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Discovery Thinking Forum – Giant Global Discoveries II (AAPG/DPA)

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 8:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  |  Austin, Texas

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The “Discovery Thinking” Forum will be the twenty third presentation of the AAPG 100th Anniversary Committee’s program recognizing “100 Who Made a Difference.” These Forums, co-sponsored by AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs (DPA), will feature invited speakers who will describe major and significant discoveries. We are pleased to announce this Forum will continue with very notable giant field discovery presentations.

Each speaker and their colleagues overcame significant business, technical, and professional challenges. Topics discussed will include philosophy of exploration, stories from remarkable careers, professional insights, colorful anecdotes, and lessons learned on the path to success. As technology advances and younger geoscientists enter our profession, the organizers see continued interest in forums such as these. These forums provide a venue for explorers to discuss the personal side of success and what has been called the “art of exploration.” As always, we appreciate the speakers sharing abundant technical data and insights derived from costly and hard-won experience.

AAPG offers many technical sessions. “Discovery Thinking” forums fill an important gap in how technical and professional skills combine to turn prospects into discoveries. The forum encourages speakers to share personal stories about discoveries they know well, to bring forward appropriate technical data, and to address questions from the audience. As a resource to fellow explorers, many previous Discovery Thinking presentations appear on the AAPG Search and Discovery website, Special Collection tab.

This year, ACE 2020 brings forward a second Discovery Thinking session: “Global Giant Discoveries”. The forum will focus on the science that brings about giant discoveries and the prosperity they bring.

  • Brulpadda a Key Play Opening Discovery in Offshore South Africa: A Tale of Discovery and Managing an Extremely Challenging Operating Environment: Celine Scheffer, Total, Exploration Manager for South Africa
  • The Exploration History of the Eastern Mediterranean (Nile, Levantine), from Abu Madi to Zohr: Andrea Cozzi, ENI, Managing Director
  • Discovery Thinking from the Orca Discovery in Mauritania: Simon Hendry (BP, Exploration Manager Mauritania and Senegal
  • Discovery of Onshore Indonesia: Repsol, Ramos David, Exploration Director
  • Mitquq Discovery in Alaska at Nanushuk and Alpine C Level: Tomas Zapata Repsol, Exploration Director
  • Seven Principles that hold back Geologists from Discovery Thinking: Seven Habits of the Effective Petroleum Systems Analyst: Andrew Pepper, Director, Petroleum Systems LLC


Discovery Thinking Forum – Giant Global Discoveries II (AAPG/DPA)
Austin, TX
Austin, Texas
United States


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President, Star Creek Energy, Houston