Exploring the Northern Dimension

ND Forum exploring the potential in the Arctic

The seventh Northern Dimension Forum focused on discussing the challenges and business opportunities in the Arctic region. The need for international cooperation and sustainable development in the Arctic was highlighted throughout the discussions. The ND Forum – organized by the Northern Dimension Business Council (NDBC) and the Association of European Businesses (AEB) – was held on 7 April 2016 in St. Petersburg with over 200 delegates attending the event.

NDI Seminar: Russian Business from Commerce to e-Commerce, Helsinki

Welcome to the seminar:
Russian Business from Commerce to e-Commerce

Place: Aalto University School of Business, Assembly Hall (Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki Finland)
Date: Friday 10th October 2014 at 09:30

The growing e-Commerce market offers new business opportunities in Russia. Finnish and Russian experts share their experiences on how digitalization is changing the business in Russia.

The seminar is organized by the Finnish-Russian Commission for Scientific and Technological Cooperation / Working Group for Social Sciences in co-operation with the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI).

09:30 Opening of the seminar
Professor Riitta Kosonen, Director of CEMAT, Aalto University School of Business, Co-Chair of the Working Group for Social Sciences

9:40 Russia – e-Commerce growth market
Professor Juha Väätänen, Lappeenranta University of Technology

9:55 Why Russian customers use e-Commerce?
Associate Professor Maria Smirnova, Graduate School of Management (GSOM), St. Petersburg State University

10:10 How to enter Russian e-Commerce market?
Sales Manager, Timo Pellinen, Mediatalo Toimelias

10:25 Current situation with e-Commerce in Russia and forecast for the future
CEO Pavel Frolov, Mezon.ru Holding

10:40 Coffee break

11:00 Panel discussion: Russian Business from Commerce to e-Commerce
          Panelists: Juha Väätänen, Maria Smirnova, Timo Pellinen and Pavel Frolov

12:15 Concluding remarks

The seminar is free of charge and open to everyone interested in the topic. Participants are invited to register no later than 3 October 2014 by e-mail cemat(a)aalto.fi.
The seminar will be held in English.

NDPHS looking for stakeholders to take part in its policy-to-project-to-policy conference

On 28 April 2016, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) will hold a conference supporting the policy-to-project-to-policy cycle. The event aims to bring together political decision makers and regional stakeholders active in the field of health to discuss project activities necessary to achieve regionally agreed policy goals and means to ensure that suitable project results are transferred to the policy level. The conference is targeted at institutions/organizations with knowledge and expertise in the project area, which have capacity and interest to contribute to the achievement of priorities laid out in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). Thanks to the kind support of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme’s Joint Secretariat, participants will be given the opportunity to receive feedback and guidance on project ideas during bilateral consultations.

NDPTL: Intermodal Transportation via Rail Baltica - a Remarkable Opportunity for Finnish Industry and Trade

A roundtable discussion within the frames of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL)  project "Elimination of obstacles for Intermodal transportation in transit through Poland, Lithuania and Belarus" took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 26 April 2016.

The aim of the roundtable was to discuss opportunities and potential with Finnish industry and trade organisations for door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal intermodal services between Finland and mainland Europe.

For further information, please visit the NDPTL website

Northern (Arctic) Federal University hosted BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research meeting

Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) hosted a meeting of the BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER) in April 2016. The group unites 15 universities and research institutions from the northern territories of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden, aimed at solving crucial problems of scientific and educational cooperation expansion in the Barents Region. NArFU has been co-chairing the group since 2011.

The meeting's agenda included an overview of universities' international activities, presentation of JWGER group's work results in 2016, and discussion of the Barents universities’ role in the implementation of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship objectives.

In addition, it was decided to prolong NArFU’s chairmanship for the next two years. Marina Kalinina, Rector’s Adviser on International Cooperation, shall continue her work as the JWGER Chair.

For further information, please visit the NArFU's website.

