The XVI International Forum-Contest of Students and Young Researchers
Topical Issues of Rational Use
of Natural Resources
June 17-19, 2020, Saint-Petersburg


About the forum-contest

Since 2005 the International forum-contest of students and young researchers has been held in Saint-Petersburg mining university every year. In 2019 the Forum-contest was attended by:






universities and companies



Since 2018 the Forum-contest has been held under the patronage of the International Competence Center for Mining-Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO.

The XVI International Forum-contest of Students and Young Researchers “Topical Issues of Rational Use of Natural Resources” is the second stage of the International Forum-contest of Young Scientists.

For sixteen years the forum-contest has been an open platform for discussing topical issues of development of Russian and global mineral resources and fuel and energy complexes. During 3 days the participants will be able to present their research and discuss the most important sector-specific issues with the top experts of mineral resources complex using the Cisco WebEx.

Participation in the Forum-contest is a unique opportunity to make a presentation in front of the audience who represent more than 30 countries, to meet the representatives of government institutions and specialists from academic and business communities, to find potential partners and share the ideas with young researchers from other countries.


The Forum-contest will be held in a fundamentally new video conference format using the Cisco WebEx. The platform allows up to 3000 participants from anywhere in the world to make a live presentation, listeners ‒ to ask both live questions and in text message format. All the participants will have 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A.

The participants will need a minimum set of equipment: a computer (laptop) with a camera and a microphone and Internet access. All participants will be provided with the necessary technical support and links to the videoconference.

The guidelines for using the platform are available here.

For the Participants

Requirements for participants

1. Graduate students, post-graduate students and young scientists up to 35 years of age without a PhD degree with a level of English proficiency not lower than B1-B2, whose study area or subjects of research correspond to the list of breakout sessions are invited to participate in the Forum-contest.

2. All the papers within the breakout sessions should be presented in English.

3. To participate in the Forum-contest it is necessary to fill out the registration form and upload the 1.5-2 pages abstract in English.

4.  You can only participate in the Forum with a presentation based on the short-listed abstract after the pre-selection of applications. There is no organizational fee for the participants.

5. The winners of the Forum-contest will receive a grant from the International Competence Centre for Mining-Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO for a short-term internship at one of the leading universities and companies of the mineral resources complex.


THE CREATIVE PROJECT COMPETITION FOR BACHELORS AND MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURAL SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, ACADEMIES, INSTITUTIONS, UNIVERSITIES (hereinafter – the Competition) is held for the purpose of multicultural development and exchange of best practices in the international educational space, introduction to teaching techniques of various architectural schools, demonstration of the best works of bachelors and masters, stimulating the student community to professional development and creating solutions that meet the current challenges.

The competition is held in the following nominations:
•    Individual House Project,
•    Terraced House Project,
•    Mid-Rise House Project,
•    Multi-Storey Residential Building with Public Premises (Bachelor's Project),
•    Multi-Storey Residential Building with Public Premises (Master's Project),
•    Public Building Project (Bachelor's Project),
•    Public Building Project (Master's Project).

Bachelors, starting from the second year of study, and masters of architectural schools, colleges, academies, institutions, universities of the world (hereinafter – participants) can participate in the Competition. Only individual participation is possible. Each participant can submit one project, in no more than two nominations. The participant must register on the Forum-Contest’s website Participation in the Competition is in absentia.

Project submitting requirements:

