VI International Conference

                                       " International Cooperation:  Innovation as a Tool for Social and Economic Changes"


Geneva, Switzerland


Palais des Nations


November 16-19, 2015

Organized by:

  • International Investment Center/Centre International d'Investissement
  • Russian-Swiss Science Association

Supported by:

  • Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • CERN
  • NGO Liaison Service, Office of the Director-General United Nations Office at Geneva
  • Business Club of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
  • Union of Innovation and Technology Centers of Russia

 Conference operator: Centre International d'Investissement (Switzerland) 


The conference is devoted to 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Organization and adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

The modernization of society demanded changes of the innovation system in all areas of life, from areas such as education and culture to the industrial and social infrastructure, investment policy, regulatory and legal framework, etc 

Innovative potential is a key condition for the development of the modern state. Social innovations, widespread today in the states of vanguard economy, not only form new type of people, but also define a new environment to live and work.

International cooperation is the basis of sustainable development and better future for all. The future belongs to young people, and they are consistently at the forefront of innovation. 

The aim of the conference is to create a communication platform for:

  • Sharing of best practices in social and economic spheres of human activity;
  • Ensure the timely incorporation of innovation in the modern model of education, improving international mobility of universities; 
  • Identify favorable conditions for the realization of various forms of international cooperation.

Participants: Representatives of  universities, innovation and research centers, governments, financial institutions, industrial and promotional organizations, chambers of commerce and business associations.

Working languages of the conference - English and Russian, translation will be provided




November 16 Monday CERN Room 160-1-009

9.00-13.00 Plenary Session: UN Sustainable Development Goals, International Cooperation and Innovations

Moderator – Andrei Generalov, president, International Investment Center 

Welcome Address:  Permanent Mission of the RF to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva


  • Dr. Mick Storr, Head of the CERN Academic and Technical Training section (Switzerland)
  • Dr. Yury Ermolin, Russian-Swiss Science Association (Switzerland)
  • Ms. Maria Paola Lia, Global Health Programs, Eli Lilly Export S.A. (Switzerland)
  • Dr.Antal Szabo, ERENET scientific director, Corvinius University and former UN regional adviser (Hungary)
  • Mr.Gianpaolo Gansi, Prime Key Ltd (Italy)
  • Dr. Riccardo Crestani, Padova University (Italy)
  •  Dr. Andrei Kuznetsov, Kuznetsoff Laboratories (Russia)
  • Dr. Zsuzsanna  Szabo, „Petru Maior” University of Tîrgu Mureş (Romania)
  • Mr. Sergey Lesin, Gubkin State Oil and Gas University (Russia)
  • Mr.Alexandre Poltorak, IP-Max SA (Switzerland)
  • Mr.Andrey Chistyakov, Ms.Polina  Zharova, Topchuev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis (Russia)

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-17.00 visit to CERN 

November 17, Tuesday, Palais des Nations, Room E2

Round Table

“The new UN post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

Round Table, devoted to 70th Anniversary of the UN

9.00 – 10.00   registration,

10.00 -10.30 - group photo

10.30 – 11.30 Presentation: 70th Anniversary of the United Nations and Socially Inclusive and Sustainable development

Esuna Dugarova,  UNRISD

11.30 - 12.30  UN system and NGO involvement

Ms. Lidiya Grigoreva, NGO Liaison Officer, Political Affairs and Partnerships Section, Office of the Director-General United Nations Office at Geneva

Mr. Andrei Generalov, president, International Investment Center

12.30 – 13.30  lunch break

13.30 – 14.00   UN ECE presentation

14.00 - 16.00 Discussion: Sustainable development goal #4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”

Panelists: Dr. Vlada Lisenco (Moldova), Dr. Ivan Brink (Russia), Ms. Johanna Mitchell (Great Britain)

16.00- 18.00 – Questions and answers

November 18, Wednesday

8.00-21.00 Visit to the University of Savoy, France

November 19, Thursday  

10.00-15.30 Visit to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)