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AAPG in mid-1999
launched an initiative to "regionalize" its international efforts –
a move designed to ensure overseas membership with better representation
and a wider range of member services.
Bali 2000 international meeting and exhibition, with 1,900 attendees,
demonstrated the technical prowess that this region shares with the
rest of the organization – and was a springboard to several initiatives
on which we have started work.
In the vast
Asia-Pacific Region we have now set up a regional infrastructure with
a steering committee and a representative in almost every country –
from New Zealand to Pakistan and from Australia to East Siberia. We
now have over 1,000 active members, and 13 members elected to the House
All 13, or
their alternates, managed to attend the AAPG annual meeting in New Orleans
last year – think of the air miles!
Region also gained a vote on the AAPG Advisory Council.
The goals for
the Asia-Pacific Region are five-fold:
- To assure maximum exposure
to AAPG's Distinguished Lecturer program.
In the last two years
we hosted Ron Nelson (fractured reservoirs), Ken McClay (rift basins)
and Henry Posamentier (sequence stratigraphic applications). In
2000-2001, we have lecture tours by Paul Crevello ("Carbonate Reservoir
Simulation Models" and "Turbidite and Deep-Water Depositional Systems"),
as well as Stan Paxton, who will be speaking on "Defining Sweet
Spots in Sedimentary Basins."
We also are hosting
a grand "presidential tour"; Robbie Gries will spend seven weeks
visiting the complete region during her tenure, presenting her ideas
on "Thinking Outside the Box, Innovative Exploration Plays."
- To set up Student Chapters,
bringing "new blood" into the Association.
During 2000 we added
six new chapters in the region; one in Kuala Lumpur and five in
Indonesia, sponsored by the Ex-Presidents' Spouses, Gulf Canada,
Schlumberger and Christiane Lloyd.
We also are encouraging
students to apply for the Grants-in-Aid program to help support
their field work, and we are distributing collections of the BULLETIN,
going back over many years, which have been donated by retiring
members to these faculties.
Note that for US$ 260
you can sponsor your own Chapter (one professor and 10 students)!
And by volunteering as a "Visiting Geologist" you can come and lecture
at these and other universities across the region.
- To involve AAPG as a
co-sponsor of conventions and workshops.
Bali 2000 was a great
example of this initiative, demonstrating how we can cooperate with
other international organizations, like the SEG (Society Exploration
Geophysicists), SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) and the SPWLA
(Society of Professional Well Log Analysts). We hope to maintain
this close level of inter-society cooperation in future conferences
and workshops planned for the area.
The next joint meeting
will be on "Deep Water Sedimentation of Southeast Asia," May 14-16,
in Jakarta, hosted by FOSI (Forum for Indonesia's Sedimentologists).
- To bring technical courses
developed by the AAPG's education department out to the Asia-Pacific.
This technology transfer
will encourage professional development, and the flow of ideas into
and across the region will stand us all in good stead as we look
to the future.
This year we also plan
to source courses within Asia-Pacific, leveraging off the expertise
we have in organizations and institutes such as NCPGG (Australia's
National Center for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics) and NExT (Network
for Excellence in Training).
- To assure that innovation,
and professional and technical achievements in the international sphere
are recognized and honored by the AAPG awards committees.
Chuck Caughey and Ian
Collins will receive Distinguished Service Awards at this year's
AAPG annual meeting in Denver.
It is only through volunteer
efforts that our various societies and initiatives will prosper,
and we need to formally recognize those who have contributed so
much over the years.
hope that all those members in the region who have not been mentioned
in this article (directly or otherwise), or who are not currently active
in their local societies, will feel moved to volunteer their services
and energies to AAPG.
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quality time to push these and other initiatives assures even greater
personal and professional satisfaction and reward.
sounding too much like one of those soppy, drippy, tear-flowing winners
on Oscar night, we'd like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all
those in AAPG headquarters in Tulsa, plus the International Liaison,
Distinguished Lecturer and Membership committees; the Executive Committee;
the HOD executives; and the Advisory Council.
for the regionalization process will help expand the ideas, drive and
vision of AAPG around the globe.