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Baltic Science Network explorative study “Scientific Excellence: Joint Potentials in the Baltic Sea Region” paves the way for the work of three expert groups. The multi-faceted research paper elaborates on the topicality of marine research and maritime technology, cultural heritage and identity, life sciences (including health, medicine, biochemistry and genetics), welfare society and materials science in the research ecosystems of the countries of the Baltic Sea Region.

The initial results of the explorative study “Scientific Excellence: Joint Potentials in the Baltic Sea Region” were presented during the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region during the Baltic Science Network (BSN) seminarCreating the future of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR):  Better competitiveness through joint research cooperation?”. The last fine-tuning of this body of research and concluding discussion among the BSN members regarding its contents took place during the BSN brainstorming seminar held at the beginning of February 2018 in Hamburg.

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This study aims to find new opportunities for cooperation in science strategies in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).  As a starting point, the study takes existing areas of scientific excellence, research infrastructure, and international scientific cooperation between BSR countries. 

This body of research consists of two stages.  Firstly, it identifies examples of excellent research in the BSR and major scientific cooperation between the countries of the BSR. 

Secondly, it considers current research strategies and objectives at various governance levels.  The report aims to find correlations between the first and second stages, matching scientific excellence and potential with science policy. 

In conclusion, the study suggests that these five research areas show the most potential for development and cooperation between the countries of the BSR:

  • Marine research and maritime technology;
  • Cultural heritage and identity;
  • Life sciences (including health, medicine, biochemistry and genetics);
  • Welfare society;
  • Materials science.

BSN explorative study will be a thought provoking reading for the upcoming work of the three expert groups focused on the photon and neutron science, life sciences and welfare state. These consultative bodies will prepare recommendations for joint transnational strategies tailored for specific areas of scientific excellence.

BSN wants to thank all 30 interviewees for their provided insights and invites macro-regional stakeholders, as well as experts of the specific domains to familiarise with this body of analysis and offer their perspectives during one of the upcoming public debates facilitated by BSN.