Gubkin talks

On November 17th, 2016 the second “Gubkin talks” conference took place at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. Here any student could share his experience, idea or a solution to any given problem. The conference is organized by Gubkin University SPE Student Chapter each semester.

“Gubkin talks” – is not a conference in the strict sense of the word. It is not a discussion club. It is not a one-man show.

“Gubkin talks” is an event of a unique scale. The subject of the speech could be just anything –  one’s own life story, a recently read book, or an idea , which emerged in one’s sleep only a couple of days ago. Even at the stage of speaker applications submission the organizers were pleased to note the diversity of the suggested subjects.

For example, the first speaker, Nikita Vladimirtsev, wondered whether there are signs of destiny and should one dream. It turned out that Nikita is very skeptical towards the signs of fate, such as a black cat crossing the road, or walking under a ladder. However, after conducting a brief overview of biological evolution from primordial soup to the “homo sapiens”, Nikita has concluded that it is the ability to think, to look into the future and predict, that makes us human. Nikita expressed the need to set specific goals before him and pursue them, believing in the inevitability of reaching them!

The next speaker, Daud Daudi, puzzled over the relativity of time and even presented his own theory of reincarnation and recurrence of human lives. It should be noted that, despite the ambiguous perception of the subject by the audience, Daud’s theory was thought through very well. It was nice to watch and listen to the person speaking, and realize that he really wanted and wants to understand a question.

Daud’s performance was followed by a presentation by Dina Ibragimova, who conducted a brief art basics workshop. Dina insisted that any child know can draw anything, but over time, as they grow older, all people are limited by certain rules. For example, drawing on the walls becomes impossible; the coloring always has to be precise and smooth. Therefore, after 20 years of drawing under certain framework, it really begins to hamper one’s talents and limit their display. Dina encourages everybody to smash these limits, and start to create!

The next speaker, Nikita Kondrahin, talked about making choices. Everyone is forced at certain moments of their life to make hard choices, and these choices can’t be postponed forever. However, Nikita, whose subject was “Easy Choice”, tried to convince the audience that most of the difficulties and uncertainties, associated with choices, are caused by one’s way of thinking. Nikita illustrated this on several vivid examples of situations that seem ambiguous, but are actually easy solvable by using the theory of probability and statistics. Nikita significantly simplified the tasks, and therefore, the choice, that had to be made, became much simpler!

The next speaker, Salavat Basharov chose the following topic: “Running as a way to achieve goals.” First of all, Salavat warned everyone that running is addictive. He pointed out that he experienced this himself. Salavat told that running gives him a sense of freedom, allows him to escape from the daily hustle and bustle, to think about many things, and, finally, to see the beauty of the world around us, of which most of us have forgotten in the everyday haste.

Next speaker was Ivan Stefunin, who gave a speech, entitled ‘Know everybody’. Demonstrating an example from his own life, he emphasized the importance and use of trustful relations between people. Also, Ivan told about the theory of three circles of communication: the first one includes people who are very close to a person (usually there are 5-10 people), the second circle includes people with whom a person communicates on a daily basis while studying, working, or taking part in different activities, and the third one, the largest one, consists of all the people a person knows. Ivan encouraged the audience to expand each of these circles, and pointed out that it is not only useful, but also very interesting.

The next participant, Denis Yanshin, considered the future of human race and told about the main ideas of the philosophical study, called transhumanism. The audience learned his assumptions, regarding development of this study. Denis believes that implantation of technologies directly into the human body would be the milestone in the global development of humans as a species. From his point of view, it would be comparable to the breakthrough in the evolution from an ape to Homo sapiens. Denis’ speech was exciting and, perhaps, shocking, because he clearly proposed that our future is now extremely close to us. Already the future exists in our lives, presenting innovations, for which many of us actually might not just be ready yet.

The next speaker, Nikolay Kozachenko, gave a lecture, entitled “The change of a teacher in an academic group, and why it is necessary always persist until the end”. He spoke not only about such features as persistence and motivation, but also about relationships between people. Nikolay insisted that, regardless of life circumstances, it is essential to stay tolerant to actions and talks of the people, surrounding us, whether the latter are our subordinates, persons of our own rank, or even strangers. Nikolay also convinced the audience in the equality between students and teachers and asked to help him and his team in creating an objective system of assessment of students’ knowledge.

Then Alexander Kukhtin performed, he told us about his life as a traveler. The number of places, visited by Alexander, and their remoteness from the central region of Russia caused great interest of the audience. Alexander also told that he considers tourism the most enjoyable sport, which gives him a great will to live!

In conclusion of the conference Alibek Alisoltanov gave a speech on the topic “How to become a successful specialist?” At the age of 22, pursuing his PhD degree, Alibek has great working experience in the petroleum industry, so he could tell a lot about professional success to students. He mentioned features, which he considered the most important for any specialist. Firstly, it is important not to get lost in any situation and to be ready to solve all the problems, regardless of their difficulty. Secondly, it is necessary to always to achieve the final result, and to be able to present it well. Thirdly, it is essential to accumulate intensively all the knowledge, acquired at university. This knowledge will serve the base for further development, although it cannot ensure it. Alibek believes that the key to success is quite simple – successful person is the one who never stops growing!

The special guest of the event was an engineer and mathematician, Master of Sciences in Machines Engineering, Sergei Ivanov, who was also the creator of the community “Brutal technician”. He told the audience about the tricks of computer graphics in games and movies. The listeners learned the basics of creating 3D models, and the fact that the surface of any three-dimensional body can be created by using only triangles! With his speech, Ivan attracted so much interest of “Gubkin Talks” attendees that many of them joined his lecture on gas turbine engines later, which was also organized by Gubkin University SPE Student Chapter.

“Gubkin Talks” serves as an excellent platform for communication between Gubkin University students. Philosophically considering various issues of their lives, everybody is eager to discover the truth and broaden the scope of vision through their personal thoughts. The diversity of topics, covered by the speakers during the event, caused even greater variety of thoughts and ideas in the listeners’ minds,that could encourage them to perform with their own presentations on the next “Gubkin Talks”, which will be held in spring.