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How to use the NDI to boost growth in the Northern Dimension area?

In the current times of economic and political instabilities, it is of utmost importance to seek economic growth to tackle…

ND Newsflash 2/2019 published

In this issue we give you a few examples of our latest activities.

You can find the ND Newsflash here (link).

Enjoy the reading and have a relaxing summer!

Researchers learned to make an impact with science communication

NDI organized a communications training for researchers on Wednesday 12 June 2019 at Aalto University. The communications training "Make an impact with science communication" provided inspiration and tools for researchers for interacting with decision-makers and sharing their research results and policy recommendations in an effective manner. Participants got to practice stakeholder communication, coming up with key messages and writing an effective policy brief.

During the day, participants heard and discussed successful real-life examples of co-creation and interaction by decision-makers and researchers. Ms. Tarja Haaranen, Director at the Ministry of the Environment of Finland, shared her experiences in successful communication with experts and researchers. Ms. Armi Temmes, leader of Smart Energy Transition project, Professor of Practice of Corporate Sustainability at the Aalto University introduced the participants how to use co-creation in a research project. Ms. Marita Laukkanen, Chief Researcher and Research Leader at the VATT Institute for Economic Research and Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Helsinki spoke from her own experience, how researchers can contribute to societal debate via social media based on their research.

Discussion NDI communication training In the afternoon, the training was focused on defining stakeholders and key messages. Participants also learned how to turn their own research results into a policy brief with recommendations for policy actions.

Participants of the training represented the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON), the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (NArFU), the Northern State Medical University, the University of Oulu and the Aalto University.

The training was conducted by Kaskas Media, a Finnish communications agency that specializes in science and expert communication. The training was a part of the "Development of a think tank functions of the Northern Dimension Institute - NDI Think Tank Action”.

NDI Think Tank Action focuses on developing and institutionalizing think tank functions of the NDI to provide relevant research-based knowledge and a neutral platform for open dialogue, people-to-people contacts and co-creation among the decision- and policy-makers, civil servants, business, NGOs and the academic community.

The NDI Think Tank Action is a 3-year (2019-2021) project co-financed by the EC DG NEAR.

NDI attended the 29th Northern Dimension Steering Group meeting in Reykjavik

The NDI Think Tank Action was represented at the 29th Northern Dimension Steering Group meeting, which was held in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 7 June 2019. Project Leader Minna Hanhijärvi presented an insight of the ongoing Action, thematic research and planned activities for the end of the year. NDI will ensure designing thematic co-creation workshops in close collaboration with the ND Partnerships to ensure coordination, and synergies among planned ND events in the fall and relevant topics as well as relevant topics.

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Reykjavik, Iceland. Image by Rebecca L from Pixabay

NDI organizes a communications training for researchers

NDI together with Kaskas Media, a Finnish media consulting company, organizes a communications training for researchers on Wednesday 12 June 2019 at Aalto University.

The communications training "Make an impact with science communication" provides inspiration and tools for researchers for interacting with decision-makers. Participants get to practice stakeholder communication, coming up with key messages and writing an effective policy brief. After the training all the participants will receive individual feedback on their policy briefs.

You can find the programme of the training here (PDF).

The training is part of the "Development of a think tank functions of the Northern Dimension Institute - NDI Think Tank Action”.

NDI Think Tank Action focuses on developing and institutionalizing think tank functions of the NDI to provide relevant research-based knowledge and a neutral platform for open dialogue, people-to-people contacts and co-creation among the decision- and policy-makers, civil servants, business, NGOs and the academic community.

The NDI Think Tank Action is a 3-year (2019-2021) project co-financed by the EC DG NEAR.

How to use the NDI to boost growth in the Northern Dimension area?

In the current times of economic and political instabilities, it is of utmost importance to seek economic growth to tackle environmental challenges, solve societal problems and provide help and assistance to those in need. Economic growth is not in contrast with the goals of combatting climate change. Rather, arguments for “degrowth” would only weaken societies’ capacity to provide sustainable solutions to the environmental challenges.

Taking the multifaceted nature of vicious environmental challenges, including their social, political and economic dimensions, there is increasing need for the use of research-based knowledge in policymaking. This is where the Northern Dimension Institute could provide more insight and tools for the common good.
The NDI could play a bigger role in boosting growth in various ways.

