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Baltic Science Network Steering Committee meeting took place back-to-back with the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in Berlin. The meeting was devoted to furthering the on-going discussion on jointly chosen areas for research excellence and BSN position advocacy in relation to the upcoming Framework Programme 9. The exchange of ideas was enriched by an insight in the latest Baltic Science Network´s commissioned study on Baltic Sea Region areas of academic excellence.
 
The Baltic Science Network (BSN) session “Creating the future of the Baltic Sea Region: Better competitiveness through joint research cooperation?” of the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) paved way for continued discussion on which domains of research excellence would best serve the macro-regional goal of jointly advancing effective responses to the societal challenges. The Steering Committee meeting took place at the Representation of the City of Hamburg in Berlin. The BSN Project Director Klaus von Lepel was pleased to inform the BSN Steering Committee that BSN´s first wave of enlargement seems to be not the last one, since there are other Baltic Sea Region stakeholders interested in engaging in the Network.
 
The reflection process on the key areas for facilitated researcher cooperation was supported by Prof. Dr. Kazimierz Musial, representing the Scientific Foundation Norden Centrum. He provided first insights in the on-going research dedicated to the research excellence across Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The initial findings indicate that there is a strong support to life sciences, marine sciences and research on climate change, as well as a good academic track record in terms of outstanding academic publications. Moreover, since several of the Network members have an enduring experience in European fund management and strong engagement in the Cohesion Policy advancement, then the smart specialisation has played a prominent role in shaping the research, science and higher education landscape in terms of niche areas prioritised so far.
 
The sustainability of BSN as a transnational platform for research mobility facilitation was debated in the light of the on-going work towards finalising the BSN Statutes. Due to this notable aspect of BSN, the Network members were especially pleased to greet the Ministry of Education and Research of Norway among the Steering Group members.
 
Likewise, another prominent item on the agenda was the discussion of BSN joint position on the Framework Programme 9. Such an initiative is considered to further advance BSN aspirations to ensure sustainable support to its agreed focus areas for enhanced BSR-wide researcher mobility.
 
The meeting was concluded with a brief outline of the upcoming second CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day to be celebrated on 24 – 26 January 2018 in Turku. BSN members as key stakeholders of the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda were invited to mark this event in their calendar as well as share their thoughts on the most relevant topics for discussions.
 
Photos of the Baltic Science Network Steering Committee meeting are accessible on the CBSS album here.