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SEG Meetings

Annual Meeting Call for Papers
In 2007, SEG will return to San Antonio, Texas, U.S., for its 77th Annual Meeting. Don't miss this opportunity to present your latest technology, research results, or case history at a major assembly of international geoscientists.

Abstract kits are available online. Hard copies can be requested from the SEG Business Office.

Related Link: Technical Program Online

Annual Meeting Travel Grants
The SEG Annual Meeting is the Society's largest technical gathering and the world's biggest geophysical exhibition. It is also the largest gathering of the global geophysical community.

Students have the opportunity to learn leading-edge geophysical knowledge, meet potential and prospective employers, visit with individuals who are living the excitement of their chosen profession, and catch a glimpse of all the industry has to offer. Annual Meeting Travel Grants are available to help students defray the cost of travel, accommodations, meals, and incidental expenses.

Applicant eligibility requirements, detailed information about the Annual Meeting Travel Grants program, and application forms will be available on the SEG Foundation Web site by 1 March 2007. The deadline for submitting an application is 1 May 2007.

Related Link: SEG Foundation

2007 SEG Summer Research Workshop
Seismic Noise: Origins, Prevention, Mitigation, Utilization
13-18 May 2007
Antalya, Turkey

This conference will explore noise in all seismic environments, including land, marine, transition zone, and downhole, and will consider its origins, prevention, mitigation and utilization.

The advance registration fee is US$580 and includes meeting materials, registration fee, Sunday-evening reception, coffee breaks Monday through Thursday, lunch Monday through Thursday, and dinner Wednesday evening. Please register by 5 pm CST 10 April in order to receive the advance registration fee. Late registration fees begin after 5 p.m. CST on 10 April and is set at US$680. Fees do not include transportation. Guest meal tickets will be available for purchase prior to the meeting.

For more information, visit the Summer Research Workshop home page or email

Related Link: SRW 2007

GSH/SEG Spring Symposium
The Use of Seismic Attributes and AVO in Risk Assessment Case Histories and Best Practices
7-8 March 2007
Houston, Texas, U.S.

This two-day symposium will feature both invited and contributed papers, with a focus on the many contributions to geophysics made by honored and revered seismic pioneer Dr. Tury Taner.


Expand your abstract
When submitting an expanded abstract for SEG/San Antonio 2007, please consider expanding your expanded abstract into a full technical article and submitting it to SEG's peer-reviewed journal Geophysics while the materials are still fresh in your mind and in your computer.

The median time from submission to publication in Geophysics has come down dramatically recently to 8.5 months in 2006 from the previous twenty months in 2004. This includes six months for the typical two rounds of peer reviews and revisions, down from the previous 13.5 months, plus 2.5 months for online publication, down from the previous seven months.

Call for Nominations for Best Paper in Geophysics
The SEG Editor requests nominations for the Best Paper in Geophysics from among the papers published in 2006.

SEG members should e-mail their nominations to by 12 March 2007.

The Leading Edge
The February issue of TLE recaps the 2006 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, including the citations for last year's award winners, and includes a special section on the U.S. "Lower 48.

Related Link: TLE at SEG

The March-April issue of Geophysics contains a special section comprised of 10 papers on marine controlled-source electromagnetic methods (CSEM). Section editors Mike Tompkins and Len Srnka expect these methods to have more widespread use in the future and hope this special section will facilitate further research and development on the topic.

Related Link: Geophysics at SEG

Student Affairs

SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium
The SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium (SLS) is an opportunity for the leaders of SEG Student Sections to strengthen the geophysical leadership of the future, encourage the growth of SEG Student Sections, and raise the profile of geophysics on campuses around the world.

Travel grants will be awarded to Student Section leaders for the Annual Meeting to attend the SLS where they will participate in:

Networking with industry professionals

Promoting their Student Section's accomplishments

Leadership Workshop

Annual Meeting and Technical Sessions (free admission)

Have an open discussion with SEG Executive Committee on issues facing the society

Applications are available online. All applications must be received by 9 March 2007. For more information, please email:

Related Link: Student Affairs

AAPG/SEG Spring Student Expo
Registration is open! The Spring Student Expo at the University of Oklahoma is an annual job fair to bring together students and energy-related companies for formal interviews in a lively, energetic, and hospitable atmosphere. It's three days of exploring and networking, complete with a poster contest, optional short courses, a field trip, a library book sale, and the first regional SEG Student Challenge Bowl.

Student members shouldn't miss this expo to be held 15-17 March 2007 in Norman, Oklahoma. For more information, please visit the OU School of Geology and Geophysics web site or contact the SEG Student Affairs Specialist.