First, as the vicious environmental problems are characterized by several uncertainties, the NDI has a valuable a role as the provider of trustworthy, neutral and research-based knowledge for the use of private and public sector decision makers. There is increasing need for neutral, objective knowledge in the world, in contrast to fake news and hidden agendas.

Second, the NDI is useful in finding existing knowledge and feeding it to the decision makers. In fact, the world is packed with knowledge, but it is not easily available, or not served in a user friendly, applicable format.

Third, there is also need for new knowledge and targeted research. For example, we do not yet know enough of the sources of black carbon emissions, or the potential benefits of hydrogen as a fuel in the ND area. The NDI operates as a platform to fill identified information gaps.

Fourth, in the world characterized by instability and insecurity, we need more optimism in decision making and forecasting the future. Here, the NDI could play a bigger role in bringing to the fore success stories of economically and socially sustainable solutions to environmental challenges in the ND area. It has been proven that even small actions of modernization can have considerable environmental impacts at the local level.

Fifth, in addition to identifying success stories, the NDI could boost growth by analyzing the scalability of the invented solutions. Several technical and digital solutions, as well as social design innovations, could be more generally applied to boost growth in the ND area or even widely.

Sixth, there is growth potential to be derived from a more effective cooperation among the ND Partnerships. There are several synergies that can be exploited to provide savings and to generate larger societal impact. It is easy to imagine such synergies to be found e.g. among environmental and health-related activities. The NDI could be more effectively used in building bridges between ND Partnerships by identifying synergies and overlaps.

Finally, critical building blocks of sustainable growth are coherent societies with active social dialogue in decision-making. The NDI has already an established role as the platform for dialogue between the providers and end users of knowledge in the academia, Partnerhips, public sphere, business community and civil society. This role could be more effectively used. Here, also NDI’s access and ability to involve young academics and students in public discourse, is vital for the sustainable and legitimate future.

Here is the wish list, what about the funding?

Prof. Riitta Kosonen, NDI Lead Coordinator

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NDI in the 10th ND Forum in St. Petersburg

NDI was represented by NDI Lead Coordinator professor Riitta Kosonen and project coordinator Hanna-Elina Koivisto in the 10th Northern Dimension Forum on 4 April 2019 organized by the Northern Dimension Business Council, the Association of European Business and Graduate School of Management of the St. Petersburg University in St. Petersburg, Russia. This year the event was held on the topic of “Sustainable development in the era of global change: growth factors and (un)known challenges”.

The event gathered over 200 participants representing EU, ND Partnerships, the Regional Councils, Russian and international companies, industries, authorities, universities and International Financial Institutions from ND countries, Belarus, Canada and the USA.

The event consisted of sessions and panel discussions on future challenges in the global political, economic and public spheres. Professor Kosonen was invited as a panelist in the plenary round table discussion on sustainable development of the Northern Dimension, global challenges and the regional answers. She introduced the ongoing NDI Think Tank Action and the identified topics of interest and future challenges by the ND Partnerships and the research community. The thematic policy-relevant research in environmental sphere, for example, is focused on co-creating research-based solutions and recommendations for action to curb black carbon emissions in the Arctic.

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Riitta Kosonen during the plenary "Sustainable Development of the Northern Dimension: Global Challenges and the Regional Answers

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Riitta Kosonen (NDI), Dace Resele, new Head of NDPC Secretariat and Paavo Lipponen, former Prime Minister of Finland

See more on the 10th ND Forum here (link)

ND Newsflash 1/2019 published

In this issue we introduce our three-year NDI Think Tank Action and bring you highlights from the Northern Dimension Future Forums. We are also glad to present the first Policy Briefs published by the NDI.

You can find the ND Newsflash here (link).

 

Enjoy the reading!

NDI Think Tank Action Launched

The NDI Think Tank Action was launched in a kick-off meeting at Aalto University on 27 February 2019. This 3-year Action, funded by the EU, serves the information needs of the four Northern Dimension partnerships between the EU, Norway, Iceland and Russia. The themes for these partnerships are environment, cultural cooperation, transport and logistics, and health and social wellbeing. The Action is carried out by NDI (Northern Dimension Institute) which is an international network of universities and research institutes.

In the Action, five Finnish, Russian and Austrian universities and research institutes produce research knowledge on diverse societal challenges of the North. The research topics identified together with the NDI partnerships are how to combat climate change and curb black carbon emissions, how to benefit from creative industries in solving societal challenges, how to facilitate healthy aging, and how to ensure the sustainability of emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia.

