The single convention and exhibition space at Lenexpo consists of 10 conference halls with capacity for 24 to 2,800 people, numerous meeting rooms, and spacious halls connected to the exhibition pavilions. The unique layout means that congress events of all types and scales can be held, from local corporate seminars and industry conferences to one of the most significant events in the economic life of Russia - the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). In 2012, over 5,300 SPIEF participants came to Lenexpo, with official delegations from 77 countries.

Specifications of the Lenexpo conference halls

name of hall (to see a
plan of the hall, click
on the name)
of hall
of ceiling
Theatre Class U-shaped Negotiations T-shaped Round table Banquet
7.1 991.4 5.70 1192 - - - - - -
7.2 213 3,60 200 112 101 106 - 106 -
7.3 100.3 3,80 80 - - - - - -
7.4 84,1 3,80 - - 32 - - - -
Transformer 3234 12,00 2800 1702 - - - - -


Congress Department

Maria Lagun
Tl.: +7 (812) 240-40-40 (ext. 2303)

Seating options

Room layouts and seating plans


Participants sit at tables/desks facing the podium/rostrum/stage. There must be sufficient aisle space between rows. Ideally, there should be no more than 2-4 people between aisles in any one row.
This is an excellent seating plan for conferences and educational events, etc., as there is enough room for each participant to sit comfortably, spread out papers, and make notes at the table.

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The seating is similar to Class, but without desks. The hall is lined with rows of seats. This seating plan accommodates the maximum number of people. If the width of the room is greater than its length, an amphitheatre seating option can be employed. In this case, the edges of the rows are set in a semi-circle shape to give those seated at the ends a better view.  

This is a good seating option for conferences, briefings, educational events, and other events where a large number of people need to be seated in one room.

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N.B. the actual table may be square. It is important that all participants sit at the same table so that they can see and talk to each other. This is a democratic seating option, allowing everyone to interact in an equal setting.
This form of interaction dates back to the time of King Arthur, when the round table ensured that all the knights had equal rights to speak and make collective decisions. However, if there is a 'king' among the group, i.e. a chair, there is still a hierarchy, despite the equal rights to speak. The more senior participants should be seated nearer to the chair, with the most senior of all on his or her right.

This is a good seating plan for debates, discussions, and other interactive events.
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If there are two clearly defined groups of participants, they can be seated at different sides of the table with the leaders seated opposite each other.  

This arrangement is ideal for negotiations between groups of similar status.

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To highlight the hierarchy during negotiations or discussions, a T-shaped seating plan can be set up. In this case, the most senior members or chair can be seated at the head of the table, perpendicular to the other participants, who can be seated opposite each other in their separate groups.

This seating plan is suitable for meetings or negotiations between 'hosts' and 'visitors', where the 'host' leaders sit at the head of the table.

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This seating plan can also be used for negotiations, but in this set-up the layout of tables allows the speaker to walk between the tables. In addition, the U-shaped plan can be used to divide the audience into 1-3 subgroups.  

This is very convenient for seminars, presentations, and banquets as the speaker can approach each participant and speak to them personally.

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A number of small tables are arranged throughout the hall so that participants can sit around them and converse with one another. In this format, only short speeches are possible (part of the audience will always have their backs to the speaker which will make them feel uncomfortable). The tables can be numbered and arranged so that people are seated next to others with similar interests.

This option is often used for a series of presentations or for banquets.

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A number of small tables are set up in the hall with participants seated only on one side of them, facing the stage or rostrum. This allows performances or shows to be put on.

This seating plan is intended for informal gatherings as the tables will probably end up laden with food and drink. However, this can also be a useful arrangement for presentations and discussions in small groups.

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High tables are set up in the hall, and the participants move around freely, chatting amongst themselves. There is usually a bar in the corner with drinks, and a row of tables with food laid out. The tables of food can be placed in the middle of the room so that the participants can approach them from all sides.  

As everyone is left to their own devices, this lends itself to informal discussions and small talk. The challenge facing the organisers is to make it as easy as possible for participants to talk to each other. It is important to have organisers mingling in the hall to introduce guests to each other and facilitate conversation.