge; it is a quick, reliable and low-cost tool. The Region will continue to utilize this approach to facilitate members’ needs.
- The Region’s Web site has been updated to cover the recent activities and news for members, thanks to volunteers who work together with AAPG headquarters to maintain the site.
- AAPG President Pete Rose recently visited the region in late February he visited China, India, Malaysia and Australia. The AAPG members in these countries got the opportunity to listen to his talk and discuss a range of issues regarding the geoscience communities.
- This year the Asia Pacific Region will host this year’s AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Perth, Australia, Nov. 5-8. Most countries in the Region are contributing to the sessions of this conference. The core committees in Australia are working hard to organize one of the most important geoscience events in the world.
- One of the roles of the Asia Pacific committee is to represent the Region in AAPG forums. In February, Region President Herman Darman attended the AAPG Leadership Conference in Galveston, where he attended a number of related committee meetings. Also, two editors from the Region helped on the BULLETIN editorial board.
The Asia Pacific Region Executive Committee is still looking for new volunteers, including younger members to become active participants -- such as helping on the Membership Committee to promote AAPG and recruit new members.
There is nothing complicated if we can work together.