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Escaping Fast Fashion – How you can act for change

Did you know that people in the Nordics buy more clothes than the rest of the world and our consumption has gone up during the last 20 years? It’s time to check our shopping habits and spin towards more sustainable choices. Join us for an evening where we find a new direction through an interactive mending workshop and keynotes to deepen our understanding of fast fashion’s destructive impacts on our planet and its people! Escaping Fast Fashion: How you can act for change from The Nordic House on Vimeo. Textile production generates 1.2 billion tons of CO2e annually, outdoing emissions from international flights and shipping. However, we continue to buy too many clothes, as many as 40 garments per year! Join us the night before Black Friday, on 23 November in Reykjavik or online to explore sustainable fashion alternatives. Under the guidance of Icelandic textile artist Ýrúrarí and with inspiration from the Nordic Council Environment Prize Winner 2023, we’ll breathe new life into our old clothes and uncover ways to break up with fast fashion. It is possible to participate both physically and online, and participation is free, but you need to sign up on the event page. Program highlights: The event is organized by The Nordic House in Reykjavik, the Nordic Council Environment Prize, and the project Youth for Sustainable Living, led by Nordregio. Funder: The Nordic Council of Ministers

5G for smart societies: Transport and mobility

The second 5G matchmaking event takes place on the 20th of April, at 14-15.30 CET. We focus on smart societies and the transport and mobility sector through inspiring examples: cross-border mobility and automation in logistics.  5G enables a more connected transport sector Effective transport and mobility are essential in building smarter societies. 5G has significant potential to revolutionize how we travel and transport goods. 5G connectivity enables connected and autonomous vehicles and can improve logistics efficiency. 5G can also make roads safer and more environmentally friendly while saving costs.  During our second 5G matchmaking event, we will again: Frame the issue: Share inspirational stories and learnings from the Nordic and Baltic countries, as well as other European countries, on the role of 5G in smart societies, especially focusing on mobility and transport examples. Provide a platform for discussion and foster networking: Promoting the debate on 5G research and innovation in the transport and mobility vertical, multi-actor collaborations, and overcoming the gap in research-to-practice/industry. We encourage you to submit ideas for your own 5-min pitch (see more in the registration). This allows you to bring forward your own specific 5G matchmaking needs as well as current challenges and questions. What: Second 5G matchmaking event with a focus on transport and mobilityWhen: 20 April at 14-15.30 CETWhere: Online (a Zoom link will be sent to all participants after registration)Why: To gain new insights, get inspired, share ideas, and network  Our keynote speakers: Anna Schieben, 5G Living Lab Consortium Leader at Institute of Transportation Systems, German Aerospace Centre (DLR): Mobility Use Cases of the 5G Living Lab in the Mobility Region Braunschweig-Wolfsburg Elina Lidere, 5G Innovation Lead at Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA: 5G Routes: Testbed for Cross-border Mobility in Europe Petri Kalske, Head of Industrial Solutions at Unikie: Data Driven Optimization and Automation in Ports & Logistics In 2023, Nordregio…

5G matchmaking event: Smart societies and the health sector

The first 5G matchmaking event of the year takes place on 28 February, at 14-15.30 CET. We focus on smart societies and the health sector through inspiring examples: healthcare in sparsely populated areas, surgery conducted remotely, and cancer screening with the help of 5G technology. There will also be a chance to discuss and share ideas and concerns with other participants. 5G innovation in healthcare Different sectors and industries are deeply impacted by digital transformation and 5G can be seen as an extraordinary opportunity for innovation in healthcare. AI, IoT, telesurgery, augmented reality, and other innovations have the potential to boost the competitiveness of the sector at a global level as well as address several challenges that the Nordic and Baltic health service providers and policymakers are facing nowadays, namely providing universal, equitable, sustainable healthcare services. To get inspired, share ideas and promote collaboration, we invite you to participate in Nordregio’s first matchmaking event on 28 February, “5G for Smart societies – discussing the health sector”. The event takes place online (Zoom). In this first event, we will: • Frame the issue: Share inspirational stories and learnings from the Nordic and Baltic countries, as well as other European countries, on the role of 5G in smart societies, especially focusing on healthcare examples. • Provide a platform for discussion and foster networking: Promoting the debate on 5G research and innovation in the healthcare industry, multi-actor collaborations, and overcoming the gap in research-to-practice/industry, pathways to build partnerships, and access to funding. Preliminary agenda, 28 February, at 14-15.30 CET Welcoming words from the Nordic-Baltic 5G Monitoring Tool project 5G research and innovation. Breast Cancer and Surgical Metaverse, an opportunity to 5G in healthcare: The pioneering use of HoloLens goggles to perform breast cancer surgery remotely.  Surgeon Dr Pedro Gouveia (Champalimaud Foundation) Opportunities and…

