Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue
Is this you?
- Studying to be a teacher.
- Between 20-30 years old.
- Interested in history and regional cooperation in the Baltic Sea.
- Ready to learn, discuss topics linked to the history & current affairs in the Baltic Sea Region
- and meet new people with similar interests.
- Come from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway,Poland, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Belarus, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America.
- Fluent in English.
A gathering for future teachers interested in Baltic Sea Region history and cooperation.
- Are you studying to be a teacher?
- Are you looking to expand your network and meet inspiring people from the region?
The Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue invites you to increase your knowledge and get inspiration for your future work as a teacher!
Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017
Baltic Sea regional cooperation is vital for tackling the challenges of today and finding solutions for tomorrow. Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017 aims to bring regional cooperation into perspective engaging future generations.
Therefore, we offer a week-long session of seminars and workshops to students from the Baltic Sea Region and beyond. The Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017 will take place in Helsinki (4 days) and St. Petersburg (3 days) and focus on history, culture, politics and the need for cross-border cooperation.
Apply at bit.ly/BSYD17by 22 October 2017.
We will contact the selected participants shortly after.
Accommodation, catering, transfer from Helsinki to St. Petersburg will be provided by the organisers and the reimbursement of travel expenses is guaranteed up to 200 EUR for each participant.
A detailed programme for the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017 will be available shortly.
We also invite you take a look at the previous editions of the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue at
The Call for proposals for the Nordic Master programme is now open until 22nd September 2016. The Nordic Master (NM) is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding programme, which offers financing for joint Nordic Master’s programmes based on research, excellence and high quality.
Read more from UArctic Research website.
A heathy diet is linked to better reading skills in the first three school years, shows a recent study from Finland. Published in the European Journal of Nutrition, the study constitutes part of the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children Study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and the First Steps Study conducted at the University of Jyväskylä. University of Eastern Finland is a member of Northern Dimension Institute.
Read more about the study on UEF website.
The Northern Dimension Future Forum 2020 “Combatting COVID-19 in the Northern Dimension Area” was held on 3rd of December as two virtual events. The Forum gathered together a wide range of experts and stakeholders to discuss health and societal implications of the COVID-19 epidemic in the Northern Dimension area and beyond. The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) organized the Forum in cooperation with the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS).
The first event “We are in it together”, organized by the NDPHS, served as a platform for exchanging knowledge and experiences on how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced health and healthcare systems in the Northern Dimension area. Its expert presentations and panel discussions led Dr Ülla-Karin Nurm, Director of the NDPHS Secretariat, to conclude that international cooperation in risk and crisis communication is needed to tackle misinformation about COVID-19.
Here, researchers have a key role in debunking pseudoscience, and authorities in ensuring that all of them communicate the same clear and easily understandable information to the people. Efficient and competent leadership is fundamental in establishing trust and in reducing anxiety and fear in society.
Watch the first session on NDPHS Facebook here >
The second event of the Forum “Living in the New Normal after COVID-19” was organized by the NDI as a live-streamed expert panel discussion from Finland. The panel discussed how COVID-19 has changed the world and how permanent the change will be, and how this change relates to other societal trends like digitalization.
The panellists represented different societal sectors including business, research, and non-governmental institutions, and elaborated the topic from various perspectives such as the organization of work and education, mental health, and attitudes and values of people.
The panel underlined that despite all the detrimental impacts of the COVID-19, the pandemic has brought some positive outcomes. Societies witness new forms of equality as all citizens face the same threat and need to adapt to the new circumstances like the restriction of social relations.
The panel pointed to the pandemic as a shared social challenge that imposes a mental burden to all individuals, irrespective of the social status. At the same time, Finns have high trust in the capacity of authorities and the government to combat the crisis and expect clear instructions on how to act and behave in exceptional circumstances.
The COVID-19 crisis has generated new forms of collective action. The Finnish event industries is an example of a sector that was made visible and identifiable due to the crisis, as event organizers needed to join forces to draw politicians’ attention to the detrimental impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on their business.
Another positive outcome of the crisis is that it has generated social innovations and best practices that will prevail in the post-pandemic world. Most of these are linked with the use of digitalization in different fields including the organization of work, education, and the provision of healthcare services.
