There is no better way to grow your career than through engaging with others in your profession. Learning experiences not only enhance your skills but also foster new relationships with your colleagues and peers. What better experience is there than a shared one?
AAPG offers a tremendous variety of training to fit all budgets and schedules. In-person training opportunities range from single-day Forums and Short Courses to multi-day Field Seminars. We offer geoscience Workshops to highlight new industry technologies and problem-solving techniques as well as Research Symposia to facilitate and disseminate scholarly dialogs. Our seasonal Education Conferences offer four concurrent sessions over the course of a five-day week allowing you to mix and match your training to suit your needs.
The Distinguished Lecture (DL) and Visiting Geoscientist (VG) programs bring top-tier geoscience lecturers to your society or student chapter. Request on-site lectures from a DL or learn more about your next steps in the petroleum industry by inviting a VG to your university. In both cases, your community will benefit from the hard-won experience and scholarship of our traveling industry experts. The DL and VG programs are fully funded through the AAPG Foundation. All membership are eligible to join the Foundation and support these programs.
AAPG's Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) is an annual prospective basin evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world. University teams compete to win scholarship funds for their geoscience departments as well as for the international recognition that comes from competing in and winning the competition. The program is both rigorous and exciting and contributes to AAPG's mission of promoting petroleum geoscience training and advancing the careers of aspiring geoscientists.
In this global competition, university teams analyze a dataset (geology, geophysics, land, production infrastructure, and other relevant materials) in the eight weeks prior to their local competition. Each team delivers their results in a 25-minute presentation to a panel of industry experts. Students have the chance to use state of the art technology on a real dataset, receive feedback from an industry panel, impress potential employers in the audience, and win cash awards for their school. Expert judges select the winning team on the basis of the technical quality, clarity and originality of presentation.
The IBA is a hands-on opportunity for students to experience the creative process and the high-tech science that is the foundation of the Energy Industry today.
Long-time members of the AAPG are eager to share how they gleaned the greatest benefits from their membership by volunteering to serve their fellow members.
Share Your Knowledge
Watch for opportunities to share your knowledge. Consider answering a call for abstracts in order to share your knowledge through a paper presentation or submit a paper to one of our peer-reviewed journals or a special publication.
There are never enough judges to help listen to the papers presented at meetings. Taking the time to actively listen to the research offered and then giving feedback through the judging form helps you grow in your knowledge while the presenter benefits from your feedback.
Serve On a Committee
There is always a committee that could have a seat with your name on it. With close to 40 standing committees, AAPG membership work to develop content for programs and for this website, to help young professionals develop their careers, and to provide opportunities for women in our industry. Coordinating their efforts through the committees of the association, the membership advances, not just our science, but opportunities to leave a legacy for those who follow.