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2nd EU-Russia Innovation Forum to be held in Lappeenranta on 25-26 May 2011


15 Apr 2011


Global Europe

The second high level innovation forum between the EU and Russia will be held on 25 and 26 May 2011 in Lappeenranta. The EU-Russia Innovation Forum is organised by the City of Lappeenranta in cooperation with the Lappeenranta University of Technology, (LUT).



The first EU-Russia Innovation Forum, held in Lappeenranta in May 2010, brought together around 600 participants. The Prime Minister of Finland Matti Vanhanen and the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the Forum last year. They received nine key initiatives related to the innovation and modernisation cooperation between the EU and Russia on the closing day of the forum, 27 May 2010. Ten concrete project proposals created on the basis of the initiatives will be taken forward at the 2nd Innovation Forum. In addition to high level political leaders of Russia, Finland and the rest of the EU, more than 500 participants are expected to attend the Forum this year.



The Key Themes include EU-Russia Partnerships for Modernisation, Innovativeness in Management, Energy Efficiency, Information and Communication Technologies and Health



The first objective of the Innovation Forum is the utilisation of the EU-Russia modernisation partnerships for companies and the concretisation of recommendations for cooperation in the form of projects that promote cooperation between the EU and Russia. The Forum’s second objective is to present the best practices in innovative management through European and Russian case studies. The third and final objective of the forum with regard to content is to focus on the development and cooperation opportunities in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, ICT and health.

A large Business Matchmaking event will be organised in connection with the forum in cooperation with the European Enterprise Network (EEN). Some 300 Finnish, European and Russian companies interested in modernisation opportunities are expected to attend the event. In addition, a wide-ranging Innovation Exhibition will be organised in connection with the Forum. 


Among others, the Innovation Forum will include the following speakers: Vladimir Chizhov, Head of the Russian Mission to the EU; Frank Schauff – CEO of the Association of European Businesses in Russia; Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s DG INFSO; and, Anatoly Alexandrov, Rector of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University. The CEO of Rusnano, Anatoly Chubais, who also attended the first Forum, will speak at the 2011 forum, in addition to several further speakers.



The Innovation Forum is organised through the cooperation between significant EU-Russia actors such as the European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN) and the EU-Russia Industrialists’ Round Table (IRT) business platform together with the Russian Technology Transfer Network (RTTN), the Russian Union of Innovation Technology Centres (RUITC) and the Gate2Rubin project of Siora (the Russian Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises Support).



The Chairman of the Board, Pirjo Karhu of Konsu ACCOUNTOR GROUP, one of the main partners of the Forum, comments: ‘I see the 2nd EU-Russia Innovation Forum as a highly significant and interesting top level event which creates concrete business opportunities not only for Finland but also other EU countries. I also believe that the event for its part will speed up the internationalisation and growth of Finnish companies as well as the economic success of Finland as a whole. Russia is Finland’s most important trading partner and this top level event highlights Finland's role as a builder of bridges between the EU and Russia. ”




Additional information and registration at:

or by contacting:

Katja Keinänen
Secretary General
EU–Russia Innovation Forum
Tel. +358 50 402 4944
Fax. +358 5 616 6290


Reko Juntto

Managing Director

Lappeenranta Innovation Ltd

Tel. +358 50 5527433


About the organisers:

Lappeenranta is a vibrant international University City of approximately 72,000 inhabitants in Southern Karelia. Lappeenranta has closely cooperated with the City of St Petersburg on innovation issues since 2005 and this cooperation has earned the title of EU-Russia Innovation Corridor. The objective of the partnership programme is to promote cooperation in innovation at the political level, in the education and research sectors and among private companies. The long-term objective is to have the innovation collaboration play a significant role in the new EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has combined two complementary disciplines – technology and business – since 1969. LUT’s strategic areas of expertise include energy efficiency, energy market, strategic management of business and technology, scientific computing and modelling of industrial processes as well as extensive know-how on Russia that traverses these areas. LUT Energy is the largest research and education organisation in the energy sector in Finland.


Media representatives, please ensure your participation at the event by completing the registration form available on the EU-Russia Innovation Forum Website.



Mirka Kristiina Rahman, MBA USA

Marketing & Communications

EU-Russia Innovation Forum

Tel. +358 40 849 9161 



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