1.      The project submitted for the Competition should have dimensions of 1x1 meter for next nominations:
         - Individual House Project,
         - Terraced House Project.
2.      The project submitted for the Competition should have dimensions of 2x1 meter (horizontal arrangement) for next nominations:
          - Mid-Rise House Project,
          - Multi-Storey Residential Building with Public Premises (Bachelor's Project),
          - Multi-Storey Residential Building with Public Premises (Master's Project),
          - Public Building Project (Bachelor's Project),
          - Public Building Project (Master's Project).
3.      The content for the Competition should be sent to the following e-mail address: Image resolution should be at least 200 dpi.
4.      The maximum file size for 1x1 meter projects may not exceed 20 Mb.
5.      The maximum file size for 2x1 meter projects may not exceed 45 Mb.
6.      Project structure:
          - project name;
         - a key plan indicating the design object location and environment;
          - general plan of the design area;
          - floor plans (unique and typical floors);
         - facades;
         - sections;
          - perspective views (views from the man's height, a general view of an object from a bird’s flight, views in natural daylight are mandatory; night views, as a supplement, are possible if appropriate);
          - brief summary of the project, description (less than 1000 characters);
          - Technical and Economic Parameters Characterizing the Project,
          - legend.
7.     The scale of plans, facades, and sections is selected at the discretion of the author based on the rationale, readability of the drawings, dimensions of the designed facility.
8.     All projects are made in English.

Participation is free. The competition is held anonymously. Therefore, the name of architectural school, college, academy, institution, university, as well as surname, name, patronymic of the author or authors of the project, their lead or leads are not indicated on the board. Upon receipt of each project, the organizing committee assigns to it an identification number.

The titles of the submitted files must contain the full participant's and university name (e.g., John_Smith_SPMI.jpg).

The deadline for registering and submitting content for the Competition is June 10, 2020. Email address for sending project files/links to file hosting services with downloaded projects:

By submitting materials for the Competition, the participant/participants agrees/agree with the provisions of the Competition and also provides/provide the right to publish his/their project in the media, on the websites of the Competition organizer, in periodicals and catalogs (with the indication of author).


The winners of the Forum-Competition will receive a grant from the International Competence Centre for Mining-Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO for taking a short term internship lasting 7-10 days at one of the leading universities and companies of the mineral resources sector.

The grant fully covers all expenses associated with the internship, including travel expenses, accommodation, and meals.

The program includes a visit to St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Mining University. Further, participants leave St. Petersburg for one of the regions of Russia to visit chosen company. The particular company to be chosen depending on the specialty and at the choice of the winner.

Partner companies that available for internships:

•    PhosAgro PJSC, Kirovsk Branch of Apatit
The world’s leading producer of high-grade phosphate rock and Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate.
Place: Apatity, Murmansk Region

•    Severstal PJSC, Yakovlevsky GOK (MPP)
Yakovlevsky Mining and Processing plant carries out the development of Yakovlev Deposit Kursk magnetic anomaly. The reserves of the deposit are unique, amounting to more than 9 billion tons of iron-rich ore.
Place: Belgorod Region

•    LLC PA Kirishinefteorgsintez (Kinef)
At the moment, the Kirishi oil refinery is the only one in Northwestern Russia.
Place: Kirishi, Leningrad Region

•    Nord Stream compressor stations
Place: Vyborg, Ust-Luga, and Primorsk – all in Leningrad Region

•    Rosneft PJSC and Surgutneftegaz PJSC
Enterprises that engaged in the development of remote oil and gas fields
Place: Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Yugra, Nizhnevartovsk, Surgut

The winners of the Forum-Competition breakout sessions 10 and 11 will receive a grant from the International Competence Centre for Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO for visiting Saint-Petersburg and Saint-Petersburg Mining University, and also renowned suburbs: Peterhof, Pushkin, Lomonosov, Pavlovsk.

Important Dates

  • Applications acceptance deadline for the participation in the forum-contest and participants’ abstract – 01.06.2020*

  • Forum-contest working dates – 17.06.2020 - 18.06.2020

  • Forum-contest closing ceremony  – 19.06.2020

Breakout sessions

1. New approaches to resolving oil & gas sector-specific issues

• efficient raw hydrocarbon production engineering, including enhancement of oil and gas recovery methods;
• advanced technologies of opening and development of hydrocarbon reservoirs;
• efficient technologies of oil and natural gas transportation;
• technologies of reducing losses during hydrocarbons;
• prospects for natural gas, gaseous motor fuel and liquefied natural gas;
• gas as a bridge fuel;
• intelligent oil & gas enterprise;
• gas hydrates: recovery processes and prospects for the development.

