On behalf of the Asociación Mexicana de Geólogos Petroleros – AMGP – it is for me a great pleasure to invite you all to the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies 2011 Annual Convention. This year as a historical precedent, for the very first time, this Annual Convention will be held on Mexican soil. The close relationship between these two Associations, established a decade ago, proposes as its main objective the sharing of mutual visions on questions, geological hypotheses, and solutions to take on the challenge of facing a modern society demanding a fair and sustainable development in this part of the world.
We firmly believe geological hypotheses are conjectures subject to refutations and that solutions must respond to a constantly evolving society. For this reason, the AMGP selected as a central fi gure of the Convention logotype an ancient Aztec icon known as OLLIN, which literally means movement and transformation. Conceptually, it is the leit-motiv of life, meaning nothing else but constant and creative evolution. Thus, OLLIN also symbolizes our science, Geology, and the idea that the AMGP’s geologists have about this Convention which is clearly expressed by its theme: Sharing knowledge to add value.
For two consecutive days, three oral technical sessions each morning and afternoon will be presented simultaneously with poster sessions all through the day. These twelve technical sessions will cover relevant topics about petroleum geology, seismic
interpretation, climate change, sustainable development, geohydrology, and education, enhanced by three fi eld trips, six short courses, a luncheon conference, and an industrial exhibition. On the third day, a Symposium on “Jurassic regional framework and reservoirs of the Gulf of Mexico” will be held. Student activities have been designed as an integral part of the Convention.
This Convention will take place in an emblematic city of Mexico: the port of Veracruz, one of the most privileged places on the American Continent, where the universal interchange of goods and ideas led the way to the actual confi guration of the modern world.
Without any doubt, the history, the magic, the warmth, and customs of Veracruz make it the ideal scenario inviting us all to come and share knowledge, strengthen professional links, and tighten relationships.
We look forward to seeing you all in Veracruz this October!
Javier J. Meneses-Rocha, Ph.D.
Convention General Chairman