Media accreditation for Northern Future Forum
hosted by Prime Minister Stubb has ended

Please note that after accreditation has closed it will not be possible to make changes, and late entries cannot be accepted. For media inquiries please contact

The seminar will be conducted in English.

Seminar programme (subject to changes)

Thursday, 6 November

18.45 Reception for prime ministers and delegations
Photo opportunity at start (pooling).

Friday, 7 November

08.30 Opening plenary
Open to media representatives. The event will be opened by Prime Minister Stubb. Direct webcast.

08.50 Family photo

Following the opening plenary, there will be an opportunity for media representatives to learn about Finnish start-up companies.   

09.00 Parallel sessions on theme 1: How to promote the creation of new, innovative businesses
Closed session. Photo opportunity at start. The prime ministers will divide into groups and participate in four discussions held in parallel. Each discussion will hear three introductory contributions by experts, after which the prime ministers will discuss the topic, led by a moderator.

The working groups will discuss, among other things, the promotion of general business conditions, financial issues, and links between businesses and research. Good examples, for example from the cleantech sector, will also be presented. 

Sessions on theme 1:

  • Clean growth – mission impossible? (Moderator: Mr Jaani Heinonen)
  • Funding new ideas: something new, something old, something borrowed? (Moderator: Ms Leena Mörttinen)
  • How to boost innovation with research and education? (Moderator: Ms Ulla Hiekkanen-Mäkelä)
  • Start-ups – building growth entrepreneurship culture and ecosystem (Moderator: Ms Inka Mero)

10.15 Parallel sessions on theme 2: How to ensure the competiveness of our education systems
Closed session. In the field of education, utilisation of ICT in education as well as the challenges set for the content of education by digitalisation and the labour market will be considered.

Sessions on theme 2:

  • Digital learning – putting the learner in the centre (Moderator: Mr Jari Jokinen)
  • Providing people with abilities to lead digital future – developing ICT skills (Moderator: Mr Pekka Timonen)
  • Future of teacher training – bridging the gap (Moderator: Ms Kati Tiainen)
  • Preparing for the uncertain – what are the core skills we should teach? (Moderator: Mr Saku Tuominen)

11.30 Lunch
Media representatives will be offered a light lunch in the media centre.

12.45–14.00 Closing plenary and press conference
Open to media representatives. Prime ministers and experts will comment on the group discussions. Media representatives will have an opportunity to ask questions. Direct webcast.    

The event’s opening plenary, closing plenary and press conference are open to accredited media representatives and it will also be possible to follow them via live webcasts. The working group sessions are closed.

Background materials and media programme

Accredited media representatives have been sent a more detailed media programme on Monday, 3 November.

Scenes from last year’s NFF seminar in Riga

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For materialsin PDF, see Themes and Country Issues, Presentations and Delegates.)

(Updated 4.11.2014)

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Video from the opening plenary, Friday 8:30-08:50

Video from the closing plenary, Friday 12:45-13:45