Student conference 2022

The Baltic University Programme’s coordinating secretariat at Uppsala University and Slovak University of Agriculture, can proudly present the BUP’s annual student conference 2022. This year, we are focusing on the topic Resilient food systems from a Baltic Sea Region perspective.

In times of climate change and other crises, the importance of resilient and sustainable food systems are increasingly significant. During our four days conference on the island of Gotland, you as a student will get a unique experience learning from regional experts and local food producers.

The conference is free of charge and applications are open for students studying at bachelor and master level at Baltic University Programme’s participating universities.

If you are interested in seeing more from the student conference you can do this via the BUP student Instagram. Visit the BUP student Instagram.

If you are interested in knowing more about the event and what the participants thought of it you can read our event report. Read the event report from the student conference.

A spade in dirt, the BUP logotype at the bottom right corner and the text "Resiliant food systems From a Baltic Sea Region perspective", the B
Photo: Markus Spiske

Topic and program

Resilient food systems from a Baltic Sea Region perspective

Accepted students will spend two full days on the island of Gotland, located in the middle of the Baltic Sea. During these days, students will take part in lectures, workshops and discussions with experts from academia, civil society and local food producers. Participants will also get the opportunity to visit the organic farm Lilla Bjers as well as take part in a guided tour of the Medieval Hanseatic city of Visby, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Conference program

22/5 - Traveling day Stockholm-Visby by ferry

23/5 - Lectures and workshops at Uppsala University, CAMPUS GOTLAND

24/5 - Visit to the organic farm Lilla Bjers, guided tour in Visby and the BUP students’ parliament

25/5 - Traveling day Visby-Stockholm by ferry

Click here to see the full program of the student conference.

Quick info
  • 22 - 25 May 2022
  • Visby, Gotland, Sweden
  • Open for undergraduate and graduate students at BUP Participating Universities
  • Maximum number of participating students is 50
  • Free of charge
  • Application deadline: 10 April 2022, 23:59 (CEST)

Hosted by: Uppsala University and Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra


The Hydrology gameLarissa Lachmann

Larissa Lachmann, B.Sc.

“We use water everyday, it is the basis for our survival, but often little is known about the fragile system surrounding our water supply. In a scenario based board game you can explore the water cycle in rural areas and how they can adapt to major challenges like droughts or nutrient surplus. The game was developed in the context of my master thesis about gamified sustainability education.”


AquacultureAdrianus Both

Adrianus Both, PhD

“Aquaculture is a diverse food production method, taking many different forms, in many different environments, and growing a multitude of species. Each of which have different benefits and challenges associated with them. This presentation will provide a broad overview of aquaculture practices along with challenges and benefits associated with each in terms of environmental sustainability.” 

Food & Tourism on GotlandLeonie Paul

Leonie Paul, MSc & Iida Pyykkö, MSc

"Limestone, rams and roses - Gotland is a unique place in the middle of the Baltic Sea. Let’s have a look at Gotland as a food destination, pilot study and important place for food production in Sweden. We will explore the island’s food networks, innovation, sustainable initiatives and much more."

Iida Pyykkö

Miroslav ČíbikConversion of a Conventional Arable Land to a Multifunctional Landscape through Research by Design

Miroslav Číbik, PhD

"A project based on a compromise between contemporary human needs, in the form of high-quality public space, the values of original landscape and the local landscape character. Adapting an area of 90 ha to climate change in the eastern part of the municipality Preseľany (Slovakia) shows that quality transformation of the peri-urban landscape through agroforestry practices is possible and promising."

Attila TóthUrban Agriculture and Green Infrastructure in Multifunctional Urban Landscapes

Attila Tóth, PhD

"A theoretical input on urban agriculture in the context of contemporary international strategies and policies, while ecosystem services and benefits provided by urban agriculture will be explained on selected examples and best practices from different regions.  Agricultural land use can enhance urban green and open spaces in many ways and contribute to the sustainability, resilience and multifunctionality of urban landscapes of the 21st century."

Photo of Students' parliament session 2019
Students' parliament session 2019. Photo: Jozef Počil

Students parliament 2022

Each year, BUP students taking part in the BUP student conference have the chance to make their voices heard and select their new BUP student representative to BUP's international board.

Students accepted to the Student conference 2022, will automatically become members of the students' parliament. Allowing them to vote, suggest proposal and run as a candidate as the BUP students' representative to the BUP's international board.

Student parliament information


Conference cost and location

The conference will take place at Uppsala University, Campus Gotland, located in Visby. The BUP will cover all participant's costs of accommodation, food and travels from Stockholm to Visby and back.

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

Accomodation, travel and food

Accepted students will be accommodated at a hotel in Visby and all meals will be provided from the evening of the 22/5 to lunchtime on the 25/5. Accepted students will meet Stockholm central station on the late afternoon of the 22/5, to jointly travel to Visby by bus and ferry. We will all travel back the same way on 25/5, arriving back in Stockholm after lunch.

Travel grant for Ukrainian students

Students enrolled at BUP participating universities in Ukraine has the right apply for a travel grant, covering the cost of travel from their current location in Europe to Stockholm and back. Ukrainian students apply for the travelling grant in the application form.

Selection of students

After the application deadline on the 10/4, 2022, the Baltic University Programme’s coordinating secretariat and the BUP’s 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.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the conference, you are most welcome to contact the conference organising team.

Pontus AmbrosPontus Ambros

Project administrator
The Baltic University Programme's coordinating secretariat at Uppsala University

Contact Pontus via email

Phone: +46 18 471 1786

Barbora ČakovskáBarbora Cakovska

National Centre Director of BUP in Slovakia
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

Contact Barbora via email

Emma Stockvall CarlssonEmma Stockvall Carlsson

Project adminstrator
The Baltic University Programme's coordinating secretariat at Uppsala University

Contact Emma via email

Phone: +46 18 471 4932

Last modified: 2023-05-15