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The Baltic Sea Region: A Science Powerhouse

The Baltic Sea Region: A Science Powerhouse

Date
26th November 2018

On the 26 of November, WRB attended ‘The Baltic Sea Region: A Science Powerhouse’. It was hosted by The Baltic Science Network, a policy network which facilitates multilateral activities in the research and innovation field, alongside Science Business, Baltic Tram, Interreg, and the European Regional Development Fund. The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) is home to 400,000 researchers and contains the top 6 EU countries for innovation. Often considered to be a model for macro-regional cooperation and bottom-up innovation, the BSR combines the strengths of EU 15 and EU 13 countries to bridge the ‘innovation gap’ and unlock excellence.

Key points of interest from discussion

  • EU has recognised the strength of the BSR and is keen to advocate it as a role model
  • 35% of Horizon Europe’s budget will go to tackling climate change
  • Sharing excellence budget doubled
  • Need to link up structural funds with research funds to create synergies (‘Smart specialisation strategies’ key to this project)
  • The Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) is at the disposal of member states and regions, offering a new ‘matchmaking’ service for players across borders who have similar areas of specialisation
  • Horizon Europe’s ‘missions’ are intended to be a way to link up ‘widening participation’ with excellence, because they are based on a combination of different solutions and invite bottom-up strategies and inclusive participation
  • The JRC is also pairing up scientists with MEPs so they can advise them on policy

 

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