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New SPE Student Chapters Formed

Eight new SPE student chapters have recently formed. Three of them are located in the Latin America and Caribbean region; four are from the Middle East, North Africa, and India region; and one is from the Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa region.

The new chapters are Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Federal University of Bahia, Brazil; Universidade Estacio de Sa, Brazil; Anna University, India; AMET University, India; Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan; Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur Mir’s, Pakistan; and Coventry University, United Kingdom. For more information on these new chapters, go to

IPTC Dates for 2013 and 2014 Set

Dates have been announced for the next two International Petroleum Technology Conferences (IPTC).

The sixth edition of IPTC will be held 26-28 March 2013 at the Beijing International Convention Centre in Beijing, China. The seventh edition will be 20-22 January 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar. The eighth edition will be held as originally scheduled on 9-11 December 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Beijing conference will be hosted by China’s largest oil and gas producer—China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)—and cohosted by ExxonMobil. More than 5,000 participants from around the world are expected at the event in Beijing, including influential industry leaders, senior government officials, and nongovernmental organization representatives. The event provides opportunities for professionals to address technical and business issues that challenge oil and gas organizations worldwide and over-arching industry issues such as health, safety, and environment; security; and competency and training.

Volunteers currently serving on Beijing IPTC committees and industry professionals who have submitted abstracts for the technical program with any questions may contact for assistance. Companies that have committed to exhibit and sponsor at IPTC in Beijing will be contacted by IPTC staff.

IPTC is a multidisciplinary technical event that rotates annually between the Middle East and Asia. It is sponsored by SPE, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

For Conference Technical Program Committee, exhibition, and sponsorship information, please contact or visit