Wednesday, September 25, 2013


“Pulling resources together: exchange of best practice in talent retention for Europe”

Thursday 10 October 2013, 10.00 - 13.00 Stockholm Region EU Office, Avenue Marnix 28, 1000 Brussels

With increasing mobility of global talents in the world, most of the developed European regions have enjoyed brain gain to reinforce its human capital. In the meanwhile, there are also many regions encountering labour force deficiency and therefore seeking solutions to stem brain drain in order to retain its local talents and attracting new ones.

Human capital converging from the world to Europe and flowing amongst European regions is the decisive factor for the success of Europe’s economy. Coherent actions and continuous dialogues between local actors and regions will harmonize the differences amongst them and move towards one welcoming and inclusive Europe.

In response to the challenges mentioned above, the EXPAT-project (Innovative Services for International Talents) co-funded by EU Interreg IV A Programme, is hereby inviting you to a seminar on various practical social innovation solutions to talent retention and attraction in the focused topics of soft-landing, soft-departure and social networks.

Aim of the seminar:

- To share the knowledge and results from the EXPAT project widely with other European regions
- To exchange experiences in the subject of talent retention with other European regions
- To create networks between regions and actors who are exploring innovative methods for talent retention
- To exchange experiences and ideas for the future programme period about co-operation in the field of talent retention

The event is free of charge, but seats are limited! Please register by sending an email to: indicating if you are also attending the lunch.

Venue Stockholm Region EU Office, Avenue Marnix 28, 1000 Brussels. Please find a map here
Further information For questions about the seminar please contact


10.00 Moderator
Mr Juha Eskelinen, Deputy Regional Mayor of Helsinki-Uusimaa Region, Finland
10.10 Attracting skilled migrants and facilitating their integration – a contribution to future regional development and growth
Ms Eva Schultz, Policy Officer, Immigration and Integration, DG Home Affairs, European Commission
10.30 Micro region's response to the global talent mobility- a case of Expat project
Ms Christine Chang, Project Manager, Uusimaa Regional Council, Finland
10.50 Pathways to successful retention – showcasing best practices of services
Mr Carl-Johan Åkerblom, Project Director, Turku Science Park Ltd, Finland
11.10 Coffee break with networking
11.40 Talent retention efforts in Northern Europe – from nice to have to need to have
Mr Marcus Andersson, Partner; Head of Research and International Projects at Tendensor AB, Sweden
12.00 Human capital as regional competence - Results of the INTERREG IV C sub-projects BRAND and BUTTOM (Brain-flow Mini-Programme)
Ms Alexandra David, Researcher, Institute for Work and Technology, Germany
12.20 Working4Talent
Mr Laurynas Braškus, Sunrise Valley, Lithuania
12:40 Pulling resources together
Ms Ieva Kalnina, Developer and Trainer, INTERACT Viborg
13.00 Lunch buffet with networking

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Expats meet Team Finland

Talents Avaible: Tapping the talent pool for global growth 5th Septmber Paasitorni

On September 5, 2013, Shuo Wang got out of bed at 4 o’clock, packed her trolley case and flew from Joensuu to Helsinki. It was a beautiful morning: first rays of the new rising sun were carried by the imposing castle-like Paasitorni which is built in stone carved out of the bedrock. There was the venue for the conference:  “Talents Available: Tapping the talent pool for global growth”.

Shuo is one the talents who are valuable for building “Team Finland” and whom Expat-project is aiming to serve. Originated from China, she is studying Business and International Marketing at University of Joensuu. When she received the invitation to the conference, she felt it was worth all the trouble to attend.

At the event, the Prime Minister, Mr. Jyrki Katainen opened the conference addressing the importance of Sino-Finnish cooperation to Finnish economy and the contribution of Chinese community in Finland to its development.   Company HRs and leaders from Wärtsillä, Stora Enso and Dynaset  shared their experience in employing Chinese talents and how they have expanded in China through Chinese employer’s local know how.  There were successful expats who gave tips on how they have found their positions in Finland.

In the afternoon, the Expat-project which looked into the perspective of individual internationals’ need in settling in Finland and nearby countries was showcasing active expat organizations in Helsinki region including InterNations, IESAF, Expat meet-up and proposed concrete action in talent retention services–HERIEC-project as an example. Turku and Helsinki local actors’ lively discussion on the topic “Global talents available-response from Finland” shown their strong commitment to the issue and the will to further develop the idea of “HERIEC” model.

Poll of choices, poll of voices! (photo. Tuula Palaste-Eerola)
The conference was full of surprises and laughter: Roman Schatz’s hosting with witty words, expats’ Stand Up comedy which triggered deep thoughts about expat’s on-boarding experience, as well as a multicultural performance by Maailma-kuoro summarized the day with the word “diversity”.

A long day full of programs! Why was Shuo able to stay until the end of the conference i.e. 7 o’clock in the evening? Click below links, you will find the answer:

Photos of the event
Presentations from the event

Related news in media from the event:
Online news in MTV3 in Finnish
TV news in MTV3 in Finnish
News in Helsinki Times

-Li Chen-