The first European Forum for Young Professionals "Pilorama Lab" took place in July 2012 at the Memorial Centre of the History of Political Repressions "Perm 36".
The core idea of "Pilorama Lab" was to give young professionals from all over Europe an opportunity to come together, to exchange and discuss civil society issues as well as to transfer their knowledge to the International Civil Forum "Pilorama", covering generation gaps among professionals and extending partnership networks.
"Pilorama Lab" brought together 120 participants and experts from more than 15 European countries.
Interdisciplinary master classes had been led on the following topics:
- Urban Space. Environment. Civic Participation
- National Identity. Ethno-economics. Ecology
- Historical Legacy. Civic Education. Design
- Social Entrepreneurship. Businesses and NGOs
- Framing "Pilorama Lab"
The final discussion of the forum, "European Civil Society: Space for Dialogue between Citizens and States", created a bridge to the International Civil Forum "Pilorama".
"Pilorama Lab" was initiated by the Civic Engagement Institute (Russia), the Memorial Centre of the History of Political Repressions "Perm 36" (Russia), MitOst e.V. (Germany), and the German-Russian Exchange (Germany-Russia), and supported by the EU–Russia Civil Society Forum, the Ministry of Culture, Youth Policy, and Mass Communications of the Perm Region, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Perm Region as well as within the Programme of European Union "Youth in Action".
After the successful start of "Pilorama Lab", the organizers decided to make the forum an annual event.