BUP Science and Sail 2023

The Baltic University Programme (BUP) and Klaipėda University, proudly present BUP Science and Sail 2023, a summer school with the focus on the Baltic Sea Environment. 

The summer school will take place between 3-9 July in Klaipėda, Lithuania and the waters of the Baltic Sea. Accepted students will be studying the sensitive Baltic Sea Environment, both on land and at sea with leading experts from across the region.

Parts of the summer school will take place onboard Klaipėda University’s sailing vessel Brabander, sailing the southeastern part of the Baltic Sea, while conducting tests and collecting samples. Participants will also study the unique coastal environment of the Curonian Spit and surrounding areas, learning about the impacts of and solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss.

This summer school is free of charge and applications are open for students studying at either bachelor or master level at The Baltic University Programme’s participating universities. In total 36 students from BUP participating universities will be selected to take part. We accept students from all kinds of study programs and no pre-knowledge of the Baltic Sea Environment is required. 

A ship that is lit up by colorful lights.
The tall ship Brabander

The participants will learn to sail together in the Baltic Sea, on the tall ship Brabander.

Special call for PhD students

The BUP now opens the applications for a limited number of PhD students to join the Science and Sail. Accepted PhD students will have a unique opportunity to take part in the full program, along with the students, while also practicing their teaching and mentoring skills. Each PhD student will be assigned to support a group of 8 international students and supporting them in contextualising the work.

Read more about the PhD student application.

The last application date for PhD students was 29 May.

Topic and program

Accepted students will be divided into smaller groups, in which they will work closely together during the week in Klaipėda. Each group will collect data, compile knowledge from experts, study important indicators and learn to draw conclusions to better understand the human-environmental relationship of the Baltic Sea. During the final day of the program, students will present their findings to their peers.

The goal of the event is to:

  • Improve the knowledge of students on the Baltic Sea Environment and its importance for the societies and economies of the region.
  • Reflect and explore different indicators related to the Baltic Sea Environment.
  • Teach students techniques to solve environmental problems from an interdisciplinary and practical approach and link them to climate change.
  • Build skills in intercultural and interdisciplinary cooperation.

Students who complete the summer school will be rewarded with a certificate. The organisers cannot grant any ECTS for the summer course, but we encourage students to talk to their home departments and ask if they can convert the certificate to credits.

Quick info
  • 3-9 July 2023
  • Klaipėda, Lithuania
  • Open for all students at BUP participating universities
  • Maximum number of participating students is 36
  • Free of charge
  • Application deadline: 14 May 2023, 23:59 (CEST)

Hosted by: The BUP Coordinating Secretariat and Klaipėda University.

Practical information

Conference cost and location

The summer school will take place in and around Klaipėda, Lithuania, and at the campus of Klaipėda University. One of the days will also be spent onboard the sailing vessel Brabander, sailing up and down the Lithuanian coast. Accepted students will participate in the event for free and no fees apply.

Each student has to fund their travels to and from Klaipėda by themselves.

Accomodation and food

Accepted students will be accommodated in Klaipėda on campus and all meals will be provided from the evening of 3 July to lunchtime on the 9 July.

Selection of students

After the application deadline on 14 May 2023The Baltic University Programme’s Coordinating Secretariat and the BUP National Centres will be selecting the students based upon their motivation, field of study and background. Selected students will be offered a place, while the remaining students will automatically be put on a waiting list. At the latest on 24 May 2023 the students that have been selected will be contacted.

For more details regarding the selection process, please contact The Baltic University Programme’s Coordinating Secretariat.

Contact and more information

If you have any questions or want more information, you are most welcome to contact the organising team.


Pontus AmbrosPhoto of Pontus Ambros

Project coordinator
The Baltic University Programme's Coordinating Secretariat at Uppsala University

Contact Pontus via email

Phone: +46 18 471 1786


Evan GossPhoto of Evan Goss

Project adminstrator
The Baltic University Programme's Coordinating Secretariat at Uppsala University

Contact Evan via email

Phone: +46 18 471 4932


Ana Timonina-Mickevičienė Photo of Ana Timonina-Mickevičienė

Local organiser
Klaipeda University

Contact Ana via email

Last modified: 2024-04-11