At the Russian Energy Week, industry-employed youth identified vectors for the development of the fuel and energy sector

October 13, 2023

At the Russian Energy Week, industry-employed youth identified vectors for the development of the fuel and energy sector

The Youth Day has become a traditional conclusion of the Russian Energy Week International Forum. On 13 October in Moscow, more than 2,000 young specialists, students and schoolchildren, as well as heads of authorities, industry companies and universities, jointly formed the youth agenda of the fuel and energy sector for 2024.

The Russian Energy Week and the REW Youth Day are organized by the Roscongress Foundation and the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation with the support of the Moscow City Government. The Youth Day is operated by the Nadezhnaya Smena Foundation.

The programme of the main youth event in the energy sector included 30 events dedicated to the promotion of the fuel and energy sector and engineering education.

The Forum’s central event – the plenary session ‘Energy 2035: The Future of the Sector’ with participation of Alexander Novak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation – took place in the format of a generational battle. The event was organized by the Russian Znanie Society as part of the Znanie.Lecture track.

During the plenary session, teams of invited guest energy experts, executives who have been working in the field for a long time and know the industry well, and the youth community – future and current young engineers, competition winners, inventors and innovators – answered questions related to the Russian economy and energy industry in three rounds. For example, they discussed what competences an industry specialist of the future should possess, what and why is more important for the industry: economic efficiency or environmental sustainability, supported or refuted the theses about the launch of space solar 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 thousand young people have gathered here, who will soon become those who will develop the domestic fuel and energy sector. I am glad that you have chosen this particular path. Russia is striving for industrial sovereignty, and in order to achieve it, it is crucial to develop and support young ambitious professionals. Events such as today’s plenary session provide an opportunity to exchange experience, hear the opinions and ideas of future leaders of the energy sector, and it is great that we have such a platform,” emphasized Mr. Novak.

The traditional roundtable with employers and young people was dedicated to the topic ‘A Student and His First Job in the Fuel and Energy Industry’.  The organizers presented the results of a survey on the interaction between fuel and energy sector employers and graduates of industry-related universities. The moderators of the meeting – Anastasia Bondarenko, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia, and Olga Zubok, Deputy Director of the Nadezhnaya Smena Foundation – were joined by experts to discuss the work of companies with universities and students and school graduates. Leading specialists from RusHydro, YATEK, System Operator of the Unified Energy System, Raspadskaya Coal Company, ROSSETI and T Plus participated in the roundtable discussion.

“The roundtable and the Youth Day in general became an effective platform uniting employers, students, young specialists – everyone interested in the development of the industry. ‘A Student and His First Job in the Fuel and Energy Industry’ is an important topic for us. The research conducted by the CASE-IN team gave food for thought and many interesting results that will help shape the future vector of companies’ work with human resources,” said Anastasia Bondarenko.

A lot of promising solutions and ideas were proposed by the participants of the CASE-IN championship projects, which are part of the presidential platform ‘Russia – Land of Opportunities’.

“I am glad to note that every year Youth Day hosts events under the aegis of the CASE-IN International Engineering Championship, which is held with the support of the Presidential Platform ‘Russia – Land of Opportunities’. The REW Cup was held here, the CIS Young Professionals League final was held here for the first time. CASE-IN colleagues are creating a community of young professionals, and today they invited project ambassadors – winners of different years – to the Youth Day to promote the project and engineering education in the youth environment. That is a great endeavour!” said Sergey Kolyada, Communications Director of ANO Russia – Land of Opportunities.

Young specialists competed in the REW Cup of the CASE-IN Championship. The Cup has been held at the Youth Day site since 2017 and allows young employees of the industry to demonstrate to experts their non-standard vision of production situations and unique case solutions.

This year, 17 youth teams from Russia’s leading companies presented proposals to update Russia’s Energy Strategy on the basis of end-to-end technologies that ensure technological leadership of the fuel and energy complex, mineral resources sector and related industries.

The champion’s cup went to the team of Gazpromneft Energosystems LLC, the second place went to the employees of ALROSA, and the third place went to the team of Yar-Energo Branch of ROSSETI.

