This month's column was written by Pinar Oya Yilmaz, outgoing chair of the International Liaison Committee.)
Committee helps further communication
Editor's note: This column is devoted to international items of note to the AAPG.
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The International Liaison Committee (ILC) has been a communication channel for the international membership since its establishment by the AAPG Executive Committee 15 years ago.
The committee's mission is:
In addition, the ILC liaises between 17 AAPG standing committees involved in international activities and the Executive Committee.
Nahum Schneidermann chaired this committee until 1998, bringing his expertise in international affairs, contacts and global network to AAPG. Pinar Yilmaz has been the chair since 1998, with George Kronman (1998-1999), Dan Shaughnessy (1999) and Maria Antonietta Lorente (1999-2001) as vice chairs.
ILC membership started with a few who were interested in networking and has grown to involve many around the world. The ILC has become a focal point in bringing issues and solutions to AAPG expansion in international arenas.
Some of the challenges facing AAPG internationally include:
The ILC report on "barriers to membership" helped in addressing some of the issues common to international areas. Those issues include:
One of the outcomes from this study is a pilot program for "group membership," where eight people can share a membership to receive one set of the EXPLORER and the BULLETIN, and be included in all of the mailings.
Several countries have been selected for this pilot program, which will start later this year in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
In 1999, AAPG established six international regions (Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia) in order to deliver AAPG services faster, cheaper and more effectively. Since these regions cover very large areas with multi-cultures, languages and petroleum provinces, timely and effective delivery of services remains a challenge.
Although Canada, Asia and Europe are well established in their regional organization and steering committees, the other regions are lagging behind in their organizational structure.
In the interim, the ILC and AAPG service teams are liaison to these regions for AAPG services (Distinguished Lecture tours, short courses, finding regional nominees for AAPG awards and honors, international meeting site selection).
By the end of 2001, all of these regions are expected to be in place.
for both international and domestic meetings.
First, "international" designation for awards has been eliminated. There now are simply AAPG awards and honors, and any member, anywhere can be nominated by the AAPG Advisory Council.
Second, there are two named awards for technical excellence in international conferences -- for best paper (Gabriel Dengo Memorial Award, or the Dengo Cup), and for best poster (Ziad Beydoun Memorial Award). These awards are equivalent to the Matson Cup and Jules Braunstein Award, which are presented for the best technical paper and poster at the AAPG annual meeting.
There also are two named awards for students at international conferences -- the Carlos Walter Campos Memorial Award for best student paper, and the Ozan Sungurlu Memorial Award, for best student poster.
Both awards carry a $500 cash prize.
Another issue is the future of international meetings (focus and proliferation of meetings competing for the same sponsorship dollars, technical papers and volunteers for organization).
Most ILC members have been involved in some way in AAPG's international meetings. One of the most important aspects of these meetings is the site selection, and an ILC proposal to streamline requests to hold international meetings in different locales resulted in a form that must be completed by those seeking a meeting.
The purpose of this effort is to have a plan for international conferences where the local society or national oil company partnerships can lead to collaborations for a timely technical program content, and business drivers to better serve the membership needs.
This effort was recently given to the Committee on Conventions for action.
The ILC is the center of international events at AAPG as well as providing global network opportunities to its members. Anyone interested in learning more about the international events as well as ensuring faster, better and cheaper AAPG services should become a member.
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