More than a thousand researchers from 49 countries have gathered on one virtual platform to share their scientific work with experts.
On Wednesday 17 June, the International Competition Forum “Topical Issues of Subsoil Use”, which is held under the auspices of UNESCO, has launched. For the first time in sixteen years, due to an unfavorable sanitation and epidemiological situation, it is being held in a remote format, which has significantly increased the number of speakers.
The geography of applications submitted for participation in the event was so diverse that the time difference between the cities from which experts contacted during the opening ceremony was 13 hours. Thus, in Ecuador, where the dean of the Department of Petroleum and Geology of the National Polytechnic School Johnny Robinson Sambrano Carranza greeted the audience, it was still a deep night, while in Xuzhou, where the Chinese University of Mining and Technology is located, the working day was already drawing to an end.
Almost all speakers noted that mining would undoubtedly remain the foundation of the world economy. Therefore, the mineral resource sector will continue to play a key role in its sustainable development. In terms of technology, it has long been comparable with space and medicine. This means that engineers involved in mining and the oil and gas sector must improve their knowledge and skills throughout their lives. And higher education institutions are constantly transforming educational programs in order to meet the realities of modern production and the demands of the labor market.
The Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko, who opened the Forum, drew the attention of the participants to the fact that the number of sections of the competition corresponds to the number of sustainable development goals proclaimed by the UN. This is no coincidence, because their implementation directly depends on the efficiency of subsoil users, as well as the introduction of industry best practices that increase profitability and reduce the burden on ecosystems.