Letter from the General Chair
On behalf of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and its divisions, along with the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), and the Houston Geological Society (HGS),
I am pleased to welcome you to the world energy center of Houston and to the AAPG 2011 Annual Convention & Exhibition.
The can-do spirit thrives in the city of Houston, a global leader for energy, space and medicine. The theme of the 2011 Convention is “Making the Next Giant Leap in Geosciences,” recognizing both the historic achievements of scientists and the essential need for forward-looking,
creative approaches to solving our energy needs.
The year 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the famous 1961 speech by John F. Kennedy to announce the challenge to place a man on the moon by the end of the decade. What better way to celebrate this milestone event than in an atmosphere of discovery while at AAPG’s ACE
Immerse yourself in the exhibition hall where the latest technology and services will be showcased by hundreds of companies. Listen to presentations from a choice of 400+ selected talks and numerous technical forums, field trips and short courses. Visit the 400+ ALL-DAY
posters and electronic TV-based “E-Posters” (new for 2011). Attend the division luncheons with speakers John Hofmeister (former Shell Oil President), Karen Harbart of Washington D.C. and SEPM speaker and Mars expert Dr. John Grotzinger.
Be sure to buy your tickets early for the All-Convention Luncheon, which will showcase four geosciencetrained space travelers that represent six decades of NASA history — Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut; Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, three-time space shuttle astronaut and the first woman to walk in space; Dr. Jim Reilly, three-time shuttle astronaut and former oil and gas exploration manager; and Dr. Andrew Feustel, two-time shuttle astronaut, former oil and gas geophysicist and current mission specialist for the 2011 final flight of the Endeavour shuttle.
Be prepared to launch into an exciting atmosphere for education, reuniting with valuable colleagues and great fun in the vibrant city of Houston. Make the AAPG 2011 Convention your next giant leap in geosciences!
2011 ACE General Chair