IMAGE COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines


The International Meeting for Applied Geoscience and Energy (IMAGE), the new joint conference and exhibition of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), is proceeding as scheduled 26 September to 1 October, in Denver and online.

While we continue to evaluate the effects of the Delta variant of the coronavirus and to closely monitor the information provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local governments, we have been encouraged by the safe and successful in-person editions of the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), and the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) recently completed in Houston.

Our priority is the health and well-being of our members, customers, and staff. Yes, there are many uncertainties, but if you’re able to attend IMAGE ’21 in Denver, please do so. Denver and the Colorado Convention Center are open for business and looking forward to welcoming our geosciences community.

If you’re unable to participate in-person, please register to join us online. In these difficult times it’s important to remain connected to your professional community. The more than 1,000 presenters and 150 exhibiting companies are looking forward to seeing you, and so are we. Your support is essential.

Here are our current safety protocols and what you can expect as an IMAGE ’21 attendee:

  • The use of face masks while attending events in the Colorado Convention Center and area hotels will be strongly encouraged for all attendees, whether vaccinated or not.
  • Masks will be available at registration at no cost.
  • All participants will be asked to use social distancing and maintain recommended distances when interacting with others; seating in session rooms will be spaced accordingly.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the facility.
  • Surfaces will be frequently cleaned using products approved by the CDC.
  • Medical services will be on call for any visitors feeling poorly or requiring medical attention.

The CDC and your local health authorities are the best resources for updates and answers to questions about COVID-19. Updates to our COVID-19 protocols will be made as new information becomes available. Our plan is to comply with all city, state, and federal laws and follow the guidance of health authorities.

We are proud of the resilience and professionalism of our members who have continued to donate their time and expertise to create a fantastic event in service of our missions. We are equally appreciative of the attendees, exhibiting companies and sponsors who have supported our online and hybrid events during these challenging times.

Please plan to join us in Denver or online for IMAGE ’21 and thank you for being a part of our geosciences community.



Positioning multiple disciplines together to focus on geoscience applications and technologies


Resulting in the largest gathering of earth scientists and energy professionals in the world


Providing a comprehensive technical program featuring more than 20 concurrent sessions


To exchange ideas and experiences for achieving powerful synergy across our sectors


To better serve the needs of geoscientists in a rapidly changing energy landscape


Offering a full week of geoscience dissemination from three annual meetings under one roof

  • What is IMAGE?
    IMAGE '21 is the integrated annual conference and exhibition of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and in conjunction with the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
  • Why attend IMAGE?
    This powerhouse event is the ultimate learning and networking event for geoscience and energy. IMAGE ’21 combines all the great elements from each society’s previous meeting to offer a better experience and increased value for the industry.
  • Where is IMAGE?
    IMAGE ’21 will offer two ways to attend for one registration price: in-person at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver or online. Both components will offer networking, learning, and collaboration with a comprehensive technical program and an expansive exhibition showcasing the latest products and technologies.
  • Register for IMAGE
    Register by 5 August and Save Up to $300
  • Book Your Room
    Book through the official housing bureau, Maritz Global Events
  • Book Exhibit Space
    Showcase your products, services, and innovations
  • Secure Sponsorships
    Highly visible sponsorships offer maximum exposure

What the Experts are Saying About IMAGE

Maurice Nessim
Stephen Sonnenberg
Bryce Swinford
Rick Fritz
Jaclyn Tonwsend
Maurice Nessim - SEG President
"Geologists and geophysicists often work together in teams, learning from one another and sharing methods and observations to deliver solutions more valuable and durable than what they can achieve without multidisciplinary collaboration. Our organizations complement each others strengths. Through our new collaboration on IMAGE, we can better serve the needs of geoscientists."
April 07, 2018
Stephen Sonnenberg - Professor and Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair, Colorado School of Mines
“The IMAGE’21 meeting combines two great society annual meetings into one super geoscience meeting. The meeting has an outstanding technical program which will have something for everyone. This is also a networking opportunity for those who choose to attend in person.”
April 12, 2019
Bryce Swinford - Senior Geophysicist, OXY and IMAGE 2021 Technical Program Chair
“I am excited for the opportunities of increased learning afforded us due to the expanded technical program created by the combination of AAPG ACE and SEG Annual Meeting into IMAGE. As a geophysical generalist, the breadth of the technical programming allows myriad options for learning about envelope-pushing research and applications to my daily work.”
April 05, 2016
Rick Fritz - AAPG President
“Our members, exhibitors, and sponsors are excited about this collaboration and are looking forward to coming together for IMAGE. Our organizations have joined forces on this meeting to allow us to better serve the needs of geoscientists in a rapidly changing energy landscape.”
April 07, 2019
Jaclyn Tonwsend - Director, Corporate Marketing, TGS
“TGS has been a longtime supporter of both the SEG and AAPG. We are excited to see the two come together, offering a top-tier conference for those with a passion for geoscience and aiming to advance technology in the energy sector.”
April 07, 2019