High time for expanding the talent pool
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On 28 March 2018, the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability (PA Education) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) organised a stakeholder seminar in Warsaw. Baltic Science Network was presented by Mr Tomasz Jałukowicz, representing the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which is an associated organisation of the Baltic Science Network.
 
The seminar attendants were introduced to the main goals and members of the Network. The follow-up discussions, organised during the parallel session titled “Improving quality of education and vocational training through work-based learning and fostering entrepreneurial mindsets”, resulted in suggestions to seek new ways how to attract more students to the Baltic Sea Region. Thus, the workshop testifies that attraction of talent to the Baltic Sea Region is high on the agenda of a number of institutions which are offering an internationally accessible tertiary education. Likewise, closer cooperation between universities and prospective employers of the graduates was emphasised.
 
In addition to Baltic Science Network, several EUSBSR flagship projects, such as the Baltic University Programme, were presented. Bearing in mind that Baltic University Programme is a member of the Baltic Science Network, the Network is delighted to witness such continuous outreach activities of the Programme. It should be noted that Baltic University Programme along the Baltic Science Network was presented also during the earlier PA Education stakeholder seminars in Riga and Tallinn.
 
 
 

Future of the European Research Area

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Baltic Science Network as an avid reader of the European perspectives on the future of higher education and research, pays attention to one of the trends identified by the European Political Strategy Centre. “Europe may have invented universities, but now it is time to reinvent them” tallies with the overall Baltic Science Network´s aspirations to enhance the research competitiveness and science excellence delivered by the Baltic Sea Region through enhanced mobility of researchers. As one of the most vivid examples of such aspirations serve the Baltic Science Network Policy Paper Regarding the Framework Programme 9. This document testifies to the overall commitment of Baltic Science Network members to shape the future of the European Research Area on the basis of a multilateral dialogue, common values and perspectives.

The Baltic Science Network Policy Paper Regarding the Framework Programme 9 proves that Baltic Science Network highly appreciates its outstanding pool of political endorsements and is ready to respond the political call for advice and action.

All parties interested in the evolution of the debate revolving around the future Framework Programme are invited to familiarise with the policy paper, which represents one of the notable voices emanating from the Baltic Sea Region.

Baltic Science Network Policy Paper Regarding the Framework Programme 9 is part of the Interreg Vb Baltic Sea Region Programme´s funded project Output 2.3 “Development and dissemination of policy recommendations for the EU level”.


 

BSN Press Release no. 39

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Four months after having hosted thorough and multi-faceted discussions on research potential of the Baltic Sea Region and widening measures adopted in the framework of the European Research Area, a new gathering in Tallinn helped to promote among the macro-regional peers the wealth of publications prepared, commissioned and discussed among Baltic Science Network members.

On 19 March 2018, the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability (PA Education) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) organised a stakeholder seminar in Tallinn.

Estonian Ministry of Education and Research presented Baltic Science Network. The PA Education stakeholder seminar in Tallinn was a splendid opportunity to inform wider macro-regional stakeholders about the key conclusions of the Baltic Science Seminar “New Tools for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation in R&I Programmes” held last November in Tallinn under the helm of the Estonian EU Presidency.

In addition to Baltic Science Network, several EUSBSR flagship projects, such as the Baltic University Programme, were presented. Bearing in mind that Baltic University Programme is a member of the Baltic Science Network, the Network is delighted to witness such extensive outreach activities of the Programme. It should be noted that Baltic University Programme along the Baltic Science Network was presented also during the PA Education stakeholder seminar in Riga.

The participants of the PA Education seminar in Tallinn took the opportunity to network, share contacts and exchange ideas on how to strengthen their involvement in collaborative activities of the Baltic Sea Region. Likewise, options for future EUSBSR and Interreg cooperation were discussed.

The EUSBSR PA Education stakeholder seminar in Tallinn was part of a chain of the EUSBSR PA Education events held across the Baltic Sea Region. Readers of this press release based in Poland are invited to register for the upcoming stakeholder seminar in Warsaw.

