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Madeleine Granvik New Director for the Baltic University Programme

BUP Director Madeleine Granvik

Associate Professor Madeleine Granvik is appointed as new director for the Baltic University Programme (BUP) at the co-ordinating secretariat at Uppsala University. These are her own words on the appointment:

We have now passed 25 fruitful years of BUP history and I am happy to get the opportunity to act as the new director of the Baltic University Programme. I look forward to co-operate with you and contribute to the development of the next coming 25 years! I would like to give a big “Thank You” to Lars Rydén the founder of the Baltic University Programme, that has the latest 1,5 year stepped in as a director. Now you can return to your free life as an energetic and healthy pensioner you are, and just enjoy!

This year will be full of activities and opportunities. First, after 25 year The Baltic University Programme is leaving its status as a project to become a permanent programme in the region. Your university is warmly welcome to become a member of this programme, which means getting full access to all activities we arrange such as: Conferences for researchers, academic teachers, Masters and Bachelor students, summer courses for Masters and Bachelor students, PhD courses, annual call for small grant funding for Masters, Bachelor and PhD students, and annual call for competition award for PhD theses. All these activities are waiting for old and new universities to take part in. I am happy to announce that until today we have 64 universities that are member universities – Great start!


Annoncement: BUP Students' Conference 2017

BUP Students Conferennce in Kiey 2017BUP Students' Conference 2017:
Baltic Region Collaboration in Agenda 2030 Implementation: My Contribution in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals 2030
9 - 13 April, 2017
Moshchun Village, Ukraine

As a part of the Ukrainian presidency in the Baltic University Programme (BUP), the coordinating secretariat in Uppsala and our colleagues at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, have the pleasure to invite our students to the annual BUP Spring Students' Conference. The conference will take place in Moshchun Village (12 km from Kiev).

Please notice that during the conference, and in addition to a very interesting program, our students will have an unique possibility for a one day visit to the Chornobyl Zone. This to understand how to address technological and environmental safety challenges on the way to sustainability of human society. The visit is not easy to arrange and we hope that this part of the conference as well as visiting Kiev in spring time will be difficult to resist!

For further information please see: Information for Participants docPreliminary Program doc, and Application Form doc.


Call for Teachers to the BUP SAIL for Teachers 2017

Call for Teachers to the Baltic University Programme SAIL for Teachers 2017
10 - 17 June 2017
Lisbon, Portugal - Brest, France
Onboard the Polish sail training vessel “Fryderyk Chopin”.

The SAIL for Teachers is an annual course organized by the BUP Centre for Finland at Åbo Akademi University and the Baltic University Programme secretariat at Uppsala University, conducted on-board the Tall Ship Fryderyk Chopin. The aim of the course is to gather teachers within the Baltic University Programme network, but we also invite Teachers from other institutions – in case of available places – that are active and interested in sustainable development. The course is based on all participating teachers’ competencies and experiences - we count on your active influence on the content of the course programme and discussions on-board.

There are 30 places available on the course. Teachers from different countries, cultures, universities, and disciplines will meet and exchange knowledge, share experiences, learn and teach, develop their competencies, work together, sail the ship, and experience theirs’ life’s adventure. This year we will sail across the Biscay, far from stress, internet and telephone connection. This environment cannot fail to inspire and empower!

Applications, including a Health Statement, should be sent to the BUP Secretariat / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than March 24, 2017.


BUP Teachers Conference on Sustainable Tourism for Development

2017 UN International Year of Tourism for Sustainable DevelopmentThe United Nations declares the year 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Thus, we are happy to announce the BUP Teachers Conference on “Sustainable Tourism for Development” that will be organised 19-22 March 2017 in the town Zhovkva, Lviv region, Ukraine.

Participants from universities in the BUP network are welcome.

The conference is organised by Ivan Franko National University of Lviv: The Department of Tourism of the Faculty of Geography, the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism of the Faculty of International Relations, and Ukrainian BUP.

The deadline for applications and theses submission is 26th February 2017.
Please see also the: Application Form doc and Information for authors doc.


Call for International Lecturers

Venclauskiu Palace, Siauliai, LithuaniaŠiauliai University (ŠU), an internationally orientated higher education institution, is looking for possibilities to create various internationalization (especially internationalisation at home) opportunities for the Šiauliai University students.

ŠU is thus planning to apply for funding from the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Lithuania to get a possibility to invite international lecturers for a short-time (10 -15 days) teaching stay at ŠU during the 2017-2018 academic year. In case of successful application, ŠU will be able to cover travel and subsistence costs and to pay a certain amount of salary for the period of teaching.

