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Baltic Science Network sparked a lively discussion during the Fehmarnbelt Days 2016 held in Hamburg. On the basis of this promising note, Fehmarnbelt Days 2018 organised in Malmӧ allowed to inform stakeholders of ESS & MAX IV: Cross Border Science and Society about the latest developments of Baltic Science Network.

On 29 May 2018, Klaus von Lepel, Project Director, engaged in the panel dedicated to the regional development during the session “Developing Common Life and Materials Science Region in the Fehmarnbelt Geography”. Hamburg´s Baltic Sea Region Strategy for Science and Research served as an initial point of reference for further elaboration on the transnational outreach and rationale behind the establishment of Baltic Science Network. The proactive character of Baltic Science Network is characterised by its published Policy Paper on the Framework Programme 9, as well as engagement in the European science diplomacy discussions.

Panellists shared an overall appreciation of talent attraction and retention, since such notable research facilities as MAX IV and European Spallation Source will require considerable pool of skilful users to unleash their full potential and ensure all benefits that a wider society could receive from the offered research intense solutions. In addition, multi-level governance comes to the fore, once closer cross-border and multilateral cooperation is considered.

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May has been a promising month filled with content rich stakeholder consultations. June looks even more impressive with the awaited welfare state researchers´ debates, scheduled back-to-back with the 9th EUSBSR Forum, as well as BSRUN Annual Forum 2018 and second meeting of photon & neutron science expert group. Fehmarnbelt Days 2018 served as a much appreciated bridging element of this dynamic agenda.