SASEG was called the "Swiss Association of Petroleum Geologists and Engineers" (VSP-ASP, from the German and French names) until 18th June 2011, a professional association founded in 1934 as "Association of Swiss Petroleum Geologists and Engineers" (see below). During the decades around the millennium the number of active petroleum geologists dwindled and, correspondingly, also the overall membership of the association. Concurrently new members joined, which were active as energy geoscientists, though not in the petroleum industry. After a poll amongst members the Committee at the time proposed a much enlarged purpose of the association (see bye-laws) and simultaneously a new name:


During the 78th Annual Convention at Yverdon-les-Bains the General Assembly of the „Swiss Association of Petroleum Geologists and Engineers" approved, on 18th June 2011, the very substantial change of the purpose of the association and the change of name. Since then the association has presented itself with a new image and has taken up a new role in the public domain.

70 Years
Brief History of the VSP / ASP

By Peter Lehner

The Swiss Associaton of Petroleum Geologists and Engineers (Schweizerische Vereinigung von Petroleum-Geologen und -Ingenieuren) was founded on September 7th, 1934.
As a consequence of the world-wide economic crisis, which culminated in 1933, many Swiss geologists working abroad had lost their employment and returned to Switzerland in search of a job.
The majority of the ‘overseas’ geologists saw the VSP as an organization providing means to advance mutual support and information on employment and remuneration at home and abroad. The well-known Shell geologists Hans Thalmann and Ernst Kündig quoted the purpose of the association tersely as «mutual professional promotion in the spirit of friendly relationship».
The early years were characterized by internal turmoil, as quite different opinions existed about the purpose of the association. Only from 1944 onwards could the VSP establish itself as a scientifically-oriented body and lobby of specialists in the petroleum industry.
After the boom years in the eighties the exploration activity of the petroleum industry shrank world-wide, and with it the number of active oil geologists. This was reflected in a dwindling membership in the VSP which could only partly be compensated by new admissions of retired and repatriated colleagues.

Article with Text, Graphs and Pictures
Published in Bulletin for Applied Geology, Vol. 9/1, July 2004, pp 3-9.

50 Years
History of the VSP / ASP
By Peter Bitterli-Brunner

Article with Text, Graphs and Pictures
Published in VSP-Bulletin Vol. 50, Nr. 118, April 1984, pp 1-25

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