The final of the CASE-IN International Engineering Championship. League of Young Professionals of the CIS with participation of young power engineers from 8 CIS countries was held at the Youth Day venue for the first time. The finalists – 15 strongest teams from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan – presented environmentally neutral technologies contributing to the low-carbon development of the CIS power industry until 2030/2035.

Experts named the team of System Operator of the Unified Energy System the winner. The 2nd place was taken by the employees of Gomelenergo. The third place went to the team of BELTEI.

In addition, the participants of the CASE-IN winners club held their own meeting. The triumphants and ambassadors of the engineering competition discussed trends in the development of the energy sector and outlined the key vectors of work for the next year.

Students of St. Petersburg Mining University, National Research University MPEI and St. Petersburg Peter the Great Polytechnic University, as well as young specialists of System Operator of the Unified Energy System, Oil Company Neftisa and Siberian Generating Company, who won the Youth Global Energy Forecast project, presented their united vision of the future of the Russian fuel and energy sector to the industry community.

State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia Anastasiya Bondarenko reminded that meetings of the Forecast participants with the industry community at REW have been held since 2017 and have already become traditional: “The Youth Global Energy Forecast traditionally brings interesting results, but this year is special, as the Ministry of Energy and the Russian Government are actively working on the Energy Strategy until 2050. Make no mistake: your proposals will be thoroughly analysed and may even become part of it. I hope participants enjoy professional success and move only forward!”

35 student projects and 23 projects of teams of young specialists from industry companies were presented at the interactive sessions.

The strongest teams among students were those representing the Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, Innovation Club of MIEP MGIMO, Odintsovo branch of MGIMO, International Institute of Energy Policy and Innovation Management, Kazan State Energy University, St. Petersburg State University of Economics, St. Petersburg Mining University, RANEPA, and Lomonosov Northern Arctic University.

Among young specialists, the teams of Mosenergo, Grid Company, System Operator of the Unified Energy System, NovaWind, ROSSETI, Siberian Generating Company, and Tatneft showed great results.

For the first time, the Youth Day included the Engineering Development Competition and the dialogue on an equal footing with honoured scientists, which are being implemented as part of the Decade of Science and Technology. Young inventors and innovators presented to the scientific community the results of research and innovation developments and industrial samples in the fuel and energy sector.

The final of the 3rd Oil Industry IT Championship was rich in fresh ideas. Participants in the MVP Development section presented solutions dedicated to the formation of an integrated local system of comprehensive (background and geotechnical) monitoring of permafrost soils in the Arctic region of the Russian Federation.

Eduard Sheremettsev, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, noted that for three years now the IT Championship has been bringing together talented young specialists and students at REW and giving their ideas an opportunity to be put into practice. In his opinion, the project is valuable not primarily for the medals and cups, but for the invaluable experience and opportunities for development.

“The championship, which has been renewed and reached a qualitatively new level, presented us with bright participants. During the competition, 300 people representing 25 companies and 23 leading Russian universities were able to develop solutions capable of ensuring data exchange between industries and companies in the fuel and energy sector. Yes, not everyone made it to the finals, but everyone did their best and revealed new sides of their talent. Remember that today you are generating ideas that will become the basis for shaping our future,” emphasized Eduard Sheremettsev.

The winner in the students’ competition was the team of the Siberian Federal University, the second place was taken by Samara State Technical University, and the third place was taken by St. Petersburg State University of Economics.

The team of Gazpromneft-Yamal and Gazpromneft-CR were unrivalled among young specialists, Gazpromneft-ITO took the silver medal, and the team of Georeconstruction – Software, Gazpromneft-Terminal, Tyumen State University, St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering shared the third place.

The IT Championship also launched a new track – the P7-Office table editor competition. The track allowed young people to master the latest domestic software, develop IT competences and raise their professional level in applying office software products to solve business tasks. In the competition for company employees, the winner and silver medallist were teams from Gazpromneft-Zapolyarye, with Gazprom Inform in third place. Among students, Tyumen State University was recognised as the winner, while the vice-champion was Sirius College of Science and Technology University.

