ASEC 2016


   The Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, together with the University of Zagreb SPE Student Chapter was host to The 3rd Annual Student Energy Conference, held from March 9th to 12th, 2016. The extensive Conference program was divided into three days of lectures and trainings held by students and distinguished guests from Croatia and several other countries. The fourth day of the program was reserved for establishing connections and building new friendships among students through team building activities.

   On the day of the opening ceremony, the introductory speech was given by the President of SPE Student Chapter Croatia, Mr. Mario Jukic. Also, a warm welcome to all participants was wished by the former Chapter’s President, Mr. Filip Krunic, the Faculty’s dean, Mr. Zoran Nakic and the President of SPE Croatian Section, Mr. Vladislav Brkic. The opening Ceremony was embelished by the SPE Student Chapter’s Men Choir which performed several traditional Croatian ballads. The choir’s performance was met by great enthusiasm and applause from the audience.


The opening ceremony was followed by, according to students’ opinion, the most interesting part of Conference program, which was panel discussion on the topic “Exploration activities in Adriatic Sea, Yes or No?”. The discussion was encouraged by topics ranging from geophysical explorations, drilling activities, field development, production optimization issues, transportation and gathering and HSE topics to geopolitical analysis on current situation in oil and gas industry. Along with these topics, the Conference welcomed presenters with topics on Geothermal Energy Recovery as an alternative and ecologically provable energy source, CO2 underground storage developments, problems which may be encountered in oil transportation pipeline systems, the Croatian LNG project stages and much more. What is more, the workshop section took place in the Faculty’s Computer Lab using the world known ECLIPSE and PROSPER software packages, where students had an opportunity to run through typical field examples.

 More than 360 participants attended the Conference, with over 50 foreign participants (Padjadjaran University from Indonesia, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas from Russia, National Mineral Resources University from Russia, AGH University of Science and Technology from Poland, University of Miskolc from Hungary, Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University Of Oil and Gas from Ukraine, Mining University of Leoben from Austria and Technical University of Berlin from Germany). Next to excellent student presentations, forty distinguished lecturers from the industry, two Zagreb Faculties and foreign Universities also held their presentations, shared stories from their extensive experience and encouraged students not to give up on their studies in this harsh period for the industry.


 The Conference was held under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Mayor of Zagreb, Mr. Milan Bandic. The organization of the Conference was financially supported by the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, SPE Croatian Section, INA d.d., Croatian Hydrocarbon Energy, PSP Okoli d.o.o., PPD d.o.o.. Mreza TV and YoungPetro were Media patrons of the Conference.

The fourth edition of this successful Conference will be held in March 2017 in Croatia. More information will be available on our web page: and Facebook page: See you all in Croatia in a while!

Irena Mijatovic, Ivan Bosnjak

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