Thematic workshops

December 1 (Friday)

12:10 – 13:10

Venue: Main Building, National Research Tomsk State University (Lenina Prospect, 36), Room 225

WORKSHOP «Future-oriented Education and Research for Regions Development: Literacy. Skills. Competence»
In future orientated education and training basic starting points are transdisciplinary teams, skills for team work, knowledge management skills, phenomenon and problem based learning, experimentation and practical training. Because future is not preordained futures orientation means that teams have to think about alternative futures possible that are possible even if they might seem at first sight improbable.

How this can be done? In secondary level of education first exercises can be implemented as part of curriculum. In higher education, in vocational and lifelong learning this type of learning methods can be important but respesent only part of learning path of students.. Special courses and exercises can be organized for staff of public and private organizations. Before we can do this we have to educate the teachers, facilitators or couches who are conducting the futures leaning processes. We need also changes in our mode of thinking how learning in fact can happen, make changes to put curriculum and learning outcomes.

Moderator: Tatiana Yakubovskaya, Head of the foresight-competence program, Tom State University, StrAU «TSSW Siberian Institute of the Future”

Key Speaker: Juha Kaskinen, Ph.D., Director, Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Finland


  • Liudmila P. Borilo, StrAU Executive Director, TSSW Siberian Institute of the Future, National research Tomsk State University
  • Sergey Miroshnikov, Deputy Head for Academic Activity, TSSW Siberian Institute of the Future, National research Tomsk State University
December 2 (Saturday)

10:00 – 11:30

Venue: Research Hall, Research Library, National Research Tomsk State University (Lenina Prospect, 34а)

WORKSHOP «The exchange of knowledge between the university and the industry: what, how, why»
In the conditions of active economic development and constantly growing demand for new knowledge, innovations and talents, universities start playing more and more active roles, shifting from the Ivory Tower mentality to the entrepreneurial one.

The universities become fully acknowledged partners in the development of national competitiveness, the innovative ideas and training specialists for the new economy. They constitute an interrelated entity within the triple helix of development alongside with the companies of the real-sector economy and the government. Such close interrelation allows to achieve a balance of market supply and demand, to attain competitive results in the S&T areas, to provide a sustainable economic growth and to train the experts needed in the economy.

New requirements assume changes in organizational models of the universities, use of new technologies in training, researching and university management, establishing of entrepreneurship education in parallel with technical subjects and the organizations of professional development programs.

A summary of the seminar:

  • The role of higher education institutions in development of innovative economy.
  • Global trends in development of universities.
  • The collaboration with the companies of the real-sector economy: methods, success factors, barriers.
  • Sharing knowledge and experience: practical examples.
Host: Tatiana SCHOFIELD, Head of Knowledge Exchange, Royal College of Art (the UK)
December 2 (Saturday)

15:00 – 16:30

Venue: Research Hall, Research Library, National Research Tomsk State University (Lenina Prospect, 34а)

WORKSHOP «Engaging citizens in science and innovation for sustainable development: new role of regional universities»

Science, technology and innovation are key factors in increasing labor productivity and economic growth in many countries. However, they did not become sufficient for the sustainable development of society and do not solve the problems that society and states face in the 21st century. Universities, as knowledge holders, can and should play an important role in overcoming this gap, especially in regional development.

Why universities? There are number of reasons. First of all, university is a good platform for networking with various stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society. University has less tension with other stakeholders due to its ‘neutrality’ as to policy making so to money making, it has different logic of functioning and is able to provide platform for interests negotiation. Next, due to possibility to be the first to see perspective directions of technological and societal development as a result of research in basic sciences and humanities. University is performing research in the fields of less interest of private sector, due to its uncertain profitability for private companies. Another reason is involving the most promising participants of innovative activities – students representing different social, cultural, economic groups. For them, university can be an excellent lab for innovative experimentation in various fields. Building dialogue, practices and institutes of participatory technoscience is a complex and long-lasting process, which can only be directed by universities, in cooperation with regional and municipal authorities.

This workshop is devoted to discussing mechanisms and practices that would allow the university to gain a key role in the sustainable development of society. We talk about successful practices of how universities can connect new knowledge and technologies with the needs, preferences and priorities of society for sustainable development. Examples of the Finnish “city as a living lab”, the Dutch “science shop” and other educational know-how, such as American “impact investing” are considered. We present also the cases of TSU, when social studies lead to the emergence of technological solutions, and the ways of translating this idea into an educational program. During the workshop, we determine the possible trajectories of cooperation between universities, business< NGO and government for sustainable development of society, and also discuss concepts and cases of "civil science", "university policy of impact investing" and the changes that the modern university is subjected to in this regard.

Theoretical framework of the workshop is based on the concept of participatory turn in technoscience and policy, which is important for sustainable development of nations and regions. Given a growing recognition of value of different types of knowledge, citizen involvement is seen as improving the quality of decision-making both in governance and in technology design, and essential for development of relevant and useful innovations. Public engagement is a necessary condition of sustainable societal development of region and a source of resilience in times of rapid sociotechnical transformations. Participatory turn is important for increasing legitimacy of decision-making in technoscience and innovation policy, especially in times of growing public distrust and skepticism towards national and regional politics in this sphere.

Presentation topics:

1.  Olga Zvonareva, Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

Participatory turn as a concept of regional development

2.  Olga Ustyuzhantseva, Tampere University (Finland), Tomsk State University (Russia)

Mechanisms and practices of participating: world experience. Part which demonstrates existing practices and mechanisms. (windows of opportunities – participating, collaboration and grassroots initiatives)

3.  Evgeniya Popova, Tomsk State University (Russia)

Mechanisms and practices of participating: Russian cases. (project of participatory budgeting: role of university, project of interdisciplinary master degree program and possibilities for social innovations: Erasmus + in TSU, Examples of social projects, demanded technical solutions)

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