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

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