The Future of Energy: Moscow hosted the plenary session of the Youth Day of Russian Energy Week

October 13, 2023

The Future of Energy: Moscow hosted the plenary session of the Youth Day of Russian Energy Week

The Russian Energy Week International Forum, one of the key global events for discussing the development of the fuel and energy sector, has come to an end in Moscow. On Youth Day, 13 October, the Forum's central event, the plenary session titled "Energy 2035: The Future of the Sector" took place in the format of a Battle of the Generations with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Alexander Novak. The event was organized by the Russian Znanie Society as part of Znanie.Lectures.

The Russian Energy Week and the REW Youth Day were organized by the Roscongress Foundation and the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, with the support of the Moscow City Government. The Nadezhnaya Smena Foundation was the operator of the Youth Day, which was attended by more than 2,000 young specialists, students, and schoolchildren, as well as heads of authorities, industry companies, and universities.

During the plenary session, teams of invited guest experts in the energy sector (managers who have extensive experience in the field and a deep understanding of the industry) and the youth community (comprising future and current young engineers, competition winners, inventors, and innovators) answered questions related to the Russian economy and the energy sector in three rounds. For instance, they discussed the competencies that an industry specialist of the future should possess, as well as the significance of economic efficiency versus environmental sustainability within the industry. Additionally, they either supported or refuted the theses regarding the launch of solar space stations in Russia and renewable energy sources.

Alexander Novak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, acted as captain of the expert team during the interactive plenary session.

"Young people are the future of our energy sector. Today, 2,000 young individuals have gathered here, and they will soon become the driving force behind the development of the domestic fuel and energy sector. I am pleased that you have chosen this particular path. Russia is striving for industrial sovereignty, and to achieve it, it is crucial to foster and support young, ambitious professionals. Events such as today's plenary session provide an opportunity to exchange experiences, hear the opinions and ideas of future leaders in the energy sector. It's fantastic that we have such a platform," he emphasized.

Peter Szijjártó, Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, emphasized the growing significance of nuclear power in energy supply development. He also drew the participants' attention to the vision of future energy cooperation between Russia and Europe.

Alexander Dyukov, Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom Neft, and other representatives of the sector also joined the discussion.

The team consisted of young minds, including champions and prize-winners from various international and federal scientific and practical competitions, outstanding students, and advanced workers. Among them were Rosalina Galieva, the chief engineering specialist at Gazpromneft Energosystems; Ekaterina Zorina, a fifth-year student at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University; Anna Glushchenko, a leading specialist at EuroChem VolgaKaliy; and Pavel Suslikov, a first-year postgraduate student at Catherine the Great St. Petersburg Mining University. The youngest member of the team was Vladimir Revin, an 11th-grade student at Moscow School No. 1580, and the team captain was Gor Shushanyan, a master's student in the Faculty of Oil and Gas Technologies at Samara State Technical University and a prize winner of the CASE-IN International Engineering Championship.

In addition, the Battle of Generations concluded with the presentation of awards to the winners of federal and international industry competitions, including the CASE-IN International Engineering Championship, the Oil Industry IT Championship, the Global Youth Energy Outlook, the 'RUK is US!' youth educational forum, the Rosseti Group All-Russian Olympiad for schoolchildren, and others.

At the REW Youth Day, interactive sessions were also held, bringing together industry leaders and major energy companies with young people at the traditional roundtable discussion “Energy and Fuel Sector for Youth.” Furthermore, the most outstanding entries from the engineering development competition were presented.

Especially for Russian Energy Week, the Znanie Society developed four infographic videos covering the topics of the Forum's business programme architecture. These topics include the international agenda in the energy sector, where Russia is recognized as one of the world's main exporters, the development of domestic fuel and energy sector industries, scientific, technological, and digital transformation of the sector, as well as efforts to reduce the negative environmental impact of the industry. These media materials were broadcast every day during the event.

Official website of REW: For news about the event and the industry, please follow the official REW page on VK.

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