Our Region has been very active over the last two years with a focus on providing successful Geoscience Technology Workshops (GTWs) specific to the needs of each hosting country. I have to really thank all those involved in the region that have seen great successes from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand, with more in the pipeline in the coming year in Indonesia, New Zealand, India and Australia. In addition, we have emerged as the leading light in promoting the advancement in petroleum geology in Myanmar through our successful conferences there and our 2017 event (Exciting Evolution: Myanmar's Petroleum Systems, Plays and Field Developments) will be even bigger and better. Again the voluntary support we receive from members in this area has been fantastic.
We are in the initial phase of commencing our next region election, which we will hold in early 2017, filling the leadership positions of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Our past president, Peter Baillie, will manage this important election, which will also see nominations and election of our House of Delegates (HoD) members (currently around 13 for the Region). HoD members are important as we generally try to have representation from most of our countries and each representative has voting rights at the HoD meeting at the Annual Convention and Exhibition. The HoD consists of the decision-making group that directs what AAPG does collectively in the global regions and the American sections. So, as we move to elections, please consider renewing your membership and possibly upgrading to full member status (as this will give you a vote) and maybe taking a more active role in the AAPG Asia Pacific Region.
It is recommended that you renew your membership before 30 November or apply to upgrade to full member. Note: Your application (including the name of your sponsor) must be received by 28 September to facilitate administrative processes and complete your application review in time for the election.
Our other focus is on students and Young Professionals (YPs). It is good to see that our student numbers remain very healthy with great work being undertaken in their chapters. Our Region chapters receive continual recognition at ACE – keep it up and lets win the Imperial Barrel Award next year!
I would like to see more students utilizing the student-YP bridge once they finish their studies. I recognize that the industry is not providing many new jobs at the present time. To assist our recent graduates, the AAPG student-YP bridge reduces the annual fee to US $10 for up to 24 months after graduation. It would be really great if our graduating students take advantage of this extreme savings and continue to enjoy the benefits of the AAPG. The AAPG offers access to memoirs, papers, online training, conferences, local chapter meetings and many other portals including the Career Center, which posts career opportunities and other resources for those seeking employment. Learn more about becoming a student-YP and meet your YP chapter leaders.
We have many opportunities to be active in the region – from running student chapters to being on the regional committee. There are many great leadership positions waiting for volunteers to fill them. Whilst it is voluntary, I can vouch for the great feeling you receive when a GTW or conference finishes successfully, we have great authors and the standards that we work to keep are very high. Remember, any involvement looks good on your CV as it shows commitment, leadership and just wanting to be part of a great industry, but to be involved you need to be a member!
So students, please consider moving to become student-YPs and current student-YPs please consider becoming full members. Members stay with us, get involved and make use of what we have to offer.
As you may be aware, we no longer prepare a traditional newsletter for our Region. Technological advances have moved us to utilizing our blog on the AAPG website where Adrienne posts all our regional information. Read our blog.
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Next year will be our 100th year as the AAPG, so we expect that there will be some exceptional events that will culminate at the ACE in Houston next year.
My best regards,
AAPG Pacific Region President