On behalf of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), its divisions, the Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), the host societies—the South Texas Geological Society (STGS) and the Austin Geological Society (AGS), and the Organizing Committee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio for the AAPG 2019 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE)—A Sustainable Future.

San Antonio is a historic city rich in culture and diversity, all of which are readily on display. We have many trips and excursions offered to share these local gems with you and your guests, so be sure to take advantage. At the same time, San Antonio is at the doorstep of one of the busiest and most prolific oil and gas producing provinces in the country. At the edge of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, uniquely positioned between the outcrops of world-class reservoirs and the basin where those formations produce, San Antonio makes for a fantastic industry crossroad and a near-perfect setting for the technical program this convention seeks to deliver.

Our program is fully aligned with the conference theme, A Sustainable Future, offering a healthy combination of topics that are relevant to those of us who have the responsibility of finding and producing the hydrocarbons that are needed to fuel our society, as well as introducing a series of topics that will challenge us to incorporate technological advances into our workflows, business considerations into our thinking, and commitment to the good stewardship of our planet.

In addition to the technical program, you will have access to interesting luncheons and forums including, The Big Crew Change: Passing the Baton and Challenges Awaiting Mid-Career Geoscientists, on Tuesday afternoon where a diverse and energetic group of panelists and moderators will be sharing their experiences and views regarding the state of our industry. Our luncheons this year are also something not to be missed, from the All-Convention Luncheon on Driving Sustainability Innovation with Open Data and Cloud Technology for O&G Applications with Arno van den Haak (AWS) to the DEG/EMD Luncheon on the Global Energy Transition—An Uncertain Outcome Driven by Developments in Policy, Technology, and Behavior with Eirik Wærness (Equinor). Take full advantage of these events and bring a voice to ask questions and interact with these great panelists and presenters.

We are extremely proud of this program and we want to thank the effort and dedication of the ACE 2019 Organizing Committee, including theme and session chairs, reviewers and all of you who will be presenting technical work during this week. Our hope is that you are able to take full advantage of the convention and the city. Thank you again for joining us in San Antonio this week. Stay safe, learn, network, conduct business but also have fun!.

Lorena Moscardelli and Edward Valek

General Co-Chairs
AAPG 2019 Annual Convention and Exhibition