For the first time, SPE’s flagship meeting—the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition—will be held internationally. With more than 50% of SPE members residing outside of the United States, SPE recognizes how important it is for its annual meeting to be accessible to all members around the world.
Top 5 Reasons to Attend ATCE 2010
ATCE 2010 is one of the best ways that you can gain technical knowledge and make valuable contacts, while saving on consulting and research costs. Here is why you should attend.
- 400+ peer-selected technical papers covering current applications and future technologies
- 250 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services
- Networking events
- Student and young professional activities
- Post-show training courses
ATCE also offers the opportunity for SPE volunteers to share best practices for their committees and sections.
How to Justify Your Attendance
Here are some tips on getting employer support to attend ATCE 2010:
- Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation to your colleagues to share what you learned. That way, others on your team will gain the benefits of your attendance.
- Explain what you plan to get out of attending and how that will benefit your company.
- Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.
- Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses or look for less expensive air routes into larger Italian cities and then take a train from that city to Florence.
- Share presenter handouts and exhibiting companies’ materials with your colleagues. SPE On Demand offers you unlimited access to many of the presentations and audio from the ATCE technical sessions.
- You receive continuing education credits for attending.
- If you are an SPE member, you can take advantage of discounted registration.
- Attending an SPE training course after ATCE can maximize your time spent traveling for continuing education.
Ways to Save
Follow these tips to help you maximize your time and money spent at ATCE!
Before ATCE 2010:
- Book your hotel room soon to take advantage of the group rate--the deadline has expired but some hotel rooms are still available.
- Register by 20 August and save EUR 100 on full registration.
- Use ATCE for continuing education credits—stay after ATCE to attend one of our many SPE training courses.
- Create a “Expo Plan” to maximize your time on the exhibit floor.
- Make a checklist of the technical sessions that you want to attend.
At ATCE 2010:
- Visit the SPE Pavilion (booth 2711, Cavaniglia exhibit floor) to pick-up your Proceedings CD (included in full registration price). This CD includes all of the technical papers being presented at ATCE.
- While you’re in the SPE Pavilion, check out the bookstore to purchase discounted SPE books. Also, pick-up complimentary copies of JPT and the SPE technical journals.
- Bring a print-out of your “Expo Plan” or view it on your web-enabled phone.
- Pick-up a copy of the on-site program to quickly find your way around the conference venue.
- Attend the special events on the exhibit floor to network with colleagues and exhibitors.
After ATCE 2010:
- Schedule some time to review the notes and materials you collected and evaluate solutions while ideas are still fresh in your mind. Offer to provide a recap of what you learned to your boss and coworkers.
- Follow-up with exhibitors and other professionals that you met.
- Didn’t pick up a business card from an exhibitor? You can find exhibitors' contact information online.
- Missed an important technical session? As a part of your full registration, you will receive access to SPE On Demand. This site gives you access to many of the session presentations as audio synched to slideshows.
Calculate your ATCE 2010 Return on Investment!
By attending ATCE 2010, your company can avoid some of the costs of consultants or various educational sources, including time-consuming and costly classes. You can gain the knowledge you need in less time and at a lower cost.
Although you might understand the benefits of the conference that interests you, your manager may not. Therefore, you need to clearly articulate the connection between your organization’s knowledge requirements and the conference program.
Use this template letter to ask your supervisor to attend ATCE. This letter can help you organize your thoughts and help justify why you should attend.