In a watershed moment of SEG's history, the 2003 Annual Meeting theme “Geophysics—An International Language” was a fitting tribute to the fact that non-U.S. members recently surpassed the number of U.S.-based members. This and the fact that global members are younger than their American counterparts will have a major effect on the future of SEG.

Therefore, the time was ripe for an in-depth discussion of global issues in the context of our science and our industry. This is the reason why the Global Forum was added to the list of international events, which started eight years ago with International Showcase...

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