Idea & History


The idea behind the first ‘East meets West’ Congress was to gather people from different parts of the world, from different universities, from different companies in one, common idea – the idea without any barriers – the idea of ‘East meets West’. The idea, which considers the Oilfield Industry as one, big family – no matter if you are a student or scientist, no matter if you come from the west or from the east – we are all part of the Oilfield Industry family and this idea is still the clue of this Congress.

History likes to repeat itself, just as we like to organize ‘East meets West’ every year. Bringing up to life next editions of ‘EmW’ was a great pleasure & great honor. The reasons are pretty obvious – making new friendships, meeting inspiring people, meeting the brightest minds from around the world – but the most important part, the one that brought the biggest smile to everybody’s faces was the fact, that together we could make a difference.

We have been doing it for the past six years and, when it comes to the next edition, all we can feel is pure enthusiasm and joy. The source of this joy is you, dear participants. It is you, who makes us do this every single year. Please, do not ever stop because history is in the making…


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“This experience was really wonderful – an intense exchange of ideas between students from Siberia to western Europe, with also very lively social activities. These students fully understood that SPE forms a unique community, without borders.”

Alain Labastie – SPE 2011 President

“Alain Labastie and I had so much enjoyed being with you for these last 3 days, we were so much pleased from your warm and kind welcome in beautiful and joyful Krakow, from the successful organization of your “East meets West” Conference, from the serious and happy atmosphere of this group of students coming from so many parts of Europe.”

“We have loved it all, this was a great event. All the presentations were of a very high standard, interesting and valuable. Everyone learnt a lot as shale gas and gas shales were properly described, documented and discussed. Altogether, the program with its content timing and scheduling was excellent.”

Serge Rueff – SPE South, Central and East Europe Regional Director For 2011

“Throughout the years I had the honour to attend several editions of the East meets West Congress. Working close to several other SPE Chapters and always try to improve. It’s a unique opportunity to have the students (The future of our Oil and Gas Industry) being so engaged into the topics and unlimited energy to push forward.”

Guido van den Bos – Vice President Global Accounts for Rig Systems, National Oilwell Varco

“The East Meets West congress was a unique opportunity for students from Chapters across Europe to come together in an enjoyable and stimulating environment. The event was expertly organized by the Krakow SPE Student Chapter who did an outstanding job in ensuring everything was professionally and seamlessly organized.”

Frances van Klaveren – SPE Young Member Programs Manager

“Your chapter has proven itself to be an example for chapters worldwide.”

“I will hold my visit to Krakow as one of the best and most memorable of all my travels with SPE.”

Mellisa Schultea – SPE Young Member Programs Manager

“This was the best student conference I had ever attended! Everything was fine: reception, accommodation, organization, atmosphere and, of course, evening program:). I am very grateful to organizers of this remarkable event for great time we all had in Cracow and wish them to make the next Congress none the worse!”

Alexey Khrulenko – student – Russia