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The 9th Baltic Sea Region Forum 2016 in Turku, Finland

The 9th Baltic Sea Region Forum 2016 will be organized on 20 May in Turku, Finland under the theme "Maritime cluster in the Baltic Sea region and beyond". The focus of the Forum will be on transport, shipbuilding and maritime cluster. The keynote speech will be delivered by the former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen.

See the programme and more information on http://www.centrumbalticum.org/en/events/baltic-sea-region-forum

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Consultation Days, Berlin, Germany

Interreg Baltic Sea Region invites you to a project idea consultation during the Consultation Days on 12 and 13 April 2016 in Berlin, Germany. You will have the opportunity to consult your project idea in person with Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat officers. The consultations are offered on 12 April between 13.00 – 17.45 hours and on 13 April between 9.00 - 16.15 hours. 

The Consultation Days addresses project developers who plan to apply for the Programme funds in the 2nd call and have already a project idea. The consultation slot is 45 minutes.

The registration  will be closed when the maximum number is reached or latest on 7 April 2016.

For further information and registration, please visit: http://www.interreg-baltic.eu/event-detail/event/interreg-baltic-sea-region-consultation-days.html

How to facilitate the integration of creative and cultural industries and tourism?

The development of creative and cultural industries (CCI) and cultural tourism has been identified as the strategic focus of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). This includes also the facilitation of cross-sectorial spill-overs and innovation in CCI, as well as usage of CCI innovation in furthering tourism.  In order to build up the knowledge base on the prevailing situation and support the future developments, the NDPC has commissioned a study on the topic. The study will be carried out with an aim to learn more about developments in CCI and its cross-sector spillovers with tourism, taking into account innovative case studies and best practices, as well as policy developments. The information will be utilized to develop recommendations for effective and sustainable integration of CCI and tourism sector. The study is carried out by PROMAN – a leading international consulting company specialised in development cooperation – with the funding from the European Commission.

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.

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

Success Cases, Challenges and Lessons Learned in the Northern Dimension

The First Northern Dimension Day took place in Brussels Résidence Palace on 9 December 2015. Over 50 interested from the European Commission, European Parliament and other stakeholders from the EU and the Northern Dimension area were present at the event, organized with the intention of spreading knowledge of the Northern Dimension (ND) policy and the ND partnerships.


Call for Abstracts to UArctic Congress 2016 Science Section is open

The University of the Arctic welcomes scientific abstracts for the first ever UArctic Congress. The Call for Abstracts is open until March 31, 2016.

Hosted by Saint Petersburg State University, the Science Section of the UArctic Congress will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in September 13-16.

Abstracts for sessions under the following themes are invited:

  • Vulnerability of Arctic Environments
  • Vulnerability of Arctic Societies
  • Local and Traditional Knowledge
  • Building Long-Term Human Capacity
  • New Markets for the Arctic, Including Trade, Tourism and Transportation

The first ever UArctic Congress will feature Science and Meeting Sections, including:

  • Acclaimed keynote speakers and scientific experts presenting their latest research
  • Parallel sessions on an array of Arctic science, policy and education topics
  • Formal meetings for representatives of the Board of UArctic, Council of UArctic, Rectors’ Forum, and UArctic Thematic Networks
  • Side-meetings to foster contacts and enhance networking
  • Opportunities for promoting and marketing your organization and activities
  • UArctic Student Forum with workshops
  • Cultural and Social program like no other

Abstract submission deadline: March 31, 2016

Acceptance of abstracts: End of April, 2016

Contact: research(at)uarctic.org

Congress information, full session descriptions, abstract submission details, and an online submission form are available at www.uarctic.org/congress2016

The NDPHS held a ministerial-level conference

Berlin, Germany – 20th of November 2015, Ms. Annette Widmann-Mauz, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Health, hosted and chaired the 11th annual conference of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being, NDPHS. The event was attended by ministers responsible for health and social affairs and other high representatives of countries and organisations being members of the NDPHS.

Since the main social well-being and health related challenges faced by the Partner Countries are the same and given the multitude and character of these challenges, profound regional cooperation and regional engagement are essential for both an effective response to the challenges as well as ensuring long-term stability and economic development of the countries and the region as a whole – was one of the conclusions of the event.

The Northern Dimension: Synergism of logistics strategies

Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) is glad to invite you to take part in international scientific conference "The Northern Dimension: Synergism of logistics strategies". The conference will be held on 10-11th of December, 2015 in UNECON (30/32 Griboedova Canal).

The conference will address the matters, related to cooperation between Russian (including North-Western region) and Northern and Baltic Sea States scientific and business communities' representatives in development of effective logistics strategies. Participants will discuss the primary ways to intensify logistics diversification in financial, service, innovation and other sectors, and to provide expansion of international relations for professional cooperation enhancement of forwarding companies, logistics providers, academic and administrative institutions in the field of scientific research and educational activities. Working language of the conference is English and Russian.

