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Connecting Through Science

Newsletter #4 (Winter 2017)

Latest news from the transnational forum for higher education, science and research cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region

Most Recent Events

Transnational BSN Seminar in Tallinn Was a Success Under the Umbrella of the Estonian EU Council Presidency

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Photo credit: Aron Urb, Foto-Orants OÜ

Tallinn, 16 November 2017: Baltic Science Network´s second phase of implementation will be guided by the encouraging words offered both by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission. Namely, Wolfgang Burtscher, representing DG RTD, brought the audience´s attention to the simple fact that Europe´s talent pool is everywhere. However, unlocking its full potential requires time due to the fact that networking and finding the most appropriate cooperation partners is not a speedy process. Rudolf Niessler, representing DG REGIO, noted the importance of further supporting the engagement of researchers and enterprises in the international communities of innovators, which shape the overall understanding of technological development.

Ambassador Maira Mora, Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, commended the first implementation phase of the Baltic Science Network, and invited the Network members to bear in mind the findings of Baltic TRAM and BONUS, once evaluating potential new measures to enhance the Baltic Sea Region´s research excellence potential.

Klaus von Lepel, BSN Project Director, presented a standpoint of an institution representing the EU15 grouping. He recognised the intertwined character of research advancement by outlining that the EU13 challenges are not just an EU13 issue but also an EU15 issue. Obviously, the EU15 institutions are interested in benefiting from cooperation with EU-based institutions embodying growing research competitiveness and renowned expertise.

For more information please consult the BSN website here and the CBSS website here.

 

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Baltic Science Network Rests Committed to Spreading Excellence

Tallinn, 15 November 2017: Baltic Science Network held a Steering Committee meeting with a concluding discussion on the joint non-paper dedicated to the Framework Programme 9. Likewise, the Network members shared initial thoughts on the future guiding thematic areas of joint transnational strategies themed as welfare state, photon and neutron sciences and life sciences. These suggested broad thematic areas serve as the initial point of departure. Consequently, expert groups will be established that will hone the exact niche of common interest. In order to enrich the Network´s awareness of the potential future support measures for research cooperation across the Baltic Sea Region, a brainstorming workshop facilitated by Gaia Group, was held during the concluding phase of the BSN meeting.

For more information please consult the BSN website here.

 

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Baltic Science Network Discussed During the 26th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference

Hamburg, 3 – 5 September 2017: Hamburg hosted the 26th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, which paid specific attention to more nuanced discussions on science cooperation under the title “Innovative Science”. Baltic Science Network was one of the central discussion topics of the notable gathering of Baltic Sea Region´s parliamentarians.

Excerpts from the Conference Resolution:

17§ “promote the further development of the Baltic Sea Science Network to enhance macro-regional dimensions of science and research policy from which higher education and research institutions should benefit and to thus create a supra-regional network that provides an “administrative network” in addition to the existing “scientific network” to manage the scientific cooperation in a useful and targeted way, especially in the framework of the project “Baltic Science Network””

21§ “recognise the EUSBSRs Policy Area Innovation and Policy Area Education commitment to ensure prosperous, sustainable and competitive region based on front running innovation, research and higher education activities as “a common good” and highlight the importance of developing measures to overcome innovation and performance gaps in the region”

22§ “strengthen citizen awareness of education and science as important innovation resources through suitable measures”

23§ “referring to the success of the Baltic Sea Science Day held for the first time in St. Petersburg on 8 February 2017, to support and promote the continuation of this initiative as a useful tool for the intensification of scientific cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region and for improving the visibility of the Region´s achievements and potential in the field of science, research and innovation”

27§ “improve the short-term mobility possibilities of researchers by providing unbureaucratic support outside of large funded projects to allow for more flexibility in visibility and international research collaboration and a better integration of the Baltic Sea Region research landscape, to intensify the mobility of teaching professionals and students by stipend programmes for mobility within the Baltic Sea Region imparting the benefits of scientific and cultural exchanges and while strengthening and to promoting summer schools as well as exchange programmes in the Baltic Sea Region”

For more information please consult the BSN website here.

 

Upcoming Events

Turku, 25 January 2018: The second CBSS conference Baltic Sea Science Day will be taking place during the 5th Baltic University Programme Rectors´ Conference and overall celebrations of the 100-year anniversary of Åbo Akademi University.

 

Baltic Science Network in the Baltic Sea Region´s Headlines

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Baltic Science Network Contributes to the Lithuanian Discussions on Widening Participation

Vilnius, 21 November 2017: The Baltic Science Network “Study on Research Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region: Existing Networks, Obstacles and Ways Forward” was presented by Dr. Žilvinas Martinaitis, Research Manager at Visionary Analytics, during the conference “Widening Lithuanian Research Potential” hosted by the Research Council of Lithuania in Vilnius. The event was dedicated to the launch of the Lithuanian Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) office in Brussels (LINO).

