Society of Petroleum Engineers and Society of Exploration Geophysicists sign agreement for intersociety cooperation

Intersociety cooperation signing26 October 2009—The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) have formalized an agreement for intersociety cooperation to benefit their global membership through joint events, programs and services.

This is an exciting opportunity for both societies to build on an already strong relationship to enhance technical knowledge exchange globally that will benefit our members and serve the upstream oil and gas industry,” said Behrooz Fattahi, 2010 SPE president. “We can see many opportunities to work together on events for our members, as well as for university student activities, young professional programs and our energy education outreach for pre-university students that will help prepare the next generation for careers in our industry.”

We have a number of areas of overlapping interest, and know that our efforts to work more closely together on the operation of conferences will be appreciated by the petroleum industry by allowing them to reach both geophysicists and engineering professionals in one venue,” said Larry Lines, 2009 SEG President. “SEG’s strong network of sections and associated societies and its large cadre of student chapters and student members provide an excellent platform for collaboration.”

In addition to reaching out to younger members and students, the two societies have agreed to seek additional ways to collaborate, including publications and professional development. The two societies are already investigating several specific possibilities. 

Under the agreement, a joint cooperation committee will be established, which will include Board members of each society and will be charged with developing cooperative initiatives. Each society will commit resources to support the joint efforts.

About SPE
The Society of Petroleum Engineers is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves 88 000-plus members in 118 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, conferences, workshops, forums, and Web site.

About SEG
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of applied geophysics and the profession of geophysicist. SEG fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near surface and in mitigating earth hazards. The Society, which has more than 32 000 members in 129 countries, fulfills its mission through its publications, professional development programs, conferences, workshops and events, university and student initiatives, private sector collaborations, and Web site.


Margaret Watson
Society of Petroleum Engineers


Whitney Emerick
Society of Exploration Geophysicists