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PA Education, Science and Social Affairs organizes two seminars during Annual Forum 2021. Both our seminars are held on September 30. The first one is about distance education and what we can do better after experiencing it for more than one year. The second one emphasizes the importance of education for cluster managers for boosting business integration.
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• Distance education – teaching and learning powered by digital technology

September 30, 10.00–11.30 (CET).
Host: Norden Association in Sweden

Few groups have been less vulnerable to the coronavirus than school children, but few groups have been more affected by the policy responses to contain this virus. The crisis has exposed the many inadequacies and inequities in our school systems – from the broadband and computers needed for online education, through the supportive environments needed to focus on learning, up to the failure to enable local initiative and align resources with needs. But as these inequities are amplified in this time of crisis, this moment also holds the possibility that we will not return to the status quo when things return to “normal”. It is the nature of our collective and systemic responses to the disruptions that will determine how we are affected by them. In this workshop we will take a closer look at the lessons learned in relation to distance education in the Baltic Sea Region and discuss what can be expected post COVID-19. What will the new “normal” be?


10.00 Welcome and opening.
Viceminister Mr Ramūnas Skaudžius, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in the Republic of Lithuania

10.15 Reflecting on lesson learned from distance education during, COVID-19.
Project Coordinator, Mr Jaakko Vuorio, Finnish National Agency for Education

Panel discussion

10.55 Remote classrooms – what can education technology offer and are schools ready?
Head Project Manager, Ms Hanna Elving at Swedish EdTest

11.15 Upskilling and reskilling of the labour force, adjusting to a changed labour market and the importance of offering distance education.

11.25 Closing remarks.
Head of State Department, Ms Corinna Nienstedt, Senate Chancellery, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

For more information regarding the seminar on distance education please contact
Anders Bergström, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The second workshop organized by PA Education and hosted by Netport Science Park i Karlshamn, Sweden, is focused on the importance of education for cluster managers for boosting business integration.

The importance of collaboration between regional Clusters in the Baltic Sea Region and the impact of BSR Cluster Manager Education

September 30, 15.00–17.00 (CET).
Host: Netport Science Park in Karlshamn, Sweden

Within Baltic Sea Region, several challenges are identified that need to be addressed and solved together. One key in the macro-regional strategies is long-term collaboration between actors in the member states. In the Erasmus+ project BSR Cluster Manager Education, we create possibilities for regional Cluster Managers to collaborate over borders and sectors through a four-module long pilot education exclusively created for Cluster Managers in the Baltic Sea Region. In our event, we will highlight the importance of and challenges for collaboration between regional clusters in Baltic Sea Region and explore how collaboration can be improved. What human resources do we need to foster and what competences can universities help to develop to further strengthen the collaboration through cross-border education of Cluster Managers? As audience, you will be involved, and you can interact with and ask questions to the panel through a chat function.


The discussion will be facilitated by Katarina Hansell, project coordinator of Erasmus+ project BSR Cluster Manager Education and Cluster Manager for NetPort Energy Cluster in Sweden.

Krzysztof Krystowski, Vice President, European Clusters Alliance
Anders Bergström, Policy Area Coordinator, PA Education, Science & Social Affairs
at EUSBSR / Norden Association
Cecilia Lindberg, Hyper Island
Taina Tukiainen, Research Director, University of Vaasa
Lina Dagiliene, Professor, Kaunas university of technology
Markus Vossel, University of Applied Sciences, Wildau
Dominik Gronarz, Managing Director, Organic Electronics Saxony Management GmbH
Rainer Rönnback, Marketing Director, Jukolux

For more information regarding the seminar on regional clusters please contact
Katarina Hansell, Netport Science Park, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REGISTRATION: For more general information and registration for the Annual Forum 2021 and for specific seminars, please visit the Annual Forum 2021 website.


Coordinator of Youth Guidance Centres (One-Stop-Shops)
Managing multi-competent teams – a new profession with a tailor-made education

Young adults not in education or training and without a job is a vulnerable group in our societies. This group is often referred to as NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training). A diverse group, difficult to find, difficult to motivate to take the first step to ask for help and when they are in contact with welfare services the needed measures are complex.

According to Eurostat in 2020 the proportion of young NEETs between the ages of 20 and 34 was 17,6 per cent on average in the EU as a whole, with a variation between 7,2 and 13 per cent in the countries of the Baltic Sea region.

Therefore so-called “Youth Guidance Centres”, providing multiple welfare services gathered under one roof have proved to be a successful model when organizing an effective answer to this societal and individual challenge. This low-threshold service provision has become increasingly common, particularly in the Baltic Sea Region with for example “Ohjaamo” in Finland, “Navigatorcentrum” in Sweden, “Ungevejen” in Denmark and “Jugendberufsagentur” in Germany.

The key function in these centres are the coordinator charged with responsibility to manage the centre including staff representing different organizational and professional cultures, often with varying mandates and missions. This is a demanding role that needs to be strengthened, as integrated services become a necessary response to complex and increasingly fragmented welfare systems.

In the framework of the flagship School to Work (S2W) with its NEETs platform it has been decided to define this new profession as coordinator and develop and test an education on Baltic Sea Region basis. This is done in an Erasmus+ – strategic partnership project. The partnership represents both practitioners and educational providers from Denmark, Finland, Lithuania and Sweden.

The education consists of four modules. The first one starts on September 10. 

Please read more on the S2W website.