Latest news of the leading transnational forum for higher education, science, and research cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region
Political Endorsements of the Baltic Science Network
Joint Statement of the 22nd Baltic Counil announced on 28 October 2016 by the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers
Conference Resolution adopted by the 25th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference on 30 August 2016 underlining the importance of science cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.
Council of the Baltic Sea States 1st Science Ministers’ Conferenceheld on 15 – 16 June 2016 following which the Polish Chair’s Conclusions called “Baltic Science: Renewing the Commitment to Science/Research Joint Actions in the Baltic Sea Region” were adopted.
Upcoming Events of the Baltic Science Network
9 January 2017: BSN National Workshop for Universities & SMEs – Tallinn, Estonia
18 January 2017: BSN Transnational Workshop. Its purpose is to gather relevant stakeholders from across the Baltic Sea Region to discuss challenges, barriers and possible solutions to research cooperation in the region. Stakeholders include BSN-partners, representatives from universities, research institutions, operators of research infrastructures, funding agencies, policy makers, BSR-experts etc. It will serve as a follow-up to the Baltic Sea Region-wide discussion on researcher mobility taking place thorough November, December and January during the BSN national workshops – Scandic Hotel Sydhavnen, Sydhavns Plads 15, Copenhagen, Denmark (09:30 – 16:30)
8 February 2017: CBSS Conference Under the Icelandic Presidency “Baltic Sea Science Day: Implementing the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda” – St Petersburg, Russia
10 February 2017: BSN International Workshop “Researchers‘ Mobility in the Baltic Sea Region: Where Do We Stand and How to Move Forward?“ It will be the final event for the Baltic Science Network´s workshop series in the Baltic Sea Region countries where participants from the relevant stakeholders (universities, research institutions, funding agencies, mobility agencies and ministries) and other relevant actors will be discussing main issues and challenges as well as opportunities and way forward for the various actors involved in researchers’ mobility. During the conference special attention will be paid to dissemination and sharing of the best practice related to fostering of researchers’ mobility in different countries. Not only outward but inward researchers’ mobility trends will be discussed, paying special attention to the action plan that could potentially contribute to enhance the researchers’ mobility among Baltic Sea Region countries. – ARTIS Conference Centre, Totoriu str. 23, Vilnius, Lithuania (09:00 – 17:00)
26 – 27 April 2017: BSN Partner Meeting – Turku, Finland
Baltic Science Network in the Baltic Sea Region´s Headlines
Baltic Science Network | Establishment of the network
Interview with the Baltic Science Network Project Director Klaus von Lepel
- The establishment of the Baltic Science Network as such is the main achievement in 2016. All Science Ministries in the Baltic Sea Region and other stakeholders are involved as project partners and associate organisations. This ensures that strategies, tools and programmes developed in the frame of BSN, will also very likely be implemented.
- Baltic Sea Region-wide political foras (the CBSS and the BSPC) dedicated their discussions to the BSN matters, thus proving the commitment of states assembled by the Network that academic and research mobility as well as research and innovation excellence are crucial to the welfare of the region. Great societal challenges have to be solved together.
- BSN was also recognised as a crucial initiative by the policy makers, since it was endorsed as an EUSBSR flagship, as well as discussed during the Meeting of the Four Region Councils of the North.
- The joint political and policy level commitment was further proved by the willingness of other major stakeholders of the region to join the Network. Namely, during the second half of the year the Network was expanded, since it welcomed new members – NordForsk and Ministry of Education and Research of Norway.
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National Workshops to Researcher Mobility and Transnational Cooperation in Science and Research in the BSR
During the last three months of 2016, national workshops covering such the topics as “researcher mobility in the Baltic Sea Region” and “transnational cooperation in science and research across the Baltic Sea Region” were carried out in the partner countries. In addition to gathering data from existing studies and statistics, the intention of the workshops was to collect insights and experience from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, such as scientists, researchers, representatives from the EU and international offices of universities and non-university research institutions, representatives from funding agencies. The key questions discussed revolved around motives, added value, importance, hurdles and challenges in mobility of scientists and research cooperation. The results will be discussed in transnational workshops on 18 January 2017 in Copenhagen and on 10 February 2017 in Vilnius.
Baltic Science Network Discussed at the Latvian Parliament
On 7 December 2016 the Baltic Science Network was presented to the Latvian parliamentarians during the meeting of the Baltic Affairs Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee by the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science. This meeting served to discuss the project in a more nuanced manner following the Joint Statement adopted by the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers on 28 October 2016.
