Polytech Days in Berlin 2020

06 - 07.02.2020

Friedrichstraße 176-179, 10117 Berlin, Germany


UPD: 21.01.2020 Dear guests of the event, please pay attention to the updated program of the event

UPD: 17.01.2020 Dear guests of the event, please pay attention to the updated detailed programs of the tracks with the indication of speakers and discussion topics

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University is pleased to inform you that in the period February 06 — 07, 2020 in Berlin will be held «Polytech Days in Berlin 2020» Forum. The Forum will be held within the «German-Russian Year of Higher Education Cooperation and Science 2018 — 2020» and is supposed to be a finalizing event in a range of SPbPU 120th anniversary celebration.

We kindly invite you to participate in the Forum program that includes panel discussions, round tables, case presentations related to successful cooperation of SPbPU with European partners in the academic and research field as well as collaboration between university and industry.

3 tracks will be the main components of the Forum:

  • “Digital Transformation of Industry”
  • “Russia-EU: Opportunities for Collaboration in Research”
  • “Internationalization Strategy — Win-Win Strategy”

And of course, we are waiting for all our alumni and all our friends at the “European Forum of SPbPU Alumni ”, where our guests can meet friends, chat with them and remember their years of study, as well as get acquainted with the capabilities of Polytech nowadays.


06 FEBRUARY 2020
09.30 – 10.30
10.30 – 11.15
Grand opening (film about the Polytechnic University)
Welcome speeches:
  • Prof. Andrei Rudskoi, SPbPU Rector, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • H.E. Sergei Nechaev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian
    Federation to Germany
  • Andrei Sobolev, Trade Representative of the Russian Embassy's Bureau of Trade
    and Economy in Berlin
  • Greetings from the Representative of Rossotrudnichestvo, Ministery of Education
    and Science, Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Germany
  • Greetings from Dr. Christoph Leitl, President of The Association of European Chambers
    of Commerce and Industry «Eurochambres»
11.15 – 12.45
Panel discussion "Russia – EU: Sustainable development through dialogue between universities, industry and society"
Moderator: Prof. Andrei Rudskoi, SPbPU Rector
  • Prof. Jörg Steinbach, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brandenburg (tbc)
  • Dr. Stefan Rudolph, State Secretary, Ministry for Economic Affairs, Employment and Health, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Dr. Sergey Nikitin, Head of the Representative Office of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in Germany
  • Heads of universities — strategic partners of SPbPU:
    • Prof. Volker Epping, President of Leibniz University of Hanover
    • Prof. Dr. Wilfried Eichlseder, Rector, Montanuniversität Leoben (tbc)
    • Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of University of Stuttgart
  • Heads of leading companies — strategic partners of SPbPU:
    • Dr. Michael May, Head Company Core Technology Data Analytics & Artificial
      Intelligence, Siemens AG
    • Mr. Stefan Weidner, Executive Director, SAP UCC Magdeburg
    • Dr. Falk F. Strascheg, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Prof. Branko Katalinic, President of DAAAM International Vienna Association
  • Vladimir Chetiy, Chairman of the World Alumni Association
  • Dr. Andreas Förster, Chairman of the Association Go East Generationen
13.00 – 14.00
14.00 – 16.00
Business Tracks:
  • Digital Transformation of Industry (Moderators: Prof. Alexey Borovkov, Prof. Wolfram Ressel)
  • Russia-EU: Opportunities for Scientific Collaboration (Moderators: Prof. Vitaliy Sergeev, Dr. Jörg Schneider)
  • Internationalization strategy – WIN-WIN Strategy (Moderators: Prof. Dmitry Arseniev,
    Prof. Angela Ittel)
16.00 – 16.30
Speech of SPbPU Rector Prof. Andrei Rudskoi
  • Reception
16.30 – 18.00
Specialized working meetings, communication and networking
  • Networking session "SPbPU Partnership with German universities in the field of
    Management, Economics and Trade"
  • Working meeting on a joint SPbPU-TU Berlin project in the field of linguistics
  • Networking session on the activities of the International Research and Education Center
    composite technologies "Baltico-CML-Polytechnic", SPbPU
  • Working meeting on joint projects of SPbPU and the Russian Student Sports Union with
    German universities and Associations in the field of youth sports
07 FEBRUARY 2020
09.00 – 10.30
Meeting in the German Eastern Business Association
13.00 – 15.00
SPbPU – TU Berlin Strategic Partnership Forum
  • Round table: SPbPU - TU Berlin strategic partnership results and prospects
  • Grand ceremony of signing the Strategic Partnership Agreement
11.00 – 18.00
European Forum of SPbPU Alumni
11.00 – 12.00 Registration, Welcome Coffee
11.00 – 18.00 Interactive events for participants
  • Art, Historical and Technological exhibitions
  • Photo Zone" I –  am Polytechnic"
  • Territory #Polytech-Community
  • Presentation of the book "Songs of the Polytechnic University"
  • Film about SPbPU
  • Musical accompaniment - music band"Pisk"
12.00 – 14.00 Ceremonial Opening of the Alumni Forum
14.00 – 15.00 Forum Business Program
  • Lecture «Polytechnic University's role  in the history of Europe and the world»
  • Round table with leaders of European Alumni Associations (moderator: Vladimir Chetiy)
  • Round table «Interaction of participants of the Presidential Management Fellows Program at the international level for sustainable development» (moderator: Vladislav Raskovalov)
15.00 – 16.00 Networking
  • Networking-session «Near and dear»
  • Quiz! Please! Team building intellectual game
  • Session of simultaneous chess game with the international grandmaster, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University student Pavel Martynov
16.00 – 18.00 Ceremonial speech by SPbPU Rector A.I. Rudskoi
  • Reception, graduates awarding, music performance “Pisk”


