SEG to Open Offices in China, Australia

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) soon will open its first business offices outside North America, President Leon Thomsen and President-Elect Fred Aminzadeh announced Wednesday. The SEG Executive Committee recently voted to open offices in Beijing, People's Republic of China, and Perth, Australia, pending approval by local officials.

"The world is changing at a dramatic pace, and SEG is responding boldly with new offices and other initiatives wherever needed to better serve its membership and its mission," Thomsen said.

SEG hopes to begin operating the Beijing and Perth offices in 2007. Each office will offer enhanced technical programs, publication assistance, and member services to regional constituencies.

This exciting development is the most recent step in an ambitious plan that reflects and responds to SEG's growing global membership. Nearly 60% of SEG members reside outside of the United States, whereas 10 years ago the majority of members were U.S. based.

Geophysicists are at the forefront of the worldwide search for energy and other resources. Founded in 1930 and based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, SEG is the world's leading organization advancing applied geophysics. With more than 28,000 members worldwide, the Society offers a comprehensive program of applied-geophysics publishing, continuing education, and conferences and forums and, through its Foundation, support for youth education including scholarships and other programs.

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