Our university was properly represented by around 20 students at the 6th edition of the East Meets West International Student Petroleum Congress & Career Expo in Krakow.
On April 21st we took a flight from Hamburg to Krakow where we were already awaited by a group of Polish students, who then accompanied us on our way to the Olimp hostel. During the whole stay in Krakow we where perfectly guided by our Polish supervisors. The icebreaker party at the first evening did just what it was supposed to and was a great start into the event.
The Congress itself was inaugurated the next morning with a welcoming performance of the universities choir. This was followed by a highly informative panel discussion held by Dr Jeff Spath, Mr Matthias Meister, Mr Parker Snyder and Mr Guido van den Bos. Its topic “Today and Tomorrow of Oil and Gas Industry – Chances and Challenges” gave a valuable insight into the thoughts and ideas of these professionals. Subsequently, the students were even given the chance to ask specific questions.
During coffee and lunch breaks food and drinks were offered, but more importantly they were a great opportunity to network with company representatives and students from around the world. The EMW made bridge-building between students from different universities, and exchanging ideas with both professionals and other students very easy.
In the afternoon of the first day, HR sessions were held by representatives from companies like Schlumberger, Orlen Upstream, Discovery Polska, MOL Group, Baker Hughes and Poland Shale Coalition. The sessions were especially valuable for students, not only because important information about the companies was given, but also because some valuable tips and tricks regarding employment and finding of internships were provided.
In addition to the main event, the organizers of EMW rented amazing party locations every single evening and arranged for unforgettable nights.
Topics of Thursday, April 23rd were the student paper- and poster contests. Both were highly informative and a good opportunity to share work and improve presentation skills for the presenters. Special thanks go to the 6 students from Clausthal, who took part in the contests. They represented our university in an outstanding and highly professional manner.
The last day was designated for the PhD Research session. The presentations of the respective research were impressive and inspiring for those students, who are interested in further studies.
After the closing ceremony there was one last presentation held by Dr Janusz Grebowicz on “Extraction of Hydrocarbons from unconventional Resource Plays”, which for one last time sparked an interesting discussion amongst the students and the presenter.
Finally, in the name of our whole chapter, I would like to thank our 2014 SPE Board, who arranged this amazing trip and of course the SPE chapter from AGH university in Krakow and all the other organizers, who helped to make this event as great as it has been.