FUME: Policy workshop on migration drivers and scenarios

Today, approximately 3.4% of the world’s population are international migrants – they have left the country they were born in and settled in a new country. Population growth, increased mobility through rising income in poorer countries, political unrest and climate change are among the factors that are expected to expand the group of people moving from one place to another. The question is, to what extent do these factors affect the motivation to migrate and the choice of destination? The policy workshop aims to gather researchers, policy makers and organisations engaged with the migration topic, to hear about the latest studies on migration drivers and scenarios, as well as contribute to the development of policy recommendations. Nordregio hosts the workshop which is a part of the Horizon 2020 project FUME – Future migration scenarios for Europe. FUME focuses on understanding the patterns, motivations and modalities of migration at multiple geographical scales, from international through regional to the local level, and on imagining possible futures scenarios of migration to Europe: Registration: Click here to register for the event Venue: Online Date and Time: 13 January 2023, 9:30 – 12:00 CET Length: 2 hours 15 min Preliminary programme INTRODUCTION PART 1 – MIGRATION DRIVERS PART 2 – DEVELOPMENT OF POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FUME Policy recommendationsTimothy Heleniak & Nora Sánchez Gassen, Nordregio Panel discussion: Next steps

Agenda 2030: Workshops & matchmaking for Nordic municipalities in Stockholm

Agenda 2030 for municipalities: Welcome to Nordic matchmaking in Stockholm! We welcome Nordic municipalities to Stockholm 13-14 October to make this the decade of action! Whether you are just getting started or already well on the way with SDG implementation – join us for this two-day event of practical workshops, networking, and matchmaking activities. The aim is to take your SDG work to the next level through peer-to-peer learning! When: Thursday-Friday 13-14 October, 2022 (lunch to lunch) Where: Stockholm, Nordregio's premises Whom: Representatives from municipalities and regions working with Agenda 2030 Price: Free of charge. Travel reimbursements are available for participation in matchmaking activities. Organizers: Nordregio, in collaboration with SKR/ Glokala Sverige, KS, KL, Kuntaliitto and Samband   PROGRAMME 13 October workshops: No PowerPoint marathons but hands-on workshops – bring your laptops! Based on our summer survey, the topics will include: governance and steering, citizen and other stakeholder engagement, indicators and monitoring, climate policies and the SDGs. There is still room for more ideas so let us know in the registration form. The workshops will be followed by social events in the evening, including dinner and inspirational talks. 14 October matchmaking: On the second day, we will continue with in-depth matchmaking activities; This is a unique opportunity for municipalities to build relationships with other Nordic municipalities and enable mutual learning and collaboration. Register for the workshops and matchmaking session by the 26th of September via the link below. There is a limited number of places available, so the “first come – first served” principle applies. Nordregio confirms all registrations within a few days.  If you are not able to join us 13-14 October, but interested in the matchmaking activities which will continue in 2023, please fill in the registration form and tick the suitable box. You may still be able to join the process.    REGISTER:   Why join the matchmaking?…

Policy workshop: Integrating Climate into Macroeconomic Modelling

On the 15th of September between 13:00 – 14:30 CEST the Integrating Climate into Macroeconomic Modelling (ICMM) project invites experts and practitioners to discuss policy challenges and model capabilities in the Nordic countries. The workshop's goal is to facilitate exchange on the current challenges about the use of modelling tools in each stage of the policy cycle, from policy design and planning to policy evaluation.   The focus will be on: Sharing the preliminary results from the TERM-Nordic model: TERM-Nordic is a computable general equilibrium model designed to explore the effects of climate policies on household finances across the Nordic Region. Knowledge exchange: Learn from the experiences of other countries and share your views on the use and application of existing integrated climate-finance models in policy making. Expanding your network: Meet and exchange ideas with key experts and policy actors in the Nordic Region. Who might benefit? Experts in different research institutions and other organisations linked to model development in each country, and policy officers and planners with competencies in climate policies. What is the format? During the workshop, our project experts will present preliminary results from the TERM-Nordic model. This model is currently under development in the project Ensuring Inclusive Economic Growth in the Transition to a Green Economy (EnIGG), funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and conducted by Nordregio in cooperation with Merit Economics and the University of Victoria. After the workshop follows a 30-minute “Meet the speaker!” session,  where you have the opportunity to chat and discuss more in-depth with one of the speakers. Find more information on the ICMM and  EnIGG projects here. Preliminary agenda All hours indicated in the programme are CEST 13:00 Welcoming words 13:05 Presentation of projects: Integrating Climate into Macroeconomic Modelling (ICMM) & Ensuring inclusive economic growth in the transition to a green economy (EnIGG)…

