On 18 May 2018, research cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region was discussed during a seminar hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia in Riga. Zane Šime, Communication & Research Coordinator, presented Baltic TRAM and Baltic Science Network during an event dedicated to the publishing of the latest edition of the journal “Latvia´s Interests in the European Union” (Latvijas intereses Eiropas Savienībā – in Latvian).
The seminar was one of those occasions which highlighted the vital role research cooperation plays both in sustaining Baltic Sea Region prosperity, as well as in strengthening the regional bonds in general. While, due to clear divergences in national perspectives, in certain domain specific policies closer collaboration might be diluted, cooperation in higher education, research and science serves as a valuable confidence building area. It is a policy domain characterised by universities and research centres being the frontrunners for paving the overall future of the macro-region. The formation of such joint perspectives is facilitated not solely through ad-hoc encounters on such occasions as the CBSS Summer Universities, but also enabled by relatively short-term cooperation structured in the form of transnational projects. Last but not least, multilateral ties scale up to long-term engagements, cemented in such notable institutions as the European XFEL, an ESFRI landmark and an associate organisation of Baltic TRAM, also demonstrating the full capacity of the macro-region.
The seminar dedicated to the release of the latest edition of the journal “Latvia´s Interests in the European Union” was a timely occasion for highlighting the forthcoming Latvian CBSS Presidency 2018 – 2019 and the 3rd CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day, which will be hosted by the University of Latvia on the occasion of its centenary celebrations.