Baltic Science Network acknowledges the value of the motto ‘sharing borders, growing closer’ of the celebration of the European Cooperation Day, since the Network is inherently dependent on solutions mapped on the basis of mutual understanding and joint commitment. There is no better way how to describe Baltic Science Network´s modus operandi then ʹto go far, go togetherʹ, since advancement of research excellence, which is the thematic focus of the Network, is dependent on vibrant interactions between the most promising minds and policy-makers supporting their aspirations. Baltic Science Network´s seminar “Creating the future of the Baltic Sea Region: Better competitiveness through joint research cooperation?” serves as the best example in this respect.

During the first half of the project implementation the Network members have gathered on several occasions to reflect on national, transnational and European research mobility schemes, as showcased by the list of Network´s publications. This notable body of analysis will facilitate the on-going drafting of multilaterally implementable new solutions to the existing shortfalls in the Baltic Sea Region-wide researcher mobility patterns.

This notable work has received a landslide of high-level acknowledgements, starting from Baltic Science Network being endorsed during the first Science Ministerial of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, then receiving the flagship status of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and being recognised by the Baltic Assembly and Baltic Council of Ministers, finally, being supported by the parliamentarians, as showcased by the Resolution of the 26th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference.

Therefore, in the context of this year´s celebrations, Baltic Science Network would like to wish insightful collaboration to other networks, who share the spirit of the European Cooperation Day and are working towards building more prosperous Baltic Sea Region and whole Europe. In order to reconfirm the Network´s openness to new perspectives and continuous interest in taking stock of the vibrant Europe-wide discussions revolving around research mobility and support measures for research excellence, all parties interested in this debate are warmly welcome to join the upcoming Baltic Science Network´s transnational seminar in Tallinn. This much-awaited event will testify that the European cooperation is not just appreciated for one day a year, but it is a value upheld by many stakeholders, as showcased in their day-to-day work towards building result-oriented closer ties with like-minded peers.

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Ms Carola Veit during her opening remarks
 
 
 

On 3 – 5 September 2017, Hamburg hosted the 26th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC), which paid specific attention to more nuanced discussions on science cooperation under the title “Innovative Science”. Baltic Science Network (BSN) was one of the central discussion topics of the notable gathering of Baltic Sea Region´s (BSR) parliamentarians.

In her opening remarks, Ms Carola Veit elaborated on the choice of science being one of the discussion topics with a focus on the complexity of interaction between science community and politicians. Her remarks provided a valuable insight in the role evidence-based research should play in making the ever-increasing complexity of scientific findings and science developments more understandable to society. It serves also as an inspiring guidance to BSN in its on-going interaction with wider audiences.

Mr Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, outlined BSN as an example mirroring the importance Hamburg attaches to its engagement in the BSR cooperation.

Ambassador Maira Mora, Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Secretariat, during the session dedicated to science and research reflected on the Baltic Science Network as an example of practical steps taken towards the implementation of decade-long CBSS discussions. Likewise, she invited the parliamentarians to support BSN implementation through enhanced expert discussions, which would engage both BSN members and parliamentarians responsible for science and research matters. Such national consultations would be of a great value in light of the upcoming BSN national action plans.

The role of BSN as one of the key initiatives for BSR-wide coordinated advancement of research excellence and scientific competitiveness was also featured in other remarks presented by such speakers as Ambassador Hans Olsson, current CBSS Swedish Presidency Chairman of the Committee of Senior Officials, and Jānis Vucāns, Vice President and Chair of the Latvian delegation to the Baltic Assembly.

Last but not least, the Resolution of 26th BSPC captures the essence of the conference´s discussions by noting BSN as a valuable macro-regional platform for targeted support to research cooperation. Further encouragement to the science and research cooperation aimed at ensuring global competitiveness was also expressed through an agreement that successful advancement of this domain on a macro-regional scale will demand increased investments. The 26th BSPC serves as the next major occasion of BSN endorsement by the parliamentarians (representing BSR countries) after the 22nd Baltic Council.

For a quick overview of the BSPC proceedings, please take a look at the BSPC in a Nutshell.

For more information on the CBSS engagement in the 26th BSPC, please proceed to the press release here.

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Photo credit: MOSTA, Valdemaras Novoslavskis

Work Package 6 “Capacity Building & Learning Experiences” of Baltic Science Network (BSN) underwent thorough preparations during the first half of the project which have resulted in the Working Paper “Overview of the Best Practices of Researchers´ Mobility Programmes” prepared by Lithuania´s Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA). Readers well acquainted with the discussions which took place during the first CBSS conference Baltic Sea Science Day and BSN Vilnius workshop last winter will find this overview insightful, since it entails an enlarged landscape of research mobility schemes. European schemes such as Erasmus, Erasmus+ and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions should be mentioned as illustrative examples.

