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Learning the art of science communication in the NDI Policy Brief Training workshop

The NDI hosted the third Policy Brief Training workshop on Sept. 1, 2021. The training was offered to the ND partners, the ND academic community, and experts representing the ND Partnerships. This year 16 participants from Russia, Finland, Austria, and Sweden attended the online training. The NDI organized the training together with Kaskas Media.

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The workshop offered practitioner-led guidance on the art of writing effective science communication. The training provided inspiration and tools for researchers to interact with policymakers and effectively share their research findings.

A policy brief gives a clear recommendation for policy and helps the reader decide what ought to be done to make the change happen. The key to a successful policy brief is spreading the information to the right audience, such as MPs or ministers, government officials and civil servants, local city or regional officials etc.

The morning session focused on science communication in general. Professor Riitta Kosonen from the NDI explained why policy briefs are important to the NDI, and what writing a policy brief gives to the researchers. Research Expert Päivi Karhunen showed how to recognise a good policy brief. The attendees had a chance to hear Anastasia Emelyanova’s (Postdoctoral Researcher, Thule Institute, University of Oulu) experiences on writing her two previous policy briefs. She shared some of the challenges too, such as avoiding specific details or complicated terminology.

In the afternoon, the participants had the chance to practice writing policy briefs by creating a quick concept. Each plan was introduced to a small group and received immediate feedback.

After the training, the participants will continue writing their policy brief drafts as homework and receive individual feedback from the NDI and Kaskas Media experts. In the coming months the NDI will publish all the new Policy Briefs that were written as a part of the training.

POLICY BRIEF: NDEP as a platform for nuclear cleanup of sunken objects in the Arctic Sea

This Policy Brief summarizes the key outcomes and recommendations from the Northern Dimension Expert Seminar1: Nuclear Waste Cleanup in the Arctic, which gathered together leading international experts and key stakeholders on nuclear cleanup projects.

The Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership’s Nuclear Window (NDEP NW) is an established platform for eliminating nuclear hazards inherited from the Soviet nuclear fleet operations in the Arctic. The strength of the NDEP NW projects is their operating model, where the NDEP grants administered by the EBRD act as a catalyst for local and complementary national funding, including in-kind support from the beneficiaries.

After years of terrestrial nuclear cleanup, Russia and international actors are taking the remediation of hazardous sunken objects as a strategic priority, and the recent European Commission funded feasibility study identified 17,000 sunken nuclear objects in the Arctic Sea, and drafted a four-step action plan for the management of six most hazardous objects.

The Expert Seminar concluded that the nuclear cleanup of the most hazardous sunken objects should start from the lifting and dismantling of the most urgent ones: nuclear submarines K-27 and K-159, and that the NDEP NW would be a feasible platform for these projects. The learnings from the expert seminar lead to following recommendations for future nuclear cleanup projects on sunken objects in the Arctic:

  • Recommendation 1: To encourage the Russian Federation to continue its work on establishing a legal and regulatory framework for cleanup of sunken nuclear objects.
  • Recommendation 2: To inform international donors about how Russian legislation would enable/constrain international cooperation in the potential lifting operation.
  • Recommendation 3: To seek infrastructural and other synergies with existing NDEP funded projects and with bilateral nuclear cleanup projects.
  • Recommendation 4: To allocate sufficient complementary national funding to secure operational costs not funded by the NDEP grant.
  • Recommendation 5: To have a flexible technical and management approach in project design and implementation to account for regulatory and other uncertainties.
  • Recommendation 6: To ensure efficient knowledge sharing and collaboration between project implementing bodies and key external stakeholders.

The Policy Brief can be downloaded here (link)

For more information, please contact the authors:
Dr Päivi Karhunen, Aalto University, paivi.karhunen [a] aalto.fi
Prof. Riitta Kosonen, Aalto University, riitta.kosonen [a] aalto.fi

1The seminar was organized virtually on 25 Nov. 2020. Its program and materials can be found here (link). The information presented in the Policy Brief is retrieved from the seminar presentations, unless otherwise indicated.

