BY HEATHER FRANTZ
Public Relations Coordinator
|Faces of Success
Top, Michele Asgar-Deen accepts
the Andrew Baille Award for best student paper, from
representatives of the CSPG, the CSEG and the CSPG Educational
Trust Fund; bottom, winners of the award for best integrated
paper, from left, Mike Doty, P.Geoph., and Barry Hebner,
About every four years, the Canadian Society of Petroleum
Geologists and the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
join forces to provide geoscientists with a convention that
showcases their professions. This year was such a year, and
the magnitude of the event gave evidence to the important
role geologists and geophysicists play in our community.
The 2003 CSPG/CSEG Convention was held June 2 - 6 at the
Round Up Centre in Calgary. This year's theme, PARTNERS in
a New ENVIRONMENT, reflects the way the geoscience community
is pulling together to face an ever-changing future. "We
took up the theme to recognize the increasing requirement
to work with a wide range of stakeholders in an environment
of constant change," says Wayne Foo, P.Geol., 2003 CSPG
General Convention co-chair.
More than 4,300 people took part in various convention activities.
They included 3,100 technical delegates and 900 exhibitors,
along with 300 students and other participants. Convention
organizers say these attendance numbers are consistent with
past joint conventions between the CSPG and CSEG.
The convention offered a mixture of activities, both educational
and social, which allowed participants plenty of opportunity
to further their knowledge while interacting with their fellow
geoscientists. Presentations, courses, field trips and exhibits
offered delegates more than five full days of geoscience information
A selection of courses and field trips were offered prior,
during and post convention. Short courses in a wide range
of topics allowed participants to increase their knowledge
in geology, geophysics or both, while field trips throughout
Alberta, British Columbia and even Montana provided a chance
to view some of the region's spectacular geological systems.
More than 260 oral presentations and 68 posters were presented
during the technical program, June 2-4. As well, another
presentations were made during the Core Conference held June
5 & 6 at the AEUB Core Research Centre. (See Page 11
of this month's PEGG for a feature on the centre or click
here to view it on the website.)
Numerous awards were handed out to recognize outstanding
geoscience research presented in the technical program. Judges
included peers and session chairs, as well as randomly selected
convention participants. (See the winners
list accompanying this story.)
The exhibits portion of the convention, June 2-4, featured
more than 100 booths for participants to view. A wide range
of associations and services from across Canada and the United
States were represented. Two exhibit halls at the Round Up
Centre, as well as outdoor space, were needed to host this
large number of exhibits.
Convention delegates were treated to a number of special
events throughout the week as well. An icebreaker held on
the exhibit floors started off the festivities, while the
Core Meltdown/Wind-Up Party at the AEUB Core Research Centre
allowed participants to meet fellow geoscientists and discuss
the week's activities in a fun and informal setting. Breakfast
events, luncheon speakers, and other receptions kept participants
busy throughout the convention.
As soon as this year's events wrapped up, preparations were
already being made by each society for their 2004 conventions.
Next year's CSEG convention is scheduled for May 10-14 at
the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary. The CSPG will hold
a joint convention with the Canadian Well Logging Society
and the Canadian Heavy Oil Association. It will take place
May 31-June 4 at the Round Up Centre in Calgary.
Information on next year's convention events