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 panel discussion was dedicated to the on-going work of BSN towards drafting action plans which would enhance the mobility of staff between institutions of varying performance. The panel expressed joint support towards advancing macro-regional research and academic policy.
Further discussions on BSN undertakings took place during the BSN Steering Committee and Partner Meeting organised back-to-back with the Forum on 10 November 2016. Moreover, the BSN members convened on a special day of world-wide celebration of research advancement – the World Science Day for Peace and Development. In line with the existing disparities outlined in the foresight report “Looking towards 2030: Preparing the Baltic Sea Region for the future”, the BSN members exchanged information regarding the progress in drafting the policy tools. BSN members reflected on how Dr. Tom Schumacher´s findings published in the study “International Mobility of Researchers in the Baltic Sea Region” could be best addressed within the scope of the newly proposed policy tools.
These discussions also served as a timely input to the meeting of the Four Regional Councils of the North which was hosted by the CBSS Secretariat on 28 November in Stockholm, Sweden, where special attention was paid to discussing the science, research and innovation cooperation in regional settings with specific focus on ensuring the sustainability of coordination structures and solutions developed within the councils´ supported projects.
For a more detailed outline on the proceedings of the Forum session please go to the BSN website here.
For a more detailed outline on the proceedings of the BSN Steering Committee and Partner meeting please go to the BSN website here.
Text provided by the BSN Communication Team
Graphic recording by Raquel Benmergui