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The first CBSS Science Ministerial

On 16 June 2016 the first 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.

The Chair of the meeting, Ms Teresa Czerwińska, Deputy Minister of Science at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, highlighted the importance of science and innovation in a wider policy context. Mr Illugi Gunnarsson, Icelandic Minister of Education, Science and Culture, presented the priorities of the upcoming Icelandic CBSS Presidency, as well as explained to other attendants Icelandic science- and research-related topicalities.

Mr Bernd Hemingway, Acting Director General of the CBSS Secretariat, highlighted latest developments of science and innovation in the Baltic Sea Region. Namely, he pointed out the importance of interconnections between research and business. He summed up Member States´ discussion on issues related to the human resources retention, by pointing out the necessity to jointly work towards the so-called ‘brain gain’, or in other words, attracting more researchers to the Baltic Sea Region.

The meeting was concluded by remarks on the Polish Chair´s Conclusions “Baltic Science: Renewing the Commitment to Science/Research Joint Actions  in 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, namely, two Interreg-funded projects – Baltic Transnational Research Access in the Macroregion (Baltic TRAM) and the Baltic Science Network.

The CBSS Science Ministerial was followed by the Political Kick-Off Event of the Baltic Science Network (BSN). The event highlighted how BSN partnership is embedded in the Baltic Sea Region cooperation structures. On the one hand, it is connected to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The BSN was acknowledged as a flagship of the Policy Area Education, Research, Employability at the meeting of the EUSBSR National Coordinators on 28 June 2016 in Warsaw. Therefore, in the words of Ms Teresa Czerwińska, BSN demonstrates the political will of the EUSBSR Member States to take ownership of the macro-regional governance.

On the other hand, BSN brings to the fore the CBSS mandate in science and research cooperation. For almost a decade, or in other words, since the 2007 Chair´s Conclusions adopted in Riga, CBSS has reinstated its intention to engage more actively in strengthening science-related cooperation.  BSN serves as one of the most recent examples how this commitment is translated into practical steps.

Here you can access the text of the Chair´s Conclusions “Baltic Science: Renewing the Commitment to Science/Research Joint Actions  in the Baltic Sea RegionCBSS Science Ministers Meeting Chair’s Conclusions.

For more information on the Baltic TRAM, please see the relevant CBSS website subsection ´Baltic TRAM: Upscaling research in the Baltic Sea Region´.

For more information on the BSN, please see the relevant CBSS website subsection ´Baltic Science Network´.