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The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) have announced an agreement to hold joint annual meetings, the first of which will be held 26 September to 1 October 2021, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. This event will mark the first time the two groups’ annual conventions have been held together since 1955.

The merger of AAPG’s 2021 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) and SEG’s 2021 International Exhibition and 91st Annual Meeting (SEG21) will result in one of the largest gatherings of earth scientists and energy professionals in the world. The two events will be fully integrated, online and in-person, with a comprehensive technical program featuring more than 20 concurrent technical sessions and a joint exhibition featuring the latest geoscience products and technologies.

“We’re looking forward to bringing SEG and AAPG members together to exchange ideas and experiences,” said SEG President Maurice Nessim. “It will be geosciences week in Denver. Our focus on science, its applications, and our community is what unites us in purpose and makes this collaboration so powerful.”

Better serving the needs of geoscientists in a rapidly changing energy landscape and achieving synergies in event operations drove the organizations’ decision to hold integrated annual conventions. The hybrid event format will permit speakers, exhibitors, and attendees to participate at the Colorado Convention Center and online. The combined program will continue to feature many of the elements that attendees of both the AAPG and SEG conventions long have valued. One registration will give delegates access to the core technical sessions and exhibition and access to several ticketed training and social events. Exhibitors and sponsors will benefit from access to two audiences with a single engagement.

Combining our annual events answers the stated wishes of our members and our exhibition and sponsorship patrons,” said AAPG President Rick Fritz. “It also represents a strategic response to shifting industry conditions. I think our members and clients will enthusiastically embrace the benefits of one annual meeting to connect with fellow geoscientists.”

The organizations’ leaders expect the combined conventions to further cement SEG’s and AAPG’s positions as the recognized global leaders in the dissemination of high-quality applied geoscience knowledge and data. The agreement is for five years, covering the organizations’ annual meetings through 2025.