The 2012 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) will be held in late September in Singapore, with meeting dates subject to final confirmation once the Formula One schedule for 2012 is released.
The Republic of Singapore is one of the world’s leading financial centers and a cosmopolitan world city. Singapore claimed the title of fastest-growing economy in the world, with GDP growth of 14.7 percent in 2010. The port of Singapore is one of the five busiest ports in the world and a major hub for the offshore oil and gas industry.
The Singapore ICE general chair is longtime AAPG member Ian Collins, a resident of Singapore who over the past 30 years also has held postings in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.
Ian already has formed an active committee, primarily comprising representatives from throughout the Asia Pacific region.
“The Asia Pacific economy is the fastest growing in the world and is underpinned by global resource projects, in particular natural gas,” Collins noted. “Singapore is a financial hub of this rapidly developing market, and it is therefore perhaps appropriate that the 2012 ICE is to be held here.”
The previous ICE held in the region (Perth, Australia, in 2006) remains the largest ICE ever, with more than 2,500 registrants.
“We are planning aggressively and hope to attract at least as many as Perth,” Collins said.
A Technical Program Committee has been formed and currently is setting a conference theme and specific topics, with the Call for Abstracts set to be issued later this year. An exciting program of short courses and field trips also is being planned.
Anyone interested in assisting the committee or getting on a list for information about ICE 2012 in Singapore should AAPG’s Asia Pacific programs manager.