The Young Vision Award 2018 final was held yesterday at the Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria. According to the expert jury’s decision, Ksenia Shcherbakova and Tatiana Kruglikova from the Sergo Ordzhonikidze Russian State Geological Prospecting University won the contest with their research project on "Environmentally Safe Offshore Platforms”.
The prize, which has been awarded since 2013, honours particularly sustainable and efficient technology solutions developed by young scientists in the field of oil and gas production.
The contest task for 2018 — How can we use our E&P know-how to create new business opportunities in times of energy transition and decarbonisation? — attracted contestants from Croatia, Austria and India, in addition to Russian and German students.
Traditionally, the final event is held at a university that presented its projects at the YVA. This year the Montanuniversität Leoben was chosen as the contest partner. Professor Herbert Hofstätter, Head of the Chair of Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Recovery, said the following in his welcome speech: "It's a special honor for me that the Young Vision Award has taken place this year in cooperation with our university. Science and business are closely interlinked at our university, and the contest enables the students to gain important experience in two ways".
Torsten Murin, Managing Director of Wintershall Russland, congratulated the finalists on their impressive ideas: “This is now the sixth time that the Young Vision Award is held, and each year the contestants face a new set of challenges. What doesn’t change, though, is curiosity and desire to use innovative solutions to improve our lives and work in our industry. This year’s winners have once again done credit to the Young Vision Award”.
“We strive to foster the exchange of knowledge between students and expert community and to encourage young researchers to implement their ideas. For us, the Young Vision Award is a chance to go beyond traditional views, get a “breath of fresh air”, to develop original solutions and to realize them together”, emphasized Alexander Nikiforov, Deputy Managing Director at Gazprom International.
This year's winners, Ksenia Shcherbakova and Tatiana Kruglikova, can look forward to not only an internship at Wintershall and the publication of their project in two industry journals, but also – should a feasibility study by a team of experts be successful – they will receive 50,000 euros worth of project financing.
The student contest Young Vision Award is a joint social initiative of Wintershall Russland GmbH and Gazprom EP International B.V. The aim of the contest is to facilitate knowledge sharing between students and expert community of Russia and Germany. The contest helps the companies to create an international communication platform in the field of oil and gas exploration and production.
Annually, starting from 2013, Wintershall and Gazprom International state an important problem for the industry and students are invited to present their ideas for its solution. A special attention is devoted to the environment issues. The jury consists of the international-level experts depending on a contest task. All applications are thoroughly studied and estimated. The authors of the best three projects are invited to the final stage of the contest. The winner is given an opportunity to complete an internship in one of the two companies and find out more about the working process in the oil and gas field. Furthermore, the project undergoes the estimation by an independent international expert.