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Latvia Takes Presidency of the Baltic University Programme

LatviaWelcome to Latvia’s presidency of Baltic University Programme 2016!

In the first half of 2016 the team in Latvia will focus on:

  1. Local sustainability topics;
  2. Raising awareness about BUP in Latvia;
  3. Strengthening cooperation between BUP Latvia national stakeholders including BUP Alumni

by organising a Spring Student Conference and a BUP Board and Centres Directors meeting in Latvia. For more information on Latvia's Presidency of the BUP please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

From the 1st July 2016 the BUP Precidency will move to Finland which in turn will be followed by Estonia next year.


Call for Teachers to the 2016 SAIL Course

STS Fryderyk ChopinCall for teachers to the 2016 SAIL course on-board tall ship Fryderyk Chopin with start on 14th of August in La Coruña (Spain), and end on 28th of August in Blyth (England).

We are now looking for motivated teachers coming from different disciplines covering aspects of sustainability in a broad sense, thus creating an inter-disciplinary and international learning environment, which can introduce students in complex issues related to sustainability. We are looking for teachers who are interested in trying something new – combining tall ship sailing with an unconventional teaching environment, which is extra-ordinary but can be both physically and mentally demanding. The teachers are expected to prepare and plan the course beforehand, as well as correct exercises and essays/reports after course. As English is the spoken language of the course, applying teachers are expected to have an excellent level of English skills.

Application deadline: 22 February 2016.


The Road From Paris

The Road from ParisSymposium:
The Road from Paris: Implementing Climate Change Management and Strategies in Cities and Municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region
6 - 8 June 2016  NB New dates
Uppsala, Sweden

Registration for the symposium is open.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20th February 2016
Deadline for submission of papers: 10th April 2016
Deadline for full, revised papers: 30th April 2016
Deadline for registrations: 30th April 2016

For further information please see the Symposium web page and the Symposium flyer pdf.


Brownfields Management and Redevelopment

Brownfields Management & Redevelopment

International Conference
Brownfields Management and Redevelopment
21 – 23 March 2016 - Note that the dates have changed.
Ostrava, Czech Republic

Deadline for submission of papers: 29th February 2016
Deadline for registrations: 29th February 2016

The aims of the International Conference on Brownfields Management and Redevelopment 2016 are as follows:

  • Urban planning and regional development of brownfields
  • Remedial Innovative Techniques Used at distressed brownfields
  • Opportunities of civil engineering within brownfields
  • Economic and socio-political impacts of brownfields.

For further information please see the Conference Leaflet pdf.


BUP Students Conference Spring 2016

Laba Daba 2016The BUP Spring Student Conference 2016 will take place in Ratnieki, Latvia from 21st to 24th April, 2016. The Conference will explore local sustainability aspects of the music festival “LABA DABA” (“GOOD NATURE”). The venue for the annual festival is the University of Latvia Conference Centre located in a rural setting 70 km northeast of Riga. The Conference will include project-based learning elements whereby students studying in business management, economics, cultural services, social and life sciences and engineering programmes will be asked to develop a road map regarding how to improve and enrich the music festival LABA DABA 2016 in relation to environmental, social and economic sustainability aspects. Bringing together participants from different disciplines will provide an opportunity for exchange, cooperation and learning between students with different backgrounds and perspectives.

This event is a part of Latvia’s presidency of the Baltic University programme.


Water, Climate and Society

UNiversity of BergenBergen Summer Research School 2016
Water, Climate and Society

Every summer, the Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS) gathers one hundred doctoral students and young researchers of all disciplines from all around the world to tackle some of the greatest challenges of our time — this year: water.

The result is a unique transdisciplinary environment where participants present, engage, discuss, progress their thinking and improve on their work. Many of the events are open to the public.

Registration deadline: March 1, 2016.

More information and registration.



BUP Newsletter no. 45

BUP Newsletter no 45.In the BUP Newsletter no. 45 pdf, December 2015 you may read about:

  • Introduction
    by Lars Rydén
  • Upcoming Events
  • BUP PhD Award: Ikenna Anugwom
  • BUP Small Grants: Natalya Shepeleva
  • Teachers’ Conference on ESD in Rogów
    by Sinikka Suomalainen
  • Studia Periegetica
    by Arnold Bernaciak
  • UE4SD – University Educators for Sustainable Development
    by Paula Lindroos
  • and much more.

Natalya Shepeleva Receives the BUP Small Grants Funding 2015

Natalya ShepelevaThe BUP Small Grants Project (SGP) Committee recommend that the project Comparison of the Sewage Sludge Management Alternatives in the Context of Sustainable Development: Material and Global Warming Analysis by Natalya Shepeleva, Belarusian State Technological University is funded with a total of EUR 3000.

The Baltic University Programme this year opened for the first time the possibility to seek financial support for a small project for master and PhD students at the member universities.

13 candidates sent in projects with applications for economic support. They were all reviewed by a Baltic University Programme Committee, which ranked the projects in the first place for novelty and creativity, but also if they were realistic to carry out and had a reasonable budget.

Natalya Shepeleva is since 2013 PhD student at the Department of lndustrial Ecology at the Belarusian State Technological University, Republic of Belarus, Minsk.

Please see the full Announcement of the Result of the Small Grants Programme 2015.


Ikenna Anugwom Winner of the 2015 BUP PhD Award

Ikenna AnugwowWinner of the 2015 BUP PhD Thesis Award is Ikenna Anugwom of Åbo Akademi University, Finland and Umeå University, Sweden for his thesis Towards Optimal Fractionation of Lignocellulosic Biomass Using Switchable Ionic Liquids.

Honorary diplomas go to:

Jan Petru, of Ostrava University of Technology, Czech Republic for his thesis Driving Through Excessive Transports in the Area of Intersections.

Mikhail Golets, of Åbo Akademi University, Finland and Umeå University, Sweden for his thesis Heterogeneously Catalyzed Valorization of Monoterpenes to High Value-Added Chemicals.

For further information please see the full Announcement.


Stop Overfishing in the Baltic NOW - Apply the Rules!

Mundus MarisI just created a new petition and I hope you can sign -- it's called: Stop overfishing in the Baltic NOW - Apply the rules!

This issue is very important to me - and I think for the BUP network -, and I could use your help to influence the long-term management plan for the Baltic Sea currently under discussion between the European institutions. It should achieve high sustainable yields.

Read more about it and sign the petition.

Campaigns like this always start small, but they grow when people like us get involved -- please take a second right now to help out by signing and passing it on. I believe it fits very well with the concerns of the SD Centre of Uppsala University and would benefit greatly from spreading through your network with some encouragement. Would be great, if lots of staff and students were signing to make their concerns visible.

Thanks so much, together we can make it happen,

Dr. Cornelia E Nauen
Mundus maris - Sciences and Arts for Sustainability


Call for Papers: Sustainable Water Management in Inland and Transboundary River Basins

Hammarby kanal. CC Photo: La Citta Vita ( call for papers:
Sustainable Water Management in Inland and Transboundary River Basins
Editors Walter Leal Filho (Germany) and Vakur Sumer (Turkey).

We are in the process of finalising an edited volume on the sustainability of inland and transboundary water resources with the tentative title “Sustainable Water Management in Inland and Transboundary River Basins

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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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