With the beginning of this month I became a sponsored student member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. The AAPG is the world's largest professional geological society with over 30,000 members and fosters scientific research in the fields of geology and technology. The AAPG student membership is my third affiliation with a major international geoscientific society after SEG and EAGE. To be honest, I'm truly proud to be a part of the AAPG family from this day on because sedimentary geology and petroleum geology in particular have been important aspects of my undergraduate and graduate studies. And they will keep that status in my future career plans because I consider the symbiosis of qualitative geological and quantitative geophysical thinking to be essential in the process of becoming a leading petroleum exploration geophysicist and petroleum industry professional in general.
The AAPG offers lots of education and career opportunities for its student members worldwide and I fully appreciate to honor these generous offerings in the best way possible: by making use of them. In October, I'm going to attend the AAPG International Conference & Exhibition 2011 in the beautiful capital of Lombardy, Milan. In addition to the technical program and the exhibition, they offer very interesting short courses with special discounts for students. Getting a short course on sequence stratigraphy by ExxonMobil guys? Attending a short course on core analysis and visiting the Eni laboratories? Almost priceless and since I've never been to Italy before, this will be a wonderful finale for my truly amazing conference season 2011. I'm looking forward to meeting you in Milan. A presto!