Baltic Science Network (BSN) is an Interreg Baltic Sea Region funded project. Its aim is to provide science and research ministries of the Baltic Sea region states with an overall coordination framework to develop and implement science policy in a macro-regional dimension and to ensure a better representation of macro-regional interests on the EU level.
BSN will address the science, research and higher education cooperation matters within the Baltic Sea Region by developing and implementing transnational strategies, new support programmes for higher education, research and innovation in order to boost the research and innovation excellence in a coordinated way on a macro-regional scale.
BSN partnership is embedded in several cooperation structures of the Baltic Sea Region. On the one hand, it is connected to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). On 28 June 2016 The BSN was acknowledged as a flagship of the Policy Area Education, Research, and Employability (PA Education) at the meeting of the EUSBSR National Coordinators in Warsaw. With the overall aim to support realization of the European Research Area, BSN will increase the research and innovation performance in the Baltic Sea Region and strengthen the political ownership of the EUSBSR.
On the other hand, BSN brings to the fore the CBSS mandate in science, research and innovation 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. To read more about the role of BSN in the CBSS science, research, and innovation agenda please go to Chair’s Conclusions from CBSS Science Ministers’ Conference called “Baltic Science: Renewing the Commitment to Science/Research Joint Actions in the Baltic Sea Region”.
The importance of science and research cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region has been further outlined in the BSPC Conference Resolution adopted at the end of August 2016.
In order to further enhance synergies between various initiatives launched in the Baltic Sea Region, BSN will closely cooperate with the other cornerstone of the CBSS science, research and innovation agenda – Baltic TRAM.