The Global Energy Association presents awards to winners of Young Scientist 4.0 programme
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On 20th December in St. Petersburg, the President of the Global Energy Association, Sergey Brilev, presented awards at a gala ceremony to the winners of the Young Scientist 4.0 programme -- Denis Golodobin, Vasily Zelikov and Yulia Sochneva.

The educational programme, created to help young researchers, was launched in June 2021 and the venue for conducting it was Gazprom’s leading scientific research centre VNIIGAZ. 

    Fifteen scientists from six Russian cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Saratov, Ukhta and Yugorsk) took part in the programme and they all went through a selection process as part of Gazprom’s core youth programmes.

    In the first week of the programme, professional coaches and specialist experts shared their knowledge and experience. And in the next phase, the young researchers submitted their projects to working groups, which selected the three winners.

    The winners are:

  • Denis Golodobin, a young scientist at the Laboratory of hydrogen technologies at the Gazprom GAZPROM VNIIGAZ corporate research and development centre for environmental protection and energy performance.
  • Vasily Zelikov, a young scientist at the Gazprom VNIIGAZ scientific-methodological centre for materials and products designed for pipeline construction and repair, the corporate scientific-technological centre overseeing the condition and integrity of production sites.
  • Yulia Sochneva, category one chemical engineer at the Gazprom Transgaz Saratov company Engineering-Technological centre 

    Each of the three winners was given a mentor from among the leading specialists in the sector concerned as well as the opportunity to publish an article in the association’s annual report “Ten breakthrough ideas in energy for the next 10 years.”

   “The Achilles heel of Russian science remains the low level at which Russian scientists are quoted in international scientific journals owing to, among other things, low interest among our Russian colleagues in publishing in English-language academic periodicals. The Young Scientist 4.0 programme aims to help fill this gap, enabling researchers who are starting out to secure those capabilities needed to secure an international reputation,” said Sergey Brilev, President of the Global Energy Association.

Innovation needs people who are able to think with different perspectives and who are passionate about their ideas. And they need support, especially young scientists at the initial stages of their career. The joint programme of Gazprom and the Global Energy Association is one of the elements of systemic work in developing corporate innovative potential and supporting a balance between effective use of existing opportunities and seeking out new opportunities,” said Nina Danilova, Gazprom department head.

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