30 years with the Baltic Sea: What has happened and where are we heading?

In the first session of the seminar series "Space Bridges 2.0", the focus was on the post-Cold War environmental development of the Baltic Sea.

Lady dressed in red looking out over the sea
Photo: Artyom Kabajev on Unsplash

Several invited experts in this session aimed to enlight the participants in an interactive discussion on the recent environmental history and future of our sea. Below you find the more about the program and the presenters. 

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Quick information

Södertörn University LogoDate and time: 28 January 2021, 14.00-17.00 (CET)
Host: Södertörn University, Sweden
Co-Host: Uppsala University, Sweden
Location: Online
Open for: Public


  • Welcoming notes and the "Baltic University Programme 30 years", Assoc. Prof. Madeleine Granvik
  • How the BUP started, discussion with former BUP director, Prof. Emeritus Lars Rydén
  • Changes in Baltic Sea ecosystems - lessons learned?, Prof. Emeritus Lena Kautsky
  • Future prospects of the Baltic Sea, Asst. Prof. Anna Törnroos-Remes
  • Panel discussion; History and future possibilities to cooperation to improve the Baltic Sea, Prof. Michael Gilek and Assoc. Prof. Kazimierz Musiał
  • Closing remarks, Prof. Joakim Ekman

Keynote speakers

Lena KautskyProfessor Emeritus
Lena Kautsky

Senior advisor at Stockholm University's Baltic Sea Centre

Her presentation is entitled "Changes in Baltic Sea ecosystems - lessons learned?" The historical aspects of the Baltic Sea was presented.

Anna Törnroos-RemesAssistant Professor
Anna Törnroos-Remes

The department of Biosciences at Åbo Akademi University

Her presentation has the title "Future of the sea".


Michael GilekProfessor
Michael Gilek

Expert in the field of Marine Environmental governance
Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies Södertörn University

Panel discussion

Kazimierz MusialAssociate Professor
Kazimierz Musiał

Expert in the field of Policy in the Baltic Sea Region
Institute of Scandinavian Studies, University of Gdansk

Panel discussion

Special guest

Prof. Emeritus Lars RydénProfessor Emeritus
Lars Rydén

Former director of the Baltic University Programme (1991-2008)

Present and discuss BUP's history.


Prof. Joakim EkmanProfessor
Joakim Ekman

Centre Director BUP Sweden and
Director of the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University

Host of the session.

Assoc. Prof. Madeleine GranvikAssociate Professor
Madeleine Granvik

Director of the Baltic University Programme and
Associate Professor at the Department of Earthscience at Uppsala University

Co-host of the session.

Last modified: 2022-10-28