Educational and science projects
Makers of Russia
Together with the Creative Practices Foundation, Gazprom Neft is implementing the Makers of Russia programme which aims to support young entrepreneurship. This project includes a series of studies, forums and crash courses, and is focused on the Mastera.Academy online media platform. This resource gives young entrepreneurs an opportunity to share experiences, develop professional competencies, and present their products to a wide audience, free of charge. Over 20,000 users have completed online courses on the Mastera.Academy platform.
In the reporting year, the Makers of Siberia Photo Prize contest was held with support from the Home Towns Programme. The theme of the contest was "The Present" and local photographers took part in it. Members of the MoS Photo Prize jury considered over 600 applications, and selected 17 of them: ten individual photos, and seven series. The main prize was a trip to the photography festival in Arles in France.
As part of the Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2019, Makers of Russia held a plenary session entitled "Creative Entrepreneurship and the New Economy: Regions during the Industry 4.0". In the youth section of the Forum, there was an open discussion called "The Power of the Village" that related to sustainable development and creative projects outside cities.
Gazprom Neft is a partner of the Chebyshev Laboratory at St Petersburg State University, headed by a Fields Medal winner, Stanislav Smirnov. The Arithmetic Progression joint project supports talented mathematicians at every stage of their studies: high-school students receive invitations to universities; students are awarded personal scholarships; young researchers receive grants and internships in Russia and abroad; and scientific and research teams secure funding for fundamental studies.
In 2019, the company gave individual scholarships and prizes to 73 students and four young researchers. This project has now reached international level, as the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was established in the Chebyshev Laboratory. In addition, the "Modern Mathematics" MSc programme was launched for students from Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia, with support from Gazprom Neft.
Every year since 2015, Gazprom Neft has held Developing Talent for gifted school students. High-school students from the regions in which the company operates compete to solve business cases related to the oil and gas sector. The tournament is aimed at making specialisation in engineering more popular among schoolchildren in the regions in which Gazprom Neft operates, helping the schoolchildren to build their research skills, thus encouraging the creation of a future talent pool for the company.
In 2019, the tournament was held in a new format: participants solved not only problems related to the oil and gas sector, but also digital business cases prepared by Gazprom Neft. Overall, 2,800 applications were submitted for the tournament, with 71 high-school students reaching the final.
In 2019, the Sirius Educational Centre, which is the leading Russian campus for gifted children, joined in the tournament. In 2020, the finalists Developing Talent will make a trip to Sochi, where they will complete a special training programme, and will present their projects to a panel of experts. All cases to be solved as part of the tournament were designed by specialists from Gazprom Neft and the Sirius Educational Centre.
Strelka educational events
Since 2015, Gazprom Neft has been working with the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in educational programmes for representatives involved in regional development initiatives in Omsk and St Petersburg. The project aims to provide the representatives with the necessary competencies to enable them to work together to create a comfortable urban environment.
In 2019, over 1,000 people attended In the City, a conference about technologies shaping the future of cities. It includes lectures and workshops by entrepreneurs, researchers, and specialists in urban studies from the USA, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Russia, and has 25,000 viewers watching online broadcasts.