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Do we need a macro-regional dimension in higher education, science & research policy in the Baltic Sea Region?

Time: 15:00-15:50 Wednesday 9 November

Venue: Arkaden

A joint science and research policy approach helps to improve performance in research and innovation. Science policy in the Baltic Sea Region is organised and pursued mainly from a regional, national or European angle: a macro-regional dimension is missing. In a moderated panel, key decision-makers will discuss with Baltic Sea Region stakeholders the importance and benefits of, and obstacles to, closer collaboration in science policy.

Participants:
  • Presentation of the Baltic Science Network (BSN), Klaus von Lepel, Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR): Facts & figures, Julia Gottwald, Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Researcher Mobility in the BSR: Facts, figures & trends, Katariina Röbbelen-Voigt, Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
 
Panelists:
Riitta Mustonen, representative of the Baltic Science Network, University of Turku
Anders Bergström, EU-Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), Policy Area Coordinator Education, Research and Employability
Dr Jelena Angelis, Deputy Director, Technopolis Group Baltics
Klaus von Lepel, Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Moderator:
Baiba Liepa, Interact Point Turku

The aim of the seminar is to discuss the framework conditions for a macro-regional dimension of science policy. This may include areas such as mobility of students and researchers; joint strategy-making in specific areas; more effective use of existing and future large-scale research and innovation infrastructures; innovative measures for widening participation in order to overcome the existing innovation gap in the BSR; and joint efforts to increase the visibility of the Baltic Sea Region as a leading science region in the world. For example, in the field of joint strategy development the Baltic Science Network aims to compare and analyse existing regional and national strategies in order to define common topics and interests in the Baltic Sea Region.

On the basis of this data, a joint strategy for the whole region in specific areas of added value will be developed, which should be in line with the national/regional strategies. Stakeholders and experts will discuss the issues in an interactive way. The expected outcomes of the seminar are an update regarding national and regional research strategies, current research areas and topics important in the region and other insights and opinions from stakeholders and experts. The results will flow into the development of a macro-regional science policy.
 

Political Seminar

Main organiser:
Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities

Seminar contact person:
Katariina Röbbelen-Voigt

Seminar partner organiser:
Baltic Science Network

Sub-objective of the EUSBSR:
Increase prosperity: EUSBSR contributing to the implementation of Europe 2020
Increase prosperity: Improved global competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region