First Russian-Swiss Forum "Innovation Day"
SWISS 06:21
Samara 09:21

About Forum

Forum held:
June 2, 2016
Prior to the forum:

Initiator forum


FREDERIK PAULSEN - the initiator/organizer and major sponsor of the Russian-Swiss Innovation Forum

The main event in Russia-Switzerland relations in the field of innovation and research will take a form of the Russian-Swiss Innovation Forum, which will take place on 02.06.2016 in Samara, Russia. The Forum will gather more than three hundred leading Swiss and Russian experts in the field, large businesses, government officials and politicians. The venue of the Forum is the Samara State Technical University (SSTU) in Samara. Discussions will be held on four main topics: energy and energy-saving technology, IT-economics, biotechnology and High-Tech mechanical engineering.

Dr. Frederik Paulsen is the initiator/organizer and major sponsor of the Russian-Swiss Innovation Forum, which will take place on 02.06.2016, in Samara, Russia. Dr. Paulsen’s interests cover varies areas: firstly, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the pharmaceutical company “Ferring Pharmaceuticals” and Honorary General Consul for the Russian Federation in Lausanne; secondly, he is a recognized scientist and explorer of the Polar Regions. Frederik Paulsen is a philanthropist and diplomat, who is known far beyond the borders of Switzerland.

Dr. Paulsen is the Honorary Polar Explorer of Russia; he is a holder of the Order of Friendship, which was gained from participating in the immersion of the Russian submersibles MIR to the North Pole. Also Frederik Paulsen has received numerous awards from governments and organizations of different countries; he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society. By doing his expedition to the South Magnetic Pole in January 2013, Dr. Paulsen has become the first man in the world who has reached eight poles.

In Russia Frederik Paulsen is best known not only as a brave polar explorer, but also for his contribution to solving Russia’s demographics problem. Dr. Paulsen’s support made the opening of a number of fertility treatment clinics possible in different regions of the country, where the latest developments in this field are used.

Since founding of the Consulate in 2009, he has led it from initial startup; the Consulate revives old traditions on strengthening the friendly relations between the Swiss canton of Vaud and Russia. It actively carries out projects, which promote the expansion of economic and cultural relations and partnerships in the field of scientific research and sports.

Dr. Paulsen’s main expectations from the Forum are practical in its nature. He sincerely hopes that the Forum will develop concepts and specific projects, particularly in the area of technology development.



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.