8th International Student Petroleum Congress “East Meets West”

Posted on 19 April 2017

The delegation from Gubkin University attended the 8th International Student Petroleum Congress “East Meets West”, taking place 4-7 April 2017 in at te AGH University of Science and Technology (Akademia Gorniczo-Hutnicza), Krakow, Poland.

The objective of the congress is to stimulate networking between students and specialists from different countries all over the world, sharing knowledge, delivering information about career opportunities in petroleum industry.

The congress agenda included regional student paper contest, poster contest, qualifier of PetroBowl competition, panel discussions and presentations delivered by representatives of petroleum companies.

The congress opened with the ceremony where the event organizers with the representatives of companies and SPE European Section welcome all the participants and attendees. The panel session of the first day was devoted to the health, safety and environmental issues in oil and gas industry. The congress continued with the presentations of major companies operating in Europe and all over the world, such as Schlumberger, Baker Hughes. Students could learn peculiarities of working in these organizations and their employment opportunities.

The second day of the congress started with PetroBowl qualifier games in which teams from Europe, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan participated. The same day the SPE Student Chapters Roundtable was held, during which students discussed questions of cooperation between chapters and plans for further collaboration. Gubkin University SPE Student Chapter was represented by Sofia Soskic. At the roundtable, she introduced the international project SPE Connect Now!, that was launched after the roundtable in the framework of the International Youth Scientific and Practical Congress “Oil and Gas Horizons” in Moscow in November 2016. The Chapters from nine countries of the world participate in this project. The goal of the project is to enhance the SPE Connect network.

The congress PetroBowl quarterfinals, semifinals and final took place on the third day of Congress. The team from Gubkin University became one of the five best European teams that passed the regional qualifier and got invited to the international PetroBowl Championship that will be held in October 2017 in San-Antonio, USA.

The delegation from Gubkin University expresses their gratitude to the congress organizers for the perfectly held event and also to the administration of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University), SPE Moscow Section and SPE Regional Office for support.