Business Tracks

06 February 14.00 - 15.30


  • Prof. Alexey Borovkov, Vice Rector for Innovative Projects, SPbPU, Head of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, SPbPU
  • Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector, University of Stuttgart                                      



The participants of the discussion — representatives of the Russian and German expert community — will discuss the project implementation in the creation of globally competitive production of the new generation, which corresponds to all stages of the life cycle of production: from the training of students and the acceleration of start-ups development, project planning of high-tech products, implementation of engineering calculations and virtual simulations — up to the production of prototypes using advanced manufacturing technologies, in production chain and further support of the products.

As part of the track, a presentation will be held on the results of the joint activities of the SPbPU departments and the German partner SAP SE, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Siemens AG, leading German universities, leading automotive companies and other representatives of the high-tech industries — held. Best practice examples in the area of ​​the development of original technologies, designs, device technology with the use of advanced production technologies are presented, as well as other fields of Russian-German interaction are discussed.

Topics for discussion:

  • Industry Digital Transformation Programs: experience and perspectives
  • The use of new production technologies (digital design and modeling, digital twins, new materials, additive technologies): approaches and interpretations, the implementation of large industrial projects
  • Opportunities for cooperation in the field of new manufacturing technologies and digital transformation of industry

Programs and speakers:

  • Prof. Wolfram Ressel, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Prof. Alexey BorovkovSPBPU (Russia)
  • Dr. Stefan Rudolph, Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Health, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany)
  • Prof. A.A. Popovich, Institute of Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering and Transport(Russia)
  • Dr. Klaus Seiler,  Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (Germany)
  • Dr. Stefan Weidner, SAP University Competence center, Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg (Germany)
  • Dr. Nikita Golovin, International Academic Competence Center “Polytechnic – SAP” (Russia)
  • Dr. Pavel Drobintsev, SPbPU Institute of Computer Science and Technology (Russia)
  • Prof. Rudolf Pichler, Graz University of Technology (Austria)  
  • Prof. Viacheslav Shkodyrev, SPbPU Higher School of Cyber Physical Systems and Control (Russia)
  • Dr. Vladimir Shchegolev, SPbPU Graduate School of Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Mikhail Aleshin, Engineering Center "SPbPU Computer Engineering Center” (Russia)
  • Josef Neuhäusler,Consultant in the Automotive field (Germany)

06 February 14.00 - 15.30



  • Prof.Vitaliy Sergeev, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, SPbPU Vice Rector for Research (Russia)
  • Dr. Jörg Schneider, Head of Division International Affairs, DFG (Germany)   


Within the framework of this track, the possibilities of cooperation between universities and scientific centers of Europe and Russia will be discussed in line with the main global trends: open science, big data, large-scale international collaborations, as well as national and international programs of support. Various formats for the implementation of international research projects of SPbPU and universities in the EU will be presented: establishment of laboratories supervised by foreign scientists, visiting professors programs and participation in megascience projects. On the basis of the cases presented, the possibilities of obtaining financing for joint research projects, as well as the trajectories of participation of foreign scientists in the research activities of the university will be discussed.


