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Cindy Yeilding
Cindy Yeilding

On behalf of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), its divisions, the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), and host society, the Houston Geological Society (HGS), it is a pleasure to invite you to join us at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, 7―10 June 2020 for the 104th AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE).

ACE will provide participants with a high-quality program and opportunities to learn, grow, and extend your professional network. AAPG received more than 1,600 abstracts, which underwent a rigorous peer-review and selection process, resulting in 477 oral and 510 poster contributions coming from presenters working in industry, academic, government, and other areas.

The heart of AAPG lies within the technical program, and the 2020 ACE Meeting will include a diverse program of exciting and informative technical talks and posters covering such topics as the characterization of both siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentary systems, new ideas and innovative workflows, machine learning, and its application to various aspects of our businesses. Unconventional reservoirs in the U.S. and China will be highlighted. Other sessions will focus on carbon capture, induced seismicity, and there will be several special sessions honoring Albert Bally and his revolutionary work on structural characterization. A number of interactive sessions including both panel discussions and “SED” talks focused on topics ranging from reservoir intelligence to new research on Gulf of Mexico will be featured.

In addition to the technical program, AAPG features a range of special sessions featuring current industry themes addressed by leaders in the fields. These sessions range from “Are we done, or do we need to reset Upstream?,” “Where are the Investors?,” and “Gas – The New Oil!” Technical special sessions will focus on E&P opportunities, including Mega-Plays that Changed the World, Brazil Presalt basins — Santos Basin E&P, and DeepWater reinvents itself. Of course, no ACE would be complete without the Discovery Thinking program! 

ACE 2020 field trips and short courses include opportunities across the U.S. and across a range of modern and ancient depositional environments. Short courses include sequence stratigraphy, a core workshop, LNG 101, and machine learning. Unconventional reservoirs are featured throughout the education program, with a short course as well as field trips to the West Texas and upstate New York offering opportunities to build understanding of these types of plays. 

Carbon Capture Use and Storage will be featured throughout the program in special sessions, the technical program, and a short course. Science education and educators will be celebrated with opportunities to interact with and learn from teachers as well as scientists of the future, and a special session on Talent and Education. The program will be rounded out with social events including the Icebreaker Reception, Alumni Receptions, Jammin’ Geos, and Bad Movie Social Night.

If you haven’t visited Houston lately, you haven’t visited Houston! Downtown continues to be renovated and refreshed, and you’ll appreciate the new restaurants and hotels near the Convention Center. Sightseeing opportunities include the NASA Space Center and the Natural History Museum.

Of course, this amazing program doesn’t just manifest itself and we’d like to thank Morgan Sullivan, Pinar Yilmaz, Art Donovan, Steve Sonnenberg, and their amazing leadership teams for their passion and diligence in building this amazing program. We hope you are able to join us in Houston, Texas, to learn, create new ideas and opportunities, see old friends, and meet new ones. We look forward to seeing y’all in the Lone Star State in June!

Cindy Yeilding

Cindy Yeilding
General Chair
AAPG 2020 Annual Convention and Exhibition