The NDI Think Thank Action’s lead partner is CEMAT research center, hosted by the Aalto University. The project partners are Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (NArFU), St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and University of Oulu.

The Action creates a culture of resource-informed policy making in the Northern Dimension area, promoting producers and end-users of research to co-create common understanding. This is achieved by active dialogue throughout the research project, which improves the accuracy of research topics and empirical material, and tailors the publication formats and dissemination platforms to be most applicable to the end users.

During 2019, the Action will produce several policy briefs and research reports for the use of ND environmental, culture, health, and transport and logistics partnerships. On the occasion of Finland's EU Presidency the year will culminate in the ND Future Forum in November. The Forum will be organized by the Action at Aalto University back to back with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ high-level conference on Northern Dimension. The Forum will serve as a platform to collect young people’s visions on the Northern Dimension, and to channel them to the EU decision-makers.

 NDI Think Tank kickoff
Participants (from left to right) Anni Reissel, Minna Hanhijärvi, Päivi Karhunen, Arja Rautio, Marina Kalinina, Riitta Kosonen, Lassi Heininen, Ludmila Siluanova, Sofia Rekord, Svetlana Popkova, Dmitry Vasilenko and Hanna-Elina Koivisto

Upcoming call for applications: Third country participation in the Baltic Sea Region

The call for applications opens soon!

Is your organisation participating in an EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region? Would you like to cooperate with countries outside the EU? If you are a Swedish organisation, you can apply for funding from the Swedish Institute to establish and develop networks in this area!

What is Third Country Participation?

Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea region offers Swedish actors the opportunity to apply for project funding for the inclusion of actors from Russia or the countries of the EU Eastern Partnership in a current EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The projects applying for funding for Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea region will contribute to economic, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea region and its immediate area. In the long term they will contribute to an increased integration in the region. The projects will work on a common challenge in the region and benefit all participating actors.

The projects should have a clear link to policies in the region: the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and/or the EU Eastern Partnership.

  • A project may run for no longer than 2 years and no less than six months.
  • A project may apply for up to SEK 350,000 for a 1-year project and up to SEK 700,000 for a 2-year project.

Who can apply?

  • The main applicant has to be based in Sweden.
  • The application must include at least two actors in two different countries eligible for support, one of which is Sweden (as main applicant).
  • The funding is available for actors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Sweden and Ukraine.
  • The application must be linked to a current EU project where one of the parties involved is the Swedish applicant. Alternatively, the application may be linked to a flagship under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in which the Swedish applicant is involved

The call for applications will open during the spring and close end of May 2019. Dates are still preliminary.

For additional information and updates, please visit at the Swedish Institute website.

Funding for the project 'Development of a think tank functions of the NDI' received from EC

The Northern Dimension Institute is happy to announce that we have signed the Grant Contract with European Commission (EC) for funding of our project Development of a think tank functions of the NDI for the next three years. The project is jointly designed and implemented by Aalto Universityas the Lead Partner, in partnership with University of Oulu(UOULU, Finland), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis(IIASA, Austria), Northern (Arctic) Federal University(NArFU, Russia) and St. Petersburg State University of Economics(UNECON, Russia).

The NDI Think Tank project (Development of think tank functions of the Northern Dimension Institute) is designed to enhance genuine regional cooperation in the Northern Dimension (ND) area through science diplomacy, capacity building and people-to-people contacts.

NDI Think Tank project will focus on the following:

  • strategic development and institutionalisation and of the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) into a regional think tank.
  • support decision-makers, ND partnerships, ND Steering Group members, ND Parliamentary Forum, ND Business Council, Barents actors, and other key stakeholders in their research-based information needs, thus enhancing evidence-based decision-making.
  • ensure level-playing field and platform for connecting the ND decision-makers and key stakeholders with the academic community into an open dialogue, people-to-people contacts, co-creation and dissemination on topics of common interest in the thematic fields of the four ND partnerships.
  • strengthening the voice of the civil society actors, including academic community, non-governmental organisations and the business community, as the key evidence-based knowledge providers and actors in dialogue on the common challenges and available solutions in the ND area,
  • raise awareness of the ND, ND partnerships, research-based information and policy briefs about the common challenges and available solutions on the jointly selected topics, future trends as well as outcomes of the ND collaboration.