  • National and international programs of support for scientific cooperation between Russia and the European Community
  • Strategies for the formation of international scientific teams with leading scientists for megascience projects
  • Creation of joint laboratories (best practice)
  • Experience of implementation of joint international projects in the following fields: renewable energy, life science, ecology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, nanoelectronics, digital logistics


  • Dr. Jörg Schneider, Head of Division International Affairs, DFG (Germany)
  • Prof.Vitaliy Sergeev, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, SPbPU Vice Rector for Research (Russia)
  • Dr. Sergej Paveliev, ZENIT GmbH – Centre for Innovation and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), “Cooperation axis North Rhine-Westphalia - Russian Federation
  • Prof. Kerstin Kuchta, Vice President Academic Affairs, Hamburg University of Technology (Germany), Prof. Natalia Politaeva, «Industrial Ecology» Research Laboratory, SPbPU (Russia), «ABiRe — joint project of SPbPU and TU Hamburg — development of resource and energy-saving closed-loop technology (algae-based biotechnology of processing)»
  • Prof. Dmitry Frischmann,Head of “Bioinformatics” Laboratory, Technical University of Munich (Germany), Prof. Marc Christopher Wurz, leading researcher of the Institute of Micro Production Technology, Leibniz University Hanover (Germany), Prof. Alexey Philimonov, Director of SPbPU Research and Education Center "Physics of Nanocomposite Materialsfor electronics" (Russia),Prof. Boris Chichkov, Institute of Quantum Optics, Leibniz University Hanover (Germany), Dr. Ilya Peshekhodov, Material Data Management Engineer (Germany), «Experience in international research cooperation in different fields of nanotechnology and material science»
  • Hanno Schaumburg, Hamburg University of Technology (Germany),  Prof. Vadim Korablev, SPbPU Higher School of Engineering and Physics (Russia), «Experience in the realization of joint international projects»

Press Release

06 February 14.00 - 15.30


  • Prof. Dmitry Arseniev, Vice Rector for International Relations, SPbPU (Russia)
  • Prof. Angela Ittel, Vice President for International Relations and Teacher Education, TU Berlin (Germany)


Within the framework of this track SPbPU internationalization strategy and the best practices of interaction with world leaders in the field of education will be shared. It will focus on new formats of engineering education, project-oriented students’ activities as well as practice of conducting joint student project marathons with leading universities in Germany and Austria. Information will be provided on the experience of implementing joint educational programs, including double and triple diploma programs and best practices of strategic partnership between SPbPU and TU Berlin, Leibniz University Hannover and TU Graz.


  • Why is an internationalization strategy considered to be a «win-win» strategy?
  • What will be the benefits of cooperation between European partners and Russia?
  • What is the real contribution made by internationalization to the university’s life?
  • What are the mechanisms for successful internationalization and what does the optimal path for its development at universities look like?


  • Prof.  Dmitry Arseniev,Vice Rector for International Relations, SPbPU (Russia),  Prof.Angela Ittel, Vice President International Relations and Teacher Education, TU Berlin (Germany), «Strategic partnership SPbPU – TU Berlin»

  • Nataliya Butych, Strategic partnership coordinator, Leibniz University Hannover (Germany), Dr. Alla Mazina, Deputy Head of SPbPU International Education Office (Russia), «Strategic partnership between SPbPU and LUH: best practices of double and triple diploma programs»

  • Prof. Ralf Ossenbrink, coordinator of the Double Degree program "Materials Processing Technologies", Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg, Prof. Magdalena Mißler-Behr, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg(Germany),   Dr. Anton Naumov, Deputy Director for International Relations, Institute of Metallurgy, Materials and Transport, SPbPU, Dr. Irina RudskayaInstitute of Industrial Management, Economics and Trade, Higher School of Economics and Management, SPbPU (Russia), «Experience of BTU-SPbPU partnership, from the creation of joint laboratories to the development of joint graduate and postgraduate programs»

  • Prof. Detlef Heck, Graz University of Technology (Austria), Dr. Marina Romanovich, SPbPU Higher School of Hydrotechnical and Power Engineering (Russia), «Joint student project marathon»

  • Prof. Eckart Wolf, Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (Germany), Dr. Nikita Lukashevich, Deputy Director for International Relations, SPbPU Institute of Industrial Management, Economics and Trade (Russia), «Joint International Double Degree Program SPbPU - Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau»

  • Dmitry Osroverkhov, TU Berlin (Germany),  Dr. Olga Emelyanova, coordinator, Polytechnic Summer School(Russia), «European projects and joint educational programs: Best practices of summer schools», «International educational Erasmus+ projects for the sustainable development of the university»

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