Welcoming telegrams to the “future Lomonosovs and Mendeleyevs” were sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov, and Presidential Aide Andrei Fursenko.
On Monday, April 12 the XIX All-Russian Conference-Contest of Young Scientists “Topical Problems of Subsoil Use” kicked off at St. Petersburg Mining University. Despite the pandemic, the conference gathered a record number of participants - over a thousand undergraduate and graduate students from 80 institutions of higher learning. Most of them are members of the “Nedra” consortium, which already unites more than seventy domestic engineering universities.
Like in previous years, the future oilmen, geologists, ecologists, representatives of other branches of study will present the results of their scientific researches to the expert jury of distinguished scientists and practitioners. Winners of each nomination will get the right to participate in the final, international stage of the competition, and the rest will gain invaluable experience, which will definitely be useful for them in the future.
In addition to the competitive program for young talents, there will be technological tours of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, familiarization with the infrastructure of Mining University, as well as lectures by representatives of the professional community. In particular, Vladimir Tolkachev, Head of GEOTECH Seismic Exploration Company, Roman Samsonov, Vice President of the Russian Gas Society, Sergey Serdyukov, expert of the Federation Council, ex-technical director of Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, and many other specialists.
Rector of Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko opened the conference. He mentioned that such meetings, which imply personal contacts, enable not only to exchange experience but also to get acquainted with current trends in scientific progress, higher education system, oil-gas and mining industry, legislation regulating their activities.