Gubkin University at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum

On October 4-7, 2016 the 6th International Gas Forum organized by Gazprom was held in St. Petersburg, Russia. The delegation of Gubkin University was headed by the Rector Viktor Martynov and the Vice-Rector for Scientific Work Alexander Muradov.

The Forum opened with the plenary session on the subject Gas Industry as the Energy Pillar of the Global Economy. Delegates of the Forum were welcomed by the Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom Alexey Miller. "The Forum has become one of the main platforms for discussion of the global gas sector development. Every year the scope of this event extends. This year about 3 000 delegates from 36 countries are going to take part in it" – said Alexey Miller.

The key subject of the plenary session was discussed by heads of the largest oil and gas companies – Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom Alexey Miller, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell plc Ben van Beurden, Member of the Board, CEO of Uniper SE Klaus Schäfer, Member of Board of Directors at OMV AG Manfred Leitner and Vice President of CNPC Xu Wenrong. The speakers addressed the state and capacity of natural gas markets in their countries and in the world in general, discussed amounts of energy being consumed and perspectives for development of energy resources.

As part of the Forum, Youth Day: Dialogue of Generations took place where university students met Top Management of leading energy companies with "ties off".The event started with the greeting speech of Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom Alexey Miller addressed to the youth - "Last year we established the Youth day for the first time, and the results were absolutely stunning. That’s why we decided that the dialogue of generations in the gas sphere should be continuous. This is a serious international discussion platform. We want to know what the young people that will join us tomorrow are. There will be much work, and everyone will have something to do. Gazprom employs over 350 thousand people, which means we have work for everybody." 200 students from 12 countries joined the event.

Gubkin University students became not only active participants of the off-tie meeting, but also were able to join the round table discussions – Breaking the Frame, Role of LNG in the Future Energy Transition, Risks Landscape in the Energy Business, New Technological Challenges: Scenarios of Energy Development as well as the International Youth Contest: Energy Today and Tomorrow. 500 students from all over Russia had applied to take part in the workshops, but after the elimination round only 135 of them were allowed to join.

Participation of Gubkin University students was organized with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation as part of the program aimed at development of activities of student associations.