BSN members are getting ready for the next year´s high level event on science, BSN Closing Conference and the Baltic Sea Science Day.

Baltic Science Network members are getting ready for the next year´s High Level Event on Science, BSN Closing Conference and the Baltic Sea Science Day, all of which will be taking place under the aegis of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, hosted by the Academic Centre of the University of Latvia on the occasion of university´s centenary.

On 30 August 2018, Baltic Science Network members met in Riga with the representatives of the University of Latvia and the Latvian Presidency 2018-2019 of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in order to discuss the programme of the CBSS High Level Event on Science, BSN Closing Conference and the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2019. The overall back-to-back combination of events will be taking place in February 2019 hosted by the Academic Centre of the University of Latvia.

Discussions with a wider set of stakeholders will be tailored according to the BSN focus on mobility in the higher education and research, joint research excellence areas, as well as the Baltic Sea Region specific context of widening participation measures implemented in the European Research Area. The Riga discussions will be a good occasion to revisit findings and solutions proposed in the earlier BSN Working Papers. Likewise, the Baltic Sea Science Day will remain a key occasion for researchers to raise their questions to the BSN representatives, as well as offer their perspectives on certain aspects of researchers´ mobility.

During the final project implementation period Baltic Science Network is putting emphasis on reaching out to the audiences across the Baltic Sea Region, as well as Brussels in order to ensure that its crafted solutions and commissioned findings are made known to various stakeholders of the science, research and higher education domains. While the registration for the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2019 will be opened only within three or four months, all readers keen on engaging in the Brussels´ debates are invited to fill in the registration form for the conference “The Baltic Sea Region - A Science Powerhouse”. It is a joint conference organised by Baltic Science Network and Baltic TRAM in cooperation with Science|Business.

Photo credit: Toms Grīnbergs, Department of Communication and Innovation of the University of LatviaPhoto credit: Toms Grīnbergs, Department of Communication and Innovation of the University of Latvia

Photos of the Riga visit are accessible on the CBSS album “Baltic Science Network Discussions in Riga”.

 

 Research Cooperation Dynamics

Summer is a wonderful time for educational meetings with other young peers from the Baltic Sea Region. One of such occasions was dedicated to discussing research cooperation in general and Baltic Science Network as a specific example in a wider context of the existing macro-regional ties.

On 17 July 2018, participants of the Rotary International Summer Camp were introduced to Baltic Science Network, it being one of the key projects dedicated to the research cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. Baltic Science Network was highlighted as one of the strands of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, since it bears a flagship status under the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability.

During a meeting at the CBSS Secretariat in Stockholm the campers, also being the future students enrolled in the tertiary education, had an opportunity to find out more information about Baltic Science Network and its upcoming events, namely, the Baltic Science Network Final Conference, which will be part of the CBSS High Level Meeting on Science, as well as the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2019.

The meeting held at the CBSS Secretariat is one of those regular occasions, when Baltic Science Network is presented to a wider public.

For more information about the study visit, please explore the CBSS website.

 

 

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Photo credit: Vladimir Mayorov / UNECON

 

On 7 June 2018, Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN) arranged its Annual Forum in St. Petersburg. The event was organised in cooperation with Saint Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON).

The Annual Forums are always dedicated to certain current topic in the field of higher education. This year the topic was “Implementing University Strategy and Mobilities”.

The event featured many good practices examples from universities within the Baltic Sea Region. The good practice examples were presented from different perspectives: university strategies, managing international mobility and mobility programmes perspectives.

Among examples of good practices, the work of Baltic Science Network and its Work Package “Mobility in Research and Higher Education” brought a broader view on the transnational research cooperation trends. Tadas Juknevičius presented ten challenges in the Baltic Sea Region mobility, as identified in the Baltic Science Network Working Paper “Challenges to Researchers´ Mobility in the Baltic Sea Region”. Some approaches were also suggested for further consideration in view of modelling responses to the identified challenges. Mari Leino presented the results of the Baltic Science Network Working Paper “Researcher Mobility Tools in the Baltic Sea Region”. 

 

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Photo credit: Vladimir Mayorov / UNECON

In the following discussion, the audience highlighted that better dissemination of information about the Baltic Sea Region and its offered opportunities is the key. Increasing awareness and making it easy to find information about research, projects and mobility opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region is very important, if we wish to see more mobility in the macro-region.

BSRUN Annual Forum was attended by more than 80 people from eight countries.

 

 

BSN Welfare State Expert Group meeting in Tallinn

Baltic Science Network expert group dedicated to the welfare state met for the first time right after the 9TH Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region held in Tallinn. National and transnational welfare state research agendas offer plenty of opportunities to advance multilateral research cooperation for the overall prosperity of the Baltic Sea Region.

On 6 June 2018, Baltic Science Network expert group dedicated to the welfare state met in Tallinn right after the 9th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). This was the first occasion when the vibrant work, which thus far organised in a virtually distributed network, was complemented with a meeting in person. Experts from across the Baltic Sea Region shared a wealth of insights from various collaborative initiatives, which have contributed to a better understanding of the welfare state evolution and factors influencing the current set-up of the social systems across the Baltic Sea Region and Europe.

Insights from such initiatives and occasions as the CBSS High-Level Meeting of the Representatives of the Labour Ministries, Welfare State Futures: Our Children´s Europe (WelfSOC), Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet Baltics) were some of the sources of insight presented during the meeting for further work towards finalising a Working Paper of the expert group, which will be submitted for further consideration among the Baltic Science Network members next Fall.

The Tallinn conclusions and agreed work schedule paved a promising way forward for the second gathering of the group scheduled on 29 August 2018 in Riga.

 

 

 

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Baltic Science Network is an integral part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The 9th Annual Forum of the Strategy testified that the macroregional potential in the Baltic Sea Region cannot be fully realised without strong research foundations.  

On 5 June 2018, Baltic Science Network was presented to the attendants of the 9th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) during the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability session at the Networking Village. Macroregional stakeholders were introduced to the two upcoming events – conference in Brussels organised together with Baltic TRAM in November 2018, as well as the upcoming Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) High-Level Meeting in February 2019, to which Baltic Science Network Final Conference will be an integral part. The CBSS High-Level Meeting will be a follow-up event, which will offer an opportunity for reviewing implementation of the guidance provided after the 1st CBSS Science Ministerial enshrined in the CBSS Polish Chair´s Conclusions “Baltic Science: Renewing the Commitment to Science / Research Joint Actions in the Baltic Sea Region”.

 

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Baltic Science Network embeddedness in the EUSBSR and enduring interest in maintaining the outreach to other flagships and their components testifies that the future macroregional potential of the Baltic Sea Region depends also on the legacy built in the higher education, research and science domains through joint multilateral efforts.

The on-going work of Baltic Science Network expert groups will facilitate a more thorough look at photon & neutron science, life sciences and welfare state research topicalities. Groups are examining what transnational cooperation topics would serve the most pending needs for a more thorough research expertise in the Baltic Sea Region.

 

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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.