BSN Mariehamn meeting, image 1

Final months of the Baltic Science Network project phase have started with most attention paid to the finalisation of the Work Packages. Final touches are being added to the last publications and promotional materials ahead of the Brussels event and the Baltic Science Network Closing Conference. Both events will facilitate continuous dissemination of the Network´s results and key findings.

On 26 – 27 September 2018, the Baltic Science Network (BSN) Steering Committee meeting took place in Turku and Mariehamn. Since this is not the first BSN gathering in Turku, it was a good occasion to take a look from a comparative perspective on the progress achieved in the implementation of the project´s milestones. If previous Turku meeting facilitated initial discussions on priority areas, then this time BSN members were introduced to the prioritised mobility tools. The goal is to implement a pilot programme with the selected mobility instruments during the envisaged extension stage of the Baltic Science Network. The upcoming months will be dedicated to design a pilot programme and plan the implementation of the agreed pilot.

This was the last meeting before the Brussels conference titled “The Baltic Sea Region – A Science Powerhouse. The preparations are running smoothly and the registration is open. The BSN is delighted that such high-ranking speakers as Eva Gümbel, Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Equalities of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and Jurgita Petrauskienė, Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science, have confirmed their engagement. Many more projects and initiatives from across the Baltic Sea Region and Europe are joining the BSN and Baltic TRAM facilitated discussions either among the members of the audience or contributing to the exhibition organised next to the conference stage at Solvay Library. The exhibition area will offer further insights into a multitude of research initiatives spanning across a wide spectrum of scientific domains, for example, CalipsoPlus being one of them.

Likewise, the BSN members were informed about the Riga preparatory meeting and progress achieved in the planning of the BSN Closing conference. This public gathering will be taking place on 22 February 2018 at the Academic Centre of the University of Latvia.

The BSN, as a transnational project of a considerable thematic scope, is also preparing an overview of its suggested "dos and don'ts". This listing will be not only of immediate importance to the research cooperation field. It will also offer some advice how to tailor fully fledged macro-regional initiative and its smooth implementation phases. Readers interested in familiarising with this upcoming publication are invited to explore the BSN website during the upcoming months.

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Photos of the gathering are accessible on the CBSS album “Baltic Science Network meeting”.

 

 

Photographer: Jürgen Haacks / Uni Kiel

Photo credits: Jürgen Haacks / Uni Kiel

Baltic Science Network commences its last project period with fruitful discussions on the forthcoming action plans. Among the first Baltic Science Network covered Baltic Sea Region areas, which have launched their in-depth discussions on the future policy measures for enhanced macro-regional cooperation, is Land of Schleswig-Holstein.

On 14 June 2018, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (Land of Schleswig-Holstein) and Kiel University held consultations on the results achieved so far in the Baltic Science Network implementation. Hosts of the meeting invited researchers as well as representatives of the international offices from universities and research institutions based in Schleswig-Holstein to discuss cooperation within the Baltic Sea Region and what new opportunities the latest developments of Baltic Science Network offer to Schleswig-Holstein.

Most of the Baltic Science Network studies and working papers are already made available online. These publications have produced some insightful results which will be taken into consideration once Baltic Science Network members will make their decisions about further steps on the political level. In order to develop reasonable measures for Schleswig-Holstein, the forthcoming regional action plan was discussed during a plenum dedicated to the preliminary recommendations of the Baltic Science Network to strengthen research cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.

The meeting resulted in many constructive ideas that are valuable for the elaboration and implementation of the action plan and the further engagement of Schleswig-Holstein in Baltic Science Network.

 

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Second meeting of the Baltic Science Network welfare state expert group was held under the helm of the Latvian CBSS Presidency. Welfare state research offers plenty of opportunities to address several issues faced by the inhabitants of various ages living across the Baltic Sea Region.

On 29 August 2018, the Baltic Science Network (BSN) welfare state expert group met for the second time in order to dwell into the details of the draft Working Paper which will capture the main findings of this ad-hoc consultative body. In order to ensure that the conclusions and recommendations crafted by the expert group are prepared with an overall awareness regarding the findings and acknowledgements presented by the key forums of the Baltic Sea Region, a number of presentations were planned during the first part of the meeting. Thereby, the work of BSN and its consultative bodies are continuously being developed in close alignment with the latest thinking of the key political forums, which have endorsed it during earlier years.

First and foremost, consultations among welfare state experts benefited from broader insights offered by Ambassador Juris Bone, Chair of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Committee of Senior Officials, on the Latvian Presidency´s priorities and the acknowledgement of ideas presented by the CBSS Vision Group on science, research and innovation cooperation. Likewise, Latvia´s on-going discussions on remigration were briefly outlined by Māra Rūse, chair of the Global Latvians NGO (Ar pasaules pieredzi Latvijā - in Latvian).