For further information, contact the Organizing Committee via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 007 812 310 19 63.


Arctic Floating University - 2016

Northern (Arctic) Federal University in cooperation with Northern Branch of Russian Federation Agency for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (ROSHYDROMET) organize the marine research and education expedition «Arctic Floating University – 2016».

The expedition will be held from 10 till 30 July 2016

2nd International Forum ‘CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTH’, St. Petersburg, Russia

On 17th December 2015, Saint Petersburg will be hosting the 2nd International Forum in the framework of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) ‘CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTH’

Forum is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The event will be attended by representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the North-West Federal regions of Russia, experts in the field of creative industries and cultural tourism of the Northern Dimension.

2016 is the year of the Russian Federation Presidency of the NDPC, which is an important inter-regional platform for international and interregional cooperation in the field of culture among the "Northern Dimension" Member States. The main objective of the NDPC is mutually beneficial cooperation of the participating countries in the economic and social spheres to achieve sustainable development in Northern Europe.

Registration as well as more information on www.ndpcrussia2015.com, web registration available from November 8, 2015.

Preliminary programme of the Forum

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.

First edition of Creative Entrepreneurship Academy 2016

Creativity Lab together with Nordic Council of Ministers, Estonian Business School and Creative Business Cup are organising the Creative Entrepreneurhip Academy (CEA) in January 18-22, 2016 in Tallinn (Estonia) and Helsinki (Finland). The 5-days training programme includes interactive sessions and practical workshops, field trips and internationally renowned speakers.

The session is desighned for representatives of organisations and authorities that are responsible of creating strong creative ecosystem for talents and businesses to grow.


Culture as a Factor of Growth

International Forum within the framework of Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTHwas held in St. Petersburg, December 7–9, 2014.

More than 160 participants representing various fields took part in the forum held at the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts to get informed of the initiatives within the cultural and creative industries (CCI) in the Northern Dimension area. The array of participating organizations was prominent including cultural and foreign ministries, universities, cultural and research institutes, companies and intermediaries in cultural and creative industries, museums, tourism industry, and NGOs from the ND area.

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency: Information Day 12 Dec 2014, Brussels

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Information Day will be held on 12 December 2014 in Brussels.

In the Information Day you will...

  • Get an update on the European policy on sustainable energy.
  • Learn about the energy efficiency priorities of the 2015 Horizon 2020 calls.
  • Find out how to apply for funding.
  • Participate in sessions dedicated to the different funding areas, meet the EASME team and get answers to your questions.
  • Use the opportunity to find new project partners.

EUSBSR PA Culture Conference: Learning from the past - Looking into the future

EUSBSR Priority Area Culture Conference “Learning from the past - Looking into the future” in Tallinn on 13-14 November 2014.

The conference in Tallinn will constitute an occasion to introduce the first results of PA Culture flagship projects, its actions and achievements regarding improved cultural cooperation within the Baltic Sea Region. The BSR Cultural Dialogue will enter its second round, and available financial instruments for cultural projects and the future of PA culture will provide the basis for various discussions.

More information: www.eusbsrculture.eu

Conference on petroleum resources, energy-political cooperation and social development in the Arctic region.

Norwegian-Russian cooperation – The path behind us and the path ahead

The Research Council of Norway arranges a Norwegian-Russian conference on petroleum resources, energy-political cooperation and social development in the Arctic region.

The conference will be held on 19.-20. Nov. 2014 in Oslo, Norway.

For more information and registration please see the Research Council of Norway website.

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.

Conference "Biotechnologies in chemical and forest industry"

International scientific conference «Biotechnologies in chemical and forest industry», organized by NArFU.

The Conference will be held at the NArFU Institute of Theoretical and Applied Chemistry from 11 to 12 September 2014.

Young Scientist School «Modern trends for formation of high efficient enzymatic complexes for plant bioconversion» will be held as a part of the Conference.

The registration form of the conference participant should be sent by 12 May 2014.

The registration is open and may be done via the following e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information here.

International Conference in honour of K. Arseniev “Problems in Economic Geography and Spatial Development Statistics”, Russia

Federal State Statistics Service Regional Agency for the Republic of Karelia (KareliaStat), Petrozavodsk State University, Institute of Economics of the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Institute of Applied Mathematical Research of the Karelian Research Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences invite you to the International Conference in honour of K. Arseniev “PROBLEMS IN ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT STATISTICS”

Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia

October 24th, 2014

VIII International From Science to Business Forum

VIII International From Science to Business Forum to be held 13-16 May, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The From Science to Business Forum was first held in 2007 and has become an annual event. Over the seven years, innovation development obstacles in Russia, new trends in Russian and international markets, new Russian Federation Government initiatives, development institutes, scientific organizations and business companies have been discussed.

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