 

BSN press Release no. 38

The upcoming 2nd CBSS Science Ministerial, closing conference of the Baltic Science Network and the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2019 were presented to the wider audiences during the EUSBSR Policy Area Education, Research and Employability stakeholder seminar in Riga.

On 15 March 2018, the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability (PA Education) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) organised a stakeholder seminar in Riga, hosted by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia.

Ronalds Štrauhs, Baltic Science Network Project Manager at the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia, presented the project´s core areas of on-going consultations and elaborated on the thematic areas – photon & neutron science, life sciences and welfare state – of the expert working groups.

The Riga event served as a great occasion to introduce a wider pool of macro-regional stakeholders to the upcoming 2nd Science Ministerial of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) to be hosted during the Latvian CBSS Chairmanship, as well as the closing conference of the Baltic Science Network and the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2019 which will all be organised in a back-to-back set-up during the first half of 2019.

The EUSBSR PA Education stakeholder seminar in Riga was part of a chain of the EUSBSR PA Education events held across the Baltic Sea Region. Readers of this press release based in Poland are invited to register for the upcoming stakeholder seminar in Warsaw.

 

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Baltic Science Network explorative study “Scientific Excellence: Joint Potentials in the Baltic Sea Region” paves the way for the work of three expert groups. The multi-faceted research paper elaborates on the topicality of marine research and maritime technology, cultural heritage and identity, life sciences (including health, medicine, biochemistry and genetics), welfare society and materials science in the research ecosystems of the countries of the Baltic Sea Region.

The initial results of the explorative study “Scientific Excellence: Joint Potentials in the Baltic Sea Region” were presented during the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region during the Baltic Science Network (BSN) seminarCreating the future of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR):  Better competitiveness through joint research cooperation?”. The last fine-tuning of this body of research and concluding discussion among the BSN members regarding its contents took place during the BSN brainstorming seminar held at the beginning of February 2018 in Hamburg.

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This study aims to find new opportunities for cooperation in science strategies in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).  As a starting point, the study takes existing areas of scientific excellence, research infrastructure, and international scientific cooperation between BSR countries. 

This body of research consists of two stages.  Firstly, it identifies examples of excellent research in the BSR and major scientific cooperation between the countries of the BSR. 

Secondly, it considers current research strategies and objectives at various governance levels.  The report aims to find correlations between the first and second stages, matching scientific excellence and potential with science policy. 

In conclusion, the study suggests that these five research areas show the most potential for development and cooperation between the countries of the BSR:

  • Marine research and maritime technology;
  • Cultural heritage and identity;
  • Life sciences (including health, medicine, biochemistry and genetics);
  • Welfare society;
  • Materials science.

BSN explorative study will be a thought provoking reading for the upcoming work of the three expert groups focused on the photon and neutron science, life sciences and welfare state. These consultative bodies will prepare recommendations for joint transnational strategies tailored for specific areas of scientific excellence.

BSN wants to thank all 30 interviewees for their provided insights and invites macro-regional stakeholders, as well as experts of the specific domains to familiarise with this body of analysis and offer their perspectives during one of the upcoming public debates facilitated by BSN.
 
 
 

BSN Presented During A Macroregional Seminar

Baltic Science Network was presented during the stakeholder seminar tailored for macroregional audiences. Since over the last months Baltic Science Network has produced a wealth of studies and proposed various policy measures, the seminar was a great occasion to invite a broader pool of experts to familiarise with the Baltic Science Network´s findings.

On 12 February 2018, the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability (PA Education) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) hosted a seminar dedicated to the latest developments of macroregional governance and PA Education flagships. Baltic Science Network (BSN) was presented by Leif Eriksson, Swedish Research Council. Bearing in mind the considerable lengthiness of certain BSN publications, this gathering allowed to introduce wider audiences to the recently published summary of BSN Working Papers and Studies as a much more condensed insight.

The CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2018 was briefly highlighted by Zane Šime, Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Secretariat, in order to follow-up on earlier remarks expressed in relation to the event during the previous PA Education seminar. BSN as a committed macroregional actor with a dynamic work schedule is ready to engage during the next PA Education stakeholder seminar scheduled in June 2018 in order to present the latest developments of its work.


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