BSN press Release no. 38

The upcoming 2nd CBSS Science Ministerial, closing conference of the Baltic Science Network and the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2019 were presented to the wider audiences during the EUSBSR Policy Area Education, Research and Employability stakeholder seminar in Riga.

On 15 March 2018, the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability (PA Education) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) organised a stakeholder seminar in Riga, hosted by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia.

Ronalds Štrauhs, Baltic Science Network Project Manager at the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia, presented the project´s core areas of on-going consultations and elaborated on the thematic areas – photon & neutron science, life sciences and welfare state – of the expert working groups.

The Riga event served as a great occasion to introduce a wider pool of macro-regional stakeholders to the upcoming 2nd Science Ministerial of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) to be hosted during the Latvian CBSS Chairmanship, as well as the closing conference of the Baltic Science Network and the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2019 which will all be organised in a back-to-back set-up during the first half of 2019.

The EUSBSR PA Education stakeholder seminar in Riga was part of a chain of the EUSBSR PA Education events held across the Baltic Sea Region. Readers of this press release based in Poland are invited to register for the upcoming stakeholder seminar in Warsaw.

 

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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.
 
 
 

BSN Presented During A Macroregional Seminar

Baltic Science Network was presented during the stakeholder seminar tailored for macroregional audiences. Since over the last months Baltic Science Network has produced a wealth of studies and proposed various policy measures, the seminar was a great occasion to invite a broader pool of experts to familiarise with the Baltic Science Network´s findings.

On 12 February 2018, the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability (PA Education) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) hosted a seminar dedicated to the latest developments of macroregional governance and PA Education flagships. Baltic Science Network (BSN) was presented by Leif Eriksson, Swedish Research Council. Bearing in mind the considerable lengthiness of certain BSN publications, this gathering allowed to introduce wider audiences to the recently published summary of BSN Working Papers and Studies as a much more condensed insight.

The CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2018 was briefly highlighted by Zane Šime, Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Secretariat, in order to follow-up on earlier remarks expressed in relation to the event during the previous PA Education seminar. BSN as a committed macroregional actor with a dynamic work schedule is ready to engage during the next PA Education stakeholder seminar scheduled in June 2018 in order to present the latest developments of its work.


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pdf Baltic Science Network Midterm Perspectives (358 KB) by Leif Eriksson
pdf CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2018 (1.65 MB)
pdf Press Release (339 KB)

 

 BSN Discussed During the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2018

On 25 January 2018, the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2018 took place in the framework of the 5th Rectors´ Conference of the Baltic University Programme hosted by the Åbo Akademi University on the occasion of its centenary celebrations. Baltic Science Network was one of the major topics of discussions.

Baltic Science Network started 2018 by introducing universities across the Baltic Sea Region and beyond it to the recently chosen thematic areas, the latest findings on the Matthew Effect in the European Research Area and the importance of continued implementation of measures tailored for widening participation and spreading excellence.

Klaus von Lepel, Director of the Baltic Science Network, introduced universities´ leadership as well as national and macro-regional policy experts to the recently chosen three thematic areas – life sciences, photon or neutron sciences, as well as welfare state. Likewise, the second CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day allowed to highlight the most recent findings produced by the Baltic Science Network. Conclusions of the reports dedicated to the Mathew Effect in the European Research Area´s setting as well as the role of spreading excellence and widening measures in engaging the EU-13 countries (based in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR)) in the EU Framework Programmes were presented.

Further details of the Baltic Science Network´s on-going work were outlined during the parallel workshop titled “International cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – a major factor for success – research, innovation and mobility” which benefited from the insights in the mobility tools offered by the Swedish Institute. Ms Monika Wirkkala, Head of Talent Mobility Unit at the Swedish Institute, informed about the new call aimed at strengthening the academic cooperation, exchange and mobility for the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia.

Following the Baltic Science Network meeting held last April, the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2018 was a much appreciated occasion for returning to the campus of Åbo Akademi University in order to discuss researchers´ mobility with the universities´ leadership.

The slides presented by Mr Klaus von Lepel is accessible here.
The CBSS press release is accessible here.
The brochure of the 5th Rectors Conference of the Baltic University Programme is accessible here.

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Baltic Assembly and Baltic Council Provides Guidance to the BSN

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Baltic Science Network is delighted about its most recent political endorsement expressed by the Baltic Assembly. The political encouragement is an important incentive and reference point for the on-going work of the Network.

On 9-10 November 2017 in Tallinn, parliamentarians and governmental representatives from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania convened for the 36th Session of the Baltic Assembly and the 23rd Baltic Council to discuss cooperation in security and defence, transport and energy infrastructure, education, culture and health care as well as evaluate the implementation of the joint priorities of 2017 and define objectives of cooperation for 2018.

Under the thematic strand of cooperation in higher education and professional education the Resolution of the 36th Session of the Baltic Assembly encourages “with an active and targeted approach, to continue joint action in the Baltic Science Network”.

Under the thematic section dedicated to education, research, health care and culture, the Joint Statement of the 23rd Baltic Council highlights that “Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will continue their close cooperation towards building a common higher education and science area to boost research excellence, innovation, investment and overall competitiveness of the region. The main undertakings to be highlighted are the Baltic Bonus programme for the Horizon 2020, and the Interreg project “Baltic Science Network”.”

The press release is based on the documents and publications of the Baltic Assembly accessible  here.

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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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