On 4 June 2016, the Baltic Science Network (BSN) was presented during the 9th International Conference on Progressive Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR), 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 BSR. The 9th International Conference on Progressive Cooperation in the BSR was organised by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
The BSN was presented by its Project Partner, the Baltic University Programme. The presentation “Cooperation and coordination in higher education in the Baltic Sea Region” outlined main objectives of the BSN and introduced the conference attendants to the Project Partners and Project Associates.
The 9th International Conference on Progressive Cooperation in the BSR served as a preparatory meeting for the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference´s 25th annual conference, which was organised on 28-30 August 2016 in Riga, Latvia. This Silver Jubilee edition conference contributed to the promotion of BSR-wide cooperation in science, research and innovation, as it is outlined in the Conference Resolution.
The BSN stakeholders are pleased with such widespread recognition and support of their on-going work. It should be mentioned that within three months the BSN has been endorsed both the governments during the CBSS Conference of Science Ministers in Kraków, Poland, as well as by parliamentarians gathered by the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference in Riga, Latvia.
Further on, wider audiences will be introduced with the latest developments of the BSN during the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in Stockholm on 9 November 2016 during the session “Do we need a macro-regional dimension in higher education, science & research policy in the Baltic Sea Region?” The session is planned to address topical challenges related to transnational cooperation in science and research. Namely, science policy in the BSR is organised and pursued mainly from a regional, national or European angle. A macro-regional dimension is missing. In a moderated panel key decision-makers will discuss with BSR stakeholders the importance, benefits and obstacles of closer collaboration in science policy within the BSR.
Text provided by the BSN Communication Team