March 2016 -
February 2019

Completed

Policy area:
Education
1. Innovation 1.1 R&I infrastructures

BSN

The project Baltic Science Network strengthened the political ownership of a joint, macro-regional approach towards science policy by setting up a network of ministries and other public bodies responsible for higher education, science and research policies in seven countries around the Baltic Sea.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Society expects research and higher education to respond to global challenges, such as climate change, energy and resource efficiency, food supply, welfare, health and demographic change. The countries around the Baltic Sea have an excellent structure of leading universities and research institutions which makes the Baltic Sea region one of the most competitive and innovative science regions in the world. However, not all levels of research and innovation perform equally well across the macro region, the existing facilities are not evenly distributed and not all are well interconnected.

For the time being, science policy around the Baltic Sea is organised mainly from a regional, national or European angle. Yet, national or sub-national answers are not sufficient anymore to respond to global questions, and the European angle is typically too wide to consider the specific features of every single country. A macro regional dimension in science policy could be the right scale to respond to the challenges of society. This would require a joint approach of the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea towards higher education and research and more cooperation in research and higher education. However, there is a lack of political ownership of such a macro-regional dimension of science policy.

HIGHLIGHTS

The project established a network - the Baltic Science Network – which gathers regional and national ministries and other public bodies responsible for defining and implementing higher education, science and research policies. Seven countries (Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden) have confirmed their intention to continue the joint work and to turn the project into a permanent and independent network. These countries formulated a joint statement within a High-Level Meeting of the Representatives of the Ministries for Science of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and formulated statutes for the network.

The Baltic Science Network analysed the current state of science and research cooperation in the Baltic Sea region and issued recommendations accordingly. The project also identified potential solutions to improve the cooperation in this sector and to increase the participation of less performing regions in transnational research activities. Besides, the Baltic Science Network developed a mobility concept for researchers and students. The partnership identified mobility tools which seem particularly relevant for the region and decided to pilot one of them - the Research Internship Tool - in the extension stage project BSN Powerhouse

Project Stories

Budgets

Total
€ 2.99
million
Erdf
€ 2.34
million
Eni + Russia
€ 0.00
million
Norway
€ 0.00
million

PARTNERS

Outputs

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CONTACTS

Project manager

Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, City of Hamburg

Katariina Röbbelen-Voigt

4 940 428 632 004

Legal representative

Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, City of Hamburg

Rolf Greve

4 940 428 632 004

Financial manager

DSN - Connecting Knowledge

Stefanie Keßel

+49 431 99 69 66-0

Communication manager

Council of the Baltic States Secretariat

Zane Šime

+46 8 440 19 25