The project website will be opened soon.

NDI Think Tank Project Overview(pdf)

Shortly about the Northern Dimension Institute

  • Established in 2009 by the approval of the Northern Dimension Ministerial Meeting in Stockholm
  • An open network of 33 universities and research institutes
  • Since November 2013, coordinated by Aalto University, St Petersburg State University of Economics and Northern (Arctic) Federal University
  • A neutral academic actor
  • Fulfils information gaps and disseminates information within the four priority themes of the ND: Energy & environment; Culture; Health & Social wellbeing; Transport & Logistics

The contact persons for the project management is Ms. Minna Hanhijärvi, minna.hanhijarvi(at)aalto.fi, tel. +358 505745017 and project communication Ms. Hanna-Elina Koivisto, hanna-elina.koivisto(at)aalto.fi, tel. +358403538150

Contacts for NDI coordination(link)

 

Summaries and video from the Northern Dimension Future Forums available

The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) organized four Northern Dimension Future Forums in November 2018.

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The first was the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Culture: Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers organized on 15 November in St. Petersburg, Russia. The event gathered over 50 participants from 11 countries to discuss and share inspiring experiences and lessons learnt on design thinking approach in public service and cultural and creative crossovers addressing societal challenges. The participants represented universities, cultural institutions, NGOs and governmental organizations.

The second and the third Northern Dimension Future Forums were back-to-back in Brussels. The Northern Dimension Future Forum on Environment: Black carbon and climate change in the European Arctic was held on 19 November. The event gathered researchers, top experts, decision-makers and NGOs to discuss the future challenges as well as solutions available to avert the black carbon impacts of future climate change.

The Northern Dimension Future Forum on Transport: Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia – Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Northern Europe was held on 20 November. The event gathered over 60 participants, researchers, decision-makers and leading transport companies to discuss the future developments in land and Arctic maritime connections between Europe and Asia.

The last Future Forum in 2018 was held in Vantaa, Finland on 28 November. The Northern Dimension Future Forum on Health: Healthy Ageing gathered researchers, professionals, civil servants and decision-makers to discuss the future challenges and opportunities in providing support, services and environments enhancing health and wellbeing among senior citizens. The event featured three knowledge arenas focusing on the topical themes of loneliness and mental health, managing healthy life-styles and preventing ageing related diseases, and creating environments supporting healthy aging.

The events were organized by the Northern Dimension Institute together with the Northern Dimension Partnerships and financed by the European Commission/DG NEAR and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

You can find all the summaries below:
Northern Dimension Future Forum on Culture: Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers
Design Thinking Approach as a strategic tool for ensuring creativity and innovations in public sector
Northern Dimension Future Forum on Environment: Black carbon and climate change in the European Arctic
Cutting black carbon emissions is an acute challenge for all in the European Arctic
Northern Dimension Future Forum on Transport: Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia – Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Emerging Euro-Asian land and Arctic maritime trade routes open new business opportunities
Northern Dimension Future Forum on Health: Healthy Ageing
Bridging the gap between the evidence-based knowledge and implementation in promoting Healthy Ageing

Watch the video from ND Future Forums on Environment & Transport in Brussels: 

Nothern from Yellow Screen Production on Vimeo.

The future of Baltic Sea Region Cooperation - Registration is now open!

The future of Baltic Sea Region Cooperation
Focus on the Council of the Baltic Sea States
 
November 23, 2PM-6PM, Turku, Finland

Baltic Area Legal Studies BALEX in cooperation with EUSBSR HA Neighbours welcomes you to the seminar "The Future of Baltic Sea Region Cooperation: Focus on the Council of the Baltic Sea States". The purpose of this seminar is to reflect on future development of the Baltic Sea region cooperation, with a particular focus on the CBSS, and to discuss the current challenges facing the cooperation.
 
Speakers of the seminar include, among others, CBSS Ambassador Maira Mora, CBSS Vision Group Member Astrid Thors and Director of Diplomatic Studies at St. Petersburg State University Stanislav Tkachenko
 
More information here.

EuroAccess: New portal to EU funding is now online!

A new portal, EuroAccess,  has been launched acting as a gateway to EU funding, providing the key data of more than 200 EU funding programmes, including (but not limited to!) all Interreg programmes that operate within the geographical scope of the EU macro-regional strategies. Potential applicants can look for open calls for project proposals and filter results based on their type of organisation, their country of origin, and the thematic focus of their project idea, amongst others.