Registration to the ND Future Forum 2020 on COVID-19 Is Now Open

We invite you to the ND Future Forum 2020:

Combatting COVID-19 in the Northern Dimension Area

Event Details
Date: Thursday, December 3 at 9 AM - 3.30 PM (CET)
Venue: Online


Please register for the event no later than November 26 here >

The Future Forum event consists of two sessions:

Session 1
9 am - 12 pm CET
“We are in it Together” – Enhancing Regional Knowledge Exchange to Combat COVID-19
The morning session organised by the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) explores the health-related challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It functions as a platform for exchanging experiences and strengthening collaboration.

Session 2
1 pm - 3.30 pm CET
Living in the New Normal after COVID-19

The NDI coordinates the afternoon session, a live panel discussion focusing on broader societal impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic, e.g. how did the COVID-19 change the world and how does this change relate to other societal trends. The discussion will be streamed online.

Download the preliminary programme (pdf) here >

Registration for the event:https://webropol.com/ep/nd-future-forum-combatting-covid19-2020
Deadline for the registration is November 26, 2020. Please register as soon as possible due to the limited number of places available.

Feel free to forward this invitation to interested experts in your region.

For further information and an updating agenda, please visit:

ND website, Facebook and Twitter.

NDPHS website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

We warmly welcome you to the Future Forum 2020!

Professor Riitta Kosonen
Lead Coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute
Aalto University

Director Ülla-Karin Nurm
NDPHS Secretariat

 

Registration to the ND Future Forum 2020 on Black Carbon Is Now Open

On behalf of Aalto University in Finland, lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute we invite you to the ND Future Forum 2020:

Curbing Black Carbon Emissions in the Northern Dimension Area

Date: November 24, 2020
Time: 12 PM - 4 PM CET
Venue: Online Event (Webex Meetings)

Please register for the event no later than November 17 here >

The Future Forum event consists of two sessions, each of which includes a keynote presentation and a commentary panel.

Session 1: Strategies to reduce the environmental impact of black carbon emissions

Keynote presentation 'The multiple pathways needed to reduce emissions of black carbon affecting the Arctic' by Dr. Mikael Hildén, Director, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), followed by an international commentary panel.

Session 2: Health effects of black carbon emissions and ways of reducing them

Keynote presentation 'Health effects of black carbon in the Northern Dimension area' by Dr. Raimo O. Salonen, Chief Medical Officer, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), followed by an international commentary panel.

Download the preliminary programme (pdf) here >

Registration for the event:https://webropol.com/ep/nd-future-forum-black-carbon-2020
Deadline for the registration is November 17, 2020. Please register as soon as possible due to the limited number of places available.

Feel free to forward this invitation to interested experts in your region.

For further information and agenda, please visit the ND website, Facebook and Twitter.

The second ND Future Forum 2020 event 'Combatting COVID-19 in the Northern Dimension Area' will take place on December 3. A separate invite will be distributed to register for the event.

We warmly welcome you to the Future Forum 2020!

Professor Riitta Kosonen
Lead Coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute
Aalto University

 
 

Save the Date: Northern Dimension Future Forum 2020

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The Northern Dimension Institute organizes an annual Future Forum that gathers experts, decision makers and stakeholders to exchange information on topics of relevance for the ND thematic partnerships: environment, health and social wellbeing, transportation and logistics, and culture.

This year’s ND Future Forum events take place online.

Curbing Black Carbon Emissions in the Northern Dimension Areaon Tuesday, November 24

The online event consists of two sessions. The first session is devoted to sources of black carbon emissions and the reduction of their environmental impact. The second session focuses on the health implications of these emissions and ways of reducing them. The black carbon emissions will be discussed from technology and investments’ viewpoint, bringing to the fore various success stories.

