There are only 100 days left before the start of the 6th Youth Forum of the World Petroleum Council – Future Leaders Forum. This unique platform for professional communication of young specialists in the oil and gas industry will start on June 23 in Saint – Petersburg.

Youth forums of the World Petroleum Council are held every three years. Russia will meet delegates and guests of this large-scale event for the first time. The Forum preparation stage is very serious. The head of the Russian Government, Dmitry Medvedev, by special order obliged a number of federal authorities to provide the most favored treatment for arriving foreign guests. The organizing committee, which included representatives of federal authorities and the Administration of Saint Petersburg, top managers of leading oil companies, heads of universities, research centers and professional associations, was headed by Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak.

To this date, the business program of the Forum has been formed. In February, members of the International Program Committee met in Saint Petersburg to take a look on the Forum sites and evaluate the progress of the preparation stage. The guests were impressed and satisfied with what they had seen during the meeting in Saint Petersburg.

One of the core elements of the WPC youth forums are youth technical sessions, during which young men and women from different countries present the results of their own research. The speakers of the youth technical sessions, which will be held this summer in St. Petersburg, are selected for the first time on a competitive basis. Any young specialist could apply and offer abstracts of his research for the competition. In the near future, an international jury will name the winners. By decision of the organizing committee, they will become delegates to the Forum without paying a registration fee.

Another large group of Forum participants exempt from paying the registration fee is volunteers. Members of this multinational team are also selected on a competitive basis. Applications were received from 368 applicants from 31 countries of the world. For each place – three applicants. Individual interviews are now being completed, based on the results of which members of the volunteer team will be selected. The organizers strive to draw up their work schedules so that there is enough time left for visiting business and cultural events, and communication with the Forum participants.

In addition to communication with peers, participation in the Forum of future leaders allows you to discuss industry issues with renowned representatives of the global oil and gas industry. The list of the speakers is just being formed. Among those who confirmed their participation were Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his deputy Pavel Sorokin, President of the World Petroleum Council Tor Fjaeran, Assistant Head of the Presidential Executive Office of the Russian Federation Kirill Molodtsov, Chairman of the Board, General Director of Gazprom Neft PJSC Alexander Dukov, President and Head of Shell Representative Office in Russia, Cederic Cremers, Chairman of Corex Pedro Miras Salamanca.

The main events of the business program of the Future Leaders Forum will be held at the sites of St. Petersburg Mining University. The administration of this oldest engineering university in Russia plays an active role in the preparation of the Forum. In particular, it was the Mining University Rector’s Office that provided the young participants the opportunity to publish scientific work in a collection indexed by Scopus, Web of Science.

In addition to the business program, the Forum participants will be offered an interesting cultural program, allowing to get acquainted with St. Petersburg and its attractions. The opening of the Forum will be held at the Mariinsky Theater, and closing part at the Konstantinovsky Palace.

When inviting future leaders, students and young oil and gas specialists from dozens of countries to the St. Petersburg Forum, Russian organizers initially focused on the fact that the core should be a rich business agenda, complemented by an extensive cultural program, that guests should have comfortable conditions for communication and accommodation. Taking into account limited financial resources of the young guests, the organizers made efforts to make the registration fee extremely budget friendly for the participants. Under these conditions, a key role in financing the Forum is given to sponsorship. So far, the Forum has received the financial help from RussNeft (platinum sponsor), LUKOIL and Tatneft (gold sponsors), NOVATEK (sponsor). It is expected that in the near future sponsorship agreements will be signed with several more Russian and foreign oil and gas companies.

“100 days before the opening is for us, the organizers, in fact, the final stage,” said Vlada Streletskaya, director of the Russian National Committee of the World Petroleum Council. – Much has been done, but there is also a lot of work ahead. It is necessary to take into account every little thing to hold a Forum of future leaders at a high level. We have experience and all possibilities for this. The most important thing is that a lot of people and organizations are involved in the preparatory work and work as a one part.