The BUP Symposium 2021

The aim

The aim of the Symposium 2021 is to be a platform where the regional educational and research communities can get together and get to know each other better as colleagues at Participating Universities of The Baltic University Programme. It is an opportunity to disseminate recent research and learn about new knowledge. The Symposium is an arena where new discussions and collaborations can begin. We are challenging researchers from different disciplines with an interest in the Baltic Sea Region as an empirical field to discuss Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region. We focus on research having an inter-/multi disciplinary approach.

Our programme and region has many touch points with others, for example the ESSSR and UniAdrion. Therefore, we have invited researchers from these networks to present at the BUP Symposium 2021, giving presenters and listeners the possibility to meet colleagues from other geographical regions.

Poster session

The poster session is available here and presented per panel. Typically, a poster session takes place physically, in a large room, and is often visually pleasing allowing visitors to study, restudy and discuss the posters. In this case, we have added an poster-article-version of the research, in order to make them on-line friendly and accessible. The authors are also giving oral presentations in a special poster panel on the BUP Symposium 2021.

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Symposium practicalities

The date of the BUP Symposium 2021 is 19-20 October 2021.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this Symposium cannot take place in person. Instead, we will hold it as a virtual symposium. By doing so, we can make it accessible to many more colleagues. To participate in the Symposium, prior registration is required. Keynote speakers and research presentations will be organised as webinars.The poster session will be published on our website, and we will provide possibilities for social interaction.

Scientific committees will evaluate and consider submitted abstracts for oral presentations and posters, and will choose to bring forward the ones that meet the criteria.

The symposium in short
  • 19-20 October 2021
  • online
  • theme sessions
  • publishing opportunities
  • no fee

Theme sessions in the Symposium 2021

Theme sessions are divided into nine BUP Themes. The panels will be held online using the Zoom software. 

Climate ChangeCoordinator: Aiste Balzekiene, Associate Professor, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. 

Renewable Energy. Coordinator: Joakim Widén, Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden. 

Sustainable Societies. Coordinator: Joakim Ekman, Professor, Södertörn University, Södertörn, Sweden. 

Sustainable Water Resources. Coordinator: Artur Magnuszewski, Associate Professor, University of Warsaw, Poland. 

Urban-Rural Development. Coordinator: Henner Busch, Postdoctorate, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Bio- and Circular Economy. Coordinators: Visvaldas Varžinskas, Associate Professor, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, and Markus Will, Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Germany.

Sustainable Tourism. Coordinator: Anette Oxenswärdh, PhD., Senior Lecturer, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Coordinator: Cecilia Lundberg, PhD. Project Coordinator at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

Sustainable Food Systems. Coordinators: Radovan Kasarda, Professor, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia, and Madeleine Granvik, Associate Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Introduction to BUP Themes

Support for young scholars

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This year, we will support young scholars by inviting you to present your research at the BUP Symposium 19-20 October 2021. Those of you with accepted abstracts will also be able to submit their full paper to one of the Special Issues that the BUP will be guest editors for. The five most promising papers will be supported by the BUP (BUP pay the publication fee when the paper is accepted by the scientific journal). You are welcome to submit and we look forward to your contribution! Use the link presented here on our web page to submit for either an oral presentation or a poster presentation, and send an email to the BUP Director Madeleine Granvik stating your intentions.  

This opportunity is an alternative option allowing us to support young scholars during the Covid-19 pandemic. This year the BUP will not announce the BUP Mobility Research Grant aiming to strengthen the cooperation among young researchers (PhD students and Postdoc scholars) in the Baltic Sea Region, in their research on topics relevant for sustainable development.

Submit to present at the BUP Symposium 2021

Submission open until 8 August 2021.

Symposium 2021 publishing opportunities

Published outcomes of the BUP Symposium will be the following:

  • Full papers in a special issue. Presenters were invited to contribute with a full paper in the scientific journal Sustainability; Special Issue "Challenges and Possibilities for Sustainable Development in a Baltic Sea Region context – 2021”. The BUP hosts this special issue and support some of the best papers (free of charge for those authors). Guest editors are Madeleine Granvik and Walter Leal. The deadline is 20 April 2022.

Detailed information about the special issue on the Sustainability web page 

  • Invitation to contribute to the book "Towards a Sustainable Baltic Sea Region". It will be published by Springer, a major publisher, hence adding prestige to your work. Expressions of interest, consisting of a 200 words abstract with all contact data from the authors, should be sent to: SDG-Publications <>. The deadline for abstracts is 30 October 2021. Full papers are due by 30 January 2022. Further details will be shared with the selected authors.

  • Book of Abstracts. A digital compilation of abstracts over presented research at the BUP Symposium 2021. It reflects the abstracts from oral presentations held at the symposium and include contact information of the presenting person. The Book of Abtracts (pdf)

  • Videos of presentations published on the BUP YouTube channel.

  • Scientific posters session.

Last modified: 2023-04-13