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Call for applications: SI Alumni Events!

Photo taken at last year’s alumni event “Our journey after Swedish Institute Management Programme”. Provided by SI alumnus Olga Ryabova.

Do you have an idea for an alumni event that you’d like to organise in 2016? The Swedish Institute can provide you financial support!

The Swedish Institute is pleased to announce the possibility for SI alumni and Regional SI Alumni Networks to apply for financial support to organise local events in 2016.

Through this call SI wishes to support regional alumni activities with the aim of creating platforms for alumni to meet, exchange knowledge and build competence in the network.

A maximum of SEK 12,000 can be applied for within this call. The grant can be used to arrange social events, lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits, and much more.

The call for applications is open from 15 January to 7 February.

You can find all relevant information and instructions on how to apply by clicking here.

Download the application form through this link.

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Smart Sustainable Cities, 28 March in Ukraine

Please find below a report from the organisers of the SI alumni event “Smart Sustainable Cities: Ecology, ICT and Architecture” held on 28 March in Ukraine.

On March 28th, SI alumni Anastasia Borenkova and Oleg Nesterenko organized an alumni event called “Smart Sustainable Cities: Ecology, ICT and Architecture”. The event attracted not only the SI alumni, but a large number of people who are interested in the topic of sustainable development. Thus all the participants could network and get new valuable contacts.

After organizing such an event it became evident that the issues of sustainable development in the various areas of life will be of great importance for the Ukrainian government, activists and companies working in Ukraine. Luckily, at the event there were many speakers from abroad – Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and Russia – who shared their expertise and presented some unique examples. For example, a lot was said about the Royal Sea Port and Hammarby district in Stockholm, and infrastructure projects in Malmo. Read more » >>

“Smart Sustainable Cities: Ecology, ICT, Architecture” in Kyiv, Ukraine

Please find below an invitation from SI Alumni Anastasiya Borenkova and Oleg Nesterenko to an event on sustainable urbanization in Kyiv on 28 March. This is one of the 14 SI Alumni events granted funding by SI in the first of two calls for applications in 2015.

Photo: Oleg Nesterenko

On the 28th of March there will be an alumni event «Smart Sustainable Cities: Ecology, ICT, Architecture» in Kyiv, Ukraine.

We kindly invite all alumni interested in the topic of sustainable development of the communities: ecologists, engineers, architects, designers, activists, etc. Registration may be completed following the link:

Languages of the event are English and Ukrainian.

At our event Swedish, Danish, Ukrainian and Russian specialists will present the results of their research and work. Special attention will be given to the practices in Sweden and Ukraine. Read more » >>

SI Alumni study visit to Hammarby Sjöstad

Please find below a report from Aleh Kliatsko and Andriy Malovanyy regarding the SI Alumni organised study visit to Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm in November:

Participants at GlashusEtt – the environmental information centre for Hammarby Sjöstad

Hammarby Sjöstad is a still developing residential area in Stockholm that implemented principles of ecological sustainability in its design, organization and functioning.

For the first time I (Aleh Kliatsko) visited GlashusEtt (the centre for environmental information and communication in Hammarby Sjöstad) as part of my Master’s Programme in Sustainable Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2007.

Last year I had an opportunity to visit Hammarby Sjöstad again, since I was coordinating an international project that is called “Tour into Swedish sustainable lifestyle” organized by NGO Global Playground Stockholm together with Belarusian NGO “Ecohome”.

While planning the SI Alumni event and considering previous successful experience, I and Andriy came up with an idea to make this event more practically oriented and organize study visit to Hammarby Sjöstad. Read more » >>

Atomograds: planned towns in the modern society

SI alumnus Oleg Nesterenko was granted funding for an alumni event on urban development earlier this year focusing on “Atomograds: planned towns in the modern society”. The 3 day event was held in Zaporizhia, Ukraine in late September and gathered experts from Poland, Ukraine and Belarus/Netherlands.

Please find Oleg’s report below:

A three-day alumni event was organized in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. Participants had a unique chance to talk about the differences in the past and present approaches to urban development. The main focus was given to the atomograds and planned cities, which were built in the USSR to fulfill the needs of large factories and plants. Now these cities (population up to 100,000 people) are mainly run down. They require renovation and “rethinking of the past” in order to improve the quality of life in them.


The event lasted for three days, and there was plenty of time for having a field trip to Enerhodar (where one of the largest nuclear plants in Europe is), organizing two workshops about urban planning and Read more » >>