Running from April 7-10th, St. Petersburg plays host to the International Conference & Exhibition of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). This is the largest geoscience event in the Russian Federation and is a bi-annual conference being organised as part of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014. Don’t just travel alone though, bring the family and make an extended visit to St. Pete’s at one of the lovelies times of the year!
The conference in 2012 saw around 800 visitors, including Russians and those from elsewhere, attend the event, along with over 40 petroleum and service companies. The EAGE conference aims to provide a place to engage in a continuous creative exchange of opinions among the Association members and to help foster innovation in geological and geophysical technologies. Specifically, the members of EAGE look to devise innovative and efficient ways of studying and managing subsoil resources for the benefit of Russia and other countries.
To be held at the congress centre of the Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya hotel (St. Petersburg, Pobedy Square 1), the conference of geophysicists and engineers starts with an icebreaker reception and features a conference dinner where fellow scientists can mingle over the appetizers. The Park Inn is on the delightful Moskovsky Avenue, close to the heart of St. Petersburg, past stunning architecture, beautiful parks, and vibrant shopping centres, restaurants and cinemas.
Bring the Family to St. Petersburg!
Visitors to St. Petersburg will want to stay longer than just the three days of the conference, so talk to Ulko Tours about planning a city tour, and maybe even bring the whole family so that while you’re watching yet another presentation on extraction methods, the kids can see the sights.
Remember to bring an umbrella, solid walking boots to cope with the mud and rain, and a few warm layers if you plan on heading out for post-conference drinks and dinner. While spring is definitely in the air in St. Petersburg, the end of March/beginning of April is still chilly. Luckily this means that tourist season hasn’t commenced and so attractions are easier to get into and hotel bookings are much simpler.
With Easter coming up and the days getting longer, Russians are in celebratory mood at this time of year, and the sight of the ice floating down the city’s rivers from Lake Ladoga is a real treat for geologists, geographers, and kids alike.