The World Forum of Universities of Resources on Sustainability (WFURS) took place at the Saint-Petersburg Mining University (www.spmi.ru) on 28 September -1 October 2016. Rectors and their representatives from leading universities oriented on mineral resources from 50 countries participated in this high-level event.
WFURS was founded in 2012 by Saint-Petersburg Mining University and TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The first four Forums took place in Germany, Norway, Austria and Japan. The main aim of WFURS is to support sustainable development. See http://www.worldforum-sustainability.org/ for more information.
At the 5th Forum, the Saint-Petersburg Mining University initiated foundation of an International Competence Centre for Mining-Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO. The WFURS 2016 programme included two plenary sessions on 29 September and the Conference “Sustainable development and natural resources: global challenges and prospects” with four sessions on 30 September. The event also included an attractive social program with a number of receptions and excursions.
Tallinn University of Technology – the Estonian ENeRG country representative - was officially represented by Dr. Alla Shogenova and Dr. Kazbulat Shogenov. On 30 September, a key presentation at the Conference session 4 (Sustainable development: new challenges for resource universities) was given by A. Shogenova: “Sustainable use of the underground energy resources: Overview of technologies, research and education needs”. It was based on the ENeRG Position Paper 2014 “Integrated and Sustainable Energy Uses of the Underground”, information from GEO ENeRGY newsletters and other research and education data.