Northern Dimension Day 2016

The second Northern Dimension Day will be held back-to-back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), scheduled for November 8th-9th, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

We cordially invite You to the second Northern Dimension Day to hear and discuss the future visions in the Northern Dimension cooperation.

Can we turn the Arctic into a black carbon free area? Will the automatization of transport improve the connectivity of the region? How can we more effectively fight against the increasing antimicrobial resistance of bacteria? What is the role of creative industries in improving the region’s innovativeness? These and other future trends shaping the development and cooperation in the ND area in 2030 will be discussed by a group of insightful panelists representing the four ND Partnerships and the ND Business council.

Time: 7 November 2016 at 16:00-18:00 Venue: Festlokal Camarillo, Kungstensgatan 22, 113 57 Stockholm, Sweden (map).


15.30 Registration and refreshments 16.00 Opening of the event Riitta Kosonen, Director, Center for Markets in Transition (CEMAT), Aalto University School of Business, lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) 16.10 Panel discussion moderated by Monika Zamachowska, Polish journalist and moderator specialized in European affairs. Future visions discussed by:

Jaakko Henttonen, Adviser, Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership Marek Maciejowski, Director, Northern Dimension Partnership on Health and Social Wellbeing Oddgeir Danielsen, Director, Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics Ilze Gailite-Holmberg, Senior Adviser, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Pavel Isayev, Adviser to General Director, Severstal & Northern Dimension Business Council

Q&A 17.30 Mingling & Tapas buffet

Please register by 31 October using this link. The seminar participation is free of charge, but prior registration is required as seats are limited.

If you have any problems with the registration, kindly contact us: cemat(a)aalto.fi.

Please follow also our Twitter account for info about the ND Day: www.twitter.com/ND_Institute

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Northern Dimension Day 7.11.2016

The second Northern Dimension Day will be held back-to-back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), scheduled for 8-9 November, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Northern Dimension Day, December 9th, Brussels

Date: December 9, 2015
Time: 8.30-12.30
Venue: Résidence Palace – International Press Center, 155, Rue de la Loi – Blok C, Brussels, Belgium

Welcome to hear about concrete success stories and lessons learned in the Northern Dimension. We are showcasing successful projects and activities from the fields of the Northern Dimension Partnerships: Environment, Culture, Transport and Logistics, and Health and Social-wellbeing. The focus is on concrete actions: what was done, how it was done, what made it succeed, what were the challenges or needs faced, and what were the lessons learned.

Northern Dimension Forum focusing on business in the Arctic

The 7th Northern Dimension Forum will take place on 7th April 2016 in St Petersburg. This year’s Forum focuses on discussing business opportunities and challenges in the Arctic. The keynote speeches address Arctic economic growth, sustainable development in the Arctic and investment incentives for foreign and Russian companies in North-West Russia. The speakers include representatives of ND member states and top-level Russian and European businesses, including the Arctic Economic Council. The event is organized by the Northern Dimension Business Council in cooperation with the Association of European Businesses. The Forum is expected to attract more than 250 participants representing Russian and European key actors in the Northern Dimension area.

For more information and registration visit: http://www.aebrus.ru/en/aeb-events/detail.php?ELEMENT_ID=2682721

Northern Dimension: Hidden treasure of the European North

High-level discussion seminar in Autumn 2020

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has commissioned the Northern Dimension Institute to co-organize  an information and discussion event in Brussels to promote the role and importance of the Northern Dimension for European wellbeing and prosperity. The high-level event is targeted to the decision-makers in the EU and its member states, as well as in the other ND partner countries.

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The event will highlight the relevancy of the Northern Dimension policy and its instruments for regional and cross-border cooperation that aims at finding solutions to common challenges. The event will demonstrate several success stories of the ND policy, such as joint environmental projects on waste-water treatment and energy efficiency, and cross-border exchange of information and best practices on healthcare and disease prevention.

The event is foreseen to take place in Brussels in autumn 2020. Would this not be feasible, the event will be organized as a web seminar.

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