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Saint Petersburg 2008
7 - 10 April 2008
Geosciences - From New Ideas to New Discoveries
Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Following the successful event Saint Petersburg 2006, the next international conference and exhibition on geoscience in Russia will be Saint Petersburg 2008. The meeting is jointly organised by European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), EurAsian Geophysical Society (EAGO) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). The broad support of these leading geoscientific societies guarantees a high quality level for both the exhibition and the conference.

An international crowd of about 1,000 geologists, geophysicists and engineers are expected to attend in addition to leading government officials from Russia.

Chairman of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

To the leaders of the state, commercial and non-commercial organizations
– participants in the Third International scientific and practical Conference and exhibition “Saint Petersburg 2008. Geosciences: from New Ideas to New Discoveries”

Dear colleagues!

On behalf of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and myself, I welcome the delegates and guests to the Third International scientific and practical Conference and exhibition “Saint Petersburg 2008. Geosciences: from New Ideas to New Discoveries”.

It is becoming a good tradition for geologists and geophysicists from all over the world to organize their meetings in Saint Petersburg, which is the greatest scientific and cultural centre of Russia, where the mining and geological office of our country was established over 300 years ago. In this city there worked then and now many outstanding native representatives of geological and geophysical science. Among these names is Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky, known all over the world as a naturalist, philosopher, public and politician. 2008 is the 145th anniversary of his birth and this should be reflected with dignity during the international exhibition and conference.

In Saint Petersburg there are large scientific centres, among which there are the leading geological institutes of our country VSEGEI, oil geological research institute VNIGRI, scientific production association “Geologorazvedka” and also well-known universities: St. Petersburg State University and St. Petersburg Mining Technology University, which prepare specialists in the field of geology and geophysics. St. Petersburg is also famous for its magnificent sights, here one can find museums that are famous all over the world: the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the famous Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre. Visiting these and other memorable places will definitely enrich the cultural background of the participants of the forum, will allow them to get to know our country better and see some unique works of Russian and world art.

I am absolutely convinced of the usefulness and necessity for the scientific exchange of opinions and ideas between the participants in the upcoming conference and exhibition, demonstrating the latest achievements of the scientists and engineers working in the sphere of both theory and development of modern methods and technical means of investigation of the Earth’s bowels.

I call upon you to venture into and be creative in the field of the development of high geological and geophysical technologies, aimed at revealing the deep-seated mysteries of our mother Earth.

I am sure that holding the international conference and exhibition “Saint Petersburg 2008” will really serve to further the development of geological and geophysical science and practice, broadening mutually profitable business and amicable cooperation.

Greetings and best wishes for great success to all the participants in the international geological-geophysical forum!

Sergey M. Mironov.

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