Download the preliminary programme (pdf) here >

Combatting COVID-19 in the Northern Dimension Area on Thursday, December 3

The hybrid event consists of two sessions. The health-focused first session is organized by the NDPHS. It includes keynote presentations by researchers & experts and a panel with policymakers from the EU and Russia.

The NDI coordinates the second session, a live panel discussion focusing on broader societal impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic, e.g. how did the COVID-19 change the world and how does this change relate to other societal trends. The discussion will be streamed online.


The Future Forum events are free of charge and open to everyone. The online registration will open soon.

Follow the ND website, Facebook and Twitter for further information about speaker lineup:

Twitter: @ND_Institute

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NDInstitute/

Workshop: The Art of Staying Healthy – Can Culture Improve our Wellbeing?

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Online workshop within the 11th EUSBSR Annual Online Forum

6 October 2020
10:00–12:00 CEST

There is good evidence for the positive effects of arts on health and well being, both in prevention and treatment. However, interventions are mostly local or national and short-term. To fully untap the potential of arts based interventions, we need to create a better understanding of how art impacts our well-being and how this can be used to promote better health for people of all ages and backgrounds. The workshop will raise awareness for the health benefits of art interventions, facilitate the exchange of best practices from countries outside and within the BSR and brainstorm ideas for future cross-border initiatives. Presentations will cover the possibilities for using culture to improve health throughout a person’s life-course, including children and youth and the impact of art on development.

Schedule
10:00 Opening and practical points / Pia Houni
10:05 A presentation of the WHO Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report: What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? / Katey Warran
10:25 Arts on Prescription: perspectives from Scandinavia / Anita Jensen
10:45 Children and youth and the impact of art / Isto Turpeinen
10:55 Art, health and well-being in and with Games / Jaakko Kemppainen
11:05–11:45 Discussion in groups
11:45–12:00 Reporting back from group discussion

The focus of the presentations will be on introducing hands-on practical examples that could be replicated in other contexts. They should also aim at identifying ways in which both the cultural and health sector could learn from and further engage with other sectors to unlock the health-promoting potential of arts, both in everyday life and crisis situations.

The workshop is a cooperation between the NDPHS as Coordinator of the EUSBSR Policyy Area Health, the NDPC on behalf of Policy Area Culture and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. It is organized alongside the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2020. It is part of the inception phase for a project that is already under development between NDPHS and NDPC. It should provide input and feedback into the future strategic direction of the project and identify ways to engage other Policy Areas/Horizontal Actions represented in the EUSBSR.

Please, register here till 2 October, 2020: https://ej.uz/artsandwellbeing

Full programme and speakers on NDPC website: https://www.ndpculture.org/news/the-art-of-staying-healthy-can-culture-improve-our-wellbeing-online-workshop-within-the-11th-eusbsr-annual-forum

Facebook event to tag & invite to: https://www.facebook.com/events/325692805170258/

See the programme of the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2020 here: https://www.annualforum2020.eu

 

Northern Dimension: Hidden treasure of the European North

High-level discussion seminar in Autumn 2020

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has commissioned the Northern Dimension Institute to co-organize  an information and discussion event in Brussels to promote the role and importance of the Northern Dimension for European wellbeing and prosperity. The high-level event is targeted to the decision-makers in the EU and its member states, as well as in the other ND partner countries.

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The event will highlight the relevancy of the Northern Dimension policy and its instruments for regional and cross-border cooperation that aims at finding solutions to common challenges. The event will demonstrate several success stories of the ND policy, such as joint environmental projects on waste-water treatment and energy efficiency, and cross-border exchange of information and best practices on healthcare and disease prevention.

The event is foreseen to take place in Brussels in autumn 2020. Would this not be feasible, the event will be organized as a web seminar.

Upgrading Science Communication skills in the ND academic community

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.

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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.