Dr. Agrita Kiopa, Deputy State Secretary and Director of the Higher Education, Science and Innovation Department at the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science and Inga Jēkabsone, Deputy Director of the Higher Education, Science and Innovation Department at Latvian Ministry of Education and Science introduced the members of Saeima to the main goals of the Interreg project, its planned results, as well as the activities undertaken by the Ministry as one of the partners of the project.
For more information please consult the BSN website.
Jyrki Katainen Outlines the Baltic Science Network Among the Baltic Sea Region´s Best Practices
On 24 November 2016, during the Hamburg Summit China Meets Europe the Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen outlined the Baltic Science Network as a contemporary best practice in the region which taps on the historical legacy and collaborative approach developed during the era of Hanseatic League.
For more information please consult theHamburg Summit´s website.
Baltic Science Network Discussed During the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Committee´s Standing Committee Meeting
The highest Executive Committee of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC), led by the new President of the BSPC, the President of the Hamburg Parliament, Carola Veit, held its first meeting under the new Presidency on the premises of the Hamburg Parliament, the so-called Bürgerschaft, on 15 November. With regard to the one of the priorities of the Hamburg BSPC Presidency ‘Science and Research’ the 2nd Mayor and Minister (Senator) of Science, Research and Equalities of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Ms Katharina Fegebank addressed the Standing Committee members. Ms Fegebank provided information about the latest developments in the Baltic Science Network.
For more information please consultthe BSPC website.
Baltic Science Network Steering Committee and Partner Meeting
On 10 November 2016 the Baltic Science Network (BSN) convened in Stockholm in order to discuss the role of the Network in advancing the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in the context of the Vision 2030 presented during the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).
The lively discussion revolved around the strategic role and orientation of BSN. On the one hand BSN can contribute to the realisation of the goals of EUSBSR in science and research domains. On the other hand it could serve as test bed for novel approaches to the implementation of the European Research Area and transnational focus on European research policy. BSN should give impulses for the future embodiment of the European Research Area and at the same time point out the special significance of science and research in solving the central challenges in the Baltic Sea Region. The goal should be a better anchoring of science and research in the EUSBSR.
For more information please consultthe BSN website.
Baltic Science Network is Bringing the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region One Step Closer to Attaining the Objective of Increasing Prosperity
The 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) in Stockholm, Sweden served to showcase how the Baltic Science Network (BSN) is advancing one of the three macroregional goals “Increase prosperity” through promoting the research and academic excellence. Namely, on 9 November 2016, the session “Do we need a macro-regional dimension in higher education, science & research policy in the Baltic Sea Region?” introduced wider audiences to the main goals, current scope of the BSN membership, as well as provided reflections on how systemic challenges on the macroregional level are related to the individual considerations of the staff at research and academic institutions.
The session was moderated by an experienced expert of macro-regional governance, the Project Manager of the Interact Point Turku Baiba Liepa. The introduction to BSN was presented by the BSN Project Director Klaus von Lepel, representing the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities. This bird´s-eye view on academic and researcher mobility patterns was further complemented by the BSN Project Manager Katariina Röbbelen-Voigt, representing the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, , who introduced the attendants of the session to the main findings of research paper written by Dr. Tom Schumacher (Kiel University) “International Mobility of Researchers in the Baltic Sea Region”. In addition, the representative of the BSN from the University of Turku Riitta Mustonen outlined the need for preparing mobility monitoring tools. This assessment of the general Baltic Sea Region-wide landscape was complemented by Jelena Angelis, Deputy Director of Technopolis Group Baltics, who presented reflections from evaluations of mobility related programmes performed by the consultancy on behalf of various research and higher education policy-makers. The Coordinator Anders Bergström of the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability of the EUSBSR highlighted the incremental process of advancing the macroregional goals, where flagships are built on project chains.
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Baltic Science Network Discussed During the Fehmarnbelt Days
On 22 September 2016 the Baltic Science Network organised the panel discussion “Researcher mobility in the Baltic Sea Region” during the Fehmarnbelt Days at the HafenCity University in Hamburg, Germany. Stakeholders from the Baltic Sea Region discussed motivation and benefits, as well as challenges and obstacles related to the mobility of researchers and scientists.
