Welcome from the new Chair and Summer’s greetings

Dear EAOG members, friends, colleagues,

Having assuming the post of the EAOG Chair for the near future I would like to take this opportunity, whilst we are launching the new EAOG webpage, to say a few words. Before I do so, I would like to welcome Pim van Bergen as a new Board member, who assumes the post of Treasurer – after few years with a Polish Treasurer we have returned to the ‘Dutch tradition’.

Recent years have seen fundamental changes in EAOG initiated by the Board.  These, included a very successful industry sponsored travel grant programme and alliance with the EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers), which enables every EAOG member to receive a discounted rate to EAGE events and vice versa.  In addition, our relationship with Elsevier has been redefined and as a result we have moved this year to a new membership handling system.  For the first time, everyone has an opportunity to pay solely for the membership without a subscription to the Organic Geochemistry journal, something that we see as a natural progression in the era of industrial/academic subscriptions.  We have ensured that the benefits of being a member of the EAOG are clearly reflected in the discounted rates for our biennial IMOG meetings – something that you will notice clearly at the upcoming Tenerife meeting.  The Board is monitoring carefully the new arrangements and will update members on a regular basis.

Of course, we have also realized that in the times of digital communication our webpage had to be revamped to hopefully become more actively used by our community.  I am sure, both Jose and Ian will send a separate communication on the new functions you will be able to find and we hope that our new web-page will become a commonly used tool. Please send us your feedback – both good and bad.

Our IMOG meetings have been very successful in recent years both in terms of value for our members and support of EAOG.  The organizing committees have done fantastic jobs not only in the organization of solid scientific programmes but also in terms of ‘entertainment value’ and networking opportunities.  In addition, the funds from industrial sponsorship have enabled not only support of IMOGs but have also served as support for EAOG and its Awards programme.  On the latter note, the Board have decided to increase the value of the Peter Schenk Award for outstanding young scientists from 1000 to 2000 Euro.

The Board recently met at the site of the future IMOG in Tenerife and, apart from reviewing sites for the planned meeting and having intense discussions regarding the operation of EAOG, we sampled the local cuisine and tourist attractions.  I can say that the meeting promises to be one of the most memorable (and warmer ones) and the entire Board is excited to be returning in 2013. With the site for the IMOG 2015 set to be in Prague, as well as increased activity in the world of organic geochemistry (both in the industry and academia), all of us have something to look forward to.

I look forward to your continued feedback on the general direction of the EAOG, suggestions for the sites of IMOGs beyond 2015 and any other input you would like to provide.  Since this is probably one of the longest Chairman’s notes in recent years, I would like to stop here and wish all of you a great summer. I hope to see many of you at the upcoming Gordon Research Conference in New Hampshire.

All the best

Artur

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