Transfer to Active
In an ongoing effort to make transferring to Active member status easier, the SEG Executive Committee recently approved a simplified reference letter for SEG Active members who serve as a reference. Rather than completing a full questionnaire when serving as a reference, SEG Active members need only answer 'YES' or 'NO' to the following question: "As an Active member of the SEG, do you endorse the applicant for Active membership, and in doing so agree that the applicant meets all requirements as stated in the SEG Constitution and Bylaws?

The link to the simplified questionnaire will be sent with a copy of the new or transferring membership application. Processing will be expedited by completing and submitting the online reference letter.

If you are currently an SEG Active member, please consider volunteering to serve as a reference to qualified Associate and Global members. Qualifications for Active membership can be found on the SEG Membership Web site.

Related Link: SEG Membership Home

Recruiting Student Members
Students, do you know a classmate or peer who would benefit from an SEG Student Membership? If so, let that person know that joining SEG is still free and easier than ever! SEG no longer requires the online application be printed and signed before mailing. All an applicant needs to do is include the name and e-mail address of their geophysics professor or university faculty member in lieu of a written signature.

Help SEG continue to grow. Your mission is to recruit new student members. E-mail this link to students who qualify and might benefit from an SEG Student membership:

Be sure to tell them about the benefits of joining and how easy it is to apply by using the new online application. If they include your name on the application, you are eligible to win prizes in the annual SEG Member-Get-A-Member Campaign.

Related Link: Member-Get-A-Member 2007

Member-Get-A-Member 2007
With your help, SEG membership can continue to grow. SEG members receive a wide range of benefits, including journals in print and online, continuing education opportunities, discounts on SEG books and videos, discounted registration for meetings and workshops, and numerous networking opportunities.

Win valuable prizes! Visit the Member-Get-A-Member Campaign 2007 Web site today.

Related Link: Member-Get-A-Member 2007

Professional Development

Regional Lecturer
The new SEG Regional Lecturer program will kick off this spring in two regions. Shiv Dasgupta of Saudi Aramco will be the regional lecturer for Africa and the Middle East. Steve Chang of Schlumberger will speak on borehole geophysics in the South and East Asia region. Lecture abstracts and schedules will be posted on the SEG Professional Development Web site as soon as they are available.

Related Link: Regional Lecturer Home Page

Continuing Education
There are still spaces available for Education Week in West Houston, 12-15 February 2007. Courses have been selected and registration is open for the upcoming Education Weeks in New Orleans and Calgary in April and May, respectively. Courses offered at the SEG 77th Annual Meeting in San Antonio are posted on the Web site as well. Please visit the SEG Professional Development area for a list of all available courses, course descriptions, and to register.

Related Link: CE Registration Page

Distinguished Lecture Series
Len Srnka, the Spring 2007 SEG Distinguished Lecturer, begins his tour in early February. His talk, "Illuminating Reservoirs with Electromagnetics," presents an emerging technology, controlled-source electromagnetics (CSEM), with an overview of theory and with case studies. An abstract of his talk and his itinerary are available on the SEG Professional Development Web site.

Related Link: Spring 2007 Distinguished Lecturer

Several presentations of the SEG/AAPG Joint Fall 2006 Distinguished Lecturer tour, presented by Bill Fahmy, have had to be postponed. His revised itinerary will be available on the SEG Professional Development site as it is finalized. Fahmy's Distinguished Lecture has been recorded and is being prepared for online presentation. It should be posted to the Distinguished Lecturer Library before the end of February 2007.

Related Link: Fall 2006 Distinguished Lecturer

Online Presentation Library
The Online Presentation Library continues to draw attention and excellent reviews as it continues to grow. Terry Young's final presentation as SEG President is online, as are several papers from the Recent Advances and the Road Ahead (Special Session 1) and Selected Best Papers in Case Histories (Special Session 3).

Related Link: Online Presentation Libraries

Distinguished Instructor Short Course
The 2007 SEG/EAGE DISC will be taught by Biondo Biondi. His topic, "Concepts and Applications in 3D Seismic Imaging," should be of interest to all geoscientists. His course book is in production, and his tour is scheduled to start in March. Please visit the SEG Professional Development site for a description of his course and his current schedule. Additions to the schedule will be posted as they become available.

Leon Thomsen's 2002 SEG/EAGE DISC presentation is in the final stages of production and should also be available on DVD in the first quarter of 2007. Kurt Marfurt's course was recorded at the SEG Annual Meeting on 29 September 2006 and is expected to be available in the Book Mart in the second quarter of 2007.

Related Link: SEG/EAGE DISC 2006

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