The session started with Dr. Tom Schumacher´s (University of Kiel) introduction to the facts and figures stated in the Baltic Science Network´s (BSN) preliminary study on research mobility. Among other panellists were Katharina Fegebank, Minister for Science Research and Equalities, City of Hamburg, Jan Kercher representing German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Lone Jessen from NordForsk (the research organisation of the Nordic Council of Ministers) and Prof. Dr. Robert Blick, Director of the Center for Hybrid Nanostructures (CHYN) at the University of Hamburg. The discussion was moderated by science and education journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda.
For more information the BSN website.
First Baltic Science Network Meeting With a Focus on Widened Participation
On 9 September 2016 the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Science and Equal Opportunities, Land of Schleswig-Holstein held a seminar in Tallinn. The meeting was organised to discuss the current status and future plans to increase the participation of weaker regions and countries in the Baltic Sea Region research and innovation initiatives. At the end of the meeting, the participants agreed on quality criteria for the work package dealing with expansion of scientific and research cooperation. Participants acknowledged the importance of upcoming studies which are aimed at detecting barriers for participation and developing tools to overcome these challenges. These studies are especially relevant in the light of the upcoming interim evaluation of the Framework Programme ‘Horizon 2020’. Baltic Science Network members also acknowledged the relevance of cooperation with the Joint Research Centre in furthering and widening participation initiatives.
For more information the BSN website.
Estonian National Introductory Seminar
On 22–23 August 2016 the Estonian national introductory seminar of the Baltic Science Network took place in Saka, Estonia. Meeting was organized by the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia in order to discuss future common activities with the Estonian Research Council, and how Estonian academic community could contribute to the advancement of the BSN goals and planned deliverables.
For more information the BSN website.
Baltic Science Network Political Kick-Off Event
On 16 – 17 June 2016 the Baltic Science Network (BSN) Political Kick-Off Event took place back-to-back with the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Science Ministerial in Kraków, Poland.
The aims and areas of thematic focus of the BSN were presented by Dr. Eva Gümbel, Deputy Minister of the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), representing the lead partner of the project. Ms Teresa Czerwińska, Deputy Minister of Science at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, representing the Polish CBSS Presidency, provided broader context in terms of how the BSN fits in a wider Baltic Sea Region (BSR) governance framework. Mr Bernd Hemingway, Acting Director General of the CBSS Secretariat, welcomed the project as one of practical steps which will complement the BSR-wide science cooperation in areas, which so far have not received sufficient support. Further notes on the role of BSN in advancing science cooperation agenda in the BSR were provided by Mr Rolandas Zuoza, Vice-Minister of the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science, and Mr Hans Müller Pedersen, Director General of the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation.
For more information the BSN website.
The First Council of the Baltic Sea States´ Science Ministerial Endorses Baltic Science Network
On 16 June 2016 the first Council of the Baltic Sea States´ (CBSS) Science Ministerial took place in Kraków, Poland. It was a gathering of CBSS Member States, which for the first time focused specifically on science, innovation and research across the Baltic Sea Region. CBSS Member States appreciated that thematic priorities and recognition of relevant policies governing science and research nationally and on a macro-regional level were complemented by specific actions, one of them being the Interreg-funded project Baltic Science Network.
For more information the CBSS website.
First Steps in Introducing the Baltic Science Network to Wider Audiences of the Baltic Sea Region
On 4 June 2016, the Baltic Science Network was presented during the 9th International Conference on Progressive Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region, which took place in Berlin, Germany. Members of parliaments, politicians and scholars from Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Åland Islands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Russia gathered in order to discuss solutions to topical challenges related to the labour markets and education in the Baltic Sea Region.
For more information please consult the BSN website or the PA Edu Group Spaces.
Baltic Science Network Research Papers
International Mobility of Researchers in the Baltic Sea Region by Dr Tom Schumacher, Kiel University
Baltic Science Network in Other News Outlets
Baltic Science Network Brings Researcher Mobility on the Macroregional Agenda (p. 6) BUP Newsletter no. 49 (pdf-file)
CBSS Science, Research & Innovation Agenda: Beyond the Baltic Sea Region-Wide Cooperation (p. 44) Northern Notes #46 – Autumn/Winter 2016
CBSS science, innovation and research agenda: a promising start for accelerated cooperation (p. 26) Baltic Rim Economies, 4#, October 2016
Baltic Science Network – Setting the Scene (p. 4) BUP Newsletter no. 48 (pdf-file).
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