Midweek Brainstorming Sessions

1-2 times a month

experts, analysts, civil servants, business, journalists, students, young scientists

Two main formats

– expert seminars
– defense of the research work of the trainee & discussion

The Midweek Brainstorming Sessions have a long history and have managed to establish themselves as a platform for expert discussion of acute and fundamental problems of global security. Once or twice a month, experts and analysts, civil servants and businessmen, students and young scientists, and journalists brainstorm on various topics, enter into controversy and discussion, and present their vision of a particular problem on the global security agenda. Midweek Brainstorming Sessions are open and trusting conversations about what is important and necessary. “It’s useful, some new thoughts have come in,” – this is the main criterion for success for the organizers of Midweek Brainstorming Sessions.

One of the formats of the Midweek Brainstorming Sessions is to defend the research work of the younger generation of PIR students, our interns and trainees, who present the results of their scientific work at the PIR Center. As a rule, the defense takes place on a topic on which there are not enough experts. But there are always professionals on defense, the ones who can suggest what and where else to look for, what to remove and what to add, and how to do it best. With a positive result of the defense, the research work of the trainee can be recommended for publication, and after such a discussion, the article of even a novice expert will take its rightful place among the works of well-known professionals.

Scientific debuts and a meeting of luminaries in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament and global security are what the PIR Center Midweek Brainstorming Sessions are widely known for and popular in the expert community in Russia and abroad.


Scientific premieres at the PIR Center – new projects by experienced professionals, debuts of young scientists

Free exchange of views on the key issues of the current global security agenda

Meetings with colleagues and new interesting people, like-minded people and potential partners


You can always find the schedule and topics of events on the main page of the site in the “Calendar of events” section.