Event reports

At The Baltic University Programme (BUP) we are constantly working towards creating the best possible events for everyone within the Programme. To be as transparent as possible we are sharing evaluations of our events as well as information about the event itself in our event reports.

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Events in 2023

BUP Science and Sail 2023

A group of students in the sunlight.

This summer school was held in Klaipėda, Lithuania, hosted by Klaipėda University in July 2023. This year’s focus was on the Baltic Sea Environment with students studying on both sea and land with leading experts from across the region. A total of 35 students from 26 of the BUP participating universities and all 10 countries within the BUP network joined the event.

The students gave the event a 9.35/10 overall rating. This is the BUP’s highest rating for a summer school. Read the full event report from the BUP Science and Sail 2023.

BUP Student Conference 2023

A group of students.

This conference was held in May 2023 at Kaunas University of Technology in Kaunas, Lithuania. The focus was on Sustainable production and consumption: A circular economy perspective and featured a collaboration with the International Young Researchers Conference.  A total of 70 students, from 31 participating universities and all 10 network countries joined the event. 

Prior to the event, students held an expectation of 7.89/10, therefore it was pleasing that the students ranked the event overall at 8.7/10. Read the full event report from the BUP Student Conference 2023.

BUP Teachers’ Day 2023

The BUP Teachers’ Day this year,18 April, was an online workshop which was was led by EdD Ann-Christin Furu, from Åbo Akademi University. Her research interest lies within sustainability education, and she is associate professor in early childhood education.

The workshop had 38 participants (not all at the same time) from about six different countries. The participants gave the event a 4,5/5 overall rating. Read the full event report from the BUP Teachers’ Day 2023.

Master Thesis Training (MTT) 2023

A group of students and experts.

The Master Thesis Training (MTT) is an opportunity for master students to get supervision from an expert from a BUP participating university and it provides an opportunity to get feedback from other students in the region, build connections with other students, and become better acquainted with other academic perspectives in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment. 

The participating students gave the event a 9,2/10 overall rating and they thought that the event was helpful in terms of improving their thesis. The supervisors gave the event a 9,6/10 overall rating adn they were all interested in being invited to future BUP events. Read the full event report from the MTT 2023.

BUP Teachers Course 2022-2023

The group of teachers that took part in the BUP Teachers Course.

This course is organised by the BUP Associated Secretariat and the National Centre in Finland, located at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Åbo Akademi University. The aim of the course, or study process, is to support university teachers to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into their teaching and courses/programmes, to strengthen the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The feedback after both workshops generated an average mark of 4,5/5. There was a 91 percent reply rate in the evaluation. Read the full event report from the BUP Teachers Course.

Events in 2022

Online course Introduction to ESD

BUP Finland has developed this course in cooperation with the Open University at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU). The participants can be a mixture of teachers at BUP participating universities, regular students at ÅAU, and students at the Open University at ÅAU. The online course Introduction to ESD was held during November 2021-January 2022 and September-December 2022. The course is of basic study level and does not require any previous knowledge in sustainability or ESD. Read the full event report from the online course Introduction to ESD.

BUP PhD Students Training 2022

Students and experts that participated in the BUP PhD Students Training.
Photo: Krzysztof Ciesielski

The training was arranged by the BUP National Centre in Poland and BUP's Associated Secretariat at the Lodz University of Technology. The PhD Students Training is an opportunity for PhD students to become better acquainted with other academic perspectives. The PhD students are offered training in interdisciplinary research cooperation with the guidance of an international group of interdisciplinary research experts, composed of senior scientists.

The PhD students gave the event a 9.8 overall rating and their most apprieciated parts of the event were the interactions with other students and the meetings with and feedback from experts. Read the full event report from the BUP PhD Students Training 2022.

International Tourism Congress 2022 “Tourism – Going Back/Forward to Sustainability”

The logo of ITC2022

The ITC2022 was organized by the Faculty of Geographical Sciences at the University of Lodz (Poland) in cooperation with CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. The event was held both online and in person in Lodz and the participants were from, for instance, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Czech Republic and Ukraine. 181 people participated in the congress in total, including 106 on-site participants, and 75 online.

This conference is part of the initiative to host a BUP event where the the BUP financially support colleagues at BUP participating universities that host and organise a BUP academic events. Read the full event report from the ITC2022.

Online seminar Sustainable foot- and handprints at Finnish Universities

This online seminar was held on 17 November. During the seminar the presentations and discussions focused on what efforts BUP participating universities in Finland take to reduce their carbon footprint. The program consisted of three presentations and three shorter comments regarding the actual universities’ actions and thoughts about sustainable food- and handprints. All viewpoints came from BUP participating universities in Finland, but the seminar was open for everybody interested. Read the full event report from this online seminar.

International conference “Sustainable Consumption and Production: How to Make it Possible”

Poster for International conference “Sustainable Consumption and Production: How to Make it Possible”

The conference was organised by the Institute of Environmental Engineering (APINI) at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in collaboration with the non-profit organisation VšĮ "Mes Darom". Participants were welcomed to Kaunas as well as to join online. This conference is part of the initiative to host a BUP event where the the BUP financially support colleagues at BUP participating universities that host and organise a BUP academic events.

