June 2017 turns out to be a dynamic and busy month for Baltic Science Network. Last week´s discussions in Berlin during the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region were followed by the introduction to the Network during the Policy Area Education Stakeholder Seminar in Stockholm.

 BSN showcased to the Policy Area Education audiences

On 20 June 2017, the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions hosted the Policy Area Education stakeholder seminar in Stockholm. The event was aimed at showcasing flagships of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). Baltic Science Network (BSN) was presented by Leif Eriksson, Swedish Research Council.
 
Leif Eriksson introduced the attendants of the seminar to the main goals of the Network as well highlighted the website as a source of information about the progress. As an example he highlighted the most recent BSN publication “Challenges and barriers to research cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region”. In order to provide a brief glimpse in the findings captured by the report, he indicated one of the identified challenges of existing structures and programmes, such as NordForsk and BONUS, covering only parts of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) or selected research topics. The solution to this challenge would be to expand the existing structures to facilitate researcher mobility on a broader BSR geographical scale and support more research areas. BSN sees the potential of paving the way for further cooperation measures which would complement the existing BONUS and NordForsk efforts.
 
The seminar also served to acknowledge the value of the first CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day as a crucial forum for enabling broader reflections on how does science and research cooperation in the BSR add up to the overall efforts in advancing the prosperity and sustainability of the macro-region. Anders Bergström, Policy Area Education Coordinator, also informed the seminar attendants regarding the upcoming second CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day to be celebrated in January 2018 in Turku.