Final Program of the ND Future Forum 2019 published

Northern Dimension Future Forum 2019: Fresh and sustainable experiments of the Global North

Date: 28 November 2019
Venue: Aalto University, Dipoli (Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland)
Organizers: Northern Dimension Institute, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Financed by: DG NEAR

Final Program of the Forum

The Future Forum panels present technology- and human-centered sustainable solutions to societal challenges in the fields of health, transport, environment and culture, which are Northern Dimension thematic partnerships. Voice is given to representatives of civil society, university sector, business and government. The exhibition area presents fresh solutions to societal challenges – particularly those generated by students and youth.

The Forum is a part of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. It serves as the people-to-people pre-event to the "Clean and Global North - High-Level Event on Regional Cooperation in the North event", organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 29 November in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. The invitation-only event will also acknowledge the 20-year anniversary of the Northern Dimension.

More information:


Northern Dimension Institute Lead Coordinator
Professor Riitta Kosonen
Director, Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT
Aalto University
riitta.kosonen(at)aalto.fi

Dr. Päivi Karhunen
Research expert
CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
+358 50 3878 159
paivi.karhunen(at)aalto.fi

Registration to the ND Future Forum 2019 closes 14 Nov.

Northern Dimension Future Forum 2019: Fresh and sustainable experiments of the Global North

Date: 28 November 2019
Venue: Aalto University, Dipoli (Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland)
Organizers: Northern Dimension Institute, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Financed by: DG NEAR

The Forum is open to everyone and free of charge. Please remember fo register to the Forum by Thursday14 November 2019 at https://eu.eventscloud.com/sustainable-north

The Future Forum panels present technology- and human-centered sustainable solutions to societal challenges in the fields of health, transport, environment and culture, which are Northern Dimension thematic partnerships. Voice is given to representatives of civil society, university sector, business and government.

The exhibition area presents fresh solutions to societal challenges – particularly those generated by students and youth.

Updated Programme of the Forum Panels

Programme of the Exhibition Area

The Forum is a part of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. It serves as the people-to-people pre-event to the "Clean and Global North - High-Level Event on Regional Cooperation in the North event", organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 29 November in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. The invitation-only event will also acknowledge the 20-year anniversary of the Northern Dimension.

More information:


Northern Dimension Institute Lead Coordinator
Professor Riitta Kosonen
Director, Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT
Aalto University
riitta.kosonen(at)aalto.fi

Dr. Päivi Karhunen
Research expert
CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
+358 50 3878 159
paivi.karhunen(at)aalto.fi

 

Registration to the ND Future Forum 2019 is now open

Northern Dimension Future Forum 2019: Fresh and sustainable experiments of the Global North

Date: 28 November 2019
Venue: Aalto University, Dipoli (Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland)
Organizers: Northern Dimension Institute, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Financed by: DG NEAR

The Forum is open to everyone and free of charge. Participants are invited to register to the Forum by 14 November 2019 at https://eu.eventscloud.com/sustainable-north

Forum Programme

The Future Forum panels present technology- and human-centered sustainable solutions to societal challenges in the fields of health, transport, environment and culture, which are Northern Dimension thematic partnerships. Voice is given to representatives of civil society, university sector, business and government. The exhibition area presents fresh solutions to societal challenges – particularly those generated by students and youth.

The Forum is a part of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. It serves as the people-to-people pre-event to the "Clean and Global North - High-Level Event on Regional Cooperation in the North event", organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 29 November in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. The invitation-only event will also acknowledge the 20-year anniversary of the Northern Dimension.

More information:


Northern Dimension Institute Lead Coordinator
Professor Riitta Kosonen
Director, Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT
Aalto University
riitta.kosonen(at)aalto.fi

Dr. Päivi Karhunen
Research expert
CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
+358 50 3878 159
paivi.karhunen(at)aalto.fi

Baltic Sea Region Forum 2019 in Turku, Finland

Centrum Balticum's 12th Baltic Sea Region Forum will be organized on 25 March 2019 at Turku School of Economics. The theme of the Forum is “The Future Challenges of the Baltic Sea Region”.

The programme is now published: a ministerial panel will discuss how to tackle challenges of the region. In addition, Forum's theme will be discussed from the viewpoints of labour mobility and circular economy. The opening address is delivered by the Minister of Finance of Finland Petteri Orpo.