The Riga gathering took place right after the 27th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference held in Mariehamn. Since the Resolution covers labour issues, the Riga meeting of BSN welfare state expert group benefited from insights offered by Daria Akhutina, Senior Adviser on Economic Issues of the CBSS Secretariat and co-chair of the BSN welfare state expert group, on the proceedings of the annual gathering of parliamentarians. One of the prominent topics of the debates held among the politicians and relevant stakeholders was a need to properly address the challenges of an aging population. Thus, the BSN welfare state expert group convenes at a telling time when its suggestions match the overall priorities of the political agenda.

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The Riga consultations were finalised with full appreciation of the progress achieved in finalising the Working Paper which will be presented to wider audiences at the end of September.

Photos of the Riga visit are accessible on the CBSS album “Baltic Science Network Discussions in Riga”.

Press release published by the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs “Baltic Science Network experts meet in Riga to discuss cooperation opportunities in higher education, science and research”.

 

 

BSN members are getting ready for the next year´s high level event on science, BSN Closing Conference and the Baltic Sea Science Day.

Baltic Science Network members are getting ready for the next year´s High Level Event on Science, BSN Closing Conference and the Baltic Sea Science Day, all of which will be taking place under the aegis of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, hosted by the Academic Centre of the University of Latvia on the occasion of university´s centenary.

On 30 August 2018, Baltic Science Network members met in Riga with the representatives of the University of Latvia and the Latvian Presidency 2018-2019 of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in order to discuss the programme of the CBSS High Level Event on Science, BSN Closing Conference and the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2019. The overall back-to-back combination of events will be taking place in February 2019 hosted by the Academic Centre of the University of Latvia.

Discussions with a wider set of stakeholders will be tailored according to the BSN focus on mobility in the higher education and research, joint research excellence areas, as well as the Baltic Sea Region specific context of widening participation measures implemented in the European Research Area. The Riga discussions will be a good occasion to revisit findings and solutions proposed in the earlier BSN Working Papers. Likewise, the Baltic Sea Science Day will remain a key occasion for researchers to raise their questions to the BSN representatives, as well as offer their perspectives on certain aspects of researchers´ mobility.

During the final project implementation period Baltic Science Network is putting emphasis on reaching out to the audiences across the Baltic Sea Region, as well as Brussels in order to ensure that its crafted solutions and commissioned findings are made known to various stakeholders of the science, research and higher education domains. While the registration for the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2019 will be opened only within three or four months, all readers keen on engaging in the Brussels´ debates are invited to fill in the registration form for the conference “The Baltic Sea Region - A Science Powerhouse”. It is a joint conference organised by Baltic Science Network and Baltic TRAM in cooperation with Science|Business.

Photo credit: Toms Grīnbergs, Department of Communication and Innovation of the University of LatviaPhoto credit: Toms Grīnbergs, Department of Communication and Innovation of the University of Latvia

Photos of the Riga visit are accessible on the CBSS album “Baltic Science Network Discussions in Riga”.

 

 Research Cooperation Dynamics

Summer is a wonderful time for educational meetings with other young peers from the Baltic Sea Region. One of such occasions was dedicated to discussing research cooperation in general and Baltic Science Network as a specific example in a wider context of the existing macro-regional ties.

On 17 July 2018, participants of the Rotary International Summer Camp were introduced to Baltic Science Network, it being one of the key projects dedicated to the research cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. Baltic Science Network was highlighted as one of the strands of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, since it bears a flagship status under the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability.

During a meeting at the CBSS Secretariat in Stockholm the campers, also being the future students enrolled in the tertiary education, had an opportunity to find out more information about Baltic Science Network and its upcoming events, namely, the Baltic Science Network Final Conference, which will be part of the CBSS High Level Meeting on Science, as well as the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2019.

The meeting held at the CBSS Secretariat is one of those regular occasions, when Baltic Science Network is presented to a wider public.

For more information about the study visit, please explore the CBSS website.

 

 

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Photo credit: Vladimir Mayorov / UNECON

 

On 7 June 2018, Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN) arranged its Annual Forum in St. Petersburg. The event was organised in cooperation with Saint Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON).

The Annual Forums are always dedicated to certain current topic in the field of higher education. This year the topic was “Implementing University Strategy and Mobilities”.

The event featured many good practices examples from universities within the Baltic Sea Region. The good practice examples were presented from different perspectives: university strategies, managing international mobility and mobility programmes perspectives.

Among examples of good practices, the work of Baltic Science Network and its Work Package “Mobility in Research and Higher Education” brought a broader view on the transnational research cooperation trends. Tadas Juknevičius presented ten challenges in the Baltic Sea Region mobility, as identified in the Baltic Science Network Working Paper “Challenges to Researchers´ Mobility in the Baltic Sea Region”. Some approaches were also suggested for further consideration in view of modelling responses to the identified challenges. Mari Leino presented the results of the Baltic Science Network Working Paper “Researcher Mobility Tools in the Baltic Sea Region”. 

 

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Photo credit: Vladimir Mayorov / UNECON

In the following discussion, the audience highlighted that better dissemination of information about the Baltic Sea Region and its offered opportunities is the key. Increasing awareness and making it easy to find information about research, projects and mobility opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region is very important, if we wish to see more mobility in the macro-region.

BSRUN Annual Forum was attended by more than 80 people from eight countries.