With reference to one of the EU high-level recommendations expressed on the future EU Research & Innovation Programmes, Baltic Science Network is delighted to offer an opportunity for all interested parties to follow the Tallinn seminar discussions online.


One of the recommendations expressed in the report of the independent High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research & Innovation Programmes titled “LAB – FAB - APP” highlights that “the Commission, in cooperation with Member States, should develop a common action plan and exchange best practices on how to make science and citizens talk” (p. 22). On 12 October 2017, this recommendation was presented during the conference “European Research Excellence - Impact and Value for Society” of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union by Mark Ferguson, member of the High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research & Innovation Programmes. Thus, with a reference to the insightful “LAB – FAB – APP” report and its specific recommendation to better capture and communicate impacts, Baltic Science Network is delighted to take up the baton and bring this spirit forward during its Tallinn seminar. The experience and results of widening measures adopted during the previous EU Framework Programmes captured in the BSN studies “Participation in ERA and Baltic Sea RDI Initiatives and Activities: Analysis and Policy Implications for Widening Participation of Strong and Moderate Innovators” and “Study on Research Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region: Existing Networks, Obstacles and Ways Forward” will serve as the main points of reference for the discussions how the EU-13 engagement in the 9th EU Framework Programme should be structured in order to ensure that the benefits of research excellence are serving not only the scientific communities across the EU, but are also understood and supported by the wider audiences.

Moreover, once looking back at rather recent public engagements of the Baltic Science Network (BSN), its efforts in supporting a sustained dialogue with society on research cooperation must be highlighted. Such a pattern of thinking was showcased already last summer during the BSN seminar of the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region held in Berlin. Namely, “during the concluding phase of the session Minister Katharina Fegebank highlighted the importance of building closer ties with the society to ensure the overall awareness how the considerable investments in science made today will help to successfully address the societal challenges” (see more at BSN's website).

Therefore, to advance BSN´s engagement with wider audiences, on 16 November 2017, the BSN Tallinn seminar “New Tools for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation in Research and Innovation Programmes”, organised at the helm of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will be made accessible to all interested parties across the world via live broadcast on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research here.



More information:

Zane Šime, Communication & Researcher Coordinator for the Baltic Science Network,
Council of the Baltic Sea States´ Secretariat
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+46 8 440 19 25

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