The world public and the media continue to discuss the scandalous statement of experts of the International Energy Agency (IEA), which proposed to stop financing new projects related to the exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits. Most analysts believe that this will not lead to an acceleration of the energy transition and reduction of human impact on nature, but only to a shortage of resources, an increase in their cost, and, as a consequence, a decline in the quality of life in developing countries. The result of this state of affairs will be an increased role of “dirty”, but cheaper technologies for power generation.
Is it possible to predict the future of global energy? Are oil and gas really a dead horse that needs to be abandoned immediately? What will result from the colossal expenditures of some states on the construction of wind turbines and solar panels: a reduction in the technological impact on ecosystems or a sharp increase in the price of electricity and heat? These and other questions were raised during an act lecture by Konstantin Simonov, Russian political scientist and director of the National Energy Security Fund. It was held at St. Petersburg Mining University, at the closing ceremony of the International Contest of Young Scientists “Topical Issues of Subsoil Use.”.
An international conference “Cybersecurity and problems of combating new types of cybercrime” took place at Mining University. The forum brought together information security specialists, heads of law enforcement agencies from Russia, Germany, and Israel, teachers of the largest Russian technical universities, lawyers, and specialists of the banking sector.
More than a thousand graduate and postgraduate students from flagship Russian and foreign technical universities participated in it. They will present the results of their scientific research related to increasing the efficiency of mining and energy companies as well as reducing the anthropogenic impact on ecosystems.
St. Petersburg Mining University hosted a presentation of the book Learning to Love Russia by Hans-Joachim Frei, German director, founder and continuous director of the famous Dresden Opera Ballet. It is unique not only because it presents the opinion of a foreigner about our country and the people who live here, but also because the foreword for it was written personally by Vladimir Putin.
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All six developments of the scientists of Mining University, presented at the international HI TECH exhibition, were awarded various prizes of "The Best Innovative Project of the Year" contest. According to the expert council, this was the result of “very strong scientific and technical solutions, which have already gained commercial distribution in the Russian and foreign markets.”
Mining University held a seminar dedicated to the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Its participants noted the high level of measures taken by the university’s management to improve the safety and quality of work and educational processes. Constant modernization of infrastructure, regular sanitation of premises, medical examinations of employees, reimbursement of food expenses, and a number of others are among them.
Another German Week has started in St. Petersburg. Every year hundreds of events and interactive projects - film screenings, concerts, exhibitions, seminars, and business forums - take place within the framework of this project. Forpost decided to find out whether Germans are in reality interested in developing economic, cultural, and scientific relations with Russia and, in particular, with the city on the Neva? Or is it more of a tribute to a tradition that will soon die out?
A delegation of the Dresden Government, headed by its Oberbűrgomistrator Hilbert Dirk, paid a working visit to Mining University. The representatives of the capital of Saxony came to St. Petersburg to participate in the German Week.
The Ministry of Finance has opposed the introduction of tax incentives for high-viscosity and extra-viscosity oil fields before 2024. According to the officials, it will lead to a loss of budget revenues. Forpost decided to find out why this raw material, which in its commercial appearance looks like very thick black honey, is important for the national economy and why in the Komi Republic it is extracted from not a well, but a mine.