Registration and additional information about the event can be found at the Forum's website.

Seminar “Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency”, Riga.

Save-the-date 5th October in Riga

How can green investments be financed to accelerate the transition to a carbon-free economy in the most cost-effective way? How are energy efficiency solutions applied, which financial schemes are used, and what are the different experiences on financing energy efficiency across the countries in the Baltic Sea Region?

Baltic Development Forum in close collaboration with the Council of the Baltic Sea States/Baltic 2030 (HA Climate), Ministry of Economics of Latvia (PA Energy/EUSBSR) invites you for a regional seminar “Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency” on 5th October 2017 in Riga.

The aim is to take a Baltic Sea Region perspective on how to exploit the full potential of energy efficiency by demonstrating good examples across the region and showing ways to tap into the region´s potential through transnational knowledge, expertise transfer and enhanced regional cooperation.

The seminar will focus on financing energy efficiency with tfehe aim to shed light on the experiences in applying energy efficiency solutions and various financing schemes used differently across the region. To learn from each other and to build the knowledge required to address the challenges incurred by climate change.

The event will include different viewpoints on how financing of green investments should be realized in the most cost-efficient and commercially viable way. This will include the European policy perspective as well as financial institutions, banks and the industry perspective. Cases with best practices on financing energy efficient solutions, including ESCO models, will be shared to find the best possible solutions to the existing challenges with the tested financing schemes.

The seminar is targeted towards national and municipal organizations, cities, policy and commercial banks, industry representatives working with climate change and energy efficiency solutions.

Interested?

Proceed with the registration here.

Stay tuned for further updates on the programme.

DRAFT PROGRAMME
12.00 Registration. Lunch
12.45 Welcome
Flemming Stender, Director, Baltic Development Forum
Krista Kampus, Senior Adviser and Head of the Sustainable Development Unit – Baltic 2030, Council of the Baltic Sea States

13.00 Key-note by the State Secretary of the Ministry Economics of the Republic of Latvia Juris Stinka – Setting the Scene

13.10 Financing green investments
Paul Hodson, Head of Energy Efficiency unit, DG Energy, European Commission (tbc)
Rafal Rybacky, Head of Public Sector Operations in Poland and the Baltic States, European Investment Bank (tbc)
Patrik Marckert, Senior Manager, Energy & Environment, Nordic Investment Bank
Victor Gancel, Flagship Manager Low Carbon City Lab, Climate-KIC Nordic
Mats Olausson, Green banking expert, SEB (tbc)
Reinis Bērziņš, Chairman of the Board, Altum (tbc)

14.50 – 15.15 Coffee break

15.15 – 16.20 Panel on best-practices, including ESCO models
The panelists are to be confirmed. We will hear the views from the following countries:
Norway: Hallvard Benum, Energy Ingineer, Kongsberg municipality
Finland: Päivi Laitila, Head of Energy Efficiency Unit Motiva
Denmark: Køge municipality
Sweden: Sinfra
Estonia: KredEx
Lithuania: Housing and Urban Development Agency

16.30 Summing up and steps ahead

Northern Dimension Day 7.11.2016

The second Northern Dimension Day will be held back-to-back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), scheduled for 8-9 November, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels in 10-13.10.2016

Main themes of the event are: Sustained and sustainable economic growth, Inclusive economic growth, and Making ESI Funds simpler.

The event is targeted to an audience interested in regional policy.

Participation is free of charge.

Registration for the event "European Week of Regions and Cities" is open until September 26th 2016.

Find more information about the registration procedure here.

Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event in 14th September in Brussels

In 14th September, the Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event for the Work Program "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials" will be organized in Brussels.

The event will be organized by the European Commission due to the upcoming calls for proposals which will be launched in autumn 2016. The event is for the research community, businesses and public administration.

Find the registration link and event programme here.

