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Nordregio Forum (session 1): The regional impacts of remote work

Nordregio Forum 2021 session 1 will focus on the impacts of remote work Post-Covid: As the pandemic is fading, we are facing a new reality with more people working remotely, from multiple locations. What is the potential for urban and rural regions? How can local and national governments support the change? Join the discussion with Nordic experts! Watch the Nordregio Forum 2021- session 1!  Programme 13:00 – 15:15 CET     13:00  Welcome greeting Moderators Ryan Weber & Linda Randall, Senior Research Fellows, Nordregio    13:03 Welcome speech Jukka Ihanus, State Secretary, The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland 13:10 Keynote speech: The future of work is here! Maria Svensson Wiklander, co-founder of the Remote Lab, Sweden  (Knowledge and development node for the future of remote work » The remote lab)  13:23  Keynote speech: How remote working is reshaping regional development in the COVID-19 eraLamia Kamal Chaoui, Director, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities   13:42 The regional impacts of remote work in Finland The moderators discuss today’s topic with Janne Antikainen & Sari Rannanpää, experts on regional development, MDI Consultancy, and focus on what are the impacts of remote work on regions and municipalities. What is the potential of multilocality for our societies? 13:55 Discussion with the keynotes and experts: What are the incentives to promote a sustainable multilocational lifestyle and remote work? And why?Q&A Session Here is your chance to ask questions to the speakers. 14. 10 Hop on a “Tour-de-Nordics” Hear directly from national and regional experts: How did Iceland succeed in implementing the new policy “10% of jobs are non-locational”? How are Norway and Denmark experiencing the new boom of second-home owners spending an increasing amount of time in rural areas? What kind of legal barriers is the Öresund region experiencing for digital remote work? And how to enhance cross-border labour market movements? Norway: Tor Arnesen, Researcher, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Iceland: Hólmfríður Sveinsdóttir, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Transport and Local Government Denmark: Steffen Damsgaard, Chairman, The National Council of Rural DistrictsSweden-Denmark cross-border:…

Nordregio Forum (session 2): How to lead the green transition?

Nordregio Forum 2021 session 2 will focus on just and green regional development. The Nordics are perceived as global front-runners towards carbon neutrality, but what kind of impact do we see at local and regional levels? How can we ride the wave and lead towards just green transition and rural renaissance? Join the discussion and learn from the precedents. Welcome to Nordregio Forum 2021 – session 2!  Watch the session on Youtube! Programme 13:00 – 15:15 CET 13:00  Welcome and intro to the programmeModerators Åsa Ström Hildestrand and Pipsa Salolammi, Nordregio 13:04  Welcome speechPaula Lehtomäki, Secretary-General, the Nordic Council of Ministers 13:10  What is just green transition? Why is it so important? How to create local value in the process?Interview with Nordregio’s Senior Research Fellows Anna Karlsdóttir and Anna Lundgren 13:20   Keynote speech: Green leadership – How did mid-size town Lahti become The EU Green Capital 2021? Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti, Finland   13:40  Keynote speech: How to design effective climate policy with regional impact? Johan Kuylenstierna, Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council    14:00  Panel Discussion: Climate Action Post COP26 and regional implications Anna-Leena Seppälä, Head of Unit, Ministry of the Environment, Finland will be discussing together with the keynotes of the day. 14:20 Hop on a “Tour-de-Nordics”Nordic experts share their planning tools for just green transition at the local level. The initiative DK2020 is helping all Danish municipalities to create climate action plans, but how? And how are Norway and Iceland proceeding with climate budgets, local leadership and ensuring that no region is left behind? Q&A Session – Ask the regional experts! Denmark: Anna Esbjørn, Head of program Cities of the Future at Concito (think tank)Iceland: Stefan Gíslason, Founder and Managing Director of Environice (consultancy)Norway: Kjetil Bjørklund, Climate expert, Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities. Explore how to make a climate budget (in Norwegian). 15.10 Final remarks by Rolf Elmér, Director of Nordregio

Changing Ruralities: Nordregio Forum 2018

Nordregio Forum 2018 will focus on rural and regional development. What makes certain regions more attractive than others? What makes young people want to stay or return to some regions while others are suffering from out-migration of especially young women? What makes a region attractive for companies to invest in? What are the potentials for tourism in Nordic regions? We will dive into these, and more, questions and issues related to rural areas in the Nordic countries. With key-note speakers, parallel sessions, panel discussions, study visit and more, we hope to once again create an interesting arena for policy makers, organisations and other working with these themes to meet, discuss and exchange knowledge and experiences. Our key-note speakers come from a variety of fields and together they form an interesting mixture, providing us with a broad knowledge and experience. Read more about the key-notes here. The venue is Grand Hotel in Lund, Sweden. Just north of Malmö and only 45 minutes by train from Kastrup, Lund with its approximately 89 000 inhabitants is definitely a city, but with rural areas just around the corner. REGISTRATION The registration to the event is closed but if you missed the chance to join us, stay tuned on social media as we will share some highlights from the event: #nordregioforum2018 #nrpol. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin. Take a look at this short film from last year’s Forum to get a brief idea of what Forum could be!

