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The Competition of Young Scientists, organized by Mining University, attracted a record number of participants.


17.06.2020

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.

The problems that the mineral complex is now facing cannot be solved in divided laboratories. They require consolidation of efforts, which depends, among other things, on the activity of the rector community. Whether we will be able to motivate talented young people to go to work for specialized enterprises and turn them into production facilities of the future. Our competition, like other projects of the International Competence Centre for Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO, is a mechanism to create conditions for selecting the best in their fields and their further progress.

Vladimir Litvinenko, Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University

Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov reminded that the forum of young scientists has long established itself as an authoritative international platform that allows students and postgraduates from around the world to fully demonstrate their abilities.

It is the participants of the contest who will have to develop and implement technologies that will ensure a good balance between the interests of the economy and the environment.

Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov

The shortage of engineers who can guarantee the sustainability of economic development is a global problem that slows down technological progress. There is lack of specialists today in Russia, European countries, the U.S., Australia, and Canada. But the scarcity of specialists is particularly acute in Africa, Asia and Latin America. That is why unesco representatives specifically welcomed young people from countries such as Cuba, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania and several others.

Initiatives like this contest are very important to us because we need to bridge the technological gap that exists between North and South. The level of engineers all over the world has to be equally high, but for that to happen we have to find new solutions; we have to involve young people in their search. We understand our responsibility and try to promote world peace through knowledge and science. The Young Scientists’ Forum organized by Mining University and the Competence Center has the same objectives.

Director of Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building of UNESCO Peggy Oti-Boateng

The competition’s organizers specified that the winners will be awarded grants from the International Centre of Competence in Mining Education for short-term training at leading national universities and companies of the mineral resource sector. In addition, they will receive the priority right to enter postgraduate studies at Russian universities and publish their scientific articles in the collection of articles of the prestigious scientific publishing house CRC Press/Balkema (The Netherlands) and afterward indexed in the SCOPUS citation database.


It should be noted that the official partners of the International Forum are PhosAgro, SIBUR Holding and Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

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