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CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda in Brief

CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda was launched after the CBSS Science Ministerial in 2016 to ensure an enduring transnational platform for the advancement of high level guidance enshrined in strategic documents endorsed by the CBSS Member States:

Therefore, CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda is built on decade-long transnational reflections regarding the most optimal solutions for enhanced Baltic Sea Region-wide cooperation in the higher education and research domains with an aim to further strengthen the vision enshrined in the CBSS long-term priority Sustainable & Prosperous Region. Its current core implementation pillars are Baltic Science Network, Baltic TRAM and Science Princess Global Campaign for Women & Girls in Science.

Likewise, the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda´s activities support a vision of the Baltic Sea Region as a renown European hub of innovation, test-bed for cutting edge solutions and emerging global point of gravity defining frontier research.

Way Forward

CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda is aligned with the latest strategic guidance enshrined in the Declaration on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Council of the Baltic Sea States adopted on 20 June 2017 during the CBSS Reykjavík Ministerial. This document reconfirms the value of Baltic Sea Region-wide cooperation in the science, research and innovation domains, as well as outlines Baltic 2030 Action Plan as the key transnational implementation framework of Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda further supports Baltic 2030 Action Plan not only through engaging in the implementation of Baltic Science Network and Baltic TRAM, but also through Baltic Sea Region-wide promotion of Science Princess Global Campaign for Women & Girls in Science. The CBSS Secretariat joined this initiative in Spring 2017 in order to further advance its engagement in the promotion of values enshrined in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

On 16 June 2016, the first CBSS Science Ministerial took place in Kraków. It was a high level gathering of CBSS Member States, which focused specifically on science, research and innovation across the Baltic Sea Region.

The meeting resulted in a joint vision enshrined the CBSS Polish Chair´s Conclusions “Baltic Science: Renewing the Commitment to Science / Research Joint Actions in the Baltic Sea Region”. CBSS Member States appreciated that discussion on the common thematic areas of interest 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 endorsed as a flagship of the Policy Area Education, Research, Employability at the meeting of the EUSBSR National Coordinators on 28 June 2016 in Warsaw. On the other hand, BSN brings to the fore the CBSS mandate in science and research cooperation. Further paragraphs offer a retrospective view of the CBSS developments over the last decade in order to explain in greater detail the emergence of the practical cooperation taking place today.

On 13 September 2007, during the CBSS High Level Meeting of Education and Science in Riga the CBSS Member States provided a pivotal guidance for the Baltic Sea Region-wide cooperation in higher education and research domains. They agreed that the CBSS work should be appropriately reflected in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Furthermore, in line with the second phase of the CBSS reform launched during the CBSS Latvian Presidency in 2008, the high level representatives mandated the CBSS to establish two new terminated structural entities. First of them was themed ad-hoc Expert Group on Higher Education, Science and Innovation which is currently reflected in the work of the Baltic Science Network´s Steering Committee. The second one was named ad-hoc Task Force on Science Infrastructure in the Baltic Sea Region which is currently mirrored in the work of the Baltic TRAM High Level Group.

In line with the Declaration on the Reform of the CBSS adopted during the Latvian CBSS Presidency 2007-2008, Baltic TRAM advances the economic development of the Baltic Sea Region through fostering closer ties between science and business sectors with an aim to advance the macro-region´s innovation performance and cluster development. Baltic Science Network follows the guidance of the declaration supporting education & culture domain via focus on enhanced researcher mobility and upgrade of science and research network capacity.

The defining strategic document which explains research as being one of the founding pillars of the Regional Identity is Vilnius Declaration “A Vision for the Baltic Sea Region by 2020”. It also reinforced the preparatory works ahead of launching Baltic TRAM, since the vision of Baltic Sea Region 2020 was based on innovation driven production, further exploration of the potential of public-private partnerships, as well as its adherence to the sustainable development thinking.

The CBSS Russian Presidency 2012 – 2013 gave further impetus for closer cooperation between public funded analytical facilities and private sector businesses in alignment with the sustainable development thinking through leading preparation of the Statement of the High Level Conference on the Protection of the Environment in the Baltic Sea Region.

The Finnish Presidency 2013 – 2014 through Declaration of the Council of the Baltic Sea States on the Implementation of the Vilnius Declaration on a Vision for the Baltic Sea Region by 2020 reconfirmed CBSS intention to seek further synergies with the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in order to enhance the transnational efforts in implementing multilateral domain-specific activities.

The CBSS Polish Presidency 2015 – 2016 will go down in the Council´s history as the key phase in honing the last nuances of the strategic guidance in science, research and innovation domains. Namely, the Warsaw Declaration “Regional Responses to Global Challenges” lays grounds for the drafting of Baltic 2030 Action Plan, re-confirming the project orientation of the Council´s thematic work, encouraging synergies with the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and outlining the value of continued meetings of the CBSS Science Ministers. Moreover, the CBSS Polish Presidency 2015 – 2016 presents an outstanding legacy by hosting the first CBSS Science Ministerial, thus putting the strategic guidance accumulated over the previous years into practice via endorsement of Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme´s funded Baltic Science Network and Baltic TRAM.

The current work of Baltic Science Network, Baltic TRAM and Science Princess Global Campaign for Women & Girls in Science is strongly affiliated and further strengthens the transnational implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, as it is outlined in the CBSS Baltic 2030 Action Plan.