EU Design Days in Brussels 20-22.9.2016

EU Design Days will be organized in Brussels in September 20-22th 2016. The event will be focusing in following themes: design as a strategic tool to support regional development, design to be used for a circular economy, urban production and design, and design thinking for public sector innovation and regional development.

Also, there is a workshop which considers how design thinking could be applied when co-creating new approaches with and for young people experiencing mental illness. In addition, one of the topics is how the use of design for innovation and growth in Europe could be increased.

Location of the event: BWM Brand Store Brussels, Boulevard de Waterloo 23-24, 1000, Brussels.

Find the registration and more information about the event from EU Design Days website.

Talking Barents seminar held in Brussels in June 16th, 2016

Talking Barents seminar was held at Norway House in Brussels in 16th June 2016. The seminar was organized by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat and the North Norway European Office.

The seminar was about Barents Cooperation and it focused in opportunities and challenges in the cross-border cooperation in culture, business development, indigenous peoples’ issues, education, civil society and environmental protection. About 100 participants attended.

Find more information, video and summary from seminar at North Norway website.

International workshop on Societal Security Research in Riga, Latvia, 31.8-1.9.2016

NordForsk and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in Latvia, are organizing a workshop to help inform the scope and development of a possible international research cooperation aimed at understanding and addressing current debates surrounding societal security in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

The workshop will be held in the “Glass Hall” of Hotel Bergs, Riga, Latvia.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Registration and more information available at NordForsk website.

University of the Arctic Congress in September 12-16, 2016, St. Petersburg

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.

 

Updated program for the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR released

An updated programme has been released for the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR. Detailed information about the event can be now found. Check the programme here. Concerning the proposals for seminars/workshops, applicants will be notified shortly. Information will be updated in the dedicated webpage.

One of the main sessions now announced in the programme addresses the potential of cooperation on digitalisation for the benefit of the whole EU. The Baltic Sea region countries are at the forefront of digitalisation in Europe. We have interviewed the Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group who recently presented a report on the state of digital development. You find this interview at the Strategy Forum website.

Registration will open on 22 August.

CBSS Presidency Handover from Poland to Iceland

On 5 July, 2016, Poland handed over the CBSS Presidency to Iceland during the Almedalen Political Week in Visby (Sweden). The event was hosted by the Governor of Gotland, Ms Cecilia Schelin Seidegård.

Participants of the ceremony expressed their appreciation to Poland for its visionary approach and enormous commitment to the Baltic Sea Region cooperation. The role of the line ministers meetings, organised by Poland, including culture (September 2015), science (June 2016) and deputy foreign ministers’ (June 2016) sessions, was emphasised. The upcoming Icelandic Presidency priorities were also introduced, with both Ambassador Gudmundur Árni Stefánsson & Ambassador Estrid Brekkan emphasising the Icelandic commitment to the Baltic Sea Region and continued collaboration on all levels.

Read more here.

24th BSSSC Annual Conference in 14-16 Sep, 2016, in Finland

Time: 14 September, 2016 to 16 September, 2016

Place: Verkatehdas Arts & Congress Center, Paasikiventie 2, 13200 Hämeenlinna

The 24th BSSSC Annual Conference will take place from 14th to 16th September 2016 in Hämeenlinna, Finland.

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Value of Regional Co-operation in Challenging Times

This year the conference is dedicated to the European challenges we are facing today, but also overcoming them together, via co-operation within our common Baltic Sea Region.

For more information and registration visit: http://www.hameenliitto.fi/fi/24th-bsssc-annual-conference

18th BDF Summit in Stockholm in 8th November 2016

The 18th Baltic Development Forum Summit will be held in Stockholm on 8 November 2016, in conjunction with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Taking stock of the current state of the Baltic Sea Region, the 18th BDF Summit will explore how we can find common ground in a changing environment, looking closer at the regional economic affairs, the political climate, and the potential for business.

Organised by the Baltic Development Forum, the annual Summits have provided a high-level meeting place for regional cross-sectoral dialogue since 1999.

More information here.

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