International "Astana Mining & Metallurgy" Congress
16-17 June 2021
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Professionals deserve their award!

The 11th Golden Hephaestus National Mining and Metallurgical Industry Competition, which is being annually held as part of the Astana Mining & Metallurgy (AMM) Congress, will take place on June 18th, in Ritz Carlton Hotel, Nur-Sultan city.

The Golden Hephaestus 2020 includes 14 nominations: Professional of the Year (three nominations), Project of the Year, Scientist-Teacher of the Year, Diploma Work of the Year, Media Project of the Year (three nominations), Best digital-solution in MMC, the Best Foreign Partner, and three absolutely new nominations: Leader of the Year for Industrial Safety, Miner of the Year and Women in MMC.

The new nomination “Women in the Mining and Metallurgical Complex” is especially expected, because exactly this new nomination will draw attention to the role of the fairer sex in the mining and metallurgical complex not only in our country, but throughout the world. Today, a large number of women professionals of the highest level work in the MMC of Kazakhstan, who bare on their fragile shoulders a huge burden of efficient work, responsibility, and solving issues related to the further development of the industry.

The Golden Hephaestus contest is especially significant for industry participants. This is the most prestigious award of national importance for specialists of the MMC sector. The first Golden Hephaestus statuette was presented to Nursultan Nazarbayev, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, whereby setting a high level of professional and innovative requirements for the projects of the future competition participants.

Today, more than 350 mining and 270 metallurgical companies with more than 200 thousand employees are engaged in the industry. In 2019, 184 specialists in the field of geology, mining and metallurgy, employees of design, scientific, educational institutions and enterprises, as well as journalists who write about the mining and metallurgical industry in the Republic of Kazakhstan, fought for the right to have the Golden Hephaestus Award

A competent jury of the competition, which includes reputable industry experts and government representatives, will appreciate the achievements of companies in the MMC sector, thereby increasing the status and competitiveness of specialists and stimulating them for continuous growth and development of professional skills.

Participation in the competition is free of charge and in electronic format, while the winners of some nominations receive a cash reward. Students are given the chance to take an internship at large companies, journalist materials are published in international publications. Submission period is already open and will last until May 18.

It is important to note that every year the prestige of this award is growing. Over the past ten years, more than 120 industry experts and organizations have received the award. And thanks to the holding of the World Mining Congress in Kazakhstan in 2018, the Golden Hephaestus Prize has also received worldwide recognition. This was made possible primarily thanks to the comprehensive support of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of RK and the permanent partner of the event - the Eurasian Group (ERG).

We invite all interested specialists, who is in one way or another involved in the MMC sector, to participate in the competition so that your work and high professionalism are appreciated!

Kazakhstan deserves its professionals!
Professionals deserve their award!

You can apply for participation in the Contest on, or phone number +7(727) 258 34 34 (ext. 305), +7 701 338 26 52, or by sending your application to the following e-mail address:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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