4th Annual Student Energy Conference

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4th Annual Student Energy Conference
8th
– 12th March, Zagreb, Croatia
Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University of Zagreb

University of Zagreb SPE Student Chapter

This March, Zagreb was the heart of the SPE Student Community. From March 8th to 12th University of Zagreb SPE Student Chapter organized a wonderful event entitled 4th Annual Student Energy Conference. Aim of the Conference was to bring students and young professionals to share knowledge and discuss the latest trends and achievements in the oil and gas industry. The day before official start of the Conference, Chapter hosted Ice-breaking games and Meet&Greet Dinner.
The extensive Conference programme was divided into three days of lectures and workshops held by industry professionals with expertise in oil and gas industry, University professors and students from different Universities. Fourth day of the programme was reserved for field trips where students could choose between field Trips to offshore jack-up drilling rig „Labin“ and field trip to „Omisalj“ Oil Terminal.
On the opening ceremony day, welcome speech was given by the President of SPE Student Chapter Croatia, Mr. Mario Jukic. Also, a warm welcome to all participants was delivered by the Faculty’s Dean, Mr. Zoran Nakic; the President of SPE Croatian Section, Mr. Vladislav Brkic; Mr. Matthias Meister, SPE Regional Director for South, Central and East Europe; John Gasparac, PwC Croatia, Country Managing Partner; Andrija Mikulic, the President of City Council; Helena Beus, City of Zagreb Department for youth and the Vice-rector of University of Zagreb. The opening Ceremony was embellished by the SPE Student Chapter’s Men Choir, which performed several traditional Croatian ballads.
After the inauguration, Conference began with the Panel session on the topic „Future of Petroleum Industry: New Solutions to Old Challenges“. Moderator prof. Daria Karasalihovic Sedlar raised interesting questions to each of the panelists. Case focused on Croatian industry, nevertheless, this was interesting discussion to each participant in the lecture hall. Panel was followed by interesting presentations from HEP Gas Supply Ltd., Plinarco d.o.o., PPD d.o.o. and INA d.d. companies. At the end of the day, we had a unique chance to make a Zagreb City Tour under professional guidance.
Second day, the presentation were given by presenters from MB Geothermal, INA d.d., Baker Hughes, Eni Croatia B.V., Schlumberger, University professors and students from different Universities. Every lecture was an interesting dose of information connected to our sector. What really got my attention was the lecture held by Ivan Kurchatov from Gubkin Russian State University about “Comparative analysis of development concepts of the “A” field located in the East Siberian Sea”. His presentation was also appreciated by the organizers for what he received first place in the paper contest. The good spirit of the lectures was Matthias Meister, the regional SPE Director for South, Central and East Europe. His attitude and professionalism were the best possible examples on how knowledge can be shared by real SPE Professional from Baker Hughes Company.
Except the part with lectures, each participant had the opportunity to take part in workshops. Everyone could choose between Technical Workshop “Kappa – Pressure Transient Analysis (Saphir module)” and Soft Skills Workshops “Enhance Your Strengths, Learn from Your Weaknesses” and “Tips and Tricks for Effective CV Writing”. Soft Skills Workshop learnt immense amount of advices about effective CV writing from Ana Boric – HR Partner for INA Company.
The third day of the Conference began with presentation given by University professor and students from different Universities. After a coffee break, two intellectual battles started up: Poster session and PetroTournamentcompetition. During the closing ceremony organizers declared the results of the paper and poster competition. Both winners were from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. Winners of PetroTournament were from the University of Zagreb. After the announcement, participants could attend Technical Workshop “PETREL – Well to Seismic Tie and Horizon Interpretation”.
This Conference was held for the fourth time in Croatia and attracted by the size and quality of organization from the leading industry professionals and University professors. Organizers are the real pride and joy for the SPE community. The event is a chance to spend time with amazing people from almost every continent. More than 360 participants attended the Conference, with over 50 foreign participants.
The Conference was held under the high patronage of the President of Republic of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and the Mayor of Zagreb, Mr. Milan Bandic. The organisation of the Conference was financially supported by PwC Croatia, INA d.d., Plinacro d.o.o., Janaf d.d., PSP Okoli d.o.o., PPD d.o.o., the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, SPE Croatian Section. GasinfoService and YoungPetro were the media patrons of the Conference.

The only thing that’s left to say is to invite you all to join this wonderful event next year! The fifth edition of this successful Conference will be held in March 2018 in Croatia. Check out their SPE Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SPEZG for more information and to see more photos from the Conference!

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