EuroAccess is based on the success of DanubeAccess, which promoted funding opportunities from the geographical area covered by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. Over the time it has proven to be a success, therefore, it is now extended to all four EU macro-regional strategies – the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The updated online platform, covering all four EU macro-regional strategies, was launched on 25th June 2018.

Check out the portal now: www.euro-access.eu.

Call for papers Arctic Frontiers Science 2019

Arctic Frontiers Science 2019 takes place Tuesday 22 January until Thursday 24 January 2019 in Tromso Norway.
 
Arctic Frontiers Science 2019 will address the following themes:
  • Plastics in the Ocean
  • The future of governance and handling vulnerability in arctic ecosystems
  • State of the Arctic
  • A Smart Arctic Future
You can read more about each topic at the Arctic Frontier website (link).
 
Arctic Frontiers Science Committees invitates you to submit one or more abstracts to any of the four themes.
Kindly to do so in accordance with the instructions provided on the Call for Papers page. All abstracts are reviewed by scientific experts for rating of abstract quality and presentation content.
 
Abstract submission closes on Tuesday 25 September 2018, 23:59, CET.
 

SAVE THE DATE: The Future of the Baltic Sea Region Cooperation - Focus on the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), 23 Nov 2018

SAVE THE DATE: BALEX will organise a half-day conference on 23 November 2018 at 2PM-6PM, in Turku, Finland. The event is organised in cooperation with EUSBSR HA Neighbours.
 
THE FUTURE OF BALTIC SEA REGION COOPERATION
Focus on the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS): Current Challenges and Perspectives

The absence of institutionalized legislative bodies with authoritative power, along with the complexity of transboundary policy challenges, have created space for new types of governance and cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. Today, there is a great number of governmental and non-governmental institutions and actors, including the EU, involved in Baltic Sea Area governance and cooperation. One of them is the Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS, that has set up a Vision Group to create recommendations for a vision for the Baltic Sea Region beyond 2020.
The purpose of this half-day conference organized by the Baltic Area Legal Studies (BALEX) competence cluster, in cooperation with EUSBSR HA Neighbours, is to discuss the challenges facing the Baltic Sea region cooperation and the CBSS, and to share information about the CBSS in the light of the report of the Vision Group work, taking into account Baltic Sea Area governance structures more generally.
 
The registration for the event will open in August.

The speakers of the event include:
Marko Joas, Professor of Public Administration, Coordinator of the research project BaltReg, Åbo Akademi University
Timo Koivurova (chair), Research Professor, Director, University of Lapland
Anne Kumpula, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Turku
Maira Mora, Ambassador, Director General of CBSS Permanent Secretariat
Zaneta Ozolina (tbc), Professor of Political Science, University of Latvia, Rapporteur of the CBSS Vision Group
Allan Rosas, Judge at the European Court of Justice, Chair of the BALEX Advisory Board
Astrid Thors, former Minister of Migration and European Affairs, former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Member of the CBSS Vision Group
Petteri Vuorimäki, Senior Expert, European External Action Service of the EU, Chair of the CBSS Vision Group
Adam Wisniewski, Professor of Law, University of Gdansk
 

Now open: application for students for Arctic Expedition 2018 in Finland

In honour of the UArctic Congress 2018 in Finland, University of Helsinki and Helsinki Think Company are gathering together students from all over the world interested in the Arctic and it's current situation to plan a meaningful event, campaign or a project that will efficiently communicate Arctic opportunities and challenges to other people.

What Do You Need?
A team of 2–5 people, an Arctic related idea and an open mind!

What Will Happen?
The teams will be taken on an expedition across the beautiful Nuuksio National Park for a three-day Bootcamp. Using co-creation tools, we train and empower the teams to plan an Arctic initiative, which they will take into action on Arctic Day 2018 in October. Visit thinkcompany's website to see the full program details.

To Whom?
Undergraduate, graduate and PhD Students interested in the Arctic

When?
3-Day Bootcamp 5–7 September 2018 and Arctic Day 31 October 2018.

