‘East meets West’ 2017!

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From 4th to 7th of April for the 8th time SPE AGH Chapter was organizing ‘East meets West’ International Student Petroleum Congress and Career Expo. We have gathered around 250 participants representing 26 countries and numerous companies from E&P sector. This year’s edition was special thanks to SPE International which enabled us to host European Qualifier to Student Paper Contest and Petrobowl. It is worth to mention that the winners of above contests will represent European region at ATCE Conference in October in San Antonio, Texas.

The winner of SPC Undergraduate was Wojciech Labuda, from AGH UST with the paper on ‘Profitability calculations of abandoned mine methane production in the Upper Silesian coal basin’. In the Postgraduate category the best was Dongue Dongue Dietrich Kevin representing Imperial College London, with the ‘Study of grid effects on leak-off rate calculation for a numerical fracture propagating model’. The best from PhD’s was Marsha Maraj from London South Bank University presenting the paper on ‘Deriving the pore size distribution of selected reservoir material using a combined microCT and NMR approach’.

Traditionally, we had the Poster Session during which selected students could present the results of their researches and compete in the contest. All the contestants presented a very high substantive level and Yiqun Liu from DTU was announced the winner. Needless to say, emotions were running high during Petrobowl Contest. It gathered 23 teams from Europe and Caspian Region and resulted in 5 teams which will represent this region at ATCE. They were from University of Stavanger, Herriot Watt-, Gubkin-, Leoben University and the best team- AGH UST! Congratulations to all, it was a pleasure to watch you!

Debates are always a very popular point in EMW’a agenda. It was no different this year with „HSE Aspects in Oil & Gas Industry” and „Womens role in modern O&G Industry” debates. The panelists who have taken part were extremely experienced professionals and thank to that the audience could gain knowledge, interact by asking questions and raise a discussion. Both panels showed that the future of our Industry and the situation of women in s.t  is bright despite the crisis.

This Conference though wouldn’t have been such a success if not for the Partnering Companies: MOL Group, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, EuRoPol GAZ and PGNiG. Their support enabled to organize the Congress, gave students the opportunity to find out about the chances of employment and take part in the recruitment organized by Schlumberger.

This conference is and always has been all about bringing young people together in the center of Europe, creating the environment which will enable them to gain knowledge, exchange experience and develop friendships. Seeing you all there was a true reward for the year of preparations and I hope that our efforts will resulted in fruitful event and great memories. If you haven’t take part in this edition – do not worry, next year we see each other in Krakow with even bigger amount of knowledge and experiences!

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