Set Sails for Baltic Science Network

On April 7-8 representatives of the nine Baltic Sea countries gathered in Hamburg for the kick-off meeting of the new Interreg project “Baltic Science Network”.

Two years ago Senate of Hamburg proclaimed the initiative to establish new scientific network in the Baltic Sea region. The aim of the project is to better links universities, research institutions, scientists and students, to promote the joint acquisition of EU funds, and to increase research excellence in the Baltic region. The Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality successfully applied for funds from the EU’s INTERREG Vb Baltic Sea Region programme. Now, around three million have been granted for the establishment of a Baltic Science Network.

The network is not only a platform for closer communication between policymakers and decision-makers, but intends to initiate and implement joint concrete activities and projects that will foster science and research in the Baltic Sea Region. Relevant ministries, stakeholders and key actors from the science sector, such as universities and research institutions, will be closely involved in the design and implementation of these activities. The network is jointly organized by Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.

The partners gathered in Hamburg to decide how to use available funding for establishment of transnational structures in the BSR where scientific policies are national, local and municipal.

Our University will take active part in all Working Packeges of the project and will contribute by:

  •  providing experts and speakers from Russian universities and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation,
  • providing best practices examples of science cooperation between Russia and other BSR states,
  • providing informal and technical support for science and research cooperation and mobility in North-West Russia and the dissemination of BSN project results in Russia.

Hamburg Senator and Minister for Education, Science and Equality Mrs. Katharina Fegebank said: “We have great universities and R&D infrastructure in the Baltic Sea region. Nevertheless, we have to optimize conditions for deeper cooperation between our scientists if we want to stay competitive on the global market. The BSN will concentrate our best recourses and will be the first ever project of cross-border scientific policy for the whole region”.

The partners of the project are:

• Hamburg Ministry of Education, Science and Equality;
• Ministry of Social Work, Healthcare, Science and Equality of Schleswig-Holstein;
• Ministry Education, Science and Culture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania;
• Senate of  Hamburg

• Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia

• Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia

• Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania
• Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA)

• Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland
• University of Gdansk (nominated by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education)

• Ministry of Higher Education and Research / Danish Agency for Science and Innovation
• Swedish Research Council
• Swedish Ministry of Education and Research

• University of Turku (nominated by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture)
• Abo Akademi University (as representative of the Baltic University Programme)
• Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

• St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON – nominated by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science)

• Council of Baltic Sea States
• BUP - Baltic University Programme (represented by the Abo Akademi University)
• BSRUN – Baltic Sea Region University Network
• BONUS - Baltic Organizations’' Network for Funding Science EEIG
• STRING- political cross border partnership between Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, the Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand, and the City of Copenhagen in Denmark, and Region Skåne in Sweden



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