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To ensure sustainable development, autonomous regions must “think for themselves” and provide inspiring, inclusive and dynamic environments for developing new ideas, as well as attract young people to stay or to return to the region. Strategies, cooperation, digitalization and investments on infrastructure are perquisites for knowledge development and research. What are the key development areas of Åland, and what is happening in other regions?

On 22 October 10:00 EEST, the KUT-network (Network for sustainable knowledge development on Åland) organizes a conference on the subject Knowledge and Research as Motors for Regional Development and Innovation”. Is there a need to strengthen the structures for knowledge development and research on Åland, and what experiences do other regions have? 

Questions for the spekaers can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the conference.

The conference will be sent live on the youtube channel of the Åland Islands Peace Institute.

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The first half of the conference, 10:00-12:00, is in English. Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, and Minister of Development Alfons Röblom open the conference. Four keynote speakers will give their insight on knowledge development in different regions. 

Dr Günther Rautz, Managing Director of the Institute for Minority Rights at EURAC Research in South Tyrol, Italy, gives an overview on the development and growth of the institute and the role of EURAC in the autonomous South Tyrol today. Established in 1992 with 12 employees, the institute has grown to employ 300 researchers from 30 countries

Nina HarjunpääSenior Planning Officer at the University Association of South Ostrobothnia presents how Epanet, the Research and Innovation Programme of South Ostrobothnia, is developing new research culture with increased cooperation between universities, research institutes, businesses and local organizations. 

Annika Sølvará, Director of the Research Council in Faroe Islands, tells about how the autonomous Faroe Islands work with research politics and financing. 

Jouko Kinnunen, Head of Research of Statistics and Research Åland (ÅSUB), speaks about Åland, growth, resources, and smart regions

The first half of the conference is concluded with a discussion on comparative experiences (in English with possibility of questions in Swedish), moderated by Hanna Hagmark, Director of Åland Maritime Museum. After lunch, the conference continues with a panel discussion in Swedish.

Audience can send questions for speakers by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The conference takes place at the Åland Maritime Museum and a limited number of seats for audience are available. For more information about the Swedish part and registration to participate on site can be found here.

The conference is arranged by the Network for sustainable knowledge development on Åland (the KUT-network) in cooperation with the Government of Åland. Members of the network are the Åland Islands Peace Institute, that initiated the cooperation in 2018, Åland University of Applied Sciences, Statistics and Research Åland (ÅSUB), Åland Maritime Museum, Government of Åland and Mariehamn City Library.