The WPC Youth Committee actively contributed to the success of the recent World Petroleum Congresses by representing the views and perspectives of young people towards the global oil and gas sector. They played a crucial role by designing and putting together a wide range of interesting youth activities which made up the Youth Programme.
Recognising the importance of involving more young people in the oil and gas sector, the World Petroleum Council organised its 1st Youth Forum in Beijing in 2004 under the theme "Youth and Innovation – the Future of the Petroleum Industry". The Forum was an overwhelming success and won widespread acclaim from its participants. The authors of the best papers were invited to the 18th World Petroleum Congress in Johannesburg the following year.
The 2nd WPC Youth Forum "Energise Your Future" took place in Paris, France from the 18-20 November 2009 with over 1200 young people attending. The debates are continuing on the "facebook type" online network EnergiseMyNetwork where we currently still have live discussion forums with over 2000 young people participating. The site is accessible via the 2nd WPC Youth Forum site at www.energisemyfuture.com which also features an inspirational synopsis of the event and the full videos of the plenary discussions during the forum.
India hosted a Regional WPC Youth Forum alongside its established Petrotech event on the 2nd November 2010 in New Delhi focusing on the South East Asian region.
Under this theme, students and young professionals from across the world, our future industry leaders, will engage with current leaders and experts in a trans-generational dialogue in Canada next autumn to determine the roadmap towards a truly sustainable future.
Over 1200 participants - young professionals, students, academics, international experts and NGO's - are expected to meet in Calgary from 22-25 October 2013
Over three days the 4th WPC Youth Forum will offer three levels of discussion: Keynote Plenary sessions for strategic thinking, Workshops for a deep-dive into the overall themes and finally, a networking and knowledge sharing area, the "Knowledge Cafés", with facilitated break-out sessions and one-to-one discussions with industry experts.
In 2010 the Indian National Committee organised the third WPC Youth Forum in New Delhi. They attracted over 500 students and young people from India and around the world to participate first in the online activities and then at the live events on the 2nd November 2010. The WPC Youth Forum was held alongside the well established Petrotech event providing the young people access to many industry leaders and information about the latest developments in their chosen sector. Under the chosen theme of FuEL the Youth - Future Energy Leaders the event included high-level discussion sessions and a number of team and individual competitions such as Corporate Ranneeti, Energy Extempore, Bizethics and Mind Odyssey.
The organising team of 20 young industry professionals from India supported by the international WPC Youth Committee prepared a final report with the outcomes from the third WPC Youth Forum