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Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg hosted the Baltic Science Network brainstorming seminar. Attendants outlined the Network´s short-, mid- and long-term goals, potential supportive means of spreading research excellence and widening participation through complementary measures tailored for the macro-regional researchers´ mobility.

On 5 – 6 February 2018, Baltic Science Network (BSN) met in Hamburg in order to exchange views on short-, mid- and long-term vision of its evolution. After the recent engagement with the universities based in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and beyond its borders during the 5th Rectors´ Conference of the Baltic University Programme (BUP) and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Baltic Sea Science Day 2018, the joint brainstorming facilitated consultations among BSN members and authors of the BSN commissioned research papers on what would be the most feasible support measures for the researchers based in the BSR.


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A wealth of ideas was dedicated to the topic of which supportive measures should be adopted in order to establish closer ties among researchers specifically within the BSR. Anders Bergström, Coordinator of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Policy Area Education, Research and Employability (PA Education) encouraged seminar´s participants to view the BSR as an interconnected system, where stakeholders are gathered for co-creation in cross-sectorial groups based on multilevel governance. Widening participation and research excellence goes hand-in-hand when the macro-region is forming a joint area for research fostered by the BSN. The importance of focusing on the BSR as an integral part of the European Research Area was stressed not solely by the BSN members but also invited researchers, such as Dr Erkki Karo, Director of the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at the Tallinn University of Technology.


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BSN members had the pleasure of reviewing the selected experts for the BSN expert groups, which will soon start their work towards elaborating BSN focus on photon and neutron science, life sciences and welfare state topics. Thus, the first half of 2018 promises a lot of new insights to the BSN members and a wider circle of stakeholders of the BSR research and higher education domains.

All readers interested in getting to know more details about the latest BSN developments are warmly invited to join the EUSBSR PA Education stakeholder seminar to be held on 12 February 2018 in Stockholm. The condensed overview of BSN publications published so far “Baltic Science Network Brings the Baltic Sea Region Towards an Enhanced Functional Proximity & Inclusive Excellence: Key Messages of the Baltic Science Network Working Papers & Studies Published During the First Phase of the Project Implementation” would serve as a valuable reading material ahead of the event.


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