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BUP Annual Award for the Best PhD Thesis in 2014

The BUP PhD Award Winners in 2014 for best Thesis 2013.The Baltic University Programme (BUP) award for the best PhD thesis supports high quality research promoting sustainable development.

The BUP award is a distinction given to the author of what is judged to be the best PhD work defended at any of the universities belonging to the Baltic University Programme during the previous calendar year. The quality of each submitted thesis will be assessed partly based on its quality within the context of the author’s own specific field, and also with emphasis on the author’s success in placing their research results clearly into a multi-disciplinary sustainable development context.

The BUP award will be given in the form of diploma, a statuette and a sum of 500 Euro.

For further information please see the BUP PhD Award flyer. Deadline for submissions is: 1st June 2015.


Baltic Earth Doctoral Students Conference

Baltic EarthA Doctoral Students Conference, jointly organized by Baltic Earth and the University of Tartu

Challenges for Earth system science in the Baltic Sea region: From measurements to models
10 - 14 August 2015
Physicum of University of Tartu and Island of Vilsandi, Estonia

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Meteorological Observatory of the University of Tartu, the Faculty of Science and Technology will host the Baltic Earth Doctoral Students Conference from 10 to 14 August in Tartu and on Vilsandi Island, Estonia. Up to 40 participants, including students, early career faculty/researchers and invited experts from the Baltic Earth network are expected to join this doctoral conference.

The Doctoral Conference will take place in Tartu (2 days) and on the island of Vilsandi (2 days), Estonia.

For further information please see the Conference web site at University of Tartu.


Baltic University Spring Students' Conference 2015

Owl sandwichFeeding the World without Destroying the World: Can Food Production Be(come) Sustainable?
Baltic University Spring Students' Conference 2015
15–19 April 2015
Rogów, Poland

We all have a relationship to food, and food production has always been one of the key concerns of human societies. But to what extent are our current practices and expectations sustainable for the future? If different options have different positive and negative effects, which factors do we weigh as the most important for ourselves, for humanity, and for the planet?

We have the pleasure to welcome students who study course/s connected to Sustainable Development and are interested in the topic to apply for the participation in the conference

Application Form doc
The Application Form is to be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the BUP Secretariat no later than 27 March 2015.


Call for Applications: SAIL for Teachers 2015

SAIL for Teachers 2015We are happy to announce that also this year we will offer the SAILing course for our teachers! This year we are proud to have Prof. em Dennis Meadows with us on the course and onboard!

(Dennis L. Meadows, American scientist and Emeritus Professor of Systems Management, and former director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New Hampshire. He is President of the Laboratory for Interactive Learning.)

Do not miss this unique chance to improve your competence and to experience your life’s adventure
Apply for participation in the Baltic University Programme SAIL for Teachers 2015.

The SAIL (Sustainability Applied in International Teaching and Learning) Teachers course 2015 will start on the 25th of June in Stavanger, Norway, and end on the 2nd of July in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We will be sailing on the Polish sail training vessel “Fryderyk Chopin”.

Application Form doc
Health Statement doc


Call for Applications: Teachers' Competence Development Training

Limits to GrowthWe are happy to invite you to:
Baltic University Programme
Teachers’ Competence Development Training: Steps to a Sustainable Future
10 - 13 May, 2015
Uppsala, Sweden

In addition to expert teachers from Uppsala University and the BUP network, Prof. Dennis Meadows, from the Laboratory for Interactive Learning, USA, and author of the seminal book The Limits to Growth (1972), will be one of the main contributors. We are happy to have the opportunity to introduce him to our teachers and have him with us during the whole day on Monday, 11 May.

We hope to gather in Uppsala an international group of teachers from all countries in the BUP network, representing different cultures, universities, and disciplines. Our aims are to provide an opportunity to exchange knowledge, share experiences, develop competencies, and establish new professional contacts.

The planned programme includes one day devoted to updating knowledge on sustainable development, one day to the development of pedagogical skills and competencies, rounded off with general discussion on the plans for BUP to improve standards in ESD across the region through a systematised International BUP Teachers Development Programme for the network’s teachers.

Download the Application Form doc


Baltic Rim Economies 2/2015

Baltic Rim Economies Review 2 - 2015In this special issue of the Batic Rim Economies Review on Corporate Social Responsibility you may e.g. read about:

- Guy Ryder: Corporate Social Responsibility and decent work
- Liisa Rohweder: The next wave of innovation is clean, big and profitable
- Neil Bellefontaine & Tafsir Johansson: Ocean governance and the EU “macro-regional” strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.


SAIL application period is 23 February to 16 March 2015.

SAIL for Students 2015SAIL - Applications are to be submitted via the site or The application period is 23 February to 16 March 2015.

SAIL course code: UU-19503, the course is a summer course at Uppsala University.

Sustainability Applied in International Learning (SAIL) is an international Baltic University Programme summer course offered by the Department of Earth Sciences,  Centre for Sustainable Development. This course includes a 14-day cruise on the STS Fryderyk Chopin. Participants crew the trip departing from Aalborg, Denmark, on 4th August 2015 and returning to Swinoujscie, Poland, on 18th August 2015 via several ports in the Baltic Sea.

Student and teacher applications are mainly invited BUP members. Sustainability, environmental problems including skills and knowledge transfer on the issues facing the Baltic Sea Region frame the curriculum. Lectures, group work, reading, data collection and sailing duty drive learning outcomes. Students prepare presentations for on-board discussion. Submission of post-sailing assignments are required for a pass.

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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.
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