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AAPG ICE 2019 Student and Young professional events

vg symposium

Students and young professionals attending the ICE are welcome to come early and attend the Visiting Geoscientist Program (VGP) Symposium held Tuesday morning at the Hilton Buenos Aires.

The Symposium features 30-minute talks delivered by energy professionals who serve as AAPG Visiting Geoscientists (VGP) in the Americas and beyond. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear a variety of technical talks and career advice provided by some of AAPG’s brightest minds.


09:00-09:15 Welcome and introductions, Flover Rodriguez, AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Education Director
09:15-09:45 Applying Balance and Restoration Methods in the Exploration of Fold and Thrust Belt in Bolivia, Ana María Goncalves, YPFB Chaco, Bolivia
09:45-10:15 Deepwater Sandstone Turbidites and Fold & Thrust Belts: Case studies from Offshore Tobago and Onshore Trinidad, Xavier Moonan, Touchstone Exploration, Trinidad & Tobago
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Sustainable Energy in Latin America: an Inclusive Perspective from the Oil and Gas Industry, Elvira Pureza Gómez, CNOOC International, Colombia
11:00-11:30 Establishing and Managing Your Career in the Petroleum Industry, John Kaldi, University of Adelaide, Australia
11:30-12:15 The Shifting Sands of Career Progression, Gretchen Gillis, Aramco Services Company , Houston and Dave Cook, Past AAPG Vice President – Regions, United States/United Kingdom
12:15-12:30 Closing remarks, Mauricio Guizada, AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Visiting Geoscientist Program Coordinator

yp meet and greet

This event, exclusively sponsored by Shell, is designed to bridge the gap between students, young professionals, and experienced professionals. At this event, students and mentors are paired up for small round table discussions to gain an insider’s perspective into the petroleum industry and share direction on the meeting itself and what to expect.

student and yp reception

All registered students and faculty are invited to attend the Student Reception for food, fun and networking. Meet AAPG leaders and officers as well as executives from the long-time corporate sponsor, ExxonMobil. In addition to these industry connections, you can also meet up with fellow students-all in a fun and relaxing environment.

career challenges

The hydrocarbon industry’s new paradigms, developing technologies and moving targets require geoscientists to be trained continuously and efficiently. This ICE panel discussion will feature the perspectives of young geoscientists representing both operators and service companies as well as advice from head hunters and talent managers working in the energy sector. Young professionals, recent graduates and students preparing to enter the industry in coming years will benefit from this interactive session

Session Chairs: Juan Pablo Lovecchio (YPF) and Gabriela Marinho (Emerson)

  • Guillermina Sagasti, Shale Oil development Team Leader, YPF
  • José Gildardo Osorio Gallego, Geomechanics Studies Management, Pluspetrol
  • Luis Rodríguez, Senior Geosteering Specialist, Rogii Inc.
  • Victoria Ferreyra, Software Solutions Geologist, Schlumberger
  • Maximiliano Miguez, Exploration Geologist, Pampa Energía

call for judges

Judges Needed

Have you ever thought about volunteering as a technical presentation judge at ICE? Judges perform the crucial role of determining the winners of the Gabriel Dengo Memorial Award (for best oral presentation at ICE) and the Ziad Beydoun Memorial Award (for best poster presentation at ICE), as well as the Carlos Walter M. Campos and Ozan Sungurlu Memorial Awards for best student presentations. Whether it’s your 50th ICE or your first, participating as a judge is a great way to get involved. Just sign up during online conference registration and indicate which poster and/or oral presentations best fit your schedule and interests. All attendees, including students, YPs, Associates, and Members are encouraged to sign up. Worried you’re not a subject matter expert? Don’t be! Critical listening and thoughtful evaluation are the only required skills. Plus, you can network while you learn! Still unsure about being a judge? Email with questions. See you in Buenos Aires!