Application deadlines:
International application deadline: 29th of July
Finnish application deadline: 12th of August

More information at thinkcompany.fi

Barents Co-operation 25 Years - Fostering Common Opportunities in the European Arctic

Venue: The Swedish Representation to the EU, Square de Meeus 30
Time: Tuesday 5 June 8:30-13:00 followed by Barents Cooperation 25 Years Anniversary Lunch (Arctic seafood and refreshments)

The Barents cooperation, covering northernmost Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, is a unique cooperation in the European Arctic

Through 25 years, it has delivered high-level dialogue in the region along with everyday people-to-people collaboration and regional cooperation. It is a unique platform that involves the EU as a participating partner, together with Iceland and Denmark and representatives from the indigenous communities.

The Arctic is of enhanced importance due to increasing challenges that also delivers new opportunities.

It is of immense importance to keep the low-tension in the region to be able to tackle the common global challenges, building on a day-to-day, local and regional collaboration over the borders in the European Arctic region.

The seminar will discuss how the Barents cooperation these 25 years have been of great importance and a best practice for cross-border cooperation in Northern Europe, and how we see the Barents cooperation develop into the future.

High-level speakers and practitioners from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia and the EU will present the best practices for cross-border cooperation in the Barents region followed by a “Talking Barents” panel debate.

Registration: bit.ly/BarentsBrussels

Draft Programme (as of 7 May)

Baltic Development Forum has published its State of the Region Report 2017

A new overview of the Baltic Sea region has been released by the Baltic Development Forum. The three authors Christian Ketels, Helge J. Pedersen and Mikael Olsson analyses the Baltic Sea Region economy and assesses the state of the region, thus helping decision makers and observers inside and outside of the Region to navigate in a challenging environment.

The 2017 State of the Region report is divided into 4 main parts:

  1. Economic Outlook
  2. Baltic Sea Region Competitiveness
  3. The Subnational Regional Perspective
  4. Baltic Sea Region Cooperation

“The Top of Europe – A Competitive Baltic Sea Region Ready for the Future?” is available here.

CoR MOOC 2018: Make the most of EU resources for your region and city

A new edition of the Committee of the Region's massive open online course (MOOC) will start on 15 January 2018. This third edition will focus on "How to make the most of EU resources for regions and cities".

The MOOC will provide information on present and future EU policies and programmes, as well as practical tools and examples of available funding opportunities and support at regional and local level.

The course is free and fully online. It will be available on Iversity, an online learning platform, and will include videos, factsheets, infographics, as well as some practical assignments that will let the course participants to interact with each other on the course platform.

The MOOC will last for six weeks (15 January-23 February 2018). Each week will be dedicated to a different topic. The workload will amount to about 1.5 hours per week. The course material will remain online for one year, so even if you cannot complete all chapters in January and February, you will have a chance to work through the course material at your own pace.

The course is co-created by the Committee of the Regions, several Directorates-General of the European​ Commission – Regional and Urban Policy; Budget; Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion; Agriculture and Rural development; Eurostat – as well as the European Investment Bank, Interreg Europe and Urbact.

The course is free of charge, open to anyone interested in EU and regional and local affairs, and accessible on all devices.

Registration is already open. More information and registration here.

Call for Applications: Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue, 20-26 Nov 2017, Helsinki and St Petersburg

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
www.cbss.org/regional-identity/baltic-sea-youth-dialogue.

New EUSBSR Newsletter available

Newsletter from EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has been published.

Main topics:
The 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum will be organised in Tallinn, Estonia, on 4-5 June 2018;
Some improvements have taken place at the EUSBSR website;
The group of National Coordinators (NC group) is the overall coordination body for the development, implementation and policy monitoring of the EUSBSR;
And more...

Read the EUSBSR Newsletter here.

NPE symposium 2017: Political Arctic/Arctic Political, Finland

Date: 26-27 September 2017
Venue: Loma-Vietonen (Ylitornio), Finland

The 7th symposium will address this year political aspects of life in the Arctic as well as the Arctic life as an object of politics, even in the academia. Life in the Arctic has become politicized in many ways due to the effects and challenges posed by climate change, industrialization, urbanization and globalization to local communities and inhabitants. Across the region, conflicts over land use and natural resources accompanied by insecurity and uncertainty about the future are part of everyday life in the Arctic. Such conflicts are political, and occur without respect to the borders of states or boundaries of politically constructed regions. In contrast to much publicized and debated threats of an open, international, direct and even military conflict over Arctic resources, these often small-scale, local conflicts relate to unequal social arrangements, benefit sharing and risk distribution in connection to megaprojects and infrastructural development around the region, and they could also be called “structural violence”.  Living in the Arctic, for both humans and non-humans, is nowadays a political question of coping with, adapting to and transforming changing conditions and circumstances, but also a starting point and object of political interventions of different scales, institutional arrangements and by a broad range of political actors. Papers and presentations covering different aspects of Arctic life as a political phenomenon are welcome.