Digitalization has increased efficiency at work, as commuting and travelling to meetings is no longer required. The time savings enable multi-tasking and more efficient organization of one’s work. Also, in the fields of education and healthcare, new digital methods and platforms have proven beneficial and will remain in use after the pandemic.
At the same time, the panel pointed out that crisis-borne practices related to digitalization are not equally accessible to everyone or cannot completely replace traditional ways of organizing work and producing services. The crisis showed that not all professions can be done remotely and that schools did not have the digital equipment or experience to switch to digital distance learning.
The panellists shared the view that it is important to ensure that vulnerable groups, e.g. pupils with special needs or mental healthcare customers with serious disorders, are met face-to-face. It was highlighted that the workplace is a social community, and virtual platforms and communities cannot replace face-to-face interaction. A future trend will most likely be hybridization, which combines digital and traditional forms of producing services and organizing work and education.
Watch the recording of the second session here >
In his concluding remarks, Finland’s Ambassador for Barents and Northern Dimension Jari Vilén welcomed the insights from the panel and perceived them as a valuable contribution to the governmental work on COVID-19 strategies. This showed the relevance of the ND Future Forums as bridging research and policy-making at a very concrete level.
Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) hosted a meeting of the BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER) in April 2016. The group unites 15 universities and research institutions from the northern territories of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden, aimed at solving crucial problems of scientific and educational cooperation expansion in the Barents Region. NArFU has been co-chairing the group since 2011.
The meeting's agenda included an overview of universities' international activities, presentation of JWGER group's work results in 2016, and discussion of the Barents universities’ role in the implementation of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship objectives.
In addition, it was decided to prolong NArFU’s chairmanship for the next two years. Marina Kalinina, Rector’s Adviser on International Cooperation, shall continue her work as the JWGER Chair.
For further information, please visit the NArFU's website.
Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat
In the publication "Northern Lights on PISA and TALIS", scholars take a closer look at the PISA 2012 and TALIS 2013 studies. The authors represent almost all the Nordic countries and carry with them their different insights and perspectives. As the former editions in the Northern Lights series, this publication has received financial support from the Nordic Council of Ministers.
To read the publication, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers webpage.
NordForsk will soon launch a call Education for Tomorrow: Inclusive Education Across Borders: Research projects oriented towards practice and policy. Please note: the call will be launched tentatively December 2016, pending funding can be obtained for the call. Application deadline: April 2017 (tentatively).
The objective of this call is to broadly explore the many and various research questions related to inclusive education.
NordForsk is administering the call in collaboration with the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO, which is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO).
Applications should be for projects with a duration of three years. All applications must be submitted via the NordForsk online application portal. The call will be on the portal tentatively December 2016.
For more information, see the call pre-announcement.
Source: UArctic website.
The first University of the Arctic (UArctic) Congress will be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in September 12th-16th, 2016. The Congress is hosted by Saint-Petersburg State University, and it will feature Science and Meeting sections. Key UArctic meetings include the Council of UArctic, UArctic Rectors' Forum, Student Forum, and Thematic Network leaders.
Registration to the Congress ends in August 21st, 2016.
Find more details about the Congress and registration here.
The NDI is contributing to better knowledge-based decision making culture in the Northern Dimension area. In the era of economic, environmental and health related uncertainties it is increasingly important to bring the best relevant research-based knowledge into use of policy makers.
The NDI is actively serving the information needs of ND Partnerships in Environment, Transport and Logistics, Culture, and Health and Social Wellbeing. To facilitate this, the NDI is training the ND academic community in science communication skills.
In 2019, the NDI organized a science communication training that helped researchers and experts to identify key decision makers and to translate research results into policy-relevant language. This year the science communication training will focus on how to elaborate research results and expert knowledge into insightful policy briefs. The training will be offered to the ND Think Tank Action partners, wider academic community, and experts representing the ND Partnerships.
The training will result in the publication of several policy briefs for the use of ND Partnerships.
The training will take place in Aalto University in autumn 2020, or it will be organized as a web-based course.