Nordregio at the Finnish Rural Parliament 2021

The Finnish Rural Parliament is Finland’s largest Festival of Ideas, and it is organized in collaboration with local actors and coordinated by the Rural Policy Committee. Nordregio joins the festival with a set of four workshops bridging the local level rural development to the EU level. Join and get your thoughts heard! The Finnish Rural Parliament shapes a sustainable future and influences the national rural policy. It also offers an opportunity to explore the diversity of the Finnish countryside, and at the core lies the possibility to create a dialogue between people of different ages and from different backgrounds. The Rural Parliament is attended by NGO activists and village developers, entrepreneurs, researchers and experts, financers and policy-makers. The event brings up-to-date knowledge on rural areas, rural development tools and makers of the future to the same place. The programme will be organised in virtual format, with some of it taking place in multiple locations. SHERPA project workshops moderated by Nordregio: 28th September: Diversification of the rural economy: entrepreneurship, employment and new business models Bioeconomy and sustainable management of resources (Mats Stjernberg, Michael Kull, Senior Research Fellows)  29th September: SHERPA ur ett svenskspråkigt perspektiv (Mats Stjernberg, Michael Kull, Senior Research Fellows, Karen Refsgaard, Research Director, and Louise Ormstrup Vestergård, Research Fellow)  Smart rurality, smart communities and digitalisation (Mats Stjernberg, Michael Kull, Senior Research Fellows)  Everybody can join in virtually! Language of the Conference – Finnish. Register for the event here. Read more about the Finnish Rural Parliament here.

ReGeneration 2030 Summit

Regeneration 2030 Summit invites youth from the Nordic and the Baltic regions to exchange ideas on how to promote Sustainable Development Goals locally. Among other participants, Nordregio’s researcher Alberto Giacometti will present the BeUbio platform and stories of young persons across the Baltic Sea Region leading the way to sustainability from different sectors and industries. ReGeneration 2030 is a movement led by teenagers and young adults in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Regions making the United Nations Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs) become reality. The summit invites to get to know like-minded youth, to hear inspiring speakers and learn about initiatives from all over the region, to get tools and frameworks that will help you identify challenges and come up with solutions, to start taking action in your community. Nordregio is a part of the BeUBio project that aims to promote youth involvement across the Baltic Sea Region for transition to a bio-based economy, and create synergies with other actors and initiatives addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In the BeUBio platform you can find stories of young people whose business ideas, jobs and other activities lead the way towards a different and more sustainable economic path. Some of these young leaders will be participating in the Regeneration 2030 Summit to share their experience, both their achievements and challenges. Panel “Young people leading the way to a sustainable economy” August 20, 16:30-17:30 Juan Medina, Denmark: founded Kaffe Bueno to explore the infinite possible uses coffee grounds, extending its life cycle, reducing environmental degradation, and helping a community of women in his hometown in Colombia. Anastasia Selezneva, St Petersburg, Russia: initiated Green Glass, a studio where to create decorations and art installations from recycled glass. She is also organising events to educate groups on SDGs in St Petersburg. Māra Lieplapa, Latvia:…

Seminar & Workshop: Engaging the youth into circular bioeconomy

The BeUBio project invites young people working with, or studying topics related to circular bio-based economy or bioeconomy to participate in a morning seminar and workshop about ‘engaging the youth into circular bioeconomy’. The event has a double aim: 1) inform about the circular bioeconomy and key developments and initiatives in Nordic countries and the Baltic Sea Region; and 2) engage the youth, inviting them to provide their views on opportunities and challenges for developing the bioeconomy from their perspectives. We invite young and engaged individuals who are interested in the circular bioeconomy, and that want to contribute to exiting discussions. We hope to provide an informal and safe space for learning, discussion and networking. Please join us if you are interested! Reserve your participation to: Draft programme: 8:30 Welcome coffee Part I: presentations 9:00 Intro words: What is Bioeconomy, the BeUBio project and the BLP network? – Presenter: TBC Inclusive and Green Transition – The Nordic Way – Karen Refsgaard, Research Director at Nordregio & Michael Kull, Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio Bioeconomy in education, real-life examples and game: the Bloom project – Kiki Liadaki, International English School, Uppsala Toolbox for youth involvement in Bioeconomy: results from Baltic Leadership Programme – Gabor Schneider, Swedish Institute How to engage young people? Experience from rural Australia – Linda Randall, Researcher at Nordregio – Part II: Open discussion. Guiding questions: 10:00 Q1: What are the main opportunities and barriers for the development of the bioeconomy? Q2: What are the possible means for pushing forward the bioeconomy? Q3: What role plays the youth? How do you think you can get engaged? 11:15 End & farewell *The BeUBio project is a collaboration between Nordregio (Nordic Research Institute), Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania, the Swedish Board of Agriculture, Vidzeme Planning Region (Latvia),…