Program (draft 8.8.2017)

26.9.2017
10.00-11.00 Travel to Loma-Vietonen by bus
11.00-12.00 Lunch
12.00-13.00 Mikko Lehtonen, University of Tampere: Arctic and/as Alternative Modernity
13.00-13.40 Joonas Vola, University of Lapland: UN/IN/ANT/ARCTIC – Poles of the political dual-machine
13.40-14.20 Monica Tennberg, University of Lapland: Arctic heterotopias
14.20-14.50 Coffee
14.50-15.30 Marjo Lindroth & Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, University of Lapland: The Arctic and the colonial inclusion of indigeneity
15.30-16.10 Kari Alenius, University of Oulu: A mixture of facts and politicized narratives: The Sami people in European social media (Wikipedia)
16.10-16.50 Giuseppe Amatulli, University of Lapland: The role of the EU in promoting sustainable development, cross border cooperation and indigenous peoples’ rights in the Arctic
16.50-17.00 General discussion
19.00 Dinner and sauna

27.9.2017
9.00-10.00 Iulie Aslaksen, Statistics Norway: ECONOR – “The Economy of the North 2015”
10.00-10.40 Lovisa Solbär, University of Umeå:  Extractive Violence in Kiistala? Mine and windfarm establishment in the sphere of everyday life and local landed interests
10.40-11.00 Coffee
11.00-11.40 Maiju Strömmer & Sari Pietikäinen, University of Jyväskylä:  Value of work in the transforming political economy of Arctic:  Biographical Narratives of work histories and aspirations
11.40-12.20 Marileine Baribeau, Laval University: Social Housing and Public Action Transformation: The Changing Relations between State and Inuit Tenants in Nunavik (Canada)
12.20-13.00 Lunch
13.00-13.40 Tanja Joona, University of Lapland: Oh, what an exotic Arctic! Women leave, men stay or kill themselves
13.40-14.20 Aileen Espiritu, The Arctic University of Norway: Futuring the Past: Arctic sustainability in Vardø and Teriberka
14.20-14.35 Coffee
14.35-15.15 Elena Klyuchnikova & Vladimir Masloboev,  Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences:  Influence of corporations sustainable development policy on Arctic local communities
15.15-15.55 Olesya Kotiyar, MARKHI, Moscow Institute of Architecture (State Academy): Alternative sources of energy in the Russian Arctic as a driver for the development of the region
15.55-16.35 Susanna Pirnes, University of Lapland: Perception of Russia’s Arctic in the Finnish media
16.35-16.45 Hanna Lempinen, University of Lapland: Concluding thoughts
16.45 Return to Rovaniemi by bus

NPE symposium 2017 Political Arctic/Arctic Political

Deadline for registration

If you would like to participate to the symposium, please register your participation before September 15, 2017 by email to Susanna Pirnes (susanna.pirnes(at)ulapland.fi).

Travel and accommodation

The event will be held in Loma-Vietonen (Ylitornio), 65 kilometres northwest from Rovaniemi. The fee for participation (for participants without a presentation) is 120 euros  including travel from Rovaniemi to Loma-Vietonen and back to Rovaniemi, meals and accommodation in a double room and 140 euros  for accommodation in a single room. Please note that the symposium participants are expected to cover their own travel costs to and from Rovaniemi, from where a bus transportation is arranged to the symposium site. Let us know if you have any wishes about the diet.

Seminar: A new momentum for Nordic-Baltic co-operation in a turbulent Europe?, Copenhagen

Brexit, Trump, refugee crisis and a changing global economy are challenging Europe. Where does that leave the Baltic Sea Region and what is the potential to tackle these challenges via stronger regional cooperation? Can the small, open economies in the Nordic-Baltic region respond with a common voice to influence the future of Europe?

Baltic Development Forum and the Nordic Council of Ministers have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on 23rd August 2017. Dr. Christian Ketels will present a recent paper on the future of Europe and globalization. Five Danish Ambassadors from the region will comment and debate.

