The “Mathematical Progression” project, supporting talented mathematicians
Gazprom Neft partners the St Petersburg State University’s Chebyshev Laboratory, headed by Fields Prize winner Stanislav Smirnov (this award being the mathematical equivalent of the Nobel Prize). Academics at the Chebyshev laboratory are involved in practical research in mathematical modelling at Gazprom Neft’s Science and Technology Centre.
The joint Gazprom Neft—Chebyshev Laboratory “Mathematical Progression” project supports talented mathematicians at every stage of their education, with high school students receiving invitations to university; students — personal stipends; young academics — grants and secondments in Russia and abroad; and scientific and research teams — funding for academic research.
The “Functional Safety of Unmanned Transport” education programme
The “Functional Safety of Unmanned Transport” programme, a joint Master’s programme offered by ITMO University in conjunction with Gazprom Neft, was the first programme in Russia to train developers and specialists in operating unmanned vehicles in the oil and gas industry.
Master’s students study programming; key principles in cyber-physical system organisation; UAV, vehicle and other drone architectures and control systems; and information security and industrial safety in operating these.
The St Petersburg Energy TechnoHub
Part of the project to develop a world-class “technology valley” in St Petersburg, being implemented by Gazprom Neft together with the St Petersburg City Administration, is the concept of the “Energy Club”. Residents of the St Petersburg Energy TechnoHub support student business projects, help in monetising these, and help take successful ideas and inventions to market.
СStudent Energy Clubs are in operation at St Petersburg’s leading technical universities — Polytech, ITMO, SUAI and the St Petersburg State Institute of Technology. These student clubs are open, self-governing platforms offering young professionals the chance to realise their leadership potential and pursue promising ideas in technological entrepreneurship.
The Gazprom Neft—Polytech Science and Education Centre
One outcome of the collaboration between Gazprom Neft and the Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University (Polytech) has been the establishment of the Gazprom Neft—Polytech Science and Education Centre. This centre offers a masters programme, “Mathematical Modelling in Oil and Gas Production Processes”, as well as training in three other areas, including an international masters programme, “Mathematical Modelling and Mechanics”.
A further area in Gazprom Neft—Polytech’s activities involves the university undertaking R&D and pilot activities in oil and gas field development commissioned by the company.
The “Developing Talent” intellectual competition
Gazprom Neft runs its “Developing Talent” intellectual competition, directed at identifying gifted young people, every year. The format of this competition differs from traditional Olympiads in that senior high school students from those locations in which the company operates are charged with resolving actual industrial challenges specially adapted for the tournament in oil and gas, as well as genuine digital challenges faced by Gazprom Neft.
The competition is designed to build skills and competencies in STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — as well as teamworking skills.
“In the City” international conference
Gazprom Neft runs St Petersburg’s international “In the City” conference, highlighting the role of technology in urban development. Programme development for this conference is managed by the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.
The main objective of this event is to position St Petersburg as a centre for innovation within Russia. The conference brings together invited international and federal specialists on municipal government, innovation, urban planning and design.
The “Makers of Russia” project
Gazprom Neft runs the “Makers of Russia” project — supporting young “new economy” entrepreneurs and promoting urban development — together with St Petersburg’s Creative Practices Foundation.
The online educational Mastera.Academy is central to this project, offering young business people the opportunity to develop their professional skills, share experience, promote their products to an extensive audience, and get help in launching their productions on the Russian and international markets — all of these services being provided free of charge.
Joint programmes with universities
We partner with Russian universities and higher education institutions in running research initiatives and developing education programmes in line with industry demand.