Join Interreg Aurora in Oulu, 27-28 November 2023

Interreg Aurora is coming to Oulu, 27-28 November 2023. The focus of the event is to create new opportunities to network across borders. Join us for:

  • Experience exchange and best practice for ongoing Interreg Aurora projects

  • Meet new project partners, network, and share your ideas for cross-border cooperation

  • Get to know the Interreg Aurora team



Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti, Aurora hall

27 November (Eastern European Time, EET)

11.00 – 13.00 Registration  

12.00 Networking lunch

13.00 Opening address

Hosts of the event, Anna-Mari Auniola and Gabriel Bölske, Programme Officers Interreg Aurora

Welcome to Oulu
Jussi Rämet, Region Mayor at Council of Oulu Region

Great ideas know no borders
Tina Nilsson, Managing Authority Interreg Aurora and Ian Jawahir, Norwegian Managing Organisation, Interreg Aurora

13.45 – 14.15 Roadmap to decolonial Arctic research – how to involve Indigenous voices,
Keynote speaker Åsa Larsson Blind, Vice President and project manager, The Saami Council

14.30 – 15.15 Coffee/tea and networking

15.15 – 15.45 Priorities and challenges in a European perspective. How can cross-border cooperation in the northernmost part of the European Union address the changes happening here and now and support a sustainable development.
Keynote speaker Tytti Tuppurainen, Member of the Parliament of Finland

16.00 – 16.10 Closing Address of the Day
Hosts of the event

18.30 Networking Dinner in Aurora hall, Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti.
Music entertainment from our programme area with the
Interreg Aurora project ICH North    (Dress code: casual)

28 November (Eastern European Time, EET)
Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti, Aurora hall

08.30 Registration for new event participants, day 2
Set-up for the networking fair for registered stands/displays

09.00 – 09.30 Welcome to day 2
Hosts of the event Anna-Mari Auniola and Gabriel Bölske, Programme Officers Interreg Aurora

News from the Interreg Aurora Programme
Tina Nilsson, Programme Director Interreg Aurora 

New Interreg Aurora regions
Mikko Keränen, Director of Research and Development, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences and Petri Kahila, Research Director, University of Eastern Finland

09.30 – 11.30 Partner search and Meet up fair for networkning
Also smaller venues Anna, Volla Cabinett and Naima Kurvinen Cabinett are accessible for meet-up in quieter surroundings

11.30 – 12.30 Networking lunch 

12.30 – 13.30 Parallel workshops, ONLY for ongoing Interreg Aurora projects
(registration in advance)

Workshop 1. Communication and the Sustainable Development Goals
Venue: Rossi cabinet, Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti

Workshop 2. The progress report 
Venue: Nukuttaja – Näyhä cabinet, Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti

Workshop 3. The payment application 
Venue: Pato hall, Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti

Practical details

Venue: Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti, Kasarmintie 13b, 90130 Oulu, FINLAND
Hotel Lasaretti

You can find more information about the location and parking on this webpage

Green efforts: The event is paperless, you can find all material online. No need to make prints. A dedicated area is provided for return of name tags and recycling.

Please feel free to bring your own reusable bottle of water, coffee mug and bag.

Please note the car sharing request in the registration form.

Participants: When the event has reached the maximum number of 200 participants the registration page will automatically be closed.

Accommodation: Of your own choice, no specific booking is made at hotels in Oulu.

Good to know: The event is free of charge for registered participants and include coffee/tea, lunch and dinner.

The event is on-site, no digital participation or recording of the event programme.

The language of the event is English, no interpretation of the presentations.

Questions: Please don’t hesitate to contact the Interreg Aurora team