2. Technologies of integrated processing of mineral raw materials with further production of new generation materials

• chemical technologies of non-organic matters of hydrocarbons;
• synthesis and refining of hydrocarbons;
• pyro- and hydrometallurgical processes;
• extraction of materials with unique properties;
• deep processing of mineral resources with the production of high-grade concentrates;
• loop technologies and recycling of technogenic and household wastes;
• deep processing of coals and carbon materials.

3. Geotechnologies of resource extraction: current challenges and prospects
3.1. Solid minerals mining technologies. Industrial and labor safety

• technologies of open-cast, underground and combined mining of solid minerals;
• advanced blasting technologies;
• systems of industrial and labor safety management at the enterprises of the mineral resources sector;
• gas control in the process of mining solid minerals;
• thermal, dust and gas conditions of mines;
• mining engineering 4.0 (intelligent mine).

3.2. Underground and ground space development technologies. Rock mechanics and control of rock conditions

• technologies of underground space development;
• management of rock conditions in the process of mining solid minerals;
• geodesy, geodynamics and land modeling;
• topical issues of land management and cadastre.

4. Geological mapping, exploration, and prospecting of mineral resources

• geology, exploration, and prospecting of solid minerals;
• geology, exploration, and prospecting of oil & gas deposits;
• geotectonics, geodynamics, regional geology, and stratigraphy;
• mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry;
• digital technologies of the survey, prospecting and modeling of hydrocarbon fields;
• hydrogeology and geological engineering;
• geophysics and geophysical techniques for mineral exploration and prospecting.

5. Economics of sustainability and global investment trends

• principles of circular economy and cost-effective use of resources;
• economics of critical materials;
• the role of stock exchanges and investment companies in industrial economics;
• current requirements to the quality of human resources in the mineral resources sector;
• economic and legal issues of energy industry development;
• innovative entrepreneurship and venture capital funding in the mineral resources sector;
• development of strategizing and business modeling in the companies of the mineral resources sector.

6. Information telecommunication technologies and digital transformation

• digitalization and automation of technological processes in metallurgy and mining, oil refining and mechanical engineering;
• digital logistics centers and computer simulators;
• industrial mechatronics systems and robotechnics;
• intelligent energy-saving technologies;
• information technologies and cybersecurity in the mineral resources sector.

7. Equipment, vehicle maintenance and energy efficiency at the enterprises of the mineral resources sector
7.1. Innovations and prospects for the developments of mining mechanical engineering

• technologies, equipment, and automation of mechanical production operations;
• mining machines and equipment;
• material engineering and materials-processing technologies;
• tool engineering, metrology, and metrological supervision;
• transportation systems and logistics in the mineral resources sector;
• automotive vehicles, implementation of transportation and management for automobile transport.

7.2. Energy efficiency at the enterprise of the mineral resources sector.

• electrification and automation of mining;
• renewable and alternative energy resources;
• intelligent technologies and digital transformation in power engineering;
• energy saving and energy efficiency technologies.

8. Climatic changes, environmental activity, and principles of sustainable development in the mining facility
8.1. Sustainable development of regions and environmental safety

• monitoring and assessment of the technogenic impact of industrial facilities of the mineral resources sector on components of the environment;
• issues of sustainable development of regions and industrial agglomerations;
• rational use and conservation of natural resources;
• assessment and control of ecological safety in the process of the mineral resources sector industrial facilities’ operations.

8.2. Waste management utilization, water treatment, off-gas treatment and land reclamation

• innovation methods of gas treatment;
• innovation methods of water treatment;
• advanced techniques of reclamation and revegetation of derelict and contaminated areas;
• innovation methods of production and consumption waste disposal.

