Baltic Sea Region Smart-Up Final Conference

Baltic Sea Region – Smart Specialisation with Science, Technology and Innovation for the Economic transformation and SDGs implementation

Date: 28 September, 2020 Time: 9.55-14.00 EEST (+3) Online

The virtual event will bring together speakers from the EU and Baltic Sea Region and the Member States. It is directed in applying smart specialization and science, technology and innovation in order to achieve SDGs, respond to the development challenges and contribute to the post-crisis’s recovery and resilience in a sustainable and knowledge-based manner.

The morning part gives an overview of the context, state of play and recent developments followed by an interactive, moderated discussion. The agenda on the afternoon will focus on specific examples of the partners discussed issues and aim to learn from the experience gathered so far. Panels will also be followed by an interactive, moderated discussion – between the panellists and with a wider audience. This conference also acts as the stage for launching two main contributions to the European Smart Specialisation Policy, by launching two books for helping understand the Smart Specialisation contributions in the Baltic Sea Regions.

Sign up to the webinar now: https://webropol.com/s/bsrconference


10.00 – 10.30 EEST Opening remarks

  • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission
  • Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Markku Markkula, Former President, European Committee of Regions
  • Hosted by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University

10.30 – 11.20 Policy discussion of ‘Sustainable Economic Transformation’ in the Baltic Sea Region

  • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Reinar Kneifel-Haverkamp, Director General for European and International Affairs, Ministry of Financeand European Affairs of the State of Brandenburg, Germany
  • Sille Kraam, Director, Economic Development in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications,Estonia
  • Gunars Ansins, Deputy Chair, Development and Cooperation of Liepāja City Council, CoR Member, Latvia
  • Steen Bording Andersen, Aarhus City Council Member, CoR Member, Denmark
  • Sari Rautio, Vice Chair of the Board, Association of Finnish Municipalities, CoR Member, Finland
  • Moderated by Markku Markkula, Former CoR President, President of the Board, Helsinki Region

11.20-11.35 Launch of the Book ‘Sustainable BSR Towards Economic Transformation by Smart Specialisation

11.35 – 11.50 Virtual coffee break

11.50 – 12.40 Panel of Leadership, Innovation, Design and Youth in Baltic Sea Region

  • Inge Relph, Executive Director, Global Choices
  • Satu Haapanen, Chair of Education and Culture Board, City of Oulu, Vice President, CoR
  • Wiktor Sawaryn, Dansk Youth Council / Jonna Rönn, Finnish Youth Agenda 2030
  • Marianne Ping-Huan, Professor, Aarhus University
  • Tomasz Szymczak, CEO, Inkubator STARTER
  • Moderated by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University, Finland

12.40 – 12.50 Introduction to ‘BSR Strategic Instruments for Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Capacity Building’

12.50 – 13.20 Experienced Insights – How to Move Forward to Actions

  • Ramojus Reimeris, ex-Managing Director, Strata, Lithuania
  • Tuija Hirvikoski, Former President, ENoLL
  • Patrizia Busolini, Policy officer, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, EC
  • Martin Brynskov, Professor and Chair of OASC
  • Moderated by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University, Finland

13.20– 13.35 Closing remarks of Future of Smart Specialisation and Baltic Sea

  • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor, Helsinki-Uusimaa Region

13.35-> Virtual Cocktails

Baltic Sea Region Smart-Up Innovation Camp Brandenburg 2018

Dialoque between Science and Society

November 28-30, 2018, Potsdam-Golm Science Park, Germany

Brandenburg Innovation Camp  in Potsdam-Golm Science Park, 28-30 November 2018

The relations between science and society have been transforming greatly under the pressure of serious societal challenges. For example, the urgency to stop climate change has revealed that many solutions fall beyond mere science and technology factors, but rather they depend on how well scientific reasonings and technological solutions are communicated, understood, accepted and enacted on societal level (Krishna 2013). Active dialogue, inclusive innovation, and blending of local knowledge systems are needed to create the necessary momentum for action. How to achieve such goals with institutional means on regional level?

Brandenburg Innovation Camp tackles the topic of dialogue between science and society, and how can science parks promote increased interaction between businesses, civic society organizations and local community for addressing societal needs and promoting regional development.

Challenge 1: How to better integrate Science Park/Innovation Hub activities with local community and societal needs?

Challenge 2: How to develop a science park into internationally attractive science and innovation location / center?

Challenge 3: How promote dialogue and interaction between science and society? How to enable evidence-informed policy and decision- making?



LineUpr TOOL with detailed information on accommodation recommendations, day-to-day programme and challenges

Photo credit: Andreas Franke – panabild.de

SWOT workshop for Smart-Up BSR Partners on 28 November 2018

The foresight thinking is part of RIS3 policy. Helsinki-Uusimaa Region in partnership with consultancies developed alternative scenarios of the future based on current grand societal trends and societal challenges. In the scenario work, a number of uncertainties have been identified, and the scenarios have been built on alternative cases and combinations of these. The idea is not to predict the most probable future, but to develop strategic thinking, future visions and interaction between actors in the region. Alternative scenarios of the future are available below:

Alternative Scenarios of the Future

Using alternative scenarios of the future, partner regions organized stakeholder workshops where they devised strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and risks for their own region for each future scenario. The aim of the exercise is to map out which strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and risks come up repeatedly, no matter which scenario is being used. These repeating elements are key for the development of the region in the future.

Brandenburg Region: SWOT analysis

Helsinki Uusimaa Region: SWOT analysis

Kymenlaakso region, Finland: SWOT analysis

City of Tallinn: SWOT analysis

Latvia: SWOT analysis

Liepaja, Latvia: SWOT analysis

Lithuania: SWOT analysis

Gdansk, Poland: SWOT analysis

ITMO St.Petersburg: SWOT analysis

Photo credit: Andreas Franke – panabild.de

Workshop: Developing Roadmaps for Updating RIS3 – Key Processes in Selected Regions of BSR

This workshop focused on sharing regional experiences and strategies of Smart Up BSR partners in updating their RIS3. Presentations from partners reflect the diversity of regional approaches within BSR, as they include examples from Central Europe (Germany), Eastern Europe (Poland) and the Nordics (Finland):