Baltic Science Network (BSN)

BSN aim is to provide science and research ministries of the CBSS Member States, as well as relevant transnational networks and actors with an overall coordination framework which facilitates the development and implementation of macro-regional approach to the research policy with a specific focus on enhanced researcher mobility. Likewise, BSN ensures a better representation of macro-regional interests on the EU level.

BSN translates in action the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, since BSN is a flagship of the Policy Area Education, Research and Employability. Likewise, it plays a crucial role in the implementation of the CBSS strategic guidance defined as the work of an ad-hoc Expert Group on Higher Education, Science and Innovation.

 

 

Baltic Science Network website: http://www.baltic-science.org/

 

Baltic TRAM (Transnational Access in Macro-Region)

Baltic TRAM is an international project which seeks to strengthen the relationship between analytical research institutions and business, and link expertise to concrete industrial needs. It operates in the Baltic Sea Region. Baltic TRAM ensures an interface between analytical research institutes and companies with so-called Industrial Research Centers. Invited companies receive consultations and access to research facilities to test their ideas.

The overall objective is to boost innovation, secure the implementation of smart specialisation strategies, and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting small and medium size enterprise – thus contributing to the regional effort of making the Baltic Sea Region innovative, sustainable and competitive.

Baltic TRAM builds on the findings of Science Link, an EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region flagship under Policy Area Innovation which received EU project funding during the time frame of 2012 – 2014. Baltic TRAM is one of the cornerstones of the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda implementing the CBSS guidance of organising an ad-hoc Task Force on Science Infrastructure in the Baltic Sea Region.

 

 

Baltic TRAM website: https://www.baltic-tram.eu/

 

Science Princess

Science Princess Global Campaign for Women & Girls in Science builds on the values of the UN observance International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Through the launch of International Directory of Women in Science the campaign aims to facilitate global ties among female researchers and provide mentorship for aspiring female students. CBSS Secretariat supports the campaign through its promotion in the Baltic Sea Region, thus enhancing the transnational implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 17 “Global Partnerships”, a crucial component of the Baltic 2030 Action Plan.

Science Princess website: http://scienceprincess.rasit.org/

Strategic documents of other multilateral forums of the Baltic Sea Region covering science cooperation:

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

Joint Statement of the 22nd Baltic Council entails an endorsement of Baltic Science Network. Adopted on 28 October 2016.

Publications covering CBSS Science, Research & Innovation Agenda:

BSR Policy Briefing 4/2017 National innovation and smart specialisation governance in the Baltic Sea region: Laying grounds for an enhanced macro-regional science-business cooperation prepared by Baltic TRAM partnership and published by Centrum Balticum.

DAAD Annual Report 2017 “Focus: Academic Mobility and Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Area” (Baltic Science Network on pp. 154 – 156, Baltic TRAM on p. 167) presented on 20 July 2017 by Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, together with Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans, Scientific Director of the German Centre of Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), and Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, Vice President of DAAD.

Press statements covering CBSS Science, Research & Innovation Agenda:

“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

Research and Business: Need for Concrete Actions (in English) – on the Baltic Development Forum website

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

Director General´s Statement Celebrating the Baltic Sea Science Day Ahead of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2017 (in English) – on the CBSS website

UNECON Celebrates the Russian Science Day (В СПбГЭУ отметили День российской науки – in Russian) – featuring the CBSS conference Baltic Sea Science Day on the website of the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics

Pushkin District of St Petersburg Takes Part in the CBSS conference (Пушкинцы приняли участие в конференции Совета государств Балтийского моря – in Russian) – on the home page of the Pushkin District of St Petersburg

The Role of the CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day in Advancing the Regional and Global Dialogue on Research and Innovation – Northern Notes, Issue 47 (Spring/Summer 2017), p. 45

BSN Takes a Look-Back at a Successful Year by Zane Šime, CBSS Secretariat, on the Baltic University Programme Newsletter #51 (p. 13) here.

CBSS Conference Under the Icelandic Presidency “Baltic Sea Science Day: Implementing the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda” (p. 2) and Discussions in Vilnius: Getting One Step Closer to the Drafting of Transnational Researcher Mobility Tools (p. 3) on the BSRUN Bulletin Mar 2017.

BONUS looks back at its engagement in the Baltic Science Network (pp. 3, 6, 12) on BONUS Annual Review 2016.

 

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

International cooperation and its relevance in the context of knowledge and technology transfer promotion (Starptautiskā sadarbība un tās nozīme zināšanu un tehnoloģiju pārneses veicināšanā – in Latvian) – on the home page of the University of Latvia.

CBSS conference Baltic Sea Science Day is an annual event which is dedicated to the advancement of the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda. It brings together stakeholders of the CBSS, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, as well as Four Councils of the North and wider audiences in order to facilitate reflections on how the science and research cooperation should be advanced for the prosperity and sustainability of the Baltic Sea Region. Baltic Sea Science Day also bridges the transnational debate on research cooperation in between the CBSS high level meetings of politicians and policy-makers responsible for science, research and innovation portfolios.

Baltic Sea Science Day 2017 was celebrated on 8 February 2017 in St Petersburg. It was aligned with the traditional annual celebration of the Russian Science Day. The date is linked to the establishment of Academy of Science in St. Petersburg in 1724, being one of the first academies of science in the Baltic Sea Region. Click here to view the CBSS calendar section of the Baltic Sea Science Day 2017.

Baltic Sea Science Day 2018 will be celebrated in the end of January 2018 in Turku.

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 25

Mobile: +46 703015126

Email: zane.sime@cbss.org