About the SEG Annual Meeting

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With over 35,000 members in 138 countries, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of geophysics and the education of geophysicists. SEG fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources and the International Exposition and Annual Meeting provides a unique venue to discover geophysical innovations and new earth science technologies for thousands of attendees.

At heart, this September's event in the George R. Brown Convention Centre will combine two world-class events in one:

exposition The SEG International Exposition brings together more than 350 leading companies, government agencies, research and educational institutions involved in global oil, gas and mineral exploration, and new areas of civil engineering, environmental and archaeology. These organizations take advantage of the vast exhibition spaces offered by SEG to create the most impressive display of the latest technology and services. Find out more about becoming an exhibitor.

technical program
The SEG Annual Meeting takes place in the same facility, and features a robust Technical Program consisting of oral presentations, poster sessions, eposters and workshops that address the most cutting-edge issues, innovations, and developments in the geosciences field. By way of example, the Technical Program of last year's SEG Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, drew from over 1,500 expanded abstracts from industry leaders. Find out more about submitting your abstract for inclusion in the Technical Program.

And yet the sheer scope of the SEG International Exposition and Annual Meeting has led to the creation of a week-long event unlike any other, featuring opportunities and events beyond the exhibition floor or the technical sessions that serve to advance geoscience on a professional and personal level for the thousands of attendees who participate each year.

Member Opportunities
member opportunities

SEG's more than 35,000 members take the Annual Meeting as an opportunity to celebrate the year's successes and reflect on new future directions for the organization and the field as a whole. Committee Members can expect to sit at table with their committees to have productive discussions and make pressing decisions, while members and officers can participate in receptions for their areas and awards ceremonies to provide recognition to voted recipients of SEG's most coveted distinctions. Lastly, the SEG Forum provides a rare opportunity to gather with other minds from throughout the chapters and sections of SEG to discuss issues of particular interest to the geophysics field.


With thousands of attendees from over 85 countries, there is no doubt that the 2013 SEG Annual Meeting will represent a critical career and business opportunity for anyone even remotely involved in the oil and gas industry. In addition to walking the exhibition floor, attending technical sessions and receptions, and actually interviewing with prospective employers in the Career Placement Area, the 2013 SEG Annual Meeting helps create opportunities to make important business connections with events like our regional and topical luncheons, conveniently scheduled to take place between afternoon technical sessions of the annual meeting. Participation in these luncheon meetings may be purchased at the time of registration.


disc Before the rich Technical Program of the SEG Annual Meeting even begins, geoscience professionals may participate in the highly popular Distinguished Instructor Short Course held the Friday before the meeting, or the exhaustive weekend series of Continuing Education courses featuring some of the most distinguished instructors in geophysics from across the world. Read more about the 2013 Distinguished Instructor David Johnston, or review some of last year's Continuing Education course topics.

After the technical sessions close, the advancement of geoscience continues with Post-Convention Workshops that provide an opportunity for attendees to dig deeper into the salient issues of the time. For an idea of what sort of topics are addressed in these sessions, review last year's agenda.

Participation in all of the above additional Educational Opportunities can be purchased at the time of registration.


Students in particular can benefit from attending the SEG Annual Meeting, whether they are seeking to build their career prospects, enhance their education, or simply have fun with like-minded science students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. The dedicated space in the exhibition floor provides an opportunity to meet and greet professionals in the field. The Student Career Panel offers directly applicable guidance in finding jobs in geophysics, while the Student Networking Event offers a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere in which to make valuable contacts in the field, and the AAPG/SEG Student Expo gives talented up-and-comers direct exposure to industry recovers. Students wishing to increase the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in geophysics can apply to participate in the Student Leadership Symposium or Student Education Program, both offering training and opportunities not typically found in a university classroom. And, of course, students won't want to miss the fast-paced game-show style excitement of the Challenge Bowl Finals, which puts geophysics students to the test to determine the leading world team in the geosciences field.

The best part? There are plenty of opportunities for Students to get financial help to enable them to attend the Annual Meeting. More information about Travel Grants can be found here.

Entertainment and Recreation
entertainment and recreation

An SEG Annual Meeting is an exciting and vibrant time, filled with familiar faces from throughout the industry, a delightful diversity of people of all nationalities and cultures, and a never-ceasing hustle and bustle of social and business activity, all against the backdrop of one of North America's largest and most cosmopolitan cities.

Before the week begins, early arrivals to the meeting can participate in the SEG Annual Golf Tournament, typically held on Saturday morning. For their part, Exhibitors will kick off their week with an Icebreaker event Sunday evening, at which all attendees are welcome and which offers a preview of the Exposition to come. Attendees will also enjoy the option to bring the official program of the Annual Meeting to a close with an enjoyable gala evening, typically held Wednesday evening and hosted by the President and Board of SEG.