Academia-industry interplay to be celebrated by GECF, Global Energy Association

Source: press release, 5 May 2021

From left, Dr Sergey Brilev of GEA, HE Yury Sentyurin of GECF
From left, Dr Sergey Brilev of GEA, HE Yury Sentyurin of GECF (illustration: GECF)

Academia and industry share a symbiotic relationship. Academia produces graduates who are absorbed by industry. Industry, on the other hand, looks to academia for innovative solutions to its challenges. This synergy was a main highlight at a presentation delivered by the president of the Global Energy Association.

Speaking at the 53rd edition of the GECF Gas Lecture, entitled “Global Energy: Supporting Science and Innovation”, Dr Sergey Brilev, President of the Global Energy Association (GEA), proposed that in the future editions of the flagship GEA publication “Ten breakthrough ideas in energy for the next 10 years’” a special section be dedicated to young researchers.

“What I cherish in the first edition of the report, which was published last year, is that the report is written in such a way that scientists recognise fellow scientists. It’s also, I daresay, is quite useful for managers, for the commercial sector,” said Dr Brilev, known for his in-depth interviews with a long series of global figures and international leaders.

The “Ten breakthrough ideas” is in fact the Association’s first-ever annual report, launched in December 2020, and explores myriad technological innovations in the energy world, from carbon capture to smart grids, energy recycling to hydrogen. Each of the 10 chapters is written by a select scientist from different corners of the world, for instance, the carbon capture article for the inaugural 2020 report was penned by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rodney John Allam.

“Perhaps in the future edition of the annual report, chapters written by pure academicians and scientists will be accompanied by a post scriptum (P.S.) contributed by a representative of research facilities and industry so you have a proper dialogue between the visionary scientists, the practitioners, and the policymakers.”

“We can always have an eleventh chapter as a joint chapter, locating a group of young scientists in the field of natural gas as co-authors from countries such as Qatar, Trinidad and Tobago, Russia, and Bolivia. It’s nice, it’s socially responsible, and it’s about youth,” said Dr Brilev.

The GECF Secretary General noted that the Forum believes in collaboration between academia and the real world of energy markets. He therefore expressed a hope to “find in the Association a longstanding partner to search for innovations that will continue to drive us forward”.

“Scientifically-grounded data and insights are championed at the GECF – and this is something we share with the Global Energy Association. Our Forum was established to bring a better understanding about technology that underpins the full spectrum of energy areas,” said HE Yury Sentyurin.

During the presentation, Dr Brilev, an acclaimed author of several documentaries and books on international affairs and history, invited the GECF and GEA to organise joint events.

“Firstly, I would be immensely glad to organise joint seminars on natural gas, combining the scientific and the academic potential of those events and your view of how the industry is developing,” he said. “My second goal is to internationalise the circle of our members.”

The Global Energy Association serves as a technical organisation, helping the international award committee announce the prestigious Global Energy Prize, which recognises outstanding scientific innovations and solutions in global energy research and its concurrent environmental challenges. 

There are three categories to be awarded annually and in 2021, 34 nominations are devoted to conventional energy, 45 to non-conventional, and 27 to new ways of energy application, including a “management” subcategory.

According to Dr Brilev, the next nomination cycle starts in November 2021. To date, 42 laureates from 15 countries have won the Global Energy Prize.

More information about the Global Energy Prize and how to nominate can be obtained at https://globalenergyprize.org/en. The “Ten breakthrough ideas in energy for the next 10 years” report can be accessed here.