The event got a 9.4/10 overall rating and the participants thought that the best parts of the event were the interesting presentations in a widespread number of themes and the interactive panel discussions within a variety of topics. Read the full event report from the International conference.

The BUP Symposium 2022

The 10 BUP themes

The Symposium is an arena where you can disseminate recent research and where new discussions and collaborations can begin. The Symposium 2022 featured oral presentations from researchers from BUP participating universities in the Baltic Sea Region. During the afternoon there was a session that focused on future research collaboration and projects.

The Symposium got a 8.6/10 overall rating and most of the participants thought that the afternoon session about future research was beneficial for their work as a researchers. Read the full event report from the BUP Symposium 2022.

BUP PhD workshop "Societies, Cultures, Critical Theories"

This BUP workshop for Doctoral Students was organised and hosted by The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University, Stockholm. In this two-days international event there were opportunities to learn about the research and engage in discussion with 26 PhD candidates from BUP participating universities, gathered in the name of the BUP objectives to support the key role that universities play in a democratic, peaceful and sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region.

One of the main aims of the workshop was to support collaboration between BUP participating universities, to underline the important role of humanities and social studies within the BUP objectives, as well as to encourage interdisciplinary discussions. Read the full event report from the BUP PhD workshop.

The 6th BUP Rectors’ Conference 2022

Participants at the BUP Rectors' Conference 2022.
Photo: Pontus Ambros

During 28-29 September 2022 The Baltic University Programme held the 6th Rectors’ Conference in Uppsala. In total about 80 rectors and rectors representatives were able to meet in person to discuss the strategic issues Sustainability, Internationalisation and Quality Assurance.

During the first day there were presentations within the subjects internationalization in practice, Challenges Ahead - strategic issues to address, Challenges of Internationalization, Sustainability at Universities and Quality Assurance of Higher Education. During the second day there were panel discussions within the themes Sustainability, Internationalisation, Quality Assurance. The Rectors' Conference concluded with the The Baltic University Programme General Assembly were participants discussed suggestions for the future and long term directions for the BUP. Read the full event report from the Rectors' Conference.

ESD Science Lab for BUP Teachers

A group of teachers sitting around a table.
Photo: Cecilia Lundberg

This Science Lab had the aim to start from where the former BUP Teachers’ Courses ended, by assisting and coaching the teachers interested in publishing their most recent work in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This event is part of the initiative to host a BUP event.

The event or project took place as a platform for joint research focused on ESD methods and as capacity building needed to make the research work of high quality. The objective was to strengthen the skills and knowledge of BUP researchers in publishing scientific research findings in peer-reviewed journals. Read the full event report from the ESD Science Lab for BUP Teachers.

The BUP Student Conference 2022

Student conference poster
Photo: Markus Spiske

The Baltic University Programme’s annual Student Conference, is a conference for students with a topic connected to one of the ten BUP themes. In 2022, the conference was organised in collaboration between the BUP's coordinating secretariat at Uppsala University and Slovak University of Agriculture and the topic was Resilient food systems from a Baltic Sea Region perspective.

The participating students gave the event a rating of 9.16/10 in their final evaluation and the conference was a great success, with students enjoying the interactive program and many interesting discussions. Read the full event report from the student conference.

Master Thesis Training (MTT) 2022

People sitting in front of laptop
Photo: Mikael Wallerstedt

The MTT had the objective to give master students from BUP participating universities the opportunity to meet and discuss scientific problems with a focus on sustainability in an interdisciplinary, international, multicultural, and regional context. Each student was also given individual feedback on their master thesis from a senior from a participating university.

The participating students gave the event a 9/10 rating and they all thought that the event was helpful in terms of improving your thesis. The senior supervisors have the event a 9.75/10 rating and they were all interested in being invited to future BUP events. Read the full event report from the MTT.

BUP Teachers’ Day 2022

A group of people holding large puzzle pieces together.

The BUP Teachers' Day 2022 was dedicated for teachers that have taken part in the BUP Teachers’ Courses before. However, all teachers in Higher Education within BUP were welcomed. The Teacher Day took place online on 27 April, during the afternoon. The aim of this event is to offer an opportunity for teachers within the network to share experience and best practice, network and get new inspiration on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

The program featured a presentation and an exercise, together with the opportunity for a general discussion. The war in Ukraine was on everybody’s mind and, naturally, the key issue in the discussion. Read the full event report from the BUP Teachers’ Day 2022.

Webinars ESD and Digitalisation

The winter 2021-2022, the BUP National Centre in Finland arranged the second webinar series instead of a new course for BUP teachers, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The theme for this year was Education for Sustainable Development and Digitalisation – Implication of Digital Technology for Education Policy and Practice. The aim was to highlight the opportunities that Covid-19 has brought for reforming and innovating education. But also, contrary, to show negative implications. The target group was teachers in higher education and researchers at BUP participating universities, but the events were open for everyone interested.

All four webinars got positive feedback, the combined average evaluation was 4,45/5. Read the full event report from the webinars ESD and Digitalisation.

Last modified: 2023-09-21