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President's Message

From the baby steps taken in 1992 when a few enthusiastic geophysicists in Dehradun, goaded by the desire to have a platform for improved interaction and technical exchange, founded SPG-India, the Society has taken giant strides to establish itself as a premier Geoscientific Society in the whole of South Asia. Its membership base has been rapidly expanding ever since and so also is its scope of activities. Today, it can boast of having more than 2600 members (Life/Annual/Student), across ten Regional Chapters, including one overseas in North America and sixteen Student Chapters.

While the gamut of activities that SPG-India has been organising include workshops, lectures, seminars, field trips, research endowments etc., the Biennial Conference & Exposition is surely its flagship event. First started in 1996 at New Delhi, it has been growing in stature with every edition. In fact, in the E&P Industry Calendar, the Conference has proudly acquired the reputation of being one of the highlight events to look forward to.

As the world congregates at the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’ for the 13th edition, the Industry practioners are perhaps riveted by high levels of expectation. After all, our Industry needs to brace itself for the challenges that lay ahead, be it about EOR from brown fields or accreting new reserves from newer & difficult plays (geologically or geographically) or may be, even about re-strategizing towards a new paradigm where certain renewable sources of energy are increasingly being seen as potential alternatives to petroleum. More of technology, ideas and knowhow in tandem with the unbridled urge to succeed will be vital in the new scheme of things. The theme of the Conference, “Energy Sustainability: Challenging New Frontiers” has been chosen in sync with this milieu.

In addition to the 200 odd technical papers that will be presented and a rich exposition where E&P companies and Service Providers will showcase the best that they have to offer, the Conference shall also feature a rich array of programmes ranging from Plenary Session, Theme Sessions, Panel Discussions to Spouse Programme, Cultural evenings, Motivational Talk etc. Students of geosciences are an intrinsic part of the Conference, as we firmly believe that they are the future of our Industry. Several programmes like the ‘SPG Mastermind 2020’ - GeoScience Quiz, Business Game, Interactive sessions with the Industry and Technical Societies have been scheduled for them.

It is indeed a privilege for me to welcome esteemed dignitaries, delegates, speakers, sponsors, invitees, students and exhibitors from India and abroad to Kochi-2020.Hoping earnestly that the Conference turns out to be a grand success, providing every participant with an enriching take-away.

With best wishes,

Pradipta Mishra
President, SPG,India