The Nordic Matchmaking Event for International Projects took place in Rovaniemi, Finland on 16 – 17 November. We had over 100 active participants, and had two days full of networking, interesting discussions and one-on-one meetings to look for project partners.

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Wednesday 16.11.

11.00 – 12.30 Registration

12.30 – 14.00 Plenary session

12.30 – 12.35 Welcome and practical information: Hosts Katri Kuusela and Eija Raasakka

12.35 – 12.50 Opening words: Liisa Ansala, CEO, President. Lapland Chamber of Commerce

12.50 – 13.05 Lapland Region welcomes you: Kaarina Mäcklin, Senior Expert in EU relations. Regional Council of Lapland

13.05 – 13.20 Greetings from Interreg Aurora: Iiris Mäntyranta, Programme Director

13.20 – 13.35 Greetings from Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic: Kalle Pakalén, Project Desk Officer

14.00 – 15.30 Thematic groups: Tourism and Culture, Circular Economy, Research and Innovation, Safety and Security, Energy Efficiency, Nature and Biodiversity, Climate Change Adaptation


Pirkko Ahola:Co-operation and experience. Joensuu city culture services–partner in international projects

Anna Belenikhina: Nordic Waste Management Vision – NOWA Circular economy

Pertti Itkonen: Climate change adaptation of visitor services in protected and wilderness areas

Sini Kestilä: Sustainable Development and Tourism Labor in the Nord or Arctic

Daniela Mårtenson: Remote Innovation

Anna-Mari Simunaniemi: Growth and export programme for sustainable micro-and small companies

Anna Stammler-Gossman: CIBIECO Circular Bio-Economy From theory to practice

Elina Tolonen: Developing cyber security competence in tourism industry

15.30 – 18.00 Matchmaking: in person or online

18.00 – 18.30 Closing remarks Day 1

18.30 – Get-together

Thursday 17.11.2022

9.00 – 9.30 Registration

9.30 – 10.45 Plenary session: Practical information

Summaries of the Thematic groups,

Launching new publication ‘EU Project Planning and Management Handbook’: Eeva Helameri and Anzelika Krastina, Lapland UAS

10.45 – 13.45 Matchmaking: in person or online, Project Clinics with Desk officers (Interreg Aurora and Interreg NPA)

13.45 -14.00 Closing remarks

The event was organized by the KATOS project in collaboration with Interreg Aurora and Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic programmes.