Invitation for the academic, researcher and policy manager community to contribute to the enhancement of Baltic Sea Region-wide mobility

In the framework of the Baltic Science Network MOSTA (Lithuanian governmental research and policy advisory organization) is launching a survey on the Baltic Sea Region-wide academic and researchers’ mobility trends, challenges and potential solutions.

The survey is designed to offer an opportunity for transnational research and academic mobility experts from the managing authorities, as well as researchers and academics based in the Council of the Baltic Sea States´ (CBSS) Member States to provide an assessment of academic and research mobility schemes implemented thus far in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as propose further enhancements to tackle the existing mobility shortfalls.

The survey offers a separate template for research and academic mobility experts from managing authorities (accessible here), as well as a separate template for academic and research community representatives (accessible here).

The goal of the research is to learn how – if it does – the researchers’ mobility impacts the academic performance and transnational competitiveness of the CBSS Member States, as well as individual institutions based in the Baltic Sea Region.

The scope of the surveys covers decision makers, administrators and researchers in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Russia (North Western Region). Should you be a representative of one of the communities invited to the survey, please do not hesitate to make your voice heard. It is a unique opportunity for you as a researcher or a stakeholder of the transnational mobility to become part of the Baltic Science Network and shape its recommendations by devoting five minutes of your time to fill in the survey form.

The results of both surveys will feed into the preparation of Baltic Science Network´s proposals for transnational strategies each designed for a specific area of scientific excellence. These proposals are aimed as guidance for national and regional implementation plans.

Since Baltic Science Network is a flagship of the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the survey is of macro-regional importance. Thus, its findings will also have an impact on the way macro-regional approach is shaped in addressing the matters related to research and academic competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region. Moreover, the results and conclusions drawn from the survey responses will bear relevance to the future shaping of the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda. The results and analysis of the survey results will be published on the Baltic Science Network´s website.