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 ways to collaborate in additional ways, 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.
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