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St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum


We are welcoming companies to participate in St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum where Finland acts as a partner country.

There will be free seminars arranged as part of business program during Innovation Forum. Main themes for the seminars are innovative hygiene solutions in health sector and circular economy.


Date: 29.11.2018 at 10-12
Place: Expoforum St Petersburg, Hall B2

The circular economy provides a great opportunity for doing business sustainably. It can also be a driver for growth and investment. According to cautious estimates, the circular economy is expected to provide Finland’s national economy with 2 to 3 billion euros in added value potential by 2030 in key areas of the economy. For the European economy, the net benefit of the circular economy has been estimated at up to 1800 billion euros by 2030. The circular economy also offers significant environmental and social benefits.

Waste management and recycling are high on the agenda in Russia. Russia has adopted progressive legislation to reform the municipal waste sector. Finland has experience from similar reforms in the recent decades.

How environmentally sound practices become good business? How can innovative technologies be put to use for environmentally sound waste management? How to increase recycling through new business ventures? What opportunities are there in cooperation between Finnish and Russian enterprises and authorities?


Introductory remarks: Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti
Sergei Movchan, Vice-Governor of the City of St Petersburg

Expert keynote: Matti Nieminen, principal scientist, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland

PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovative solutions for turning environmentally sound practices into good business
Moderator Pavel Cheshev, Senior Advisor, Innovation Partnership, Business Finland


Finnish companies representing top know-how in waste management and innovative recycling solutions:
Fortum, Outotec, Molok, Set Cleantech and AkkuSer
Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority

Russian companies and authorities responsible for waste management:
Rosatom, Atomenergoprom
Regional waste management operators from St Petersburg and Leningrad regions
Regional authorities from St Petersburg and Leningrad region responsible for waste management

Networking reception for Finnish and Russian participants is arranged after the event at the Expoforum.
Finnish companies will have the opportunity to bring advertising materials to the venue.


Registration: By 20.11.2018 to the Consulate General of Finland in St Petersburg to the address

All inquiries related to the program can be addressed to Sebastian Gahnström, Consulate General of Finland in St Petersburg, or moderator Pavel Cheshev, senior advisor, Business Finland,

Responsible organizers of the event are Consulate General of Finland, Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce, East Office of Finnish Industries, City of Helsinki, City of Lahti.



Date: 30.11.2018 12-14 pm
Place:ExpoForum, St.Petersburg, Peterburgskoye sh. 64/1

This forum aims to introduce different Finnish innovative health care solutions and Finnish experience in implementation of different solutions in Russia. Responsible organizers of the event are Consulate General of Finland, Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce and St.Petersburg Committee for Industrial Policy and Innovations.


Welcome speech – Lauri Pullola, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Finland

Antimicrobial solutions in Health Care facilities. Life-saving design – the best investment there is
ISKU – Sara Asteljoki, Health Specialist (PhD candidate)

Oras special innovative solutions for healthcare facilities and for places with strict requirements for consumption and saving of water and energy.
ORAS – Vladimir Chicherin, project manager,

Abloy products and solutions to ensure comprehensive safety of medical facilities with the use of modern antimicrobial coatings.
ABLOY – Sergey Davydov, Chief Specialist

Modern client-orientated hygiene solutions
KIILTOCLEAN – Godden Päivi, Business Development Manager

Simultaneous translation will be provided (eng-ru-eng)

All participants of the Forum and seminars need to register at

Please ask for more information: Alexei Kozlov, Health, Senior Advisor, Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce, or Ville Linnala, Vice Consul,, Consulate General of Finland


Expoforum, Peterburgskoye sh. 64/1, St. Petersburg

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