Pioneers into Practice

Pioneers into Practice: Building low carbon community with exchange of experts

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, we will monitor the situation and evaluate its impacts on the programme. We are committed to delivering the programme securely. Therefore, changes in the schedule or in the execution of the programme are possible.

Climate change calls for new solutions and new thinking. Pioneers into Practice programme gives experts a chance for education and a work period (placement) in an organisation in Finland or another European country. Finnish organisations get a possibility to train their experts and receive foreign experts. New solutions and transitions thinking are important in the programme, as is interaction between experts from different fields and sectors.

Pioneers into Practice is a part of the European wide Climate-KIC programme which aims at creating innovations, business and new practices to build low carbon society.

This year, 19 European countries participate in the Pioneers into Practice programme. The programme is free for the Pioneers and Host organisations and is a great way to deepen understanding of climate and sustainability issues.


Read more and apply to become a Pioneer or a Host organisation here. Applications are open until the 1st of June 2020!

Should I apply as a Pioneer?

As a pioneer, you learn about transitions thinking and sustainability. You meet other people who are also interested in climate and sustainability issues. Through workshops, a group project, work placement and an online course you improve your professional capabilities and widen your network.

The programme consists of the following parts to which you need to commit:

  • Online course on systems innovation to be completed before the Introductory Workshop
  • Introductory workshop, will be arranged virtually in June in week 24
  • Final workshop, 16th–17th November
  • Group project during May-November (flexible timing)
  • 4–6-week placement in an organisation in Finland or another European country in September–mid-November

Due to the current situation, the placements can be completed also remotely, if travelling is not possible in the Autumn.

The programme is for exchange of experts, therefore the minimum requirement for participation is a university degree from a suitable field and two years of work or volunteer experience focusing on climate change or sustainability.

You will receive a stipend that partially covers the travel and living costs during the international placement. For Pioneers who complete a national or international face-to-face placement, up to 1 500 € is available to cover travel, subsistence, accommodation and insurance if needed. For Pioneers who complete a virtual placement or aren't able to do a placement, up to 500 € is available. It is expected that your employer pays your salary during the training and the placement.

Should my employee participate in the programme?

During the programme, your employee receives training in transitions thinking and systems innovation and broadens his/her capabilities. As a pioneer, he/she participates in training events and does a work period in another country (see above).

He/she can work on a project specified by your organisation and get sparring from a group of outgoing experts. He/she can build new networks in Finland and Europe.

Should our organisation offer a work placement for a Pioneer?

An international expert brings new thinking and capabilities into your organisation. He/she works in a project specified by you for 4–6 weeks in September–mid-November. You can also widen your networks in Finland and Europe. The pioneer participates in a programme planned for the incoming experts, consisting of visits and excursions. You have the opportunity to invite pioneers and host organisations to learn about your activities and to participate in networking events.

Experiences from previous pioneers and hosts.

Kimmo Rönkä hosted pioneers in Setelmenttiasunto Oy, in Finland for three consecutive years. Read about Kimmo's experiences here.

Pioneer Johanna Kohvakka went to Cyprus for her placement abroad. Read about Johanna's experience here.

Cássia Ayres came to Finland as a Pioneer to the Finnish development company Posintra Oy. Read about Cássias experience here.

Contact us:

Maria Tiusanen
+358 50 496 5355

Kati Berninger
+358 40 879 8713

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