Message from
South, Central, and East Europe Director

February 2019

Jean Marc Dumas
SPE Regional Director
South, Central, and East Europe

The Society of Petroleum Engineers, from its inception in 1913 as a standing committee within the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME), is a society by its members for its members… Nothing could happen without the strong commitment of all the volunteers. When I think about this accomplishment, it reminds me of how too often we take for granted the core value of volunteerism that makes SPE tick. This society was founded on the principle of member participation – volunteering, and continue to thrive so many years later because of it. The time our members put into volunteering can be measured by more than just minutes and hours. You see it in the success of all SPE activities throughout the world, among others in Student Chapters and Young Professionals programmes. Yes, volunteerism is an enduring principle of SPE, its strength lies in its community, and together we achieve amazing things. Many thanks again to all volunteers!

I would like also to highlight how much we care in the education of the whole community – what we call lifelong learning, especially for young potential talents and future managers of our companies. And SPE is THE reference in the oil & gas industry. We recently opened a new section on the website called SPE Online Education. Whatever your skills, age, experience and technical expertise, you will always find most of the answers on your SPE website, for instance OnePetro, an online library of technical literature for the E&P industry, providing access to over 200,000 items (the definitive resource on upstream oil and gas). Also through a series of Webinars, available free to SPE members courtesy of the SPE Foundation, with Live and On Demand topics.

Last but not least, you still have a few days to make your colleagues recognized by the scientific community for their technical contributions, professional excellence, career achievement, industry leadership or public service in the O&G industry.

And new this year, Sustainability and Stewardship in the Oil & Gas Industry!

I remind you the deadlines: 15 February for an International award and 1 March 2019 for a Regional award.

Kind regards,