Nordregio Forum 2016: From Fossil to Bio-based and Sustainable Economy

Nordregio Forum has successfully come to an end – You can watch presentations online! Nordregio Forum 2016 gathered together over 150 innovators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from different organisation from all over the Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe. During those two days Nordregio Forum 2016 offered a wide range of perspectives on the green transition state of the play and also some critical point of views. It served also as the final conference for the Nordic Prime Ministers’ green growth initiative and results from the many projects under the initiative. Heating, cooling and transport should get more attention in the debate on future energy systems, says Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn (Finland). Rehn: ’We are at the start of a new economic era’. Forests are one of the most important natural resource for Finland and that makes bioeconomy very natural and important for the Finnish economy and according to him circular economy is the key to sustainable economic growth. Rehn started an inspirational day at the Nordregio Forum and discussions about Green transition and how to fast forward it together. Secretary General Dagfinn Høybråten (Nordic Council of Ministers) shared some results about the Nordic Cooperation for green transition. “There is a huge need to be attentive to the changes that need to happen in human behaviour. We can encourage this with policy measures. Don’t underestimate a population that is ready for change – push that change”. All presentations are found here: http://videonet.fi/web/norden/nordregio/ Over 150 participants at the Nordregio Forum 2016. Photo: Jussi Mäkinen. The global energy challenge presented by Mika Anttonen, ST1 energy company CEO. NETWORK AND FOCUS DURING OUR FOUR PARALLEL SESSIONS 1. Circular economy and industrial symbiosis – How to get it going? How to establish circular economy and promote circular business models in the regions?…

Nordregio Forum 2015: Nordic City Regions in a Global Environment

WELCOME to Nordregio Forum, 25-26 November 2015, the annual meeting place for professionals and policymakers working with urban and regional development in the Nordic countries. Nordregio Forum 2015 will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of Nordic city regions in a time characterized by fierce global competition, climate change and migration. Through international scholars and inspiring city examples, panel discussions and peer-to-peer dialogue, we will explore ways forward under three different, cross-cutting themes or challenges: 1. Competitive and sustainable city regions2. Effective governance of city regions: collaboration within and between city regions3. Liveable and socially inclusive city regions Nordregio Forum will also be an arena for discussion about a Nordic urban agenda for closer collaboration and increased political focus on our Nordic city regions and their needs in order to fulfil their important roles. PRICE Two days conference including lunches and dinner at Kronborg Castle: 3450 DKK + VAT One day participation fee: 1750 DKK + VAT ACCOMMODATION Hotel reservations are available via the registration form. VENUE Kulturværftet (Allegade 2) , Helsingør, Denmark.Easy to get to by train: Copenhagen/Kastrup Airport – Helsingør PROGRAMME Download the Forum programme here!A more detailed programme, including speakers in the two parallel sessions on day 2 will be published closer to the event. ORGANISERS AND SPONSORS Nordregio and Nordic Council of Ministers through its Committee of Senior Officials for Regional Policy in cooperation with the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth, RegLab Denmark and University of Copenhagen.

Nordic Bioeconomy and Regional Innovation

Nordregio Forum 2014 12-13 November 2014, Keflavik, Iceland Photo left to right: Ane Cecilie Blichfeldt & Johannes Jansson/norden.org Nordregio and partners are pleased to invite you to the second Nordregio Forum, the meeting place for policymakers, researchers and practitioners, seeking to ensure sustainable regional development in the Nordic countries. This year Nordregio Forum will focus on the potential of bioeconomy for growth and inclusive development in peripheral and sparsely populated regions, especially in the Arctic. Our distinguished speakers will highlight research results, case studies and policy recommendations within the following topics: Bioeconomy mapping – Towards an innovative and responsible bioeconomy How can new innovative use of local natural resources contribute to regional economic growth and development? What are the socio-economic and environmental consequences of the rise and fall of large-scale projects Multilevel governance and spatial planning in connection with large-scale projects Demographic challenges in the Arctic – What attracts young men and women, and skilled workers? The forum also includes excellent networking opportunities, as well as an exciting excursion to Grindavik, Asbru and Reykjanes, showing regional development in practice. Target groups The forum welcomes officials at relevant ministries in the Nordic countries, staff at regional and local authorities, non-governmental organisations, universities, research institutes and private consultants. Download detailed programme for Nordregio Forum 2014 Speakers Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Iceland Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers Calum Davidson, Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scotland Peter Mehlbye, Director of the ESPON Coordination Unit, Luxembourg Kaisu Annala, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland Dadi Mar Kristofersson, Dean of School of Social Sciences, University of Iceland Göran Cars, Professor, Royal Institute of Technology and Kiruna Municipality Anna Karlsdottir, Associate Professor, University of Iceland Keith Storey, Memorial University of Newfoundland St John’s, Canada…