Matcha utmaningarna i ditt lantbruk med enkla digitala verktyg

Föreläsningar, företagsmöten och workshop på temat: Hur kan digital teknik bäst gynna landsbygdsföretag inom areella näringar? Välkommen 8 Oktober, kl 13-16 till Vingåker Folkets park (Vingåkers kommun). Workshop är för mikro och småföretagare (1-49 anställda), som redan proaktivt arbetar med digitalisering eller är villiga att börja använda digitala lösningar, samt tjänstepersoner vid kommunala och regionala myndigheter. Program: 13.00 Välkommen (Vingåkers kommun) 13.05 Digitalisering inom areella näringar i Sörmland (LRF Sörmland) 13.15 Patrik från företaget IndesmaTech ger oss exempel från det digitala lantbrukets utveckling i Europa 13.30 Marcus från företaget Sensapp ger exempel på enkla digitala lösningar anpassade för lantbrukets förutsättningar och utmaningar 13.40 Nordregio: Landsbygdens digitalisering i Norden 13.55 Workshop/rundabordssamtal lett av Nordregio. Övergripande frågor vi diskuterar: • Hur används digitala lösningar i ditt företag idag (sociala medier för marknadsföring eller Internet of Things)? • Vilka är möjligheterna länkade till att använda digitala lösningar i ditt företag och den ekonomiska sektorn du representerar? • Hjälper digitala lösningar att överkomma utmaningar som finns i att bedriva företag på landsbygden? I så fall, hur? • Vilka är de primära utmaningarna för att implementera digitala lösningar och verktyg i ditt företag (till ex. kunskap, tillgång till finansiering, dålig uppkoppling, regler)? • Vilken typ av stöd behöver du för att öka digitaliseringen av ditt företag? 14.50 Uppsummering och hur vi tar det vidare (Nordregio) 15.00 – 16.00 Fika och mingel med företag som erbjuder digitala tjänster Om workshopen Syftet med denna workshop är ökad kunskap och insikter om de möjligheter och utmaningar som mikro- och småföretag på landsbygden möter i användandet av digitala lösningar och teknik. Workshopen syftar också till att identifiera vilken typ av stöd som företag behöver för att ta tillvara möjligheterna med digitalisering. Hur kan lokala och regionala förvaltningsmyndigheter (kommun, region, län, landsting) stötta landsbygdsföretag i digitaliseringsprocessen? Både företagsrepresentanter och representanter från kommunala/regionala…

Seminar & Workshop: Regional resilience in the Bothnian Arc

The Bothnian Arc Committee together with Nordregio welcomes you to participate in a half-day seminar/workshop on regional economic and social resilience in the Bothnian Arc cross-border region. The event will take place in Tornio on 26 February. The notion of resilience has become imperative in policy-makers’ vocabulary at all levels of governance. The policy attention given to resilience relates to the general sense of uncertainty and insecurity growing in many societies worldwide. In this context, key questions have emerged for analysis: how capable are local communities in coping with global challenges (or how resilient are they) and what kind of local responses are needed to address global and local challenges? This interactive seminar will begin with a presentation of the results of a two-year study (2017-2018) on Nordic Regional Resilience commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Following the presentation on main results, speakers will touch on the state and opportunities of the Sweden-Finland cross-border cooperation, and the existing and potential threats to the region from multiple perspectives: i.e. economic, social, environmental and political. After the presentations, a workshop will be organised in three parts to stimulate a discussion on: I. what risks, threats and long-term challenges can be identified in the Bothnian Arc? II. what are the drivers of resilience in the Bothnian Arc? III. how can cross-border cooperation strengthen resilience in the Bothnian Arc? Experts, policy-makers, practitioners and other relevant professionals from North Finland and Sweden are cordially invited to share their insights on this topic from their own perspective during the roundtable discussions. These discussions will provide valuable input to a follow-up study conducted by Nordregio and the Bothnian Arc Committee on cross-border regional economic resilience. The results will be published in a report in mid-2019.