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)

We warmly thank you for your participation on our High-level Webinar of Baltic Sea Region – Towards Sustainable Economic Transformation on the 28th of September 2020.

Sustainable Baltic Sea Region – Towards Economic Transformation by Smart Specialisation Strategies
The book published in the Final Conference is available HERE.

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

All attendees can ask questions to speakers or moderators in plenary sessions and have them answered during the talks via the chat function in Zoom. Speakers can sometimes direct questions to the audience.


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 – Future invented with Youth’ in the 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, Youth Councillior, City of Gdansk & 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