9. Topical issues and contradictions of modern society development

• world fuel and energy complex as an area of interest, conflicts and contradictions between the actors of political relationship;
• social and political conflicts in modern society among young people;
• policy of international cooperation in management and resolution of social and political conflicts: theory and practice;
• role of mediation in the system of alternative dispute and conflict resolution;
• engineering education: social, cultural and psychological aspects of research and development trends.

10. Modern trends in architecture and urban planning

Areas of work:
• Spatial Development Strategies and Comfortable Urban Environment
• Modern Approaches to the Revitalization of Territories, Urban Spaces and Historical Buildings
• Architectural and Urban Heritage: Understanding and Preservation
• Current Trends in the Development of Underground Urbanism
• Global Environmental Issues and Energy Saving Technologies in Architecture and Construction
• Green Architecture in Cities
• Promising Trends in the Development of Architectural and Urban Planning Theoretical Research
• Innovations in Architectural Design

11. Competition of creative projects for bachelors and masters of architectural schools, colleges, academies, institutions, universities:

• Individual House Project
• Terraced House Project
• Mid-Rise House Project
• Multi-Storey Residential Building with Public Premises (Bachelor's Project)
• Multi-Storey Residential Building with Public Premises (Master's Project)
• Public Building Project (Bachelor's Project)
• Public Building Project (Master's Project).


Collection of abstracts

As a result of International Forum-Contest the abstracts of the reporters (guidelines for abstracts) will be published in the annual collection.

Abstracts submission deadline – till June 1st, 2020.
Complete the registration form and submit the abstract

Proceedings of the XV International Forum-contest "Topical Issues of Rational Use of Natural Resources" 2019. Volume 1

Proceedings of the XV International Forum-contest "Topical Issues of Rational Use of Natural Resources" 2019. Volume 2

Proceedings of the international forum-contest 2020

The winners of the Forum-contest will have a possibility of publishing a full-text article after internal and external review, in a separate collection of CRS Press/Balkema (Taylor & Francis Group, Netherlands).

Proceedings of the International Forum-contest of Young Researchers "Topical Issues of Rational Use of Natural Resources" 2018



Official opening of the Forum

Greetings by the Rector Prof. Vladimir S. Litvinenko and the distinguished guests


Breakout sessions


Breakout sessions


Closing ceremony


St. Petersburg is the northernmost city in the world with a population of over one million people. Among cities fully located in Europe, St. Petersburg is the third most populous city, as well as the first city in terms of population, which is not the capital. St. Petersburg is the most important economic, scientific and cultural center of Russia, a major transportation hub. The historical center of St. Petersburg and its associated complexes of monuments are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List; This is one of the most important centers of tourism in the country.

Among the most significant cultural and tourist sites are the Hermitage, the Kunstkamera, the Mariinsky Theater, the Russian National Library, the Russian Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and Nevsky Prospect. The program for the preservation and development of the historical center of St. Petersburg is also aimed at preserving cultural heritage sites.


The International Competence Centre for Mining-Engineering Education is established on the basis of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture signed on March 7th, 2018.

The Mission of the Center is to promote the principle of sustainable development at the national and international levels with regard to mineral resources sector of economy, in support of UNESCO’s global priorities.

Objectives of the Center:

  1. to exercise influence on policy-making in the field of mining engineering education at the national and interstate levels, formulate recommendations and proposals, promote global dialogue between the states and universities
  2. to develop the systems of higher, engineering and vocational education for training manpower for mining industry (as a part of lifelong learning) including the whole scope of knowledge, skills and experience which contribute to mining specialists integration into the international professional environment
  3. to create an efficient system of supporting innovation-technological research in promising areas of mineral resources sector
  4. to create a unified education space for supporting global mobility of students, postgraduate students, teachers and researchers at the national and international levels
  5. to enhance prestige of mining industry and education



Saint Petersburg Mining University

199106, Russia, Saint Petersburg, 21st Line, 2

International Competence Center for Mining Engineering Education under the Auspices of UNESCO
199106, Russia, Saint Petersburg, 21st Line, 2

Organizing committee

tel: +7 (812) 328-82-48