The Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality successfully applied for funds from the EU’s INTERREG Vb Baltic Sea Region programme. Now, around three million have been granted for the establishment of a Baltic Science Network. The aim of the project is to better links universities, research institutions, scientists and students, to promote the joint acquisition of EU funds, and to increase research excellence in the Baltic region.
Outstanding Academic and Research Infrastructure in the Baltic Region
Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality: “We have an excellent infrastructure of higher education and research in the Baltic region. However, we need to network more efficiently. If we want to develop answers to the problems and challenges of our time, then we have to act beyond borders. The Baltic Science Network, which we intend to expand will strengthen the Baltic Sea Region as an internationally renowned scientific centre. “
Expanding Strategic Co-operation
An example of the relevance of the network for Hamburg is the expansion of strategic cooperation in selected areas of research, for instance in structural research. For Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, science policies put high emphasis on strengthening respective co-operations with other regions. Its two large scale facilities, i.e. DESY with the XFEL in Hamburg and ESS (European Spallation Source) with MAX IV in Lund, are two venues destined for deepening cooperation in this context and thus establish a unique, excellent research collaboration.
Joint Baltic Region of Knowledge
“This is a milestone on the way to a Baltic Region of Knowledge. A close co-operation in research and teaching will bring us forward also in European competition”, thus the Science Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, Kristin Alheit. “Especially for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, an increased scientific co-operation in the Baltic region is of great importance.”
Anchored at the Baltic Sea Council
The Baltic Science Network will institutionally anchor under the umbrella of the CBSS and to integrate it in the EU Baltic Sea Strategy. Key actors and players are twenty regional or national ministries of science and research, universities and research institutions as well as umbrella organisations and agencies that are responsible for the definition and implementation of higher education, science and research policies. The network is jointly organised by Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The project volume won under the directorate of the BWFG amounts to a total of 2.95 million euro. Hamburg will be receiving 840,000 euro for a project period of 36 months.
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