Baltic Science Network was presented during the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme´s workshop Moving towards smart specialization 2.0 – added value of cooperating in project platforms in Helsinki.

 BSN discussed in the smart specialisation context

On 2 June 2017, Ms Riita Mustonen, Director of Development at the University of Turku, represented the Baltic Science Network during the workshop Moving towards smart specialization 2.0 – added value of cooperating in project platforms in Helsinki, Finland. Since Baltic Science Network addresses existing challenges in the macro-regional researcher mobility domain, the project´s findings served as a valuable insight to other panel members interested in exploring how to best address the remaining barriers in the regional cooperation.
 
The event brought together representatives of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the Smart Specialisation Platform of the European Commission as well as Interreg programmes and projects. The workshop focused on the topic of innovation. Panellists shared their perspectives on the added value of building up cooperation platforms for projects and identified the most important stakeholders in this field. Smart specialisation has been selected as the overarching approach to frame project cooperation.
 
This discussion will feed into the terms of reference for a call on project platforms to be co-financed by Interreg Baltic Sea Region that will be announced later this year. Baltic Science Network recognises the importance and value of the upcoming project platforms and rests committed to provide further information regarding its activities in order to showcase the project´s adopted best practices to the wider community of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme´s stakeholders and other funding Programmes in the area.