As the survey results show, nationally administrated mobility programmes are also highly valued by the researcher community as enablers of closer cooperation in research across the Baltic Sea Region. Thus, they could also provide new solutions to boost researchers’ mobility within the macro-region.

“Overview of the Best Practices of Researchers´ Mobility Programmes” paves the way for further discussions on various factors determining the choice of researchers across the Baltic Sea Region to opt for nationally managed or EU provided mobility schemes. Last but not least, the latest Network´s Working Paper will serve as an insightful reading ahead of the BSN Tallinn seminar which will be taking place on 16 November 2017.
 
 

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Baltic Science Network was presented to the attendants of the international conference “Modelling and Forecasting the National Economy” which took place on 29 – 31 May 2017 in Sopot, Poland.

The conference was dedicated to present the latest research results and quantitative methods applied in forecast studies by the Polish researchers of economics, and discuss them with colleagues from other European countries. Likewise, the event served to provide training to the young academics interested in pursuing their specialisation in such areas as capital market, monetary market, public utilities and demographic changes to name a few.

Introduction of the conference attendants to Baltic Science Network helped to build wider awareness among domain specific researcher community about the Network as a renowned macro-regional initiative, as well as present its goals and planned results.

Announcement of the conference is available in Polish on the website of the University of Gdańsk here.

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DAAD Annual Report 2017 dedicated to the academic mobility and cooperation in the Baltic Sea Area recognises the importance of the Baltic Science Network.

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On 12 July 2017, the Annual Report 2017 of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) was presented by Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, together with Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans, Scientific Director of the German Centre of Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), and Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, Vice President of DAAD.

In the context of the overall Baltic Sea Region mobility landscape, Dr. Dorothea Rüland, Secretary General of the DAAD and Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans, Scientific Director of DZHW, noted Baltic Science Network as a valuable forum for advancing Baltic Sea Region-wide researcher mobility in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The reflections captured by the report testify once more to the topicality and important role Baltic Science Network plays in drafting new solutions to the lasting challenges faced by the Baltic Sea Region in the domain of science and research cooperation: “From joint transnational courses of study to political platforms, there are a wide range of cooperative structures in the Baltic Sea area that offer significant potential for the development of academic cooperation. This potential of existing institutionalised networks has however not yet been fully utilised, as the differing tendencies in the development of academic cooperation between the various states of the Baltic Sea region show.” (p. 133)

The findings of DAAD Annual Report 2017 will serve as a valuable point of reference for the Baltic Science Network´s on-going work in developing a macro-regional approach for enhanced researcher mobility going beyond the traditional notions of so called “win-lose” approach depicted in the debate revolving around “brain gain & brain drain” notions. Baltic Science Network is proud of crafting a new chapter in this discussion, leading the way towards transnational strategy based on  a mutually beneficial brain circulation approach as an alternative win-win strategy with supporting national extensions for the vision´s practical implementation, namely, the upcoming BSN national actions plans.

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Baltic Science Network was presented during the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme´s workshop Moving towards smart specialization 2.0 – added value of cooperating in project platforms in Helsinki.

 BSN discussed in the smart specialisation context

On 2 June 2017, Ms Riita Mustonen, Director of Development at the University of Turku, represented the Baltic Science Network during the workshop Moving towards smart specialization 2.0 – added value of cooperating in project platforms in Helsinki, Finland. Since Baltic Science Network addresses existing challenges in the macro-regional researcher mobility domain, the project´s findings served as a valuable insight to other panel members interested in exploring how to best address the remaining barriers in the regional cooperation.
 
The event brought together representatives of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the Smart Specialisation Platform of the European Commission as well as Interreg programmes and projects. The workshop focused on the topic of innovation. Panellists shared their perspectives on the added value of building up cooperation platforms for projects and identified the most important stakeholders in this field. Smart specialisation has been selected as the overarching approach to frame project cooperation.
 
This discussion will feed into the terms of reference for a call on project platforms to be co-financed by Interreg Baltic Sea Region that will be announced later this year. Baltic Science Network recognises the importance and value of the upcoming project platforms and rests committed to provide further information regarding its activities in order to showcase the project´s adopted best practices to the wider community of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme´s stakeholders and other funding Programmes in the area.