Date: Aug 23, 2017
Time: 10.00-12.00
Location: Nordic House (Ved Stranden 18), Copenhagen, Denmark

Programme
10-10.30 Coffee, tea and registration
10.30-10.40 Welcome by Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers
10.40-11.00 Keynote by Dr. Christian Ketels, Principal Associate from Harvard Business School and co-author of “The Future of Europe and Globalization: Where is the Voice of the Baltic Sea Region?”
11.00-12.00 5 Danish ambassadors address the issue from their respective points of view:
Mette Kjuel Nielsen, Iceland
Hans Brask, Latvia
Dan E. Frederiksen, Lithuania
Torben Brylle, Norway
Ove Ullerup, Sweden

Moderator Per Carlsen, Senior Advisor, Baltic Development Forum, Ambassador (ret.).

Sign up for the seminar here.

For more information, contact: Louise Hagemann Phone: +45 21 71 71 41 Email: loha(at)norden.org

'A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches' in Oulu, Finland

The European Commission, together with European External Action Service and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, will co-host the high-level event "A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches", to take place in Oulu (Finland) on 15-16 June 2017 (starting on 15 June afternoon and finishing on 16 June afternoon). Following the publication of the Joint Communication on an integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Commissioner Karmenu Vella and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini will have an open debate with governments, industry, research, indigenous and local community representatives on the climate and environmental challenges facing the Arctic and on how international and local cooperation can boost sustainable and innovative development.

The event will also include a high-level session of the Arctic Stakeholder Forum and the annual Indigenous Peoples Arctic Dialogue. A more detailed programme will be published in the coming weeks.

Please, follow this link and register to the event: https://scic.ec.europa.eu/fmi/ezreg/MARE-ARCTIC2017

For more information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CfP: Political Arctic/Arctic Political

NORTHERN POLITICAL ECONOMY SYMPOSIUM 2017

Loma-Vietonen, Ylitornio, 26-27 September, 2017

First call for papers11.4.2017

Political Arctic/Arctic Political

The 7th symposium will address this year political aspects of life in the Arctic as well as the Arctic life as an object of politics, even in the academia. Life in the Arctic has become politicized in many ways due to the effects and challenges posed by climate change, industrialization, urbanization and globalization to local communities and inhabitants. Across the region, conflicts over land use and natural resources accompanied by insecurity and uncertainty about the future are part of everyday life in the Arctic. Such conflicts are political, and occur without respect to the borders of states or boundaries of politically constructed regions. In contrast to much publicized and debated threats of an open, international, direct and even military conflict over Arctic resources, these often small-scale, local conflicts relate to unequal social arrangements, benefit sharing and risk distribution in connection to megaprojects and infrastructural development around the region, and they could also be called “structural violence”.  Living in the Arctic, for both humans and non-humans, is nowadays a political question of coping with, adapting to and transforming changing conditions and circumstances, but also a starting point and object of political interventions of different scales, institutional arrangements and by a broad range of political actors. Papers and presentations covering different aspects of Arctic life as a political phenomenon are welcome.

Keynote speakers
Will be confirmed in the connection of the second call for papers. The second call will be published in early June, 2017.

Deadline for proposals
Please send your abstract (max. 250-words) with your name, title, affiliation and contact information before July 31, 2017 by email to Monica Tennberg (monica.tennberg(at)ulapland.fi).

Programme
The programme will include keynote talks, presentations by the participants and discussions on the basis of presentations. A symposium dinner will be organized.
The accepted papers and programme will be announced by August 15, 2017.

Deadline for registration
If you prefer to participate to the symposium without presenting a paper, please register your participation before September 15, 2017 by email to Susanna Pirnes (susanna.pirnes(at)ulapland.fi).

Travel and accommodation
The event will be held in Loma-Vietonen, 65 kilometres northwest from Rovaniemi. The organizers will arrange transportation for participants from Rovaniemi to Loma-Vietonen and back. There is no fee for participation, but participants (except presenters) will cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Information about travel and accommodation arrangements will be sent to the participants. Let us know if you have any wishes about the diet.

More information
Symposium organizer, research professor Monica Tennberg, research professor, Northern political economy/Sustainable development research group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (monica.tennberg(at)ulapland.fi) and the symposium organizing team Tanja Joona (tanja.joona(at)ulapland.fi), Susanna Pirnes (susanna.pirnes(at)ulapland.fi), and Hanna Lempinen (hanna.lempinen(at)ulapland.fi)

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