20 students from 11 technical universities of Russia took part in the final stage of the National Competition of Final Qualifying Works under the auspices of the Youth Section of RSC SIGRE and ROSSETI. The contestants presented projects on electric power, electrical engineering and environmental topics to the industry community. In the ‘Bachelors’ category, Vladimir Shikhantsov (Irkutsk National Research Technical University) was the leader, Anna Sorokina (Vladimir Lenin Ivanovo State Power Engineering University) was the silver medallist, and Mikhail Titarenko (Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University) rounded out the top three winners. Ruslan Migranov (Vladimir Lenin St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University LETI) took the first place, Emil Minnulin (Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin) took the silver medal, and Tatiana Markevich (Irkutsk National Research Technical University) took the third place.

In addition, industry-employed youth and ROSSETI executives discussed important issues during a strategic session.

Participants of youth industry associations held their own meetings. Electric Power Industry Youth Council under the Russian Ministry of Energy organized a panel session ‘Youth Communities as a Catalyst of Global Processes’ and a lecture on information modelling technologies in the power industry, augmented and virtual reality.

Young people also took part in events organized by MPEI, Rosmolodezh, Moscow City Government, Content Foundation, Rosatom, Rosseti, MGIMO MFA of Russia, NRNU MEPhI, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, SO UES, Gazprom Neft and others.

The Content Foundation held a meeting with leaders of the fuel and energy sector in the format of dialogue on an equal footing on the topic ‘Young People and the Future of the Russian Energy Industry’.

The project session of RusHydro considered tools for developing competences of a young specialist in the energy sector.

Rosatom asked the participants to think about ways to build effective interaction between employers in the system of career guidance for young people.

The Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh) invited participants to discuss increasing the attractiveness of engineering and technical professions among young people. Moscow’s specialized universities spoke about energy diplomacy and international energy cooperation, as well as flexible skills that will help achieve career success in the energy sector. In turn, the University of Finance under the Government of the Russian Federation shared the secrets of achieving success in the industry.

During the All-Russian Conference ‘Development of the Fuel and Energy Complex at the Current Stage – Legal Support Challenges – Youth Perspective’, future and current specialists discussed the importance of legal support for the development of the fuel and energy complex.

The day included an open lecture, an interactive exhibition of career opportunities, and presentations of production and business processes by representatives of leading companies in the fuel and energy sector.

The Youth Day was attended by schoolchildren, for whom a special career guidance programme ‘Current Stage of the Fuel and Energy Industry’s Development: Providing Legal Support – The View of Young People’ was developed. During the panel discussion, the young participants expressed their opinions on how industrial companies can build ‘friendships’ with high school students and whether recruiting personnel from school can become a method of supporting school education in Russia.

The Youth Day ended with the final session ‘Energy of Youth Initiatives – 2023’, where project winners and runners-up received well-deserved awards from representatives of the country’s relevant ministries and agencies.

Next Youth Day will be held as part of the Russian Energy Week International Forum in 2024.

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Partners of the Russian Energy Week International Forum


General Nuclear Partner: Rosatom State Corporation

General Gas Partner: Gazprom

Strategic Partner: Rosseti

Official Oil Partner: Transneft

Official Partners: NOVATEK, Sberbank, Gazprom Neft, Surgutneftegas, and SIBUR

Partners: Metalloinvest Management Company, Tatneft, RusHydro, VEB.RF, Irkutsk Oil Company, and New Mining Management Company

Business Partners: Lukoil, Inter RAO, Zarubezhneft, Rosneft, RussNeft, Independent Oil and Gas Company, Gazprombank, and ELSI Management Company

Business Programme Partners: Kuzbassrazrezugol Management Company, EuroSibEnergo, Russian Railways, T Plus group, Russian Energy Agency of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, and MMC Norilsk Nickel

Organizational Partners: Promsyreimport, Russian Power System Operator, Promsvyazbank, Saint-Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange, UNIPRO, SUEK, Global Energy Association, Unigreen Energy, Russian Society Znanie, Forward Energo, BitRiver, and Sistema

Communication Partner: MAER Group

Youth Day Partner: Nadezhnaya Smena Foundation for Educational Projects

Official Water: Holding Aqua Group and Volzhanka

Official Supplier of the Forum: Vysokiy Bereg

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