100 Years of Science
Fueling 100 Years of Prosperity
Houston Texas

On behalf of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), its divisions, the Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and our host, The Houston Geological Society (HGS), it is my pleasure to invite you to join us at the newly renovated George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, April 2nd through April 5th, for the 2017 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE).

In addition to the stellar technical program you have come to expect at AAPG’s ACE, we will be celebrating AAPG’s 100th Anniversary. AAPG was formed in 1917 for the purpose of promoting the exchange of ideas on petroleum geology through publications and oral communication. As members, we can be justifiably proud of the legacy that has been created over the last century. Our theme, “100 Years of Science Fueling 100 Years of Prosperity”, signals our intention to honor the past and look to the future.

The 100th Anniversary Committee started planning for this event more than 10 years ago. A number of 100th Anniversary projects and activities will be showcased at the convention, including two Discovery Thinking sessions, video interviews with prominent petroleum geoscientists, poster and digital displays of significant outcrops, and compilations of significant papers and past field trips.

In addition, PROWESS will present an all-day forum on Saturday, April 1st honoring 100 years of women in petroleum geology and their accomplishments. They will also have a timeline honoring the first 100 female members of AAPG in the hallway outside the technical session rooms.

ACE 2017 received a record number of abstract submissions which once again reflects the strength and depth of this premier geological convention. Of course, none of these activities, celebrations or even the convention itself would be possible without the generous support of all of our sponsors and the participation of our exhibiting companies. In fact, many of these companies have major offices in Houston which makes their involvement in our centennial event even more special and will likely provide a lively exhibition. In addition to the posters in the exhibition, representative cores from several large oil and gas fields will also be on display throughout the convention.

Houston is not generally considered a “destination city” in the same sense as Denver, Calgary or San Antonio, but during the first week of April 2017, it will be the most important place to be for those interested in petroleum geoscience.


Dave Rensink
General Chair
AAPG 2017 Annual
Convention and Exhibition (ACE)

David Rensink General Chair,
AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition

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