For more information please consult the BSN website here.

 

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Baltic Science Network Presented to the Corporate Governance Experts

Gdańsk, 19 – 20 October 2017: Baltic Science Network was presented by its Polish representative, Angelika Kędzierska-Szczepaniak, Vice-Dean for Students and International Relations of the University of Gdańsk, to the attendants of the conference “Corporate Governance and Finance Conference”.

For more information please consult the BSN website here.

 

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What does the Blue Growth bring to Baltic Science Network?

Tallinn, 17-19 October 2017: The first BONUS Symposium brought about new evidences and knowledge for improved management of marine living resources in the Baltic Sea. The research findings discussed during this event are of potential relevance to the Baltic Science Network and its ongoing exploration of blue growth´s role in researchers’ mobility.

For more information please consult the BSN website here.

 

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Photo credit: University of Latvia

Baltic Science Network Discussed During the BSRUN Forum in Riga

Riga, 19 October 2017: The Baltic Science Network was noted by the Network´s stakeholders during the Annual Forum 2017 of the Baltic Sea Region University Network "Universities as the bridge between East and West" held in Riga.

For more information please consult the BSN website here.

 

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Baltic Science Network Presented to the Polish Researchers

Sopot/ Nynäshamn, 7-10 October 2017: The Baltic Science Network was presented by its Polish representative, Angelika Kędzierska-Szczepaniak, Vice-Dean for Students and International Relations of the University of Gdańsk, to the attendants of the conference “Value Management”.

For more information please consult the BSN website here.

 

 

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Baltic Science Network Joins the European Cooperation Day Celebrations

Baltic Science Network acknowledged the value of the motto ‘sharing borders, growing closer’ of the celebration of the European Cooperation Day, since the Network is inherently dependent on solutions mapped on the basis of mutual understanding and joint commitment. There is no better way how to describe Baltic Science Network´s modus operandi then ʹto go far, go togetherʹ, since advancement of research excellence, which is the thematic focus of the Network, is dependent on vibrant interactions between the most promising minds and policy-makers supporting their aspirations.

To explore in more detail Baltic Science Network´s reflections on the European Cooperation Day please consult the BSN website here.

 

Baltic Science Network on Other Baltic Sea Region´s and International Platforms

Baltic Science Network transnational seminar “New Tools for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation in Research and Innovation Programmes” promoted on the website of the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia, calendar of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, BSRUN website and the EU Newsroom, EARSC website, ERA Portal Austria, Research in Germany website, Nederlandse Grondwet, Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU website, NCP_WIDE.NET.

The role of Baltic University programme in Baltic Science Network, as well as Baltic Science Network publications are promoted on the Baltic University Programme Newsletter #52 here.

 

Recent Publications Related to the Baltic Science Network

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Baltic Science Network presents an overview of potential solutions to the existing challenges associated with the researcher mobility in the Baltic Sea Region in the Working Paper “Challenges to Researchers' Mobility in the Baltic Sea Region prepared by Lithuania´s Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) in the framework of the Work Package 4 “Mobility in Research & Higher Education”. For more information please consult the accompanying press release here.

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Work Package 5 “Study on Research Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region: Existing Networks, Obstacles and Ways Forward” defines the barriers for widened participation of the new EU Member States (EU-13) in the EU Framework Programmes. The findings of this widening study provide a Baltic Sea Region-focused perspective on the concept Robert K. Merton described in sociology as a biblical Matthew effect, where, essentially, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. For more information please consult the Executive Summary and accompanying press release here.

image014Baltic Science Network marks another step closer towards the finalisation of its national action plans by presenting to the wider readership the survey “Participation in ERA and Baltic Sea RDI Initiatives and Activities: Analysis and Policy Implications for Widening Participation of Strong and Moderate Innovators” prepared in the framework of the Work Package 5 “Widening Participation”. The main finding is that the lack of functional proximity is the main challenge hampering more active RDI cooperation among relevant peers based in the Baltic Sea Region. For more information please consult the Executive Summary and accompanying press release here. The study is also accessible on the DSpace Repository hosted by the University of Tartu.

Baltic Science Network is one of the central topics of the Baltic University Programme´s Annual Report 2016.

Baltic Science Network, as one of the two cornerstones of the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda, is discussed in the report“ Multi-Level Governance of Innovation and Smart Specialisation” prepared in the framework of the BSN sister project Baltic TRAM (Transnational Access in Macro-Region). The report is also accessible on the Smart Specialisation Platform.

The CBSS Annual Report for the Icelandic Presidency 2016-2017 offers an insight in the role of the Baltic Science Network in the on-going dialogue among the Four Councils of the North.

 

BSN leaflet is available online

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Header of the newsletter includes a graphic recording by Raquel Benmergui.