First Russian-Swiss Forum "Innovation Day"
SWISS 00:34
Samara 03:34
Forum’s work is focused on four areas:
Innovations in mechanical engineering
Modern technologies in medicine and pharmaceutics
Innovations in environment protection
Infrastructure of supporting innovations
Main aims:
  • Comparative analysis of innovative development in both countries, which is focused on the open exchange of views and opinions on the specific experiences of Russia and Switzerland in the field of innovation.
  • Communication and acquaintance of participants for further development of mutual initiatives.

Event organizers

  • N.I. Merkushkin
    Governor of the Samara Region

    It is my pleasure to welcome the participants, guests and organizers of the Second International Swiss-Russian Forum “Innovation Day”!

    Few people can doubt that the way for the Russian Federation to develop is the way of innovations. As an economically advanced innovative region attractive for investment, the Samara Region is one of the top ten leading regions in the volume of industrial production output, level of innovative potential, and per capita turnover of retail trade.

    N.I. Merkushkin
    Governor of the Samara Region
  • Frederik Paulsen
    Honorary General Consul for the Russian Federation in Lausanne

    The Second International Russian-Swiss Forum «Innovation Day» will be held on June 2 at the base of the Samara State Technical University.

    The major initiator of the Forum from the Swiss side is the Honorary General Consul of the Russian Federation in Lausanne, chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the international pharmaceutical company Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Frederik Paulsen. In a welcome speech a high profile businessman, scientist and diplomat expressed his confidence, that the Forum «Innovation Day» in Samara will contribute to the enhancing of the collaboration between Switzerland and Russia in such fields as medicine, education, culture and scientific breakthroughs. 

    Frederik Paulsen
    Honorary General Consul for the Russian Federation in Lausanne
  • V.V. Gutenev
    First Vice-President OOOR "Russian Engineering Union"

    I wish to extend warm congratulations to the participants and guests on the opening of the Second International Russian-Swiss Forum “Innovation Day.”

    It goes without saying, that the Forum “Innovation Day” is an event of a great scale and importance for the russian-swiss partnership. The main topic of the forum is not only novelties in the industry, but also strengthening of the relations between our countries and such kind of events proved to be a good discussion platform for the representatives of authorities, businessmen and industrialists from the regions of the Russian Federation and other countries.  

    V.V. Gutenev
    First Vice-President OOOR "Russian Engineering Union"
  • S.A. Ganin
    CEO of Swiss-Russian Industrial Business Club

    In 2014 there was a 200th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Switzerland. The cooperation of these countries includes a wide range of spheres, among them are economics, politics, engineering, medicine, air and space industry, information technologies, energy. A great variety of different business events that take place either in Russia or in Switzerland and attract outstanding politicians and economists prove the readiness of both countries for the constructive dialogue. 

    S.A. Ganin
    CEO of Swiss-Russian Industrial Business Club
  • Pierre Helg
    Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Switzerland to Russia

    To the participants of the Second International Russian-Swiss Forum «Innovation Day»!

    The First Forum «Innovation Day», that was held in 2013 in Lausanne, for the first time gathered together representatives of the swiss and russian business and scientific communities on a great scale and provided them with a special discussion platform. Both countries are well-known for their scinetific achievements, therefore they have experience to share with each other. The same time, Switzerland was leading in a world innovation race for a number of years. Its success formula was a very strong bond between science and production. It goes without saying that every country follows its own course of development. The dialogue between russian and swiss entrepreneurial elites is to be proceeded in order to transform into successful collaboration. That is why the Second Forum «Innovation Day» is expecting to be a great opportunity for making this idea come true.

    Pierre Helg
    Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Switzerland to Russia
  • E. Scherbakova
    President of the Charity Fund "Peace and Harmony"

    I am pleased to welcome the participants and guests of the Second International Swiss-Russian Forum “Innovation Day”.

    Nowadays few people can doubt the neсessity of innovations. Innovations enter our lives and constantly change it, opening new horizons. Russia has always been one of the leaders in the sphere of innovations. According to the analysis of the Bloomberg agency, Russia ranks 12-th place in 2016 and enters top-15 most innovative world economies.  

    E. Scherbakova
    President of the Charity Fund "Peace and Harmony"



Samara, known from 1935 to 1991 as Kuybyshev, is the sixth largest city in Russia and the administrative center of Samara Oblast. It is situated in the southeastern part of European Russia at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers on the east bank of the Volga. The Volga acts as the city's western boundary; across the river are the Zhiguli Mountains, after which the local beer (Zhigulyovskoye) is named. The northern boundary is formed by the Sokolyi Hills and by the steppes in the south and east. The land within the city boundaries covers 46,597 hectares (115,140 acres). Population: 1,164,685 (2010 Census); 1,157,880 (2002 Census); 1,254,460 (1989 Census). The metropolitan area of Samara-Tolyatti-Syzran within Samara Oblast contains a population of over three million.

Formerly a closed city, Samara is now a large and important social, political, economic, industrial, and cultural centre in European Russia and hosted the European Union—Russia Summit in May 2007. It has a continental climate characterised by hot summers and cold winters. The life of Samara's citizens has always been intrinsically linked to the Volga River, which has not only served as the main commercial thoroughfare of Russia throughout several centuries, but also has great visual appeal. Samara's riverfront is considered one of the favourite recreation places both for local citizens and tourists. After the Soviet novelist Vasily Aksyonov visited Samara, he remarked: "I am not sure where in the West one can find such a long and beautiful embankment. Possibly only around Lake Geneva".


Samara State Technical University (SSTU) is committed to the purity of science, research and innovation. With a heritage of 100 years, SSTU has been a leading beacon and vehicle of technological advancement in the Volga region that provides an honest education for students of all backgrounds. At SSTU we maintain that diversity in each sphere of our composition is the key to breakthrough and produces the best results for humankind within the realm of science and academia. The success of the individual student is at the forefront of our global and domestic agenda by providing the necessary skills and knowledge in focused areas in order for our vast alumni to have the most optimum impact in industry, business and academia.