For further information please download the information leaflet pdf and contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


CBSS Questionnaire

CBSS questionnaireTo increase the awareness and build the competence for SDGs implementation, the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development initiated a Seed Money project, financed by the Swedish Institute, called “Towards Baltic 2030 – From Talk to Work”. As a part of the project, the CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit is now developing a concept  for the creation of a collaborative web-based learning platform, designed to support these processes and to help making SDGs implementation more efficient in the Baltic Sea Region, by pooling and sharing the information, best practice and knowledge on sustainable development actions, policies and initatives.

To make more informed choices about the key purposes and functionality of the future platform and to make it as useful as possible, CBSS created a brief survey to find out what you and other practitioners think.

We kindly ask you to spend 5 minutes replying to our questions. We would be thankful if you could provide us with a feedback by the 1st February.


Transitions to Sustainable Systems

Transitions to sustainable systems - a conference in Trondheim, NorwayInternational Conference
Transitions to Sustainable Systems
18 - 20 October 2017
Trondheim, Norway

To reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, environmental and social – must be considered holistically. NTNU Sustainability hosts the conference as a platform to share evidence-based research for sustainable decision-making. Strategies must be scientifically based and provide the foundation for practical innovation and implementation.

For further information please see the conference web site on NTNU.


Shaping Ethics in Academia and Society: Practices in the Baltic Sea Region

Shaping Ethics in AcademiaInternational conference:
Shaping Ethics in Academia and Society: Practices in the Baltic Sea Region
16th–17th October, 2017
Mykolas Romeris University
Vilnius, Lithuania

The conference aims to build up a roundtable for sharing best practices and experience with addressing ethical issues within academia and related society and, in the same vein, to contribute to relevant managerial solutions.

Particular concern on ethical issues in academia and the wider society is getting acceleration on a wide scale. To make out the values maze, organizations are in quest of comprehensive definitions and effective ethics management. Broad discussion, understanding cultural differences (notably in the Baltic Sea Region) and experience exchange in ethics management from different perspectives are needed and worth to support.

For further information please see the conference web site or download the flyer pdf.


Reminder: Baltic Science Network Questionnaire

Reminder: Baltic Science Network Questionnaire

The deadline for the BSN questionnaires is extended to 4th February 2017. 

If you have not already filled out the questionnaire you will find the one for Researchers on this link and the questionnaire for Policy Makers Administrators on this link.

For further information please see these invitations:



Baltic Science Network Questionnaire

Baltic Science Network Questionnarire

The aim of this survey is to twofold. Firstly, the survey is aimed at learning factors facilitate the researchers’ mobility within the Baltic region. Secondly, it tries to figure out the challenges for the researchers’ mobility in Baltic Sea region.

The scope of the research covers decision makers and researchers in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Demark, Germany and Poland.

The survey is coordinated by MOSTA, Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre, in Lithuania. Tadas Juknevicius from MOSTA invites the whole BUP-research community to take part in the survey.

Please fill out the Questionnaire. The survey would take up to 5 minutes of your valuable time, and the answers will be invaluable for us.

The dead-line for this survey is already January 20. The results are presented on an international BSN-workshop on February 10 in Vilnius.


SDSN Campus Coordinators Wanted

SDSN Campus CoordinatorThe youth initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is seeking young, talented and passionate individuals for the role of ‘Campus Coordinator’.

As a student based at one SDSN's Member Institutions, you have the chance to become Campus Coordinator for your university/institution. By joining our team, you will become a part of the global SDSN Youth team working with a diverse and exceptional group of individuals with a variety of cultural, religious and political backgrounds, committed to sustainable development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You will work closely together with the Network Coordinator and the youth team of SDSN Youth in your country/region.

Your local experiences will become central to our network’s efforts and legacy in empowering youth globally to make sustainable solutions.

The deadline for application is Tuesday, 31 January, 2017.

For further information please see: SDSN Campus Coordinator.


Sustainable Development Course

Sustainable Development
course material


Baltic University Trailer
A short introduction film about the Baltic University Programme which is a university network in the Baltic Sea region focusing on education for sustainable development. The Programme is a part of the Centre for Sustainable Development at Uppsala University.
See more BUP films on the BUP Channel on YouTube.
CBSS Strategic Partner
CBSS Strategic Partner
EUSBSR Flagship Project
EUSBSR Flagship Project
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