My role during the conference will be to periodically come before you
as a Conference facilitator. I will discuss the forward agenda with
you, explain the processes that we will follow, and inform you of action
steps, which will be required of you over the next two days. The
agenda and the abstracts are contained in the booklet that came with your
Conference “packet”. If you haven't yet received a “packet”, you
can pick one up during the first break in the foyer outside this meeting
With this in mind, let’s take a more in-depth look at today’s agenda. In just a moment, Marcus Milling Executive Director of the AGI will talk with us about Geoscience Trends and Challenges. Then we will move on to our morning communication session with representatives of public and private sector employers. Each of our speakers has been asked to provide an overview of their own employment sector and has been asked to address three subjects in the context of their remarks:
Our afternoon communication session is with representatives of the “supply
side” segments of our profession. Our speakers have been drawn from
academia, research institutions and human resource organizations to address
the following two issues:
- What knowledge, skills and personal traits does your academic segment seek to instill in geoscience students?
- What is the most important problem or issue that will effect geoscience education or recruiting over the next 5 to 10 year timespan?
The afternoon session will be moderated by Dr. Edward Roy of Trinity University and will follow a similar format as our morning session.
At the end of the day, I will be back to briefly talk with you about details of our dinner tonight and to give you instructions for tomorrow morning’s excursion to Exxon Research Center.
We have two items to cover that relate to our personal safety and personal
comfort. Here is a map of the meeting room. The little stars
on the map highlight the Greenway One Room where we are currently seated.
The red arrows show you where to exit in the (unlikely) event that an emergency
should occur. For your personal comfort, the restrooms are located
next to the sports bar. Just for your reference, tomorrow's workshops
will reconvene here in the morning, but the workshops will be held in breakout
rooms, which are scattered around our facility.
Before I end my discussion of today’s agenda, let me take just a minute to thank the other committee members for a job well done. In particular, I would like to recognize Christopher Keane for the important role he has played in planning and executing this conference. I'd also like to ask Chris to please stand up and be acknowledged for his work…..
So without any further adieu, let me introduce Marcus Milling. I think it is likely that most people in the room know Marcus in his current role as the Executive Director of the AGI. Prior to the AGI, Marcus spent over 20 years working in the upstream activities of the oil and gas industry including assignments with Exxon, Arco and the Bureau of Economic Geology in Austin. As many of you know, Marcus is a man of great energy and vision and it is has been his leadership, which inspired the formation of the Associates Program and this Conference.