Interaction with stakeholders and society at the Pan-European Institute

The Pan-European Institute (PEI) actively observes the developments in the Baltic Sea region and the neighbouring countries. Based on our observations, we conduct high-quality research and teaching at the University of Turku. We aim to work towards positive change in society and share our findings with students, researchers, companies, authorities and politicians. PEI organises various conferences, and seminars and invites guest lecturers to share their knowledge with our students.


The Pan-European Institute organises various events and lectures open to the public throughout the year. The lectures organised by the Pan-European Institute at the Turku School of Economics are open to the public. See the course schedules in more detail on the Teaching and education page.

Past events

Roundtable discussion on trade policy 28.10.2019

Europe and the period of transition of the world trade – What to expect next?

A roundtable discussion on the development and future of trade policy was organised in Turku School of Economics 28.10.2019. The event gathered together high-level trade policy experts from Finland and abroad.

>> Press release (in Finnish)

Program of the event

Opening - Kari Liuhto, Professor, Pan-European Institute

World trade, Finland and Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union - Matti Anttonen, State Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Transformation of Europe – fulfilled hopes and disappointments - Urpo Kivikari, Professor Emeritus, Turku School of Economics

Trade policy as a success factor of a small open economy - Taneli Lahti, Head of Cabinet, European Commission

Future prospects of the economic relations between Russia and Finland - Sergei Sinelnikov, Acting trade representative of the Russian Federation in Finland

The USA and the world trade - Ian Campbell, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Helsinki

Teaching of trade policy in Finland - Anna Karhu, Research Manager, Pan-European Institute

Discussion - Chair: Seppo Remes, Honorary Doctor, Turku School of Economics

The development of Turku School of Economics 1950-2019 - Markus Granlund, Dean, Turku School of Economics

"Russian Enigma" 30th Anniversary Seminar

Russian Enigma logo

The 30th anniversary seminar of the Pan-European Institute was held at Turku School of Economics on 21 November 2017.

Keynote speaker of the seminar was Kai Mykkänen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, Finland.

Panel discussions of the seminar:

  • Russia in the Baltic Sea region
  • Russian society and economy in flux
  • Finnish-Russian business avenues
Gaidar Readings
​The Pan-European Institute organized a Gaidar Reading conference in Turku School of Economics on 19th September 2014. The conference gathered together a group of influential people from politics, business and academy to observe the topical questions of Russian economic policy. The conference was organized both in Finnish and in Russian.
IV Finland-Belarus Business Forum

The IV Finland-Belarus Business Forum was organized on 8th April 2014 at Turku School of Economics by Pan-European Institute in collaboration with the Embassy of Belarus in Finland.

The panel discussion topics of the event:

  • Business Opportunities in Finland and the Greater Turku region
  • Business Opportunities in Belarus
Studia Generalia "Emerging trends in the Baltic Sea region"

In Autumn 2013 Pan-European Institute continued  its series of lectures about the emerging trends in the Baltic Sea region. The open lectures addressed the future of the Baltic Sea region from different perspectives.

Environmental Encounters? Governing climate and Baltic Sea protection in Russia
Anna Korppoo, Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Academy of Finland, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Pan-European Institute
Nina Tynkkynen, Researcher, School of Management at University of Tampere

The United Kingdom and the Nordic and Baltic States – perspectives on Europe’s past, present and future
Matthew Lodge, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Finland

Peace and Development
Huang Xing, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Finland

The Polish market and marketing communication in Poland
Joanna Zukowska, Dr., Warsaw School of Economics

Innovations in Poland
Joanna Zukowska, Dr., Warsaw School of Economics

The dynamic Norwegian market – untapped potential for Finnish companies and Finnish knowhow
Maimo Henriksson, Ambassador of Finland in Norway

Business in St. Petersburg – experiences of SRV
Mikko Söderlund, Managing Director, SRV St. Petersburg
The St. Petersburg economy – today and tomorrow
Natalia Kuznetsova, Professor, St. Petersburg State University

The 25th Anniversary Seminar "The Baltic Sea region 2025"

The Pan-European Institute organised its 25th Anniversary Seminar "The Baltic Sea region 2025" on the 25th of October, 2012. The seminar dealt with the Baltic Sea region’s future challenges and opportunities in the fields of security, economy and environment, and gathered together policy-makers, corporate decision-makers and representatives of the Academia of over 10 different countries.

Presentation Award

In autumn 2003, the Pan-European Institute started a tradition of granting Presentation Awards to distinguished visiting lecturers. The award is given in recognition of expertise and high-quality presentation. The Presentation Award has been granted to the following speakers.