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The City of Tartu and the University of Tartu are both represented at the EXPO 2020 World Expo, which opened on 1 October, in Dubai

Tartu City Government press release

The City of Tartu and the University of Tartu are both represented at the EXPO 2020 World Expo, which opened on 1 October, in Dubai Photo: Helen Kalberg

6 October / Estonia is represented along with 190 other countries at the EXPO 2020 World Expo, which began with a grand opening ceremony on the evening of 30 September, in Dubai. Among the 42 exhibitors, the City of Tartu and the University of Tartu are also presenting their opportunities.

At the heart of the country’s blue pavilion is Estonia’s digital history and smart and sustainable solutions.

"At the World Expo, the City of Tartu is introducing companies with high export potential in the region and various smart city solutions developed in cooperation with companies," said Helen Kalberg, Marketing Manager for the City of Tartu. "Examples include innovative infrastructure solutions, data-driven urban management and the development of public services, the SmartEnCity project, the Tartu Smart Bike Share system, the smart and environmentally friendly public transport system and several other innovation projects," said Kalberg.

Kristi Kerge, Head of International Cooperation at the University of Tartu, introduced the goals of the university at EXPO 2020: "The University of Tartu is participating in the EXPO 2020 World Expo to demonstrate how Estonian researchers are contributing to solving global problems. Our goal is also to present high-level scientific achievements and find opportunities for business cooperation."

Events related to Tartu include an education week, which is set to take place in mid-December, during which the University of Tartu, together with other Estonian universities, will organize a joint seminar led by the Ministry of Education and Research and the Estonian Research Council. On 10 January, Tartu and Tallinn will be organising a joint business seminar focusing on smart urban space solutions. During this time, a delegation from the city of Tartu will also be visiting the Dubai EXPO.

Tartu will also be represented during the thematic week – Urban and Rural Development Week – at the beginning of November, in the framework of which City Architect Tõnis Arjus and Margus Tiru, a representative of Positium, will be participating in the panel discussions of thematic business forums. In December, within the framework of Education Week, entrepreneur, lecturer and sTARTUp Day 2021 program manager Triin Kask will also be participating in the business forum’s panel discussion.

Innovation, technology and business are at the heart of the Dubai EXPO. The EXPO area covers 4.38 square kilometres, where a sustainable city of the future has been built, the architecture of which is an attraction in its own right. In addition, more than 60 events are being held each day and guests are offered the opportunity to taste 50 different national cuisines. More than 25 million visitors are expected to attend the 182-day EXPO. The World Expo will remain open until 31 March 2022.

Additional information:

Helen Kalberg, Marketing Manager for the City of Tartu, tel: 513-3929

Kristi Kerge, Head of International Cooperation, University of Tartu, tel: 529-7677

Last changed 06.10.2021