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Baltic Science Network

BalticScienceNetwork_RGB_largeBaltic 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.

Baltic Science Network leaflet

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.

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The BSN Project Kick-Off took place on 7–8 April 2016 in Hamburg. To read more on this event please go here. The BSN Political Kick-Off Event marked the official launch of the project. It took place on 16 June 2016 during the 1st CBSS Science Ministerial in Kraków, Poland, during the Polish CBSS Presidency.  The meeting was chaired Ms Teresa Czerwińska, Deputy Minister of Science at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. To read more on this event please go here. The BSN partner meeting took place on 16–17 June 2016 the Political Kick-Off Event at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre and the premises of Tadeusz Kościuszko University of Technology in Kraków, Poland. To read more on this event please go here. On 28 June 2016 during the EUSBSR National Coordinators´ meeting in Warsaw, Poland, BSN was approved as a flagship under the Policy Area Education, Research, and Employability (PA Education). On 9 November 2016 during the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR in Stockholm, Sweden, BSN was presented during the panel “Do we need a macro-regional dimension in higher education, science & research policy in the Baltic Sea Region?” On 10 November 2016 the BSN Steering Committee and Partner Meeting took place in Stockholm, Sweden. On 26 – 27 April 2017 the BSN Partners will meet in Turku, Finland.

The BSN partnership consists of 20 organisations from all BSR-countries, representing the key decision-makers in science policy in the BSR (national and regional science ministries; funding agencies and programmes; university and research networks and key actors of the BSR cooperation). Denmark: Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (DASHE) / Ministry of Higher Education and Research Estonia: Ministry of Education and Research Finland: University of Turku Abo Akademi University (BUP) Ministry of Education and Culture Germany: Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities (BSN Lead Partner) Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Science and Equality, Land of Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Senate Chancellary, Hamburg Latvia: Ministry of Education and Science Lithuania: Ministry of Education and Science Research Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) Poland: University of Gdansk Ministry of Science and Higher Education Russia: St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) Sweden: Swedish Research Council International: Council of the Baltic Sea States (project partner for WP 2) Baltic Sea Region University Network – BSRUN BONUS STRING – political cross-border partnership between Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Zealand, Copenhagen, Skåne (DE, DK, SE)

Baltic Science Network website:

http://www.baltic-science.org/

Strategic documents covering BSN:

Polish Chair’s Conclusions from CBSS Science Ministers’ Conference held in Kraków, Poland, on 15 – 16 June 2016 called “Baltic Science: Renewing the Commitment to Science/Research Joint Actions in the Baltic Sea Region

Conference Resolution adopted by the 25th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) on 30 August 2016.

Joint Statement of the 22nd Baltic Council on 28 October 2016.

Press statements covering BSN:

“Council of the Baltic Sea States in Kraków” (Rada Państw Morza Bałtyckiego w Krakowie – in Polish) – on the website of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education

“The First CBSS Science Ministerial and the Baltic Science Network Political Kick-Off Event” (Pirmoji Baltijos jūros regiono šalių mokslo ministrų konferencija ir įžanginis politinis Baltijos mokslo tinklo susitikimas – in Lithuanian) – on the website of the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science

Baltic Science Network Political Kick-Off Event” (in English) – on the EUSBSR PA Education Group Spaces platform

Section “Science Cooperation – Baltic Science Network and TRAM” of the CBSS Annual Report for the Polish Presidency (2015-2016), pp. 58 – 59.

CBSS science, innovation and research agenda: a promising start for accelerated cooperation” – Baltic Rim Economies 4/2016, p. 26.

CBSS Science, Research & Innovation Agenda: Beyond the Baltic Sea Region-Wide Cooperation” – Northern Notes, Issue 46 (Autumn/Winter 2016), p. 44.

Celebrating Research and Innovation Across the Baltic Sea Region Ahead of the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2016 (in English) – on the CBSS website

More detailed information on the Project Partner engagement:

“Interreg project “Baltic Science Network”” (INTERREG projekts “Baltic Science Network” (Baltijas zinātnes tīkls) (in Latvian) –  on the website of the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science.

Baltic Science Network (BSN)” (in Danish) – on the website of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

“Science in the Baltic Sea: The Baltic Science Network is taking shape” (Wissenschaft im Ostseeraum: Baltic Science Network nimmt Formen an) (in German) – on the website of the Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

“Wind From Baltic Sea to the Sails of Researchers” (Itämereltä tuulta tutkijoiden purjeisiin) (in Finnish) – on the newspaper Maaseudun Tulevaisuus website.

The CBSS Secretariat: Ms Zane Šime Communication & Research Coordinator Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat Slussplan 9 P.O. Box 2010 SE-103 11 Stockholm, Sweden Phone: +46 8 440 19 29 Mobile: +46 703015126 Email: zane.sime@cbss.org
The Lead Partner of BSN: Ms Katariina Röbbelen-Voigt Project Manager Baltic Science Network BSN – F 18 Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities Hamburger Straße 37, D – 22083 Hamburg Phone: +49-40-42863-2004 Mobile: +49-172-4009072 Email: katariina.roebbelen-voigt@bwfg.hamburg.de