The International Zero Carbon Conference for Students brought together students and teachers across the world. Several North Karelian education organisations participated in the organisation of the event that took place on 22-25 February: Karelia University of Applied Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium (Riveria) and ENO Schoolnet Association.
The conference featured four themes, one for each day: climate change, circular economy, microplastics and forest resources. Key note speakers included young climate activists and representatives from research, business and public sectors from Finland and Japan. Student presenters included participants from Finland, Japan, Spain, Kenya, Greece, Lithuania and France. The conference had over 1200 registered participants from 44 countries.
From North Karelian side, the event was arranged in the framework of ERDF funded Forest Bioeconomy Collaboration Project between North Karelia (Finland) and Nagano prefecture, Japan. The Regional Council of North Karelia has had wide-scale collaboration agreements in forest bioeconomy with Nagano Prefecture and Ina city since 2019.