Participation in corresponding events

30-th anniversary of Jean Monnet program

On September 18, 2019 Director of International Analytic Centre, Elena Viktorova participated in a conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet program, which took place at the EU Delegation to Russia in Moscow.

Mr. Marcus Ederer, the EU Ambassador to Russia, attended the opening ceremony. In his speech, he thanked the participants for their activity and emphasized the importance of Russia's participation in the programs of the European Commission. Director of the Erasmus + National Office, Olga Oleinikova also mentioned the significance of the Jean Monnet program for Russian universities.

Elena Viktorova took part in a panel discussion on the impact of Jean Monnet's projects on the internationalization of Russian universities. She spoke about the implementation of the project “Cooperation of Universities and Employers for Quality and Relevance of Education”, which was carried out at UNECON from September 2016 to August 2018, answered questions from the audience, and also announced two ongoing projects: “Sustainable development: from ecology to multidimensional approach” and “Transformation of identities in modern Europe and Russia”. Participants expressed their interest in the IAC projects and the experience of implementation of Jean Monnet projects at UNECON.


International conference “Ecology and Safety”, 28 of June-2 of July, 2019

The director, Elena Viktorova and the leading expert of International Analytic Centre, Daria Petrenko, participated in the international conference “Ecology and Safety”, which was held in Burgas, Bulgaria, on June 28 - July 2. The conference was organized by the fund “Science and education foundation”.

Elena Viktorova and Daria Petrenko made a presentation on the topic “The Role of Civil Society in the Implementation of Environmental Aspects of the SDGs: the Experience of Russia”. In their speech, they told the conference participants about the project “Sustainable Development: from Ecology to an Multidimensional Approach” which is being implemented at UNECON, about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the share of the environmental sphere in them, as well as about civil society projects aimed at improving the environmental situation in Russia.

Conference participants became interested in the project and expressed a desire to participate in future events.


EduBUP Project, 27-30 of January 2019

Project experts Anna Iankovskaia (PhD in Economics, Associate Prof.) and Iana Shokola (PhD in Economics, Associate Prof.) attended an event, organized by Swedish Institute in the framework of Baltic University Programme (BUP).

Master class was attended by 47 HEIs representatives from Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Belarus, Russia and was dedicated to teaching methods in educational institutions during courses on Sustainable Development in the Baltic region. Participants discussed:

  • modern requirements of 17 sustainable development goals;
  • perspectives and opportunities, as well as the role of education in sustainable development in the 21st century;
  • goals of education for sustainable development, as well as challenges;
  • interrelation of educational goals and competences;
  • successful projects on implementation of resource-saving practices in universities.

During practical work, proposals for achievement of sustainable development guidelines at the micro level were developed. Projects for implementation at university level were proposed.


Jean Monnet – Kick-off Meeting

The Kick-off meeting for Jean Monnet grantees 2018 was held on 29-th of November 2018 in Brussels (Belgium). Elena Viktorova, director of IAC UNECON and Project coordinator for Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Project “Sustainable Development: from Ecology to Multidimensional Approach” (01.09.18–31.08.20) attended the event.

The agenda consisted of several information sessions about grant guidance and management, financial support, possibilities of dissemination of information about Projects. In addition, bilateral meetings with EACEA project officers in charge were organized.

It is worth noting that 235 grants were awarded under Jean Monnet programme in 2018, 23 of them – for Russia and 2 among them – for St. Petersburg: Project presented by North-West Institute of Management, RANEPA branch (Jean Monnet Module) and Project presented by UNECON “Sustainable Development: from Ecology to Multidimensional Approach” (Jean Monnet Projects).

The Kick-off meeting was also an opportunity for participants to network and exchange information on good practice. Elena Viktorova disseminated colourful leaflets about the Project among colleagues and invited them to participate in Project events.


The Project “Sustainable Development: from Ecology to Multidimensional Approach” has become the 3-rd Jean Monnet Project for IAC UNECON. The two others (“Cooperation of Universities and Employers for Quality and Relevance of Education” and “Modern European identity formation in the framework of the EU integration: social and cultural dimensions”) were completed in August 2018 and approved by the European Commission on the results of report. Information about Projects and Project materials are available here:


ENERGETIKA XXI, 15-16 of November 2018

The XI international conference “ENERGETIKA XXI: Economy, Policy, Ecology. The Need for Energy Dialogue in a Fast Changing Environment” was organized on the 15-16 of November by SPbSUE with the support of the General Partner – GAZPROM. Project team attended the events of the conference.

