Compared to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad region is little-known among foreign tourists. Yet, it’s an extremely attractive location for hosting international events due to its close proximity to Europe, historical heritage and natural beauty. Hence, it’s no surprise that we chose to hold two events here, in the cities of Kaliningrad and Svetlogorsk.
Kaliningrad region is a Russian semi-exclave bordered by Poland to the south and Lithuania to the north and east, and the Baltic Sea to the west. This seemingly small part of the country possesses more than 90 percent (!) of the world's amber deposits which basically determined the mineral’s role as the key symbol of the region.
A former part of East Prussia and a birthplace of the great German philosopher Immanuel Kant, the region has many historical sights left by different European cultures. But it’s not all - the biggest pride of the locals is the Curonian Spit National Park. Here, one can enjoy beautiful landscapes, see huge sand dunes and a mysterious “dancing” forest, watch rare birds and find a few pieces of amber on the seashore.
One of the most scenic cities of the region, Svetlogorsk is known for its clean pine air, long sandy beaches, beautiful architecture, and large-scale festivals. In August 2019, the city became the host of the VII International RACIRI Summer School, organized by the National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” in partnership with the largest center for high-energy particle-physics research in Germany DESY, the Swedish Research Council Vetenskapsrådet, and Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. 80 young scientists from Russia and abroad participated in the event, including 12 delegates of the “New Generation” program.
Last year, the Summer School focused on interdisciplinary training for young researchers working on new materials and biological objects. The event gathered prominent Russian and foreign lecturers and most talented young scientists from Russia, Germany, Sweden, the CIS and Baltic states. Apart from lectures and seminars, young researchers had a chance to visit most beautiful parts of the region, including the Curonian Spit, and attend an organ concert at the Kaliningrad Cathedral on Kant Island.
Another event of the “New Generation” took place in Kaliningrad region last autumn. On September 25-28, the region welcomed the participants of the "Security and Cooperation in the 21st Century" International Conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Organized by the Russian Parliamentary European Club of Kaliningrad region and “Young Guard of United Russia”, the event brought together high-level policymakers and public figures from Russia and abroad as well as 67 delegates of the “New Generation” program from 28 countries.
Over the course of the conference, the participants discussed various aspects of security cooperation in a modern world and exchanged ideas for future joint projects. For instance, during the meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly Andrei Turchak, young leaders examined the prospects for strengthening security and cooperation in Eurasia and the role of youth in this process. At the “Environmental Security as a New Policy” roundtable discussion, they also called policymakers to give more attention to environmental protection, preservation and restoration of forests, sorting and processing of waste, and promoting eco-conscious culture among the youth. The conference concluded with a final resolution, a community work day, sightseeing tours around Kaliningrad and Svetlogorsk, and a visit to the “Amber Museum”.
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