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Creative Economy Spearhead Themes in the Triangle City Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – A Feasibility Study

Creative Economy Spearhead Themes in the Triangle City Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – A Feasibility Study

The feasibility study project  “Collaboration between the Triangle Cities Tallinn-Helsinki-St. Petersburg in the field of creative industries” mapped out the common interests to cooperate between the creative industry actors in Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Helsinki. The project arranged roundtable meetings in each city during the spring and summer. During the roundtable meetings common themes could be found quite easily. Ideas were also already in the early stages intertwined with other than the creative industries. This shows that the application of creative competence in other sectors, so-called “creative economy” is well understood by the actors in the Triangle City region. The rountable sessions also showed that there is a consensus among the actors that co-operation in the field of creative industries and creating joint offerings would increase critical mass and visibility.

Culture as a Factor of Growth

International Forum within the framework of Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTHwas held in St. Petersburg, December 7–9, 2014.

More than 160 participants representing various fields took part in the forum held at the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts to get informed of the initiatives within the cultural and creative industries (CCI) in the Northern Dimension area. The array of participating organizations was prominent including cultural and foreign ministries, universities, cultural and research institutes, companies and intermediaries in cultural and creative industries, museums, tourism industry, and NGOs from the ND area.

EASME looking for experts on environment and resources

The European Commission Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) is looking for independent experts to act as peer reviewers in the evaluation of project proposals in the fields of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. The next evaluations in the field of environment and resources are planned for spring 2016.

EASME is looking for experts from local, regional and national administration, including environmental and civil protection agencies, industry, business associations and innovation agencies, and universities and research institutes (in particular from Central and Eastern European countries).

Further information is available at EASME page.

EU-Russia Researchers' Mobility Forum in Brussels

The EU-Russia Researchers' Mobility Forum will be held in Brussels, Belgium on 25 September 2014.

The Forum is dedicated to mobile researchers - the crucial link for scientific cooperation, exchange of best practices and creation of lasting partnerships between the EU and Russian scientific communities.

The focus of the EU-Russia Researcher's Mobility Forum will be partnership in science through mobility. To illustrate the benefits of, and opportunities for, mobile researchers, the event will showcase success stories from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), a programme set up by the European Commission to support researchers in all phases of their careers and in all scientific disciplines, to improve their working conditions and to foster mobility across borders and sectors.

For scientists and professionals in research and higher education, the EU-Russia Researchers' Mobility Forum will provide plenty of networking opportunities, a platform for exchange of experiences, and a chance to build on productive and mutually beneficial partnerships. Fellows who have benefited from MSCA funding will present their own work at a poster session combined with elevator pitch for an even greater impact and more dynamic presentation. The event will also feature special interdisciplinary sessions dedicated to health, climate change and nanotechnology research – main EU-Russia research areas covered by the MSCA.

By addressing some of the most important present and future challenges, it will open up the space for discussion of the most recent findings and breakthroughs across the entire spectrum of scientific disciplines. At the same time, the participants will have a very concrete opportunity to meet and link with potential new partners in their own area of interest, thus leading to prospective opportunities in EU-Russia scientific cooperation.

Registration deadline is 15 September, 2014. For more information and registration form, please visit the Forum's website.

European Commission approved Interreg Baltic Sea Region Cooperation Programme

The European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu has approved the 2014- 2020 investment programme for transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region as one of the first of altogether 16 transnational cooperation programmes in the European Union. This decision, taken on 18 December 2014 is the final step of a preparation process of more than two and a half years. It means that funds can now be committed to projects. The first call for project concept notes is already open.

The overall objective of the Programme is to strengthen the integrated territorial development and cooperation for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea Region. With € 263.8 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund, the Programme is ready to support more than 100 cooperation projects throughout the next six years. The programme funds will also contribute to financing flagship actions and players of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Learn more about the Programme at www.interreg-baltic.eu.

EUSBSR Newsletter on the VI Annual Forum in Jurmala

The latest issue of the EUSBSR newsletter focuses on the VI Annual Forum of the EUSBSR which will take place on 15-16 June 2015 in Jūrmala, Latvia. It contains some general information about the event addressing in particular main sessions, networking village and workshops. In addition, it includes some short news about the state of play of other EUSBSR-related issues.

Please read the issue on EUSBSR website

EUSBSR PA Culture Conference: Learning from the past - Looking into the future

EUSBSR Priority Area Culture Conference “Learning from the past - Looking into the future” in Tallinn on 13-14 November 2014.

The conference in Tallinn will constitute an occasion to introduce the first results of PA Culture flagship projects, its actions and achievements regarding improved cultural cooperation within the Baltic Sea Region. The BSR Cultural Dialogue will enter its second round, and available financial instruments for cultural projects and the future of PA culture will provide the basis for various discussions.

More information: www.eusbsrculture.eu

First edition of Creative Entrepreneurship Academy 2016

Creativity Lab together with Nordic Council of Ministers, Estonian Business School and Creative Business Cup are organising the Creative Entrepreneurhip Academy (CEA) in January 18-22, 2016 in Tallinn (Estonia) and Helsinki (Finland). The 5-days training programme includes interactive sessions and practical workshops, field trips and internationally renowned speakers.

The session is desighned for representatives of organisations and authorities that are responsible of creating strong creative ecosystem for talents and businesses to grow.

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Green Growth on Culture and Sustainability

Sustainable development is not just about economy and environmental affairs. Culture and education play an important role on the path to a sustainable society. Read more on culture and sustainability in June-edition of the Green Growth the Nordic Way web magazine.

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