The work stream 4 “Climate and Decarbonization” caused a great interest for the Project team. It was opened by Andrei Konoplyanik (Professor at Russian State Oil & Gas University) who told participants about maintaining the value of gas reserves in a carbon neutral world. After that, Ralf Dickel (independent expert from Germany) lighted the issue of decarbonization and rent sharing. Claus Bergschneider (Managing Director at CBC consulting & engineering) gave a speech on implications of hydrogen on contracting. After a coffee-break, Dorel Paraschiv (Vice-rector for Social and Economic Relations, The Bucharest University of Economic) presented an overview of Romanian tradeable green certificates market. Cosmin Serbanescu (President of the Romanian National Institute of Internal Control) explained how to be in control in the smart and sustainable city of tomorrow. Artem Pavlovskiy (Head of the Department for Urban and Ecological Substantiation for the Development of the Territories of St. Petersburg, SPb GKU “NIPTs General Plan of St. Petersburg”) presented a report on implications of climate changes for Saint Petersburg development. At last, Dmitry Tikhomirov (Senior Managing Director at Vnesheconombank) addressed to the question of project finance and syndication in complex energy projects.

On the 16-th of November, 3 panel discussion were held. The first one was dedicated to the sources of energy for the future: de-carbonized gas or electric renewables? Experts were divided in 2 groups who presented polar opinions: the 1-st group was for utilization of renewables exclusively in the future; the 2-nd group presented arguments and benefits of utilization of traditional but purified energy sources. In addition, the perspectives of e-transportation and possibilities to replace gasoline and diesel by fuel cell cars and LNG trucks and ships were outlined. At the end of the discussion, participants could vote for one or another group, judging from their point of view about what type of sources will have priority in the future. The biggest part of the voices was given to the 2-nd group of experts. Other discussions: “New geopolitics of energy: International governance vs bilateralism” and “Role of Ukraine as a transit country” made a strong impression on participants who marked the relevance, density and informativeness of the topics.

In whole attended event turned to be interesting and useful for the further work on the project “Sustainable Development: from Ecology to Multidimensional Approach”.


Forum of strategists, 22-23 of October 2018

The XVII All-Russian Forum “Strategic planning in the regions and cities of Russia” (Forum of strategists) was held on the 22-23 of October. Project team participated in 10 forum events.

The question of sustainable development was a key issue in many discussions. The panel discussion “Stakeholders for sustainable future: implementing and monitoring 17 SDGs of the UN Agenda 2030 in the Baltic Sea Region” had a purpose to investigate the achievements and barriers in the way of implementation of 17 goals of sustainable development; indicators of sustainable development; best practices of adaptation to climate changes; “green” decisions of St. Petersburg. Different aspects were covered by 19 experts, including 7 experts from Europe.

The best cluster practices, aiming at implementation of global and regional strategies of sustainable development, were presented during the work of the roundtable “The Green Vector of Technological Breakthrough: Nature-Like Technologies – the Best Available Technologies (BAT) and a Circular Economy”. The following projects were discussed:, green technologies of Tyreman Group, Green Mobility, Rusatom Greenway, Vannamei, Green Net Finland, crowdfunding projects in renewable energy, technologies transfer, clean technologies for urban environment.

A bright forum event was an nternational green mobility awards ceremony for development of sustainable urban transportation systems and a panel discussion “Urban horizons: bridges into future”. The award is annually given to the cities, which are implementing innovative projects and development strategies for sustainability. In 2018, Jan Gehl (Architect and Urban Design Consultant, Denmark) and Vadim Donchenko (Chief Research Adviser to Director General, JSC “NIIAT”, Russia) were recognized as Experts of the Year and won prizes. Russian cities Almentevsk and Skolkovo became cities-winners.

Youth platform of the Forum was organized as well. Participants of the Creative Workshop “Youth Memorandum ReGeneration 2030: Russian Horizon” tried to develop own proposals about how to achieve SDGs and presented a Memorandum.

A community-session “Volunteers in territories development. Formation of voluntary youth communities” was designed to tell participants about possibilities of own projects implementation in the sphere of urban improvement. Participants and moderators developed a final resolution of the session as well.

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