The SEG Research Workshops have been a regular part of the Annual SEG Meetings for the past 13 years. From 1971 to 1978, during each convention a workshop was held with invited speakers. Starting in 1979, multiple workshops were conducted on the Thursday afternoon following the convention. The workshops were again expanded in 1981 to include not only Thursday afternoon but all day Friday as well. A list of the Research Workshops conducted during the past 13 years follows this introduction.