The cycle of conferences is named "Leontief Readings" in honour of the Nobel Prize Winner in Economics Wassily Leontief, who gave his name to the Leontief Centre, the organizer of the readings.
Every year in February the conference brings together leading Russian and foreign scientists, politicians, experts, discussing theoretical concepts of social sciences, problems of economic development and political and economic transformation of Russia. The main target audience of the conference is the scientific, business and information community of Russia and St. Petersburg.
On 17-18 February 2017 it was held the XVI Annual International Conference "Leontief Readings" – "Russia 1917 – 2017: European Modernization or Sonderweg?".
On February 2005 Public Committee on Awarding under Leontief Centre decided to establish the International Leontief Medal in nomination "For Contribution to Economic Reforms" in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Wassily Leontief.
On 18 February 2017 the Award Ceremony of International Leontief Medal "For Contribution to Economic Reforms" was held in Mikhailovsky (Engineers’) Castle. Laureates 2016: Ivan Mikloš, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic and Leonid Grigoriev, Chief Adviser to Head of the Analytical Centre under the Government of the Russian Federation.