“Oscar” of the mining industry

One of the central events of the VI International Mining and Metallurgical Congress “Astana Mining & Metallurgy 2015” is the annual National Industry Award “Golden Hephaestus”, honouring the winners of which will take place at a gala reception on June 17 in Astana.

gh logoThe “Golden Hephaestus” Award is a unique professional award, established by the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2010 with a permanent support of ERG Company.

“Golden Hephaestus” is the only honours degree in Kazakhstan awarded to the employees and companies of the mining complex, as well as to the specialists of design, scientific, educational institutions and companies that pretend to be the best in mining and metallurgy.

The “Golden Hephaestus” Award aims primarily at promoting the latest achievements of Kazakhstan companies and recognition of public respect to persons, who have made exceptional contributions to the industry development in our country.

Every year, over 100 nominees from all over Kazakhstan take part in the Competition. Among the regular participants are the employees of the Kazzinc, KSP Steel, Evraz Caspian Steel, Kazchrome, Kazakhmys, professors and students of mining and metallurgical disciplines, mass media and many others.

Collection of applications for participation in the contest “Golden Hephaestus” began on February 1, 2015 for all interested in the following categories:

  1. Professional of the year:
    • Geologist of the year
    • Miner of the year
    • Metallurgist of the year
  2. Project of the year
  3. Leader of the year in Innovations
  4. Leader in the local content
  5. The scientist-professor of the year
  6. Thesis of the year
  7. Media project of the year:
    • The best journalistic work about the MMC in print or Internet resources
    • The best journalistic work about the MMC on TV
    • Best journalistic material about a worker of the MMC (special award)
  8. The best solution in the field of energy saving (Award from ERG).

The winners of the “Golden Hephaestus” Award are traditionally determined in a closed discussion of the jury, on the eve of the gala reception. The expert jury consists of the most respected industry professionals.

For some categories (Scientist-professor of the year, thesis of the year, and media project of the year) cash prizes are provided.

Results of the contest will be announced in a solemn ceremony on June 17 at the VI International Mining and Metallurgical Congress “Astana Mining & Metallurgy 2015”. For the award ceremony we have invited the executives of the companies and applicants, who reached the top three in each category.

All information about the categories, selection criteria, required materials and applications are available at www.amm.kz.

Filled applications should be sent to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kazakhstan Exhibition Company Iteca as the organizer of the Congress “Astana Mining & Metallurgy 2015” and the “Golden Hephaestus” Award, wishes all participants recognition of the achievements and well-deserved victory to the most successful in this year!


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