Delegation from Gubkin University attended the 8th International Student Petroleum Congress “East Meets West”, which took place from 4th to 7th of April 2017 in the AGH University of Science and Technology (Akademia Gorniczo-Hutnicza), Krakow, Poland.

The objective of the congress, which is held annually by AGH University of Sciences and Technology SPE Student Chapter, consists in networking between students and specialists from different countries of the world, sharing knowledge, delivering information about career opportunities in petroleum industry.

The congress started with the opening ceremony at which organizers of the event along with the representatives of companies and SPE European Section performed with greeting speech. Also on the first day of the event a panel session took place, which was devoted to the health, safety and environmental issues in oil and gas industry. The second day of the congress started with PetroBowl qualifier games in which teams from Europe, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan participated. Among others, there was a team from Gubkin University, consisted of Yasin Naseri (captain), Pavel Vyrlan, Azat Burkhanov, Aleksei Kishankov.

On the same day poster session took place, at which students from Gubkin University, Lesana Kubonshoeva, Larisa Zhigalova and Elena Savelyeva presented their reports. The judges for the poster session were professors of AGH University and experts of petroleum industry.

Also on the second day of the congress SPE Student Chapters Round Table was held. During the event there were discussed questions of cooperation between chapters from different countries and plans for further collaboration. Gubkin University SPE Student Chapter was represented by Sofia Soskic. At the round table she introduced the international project SPE Connect Now!, which was launched after the round table in framework of the International Youth Scientific and Practical Congress “Oil and Gas Horizons” in Moscow in November 2016. Chapters from nine countries of the world participate in this project. The goal of the project consists in enhancing of the SPE Connect network for efficient usage and communication between students, and also creating the unified database of the events, conferences, congresses, where students may participate.

On the third day of the congress PetroBowl quarterfinals, semifinals and final took place. The team from Gubkin University achieved the stage of semifinal and thus, became one of the five best European teams, which passed the regional qualifier and got invited to the international PetroBowl Championship that will be held in October 2017 in San-Antonio, USA.

On the last day the cultural program was organized for the congress participants. Students from Gubkin University visited the museum complex of Auschwitz concentration camp in the town of Oswiecim, one of the main symbols of the Holocaust.

Delegation of Gubkin University expresses gratitude to the congress organizers for the perfectly held event and also to the administration of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University), SPE Moscow Section and SPE Regional Office for support in participating in the congress.