EU's Annual Forum for the Baltic Sea Region

Join the BUP student delegation to the EU's Annual Forum for the Baltic Sea Region

Each year the EU is organizing a forum for the Baltic Sea Region. The forum is an event where business, politics, academia, civil society and state organziations meet to discuss the future of our region.

BUP students at the Annual Forum in Berlin
BUP students at the 8th Annual Forum for the Baltic Sea Region in Berlin 2017. Photo: Sylwester Nagórka

Please note that the Annual Forum 2020 is currently postponed until autumn. We are waiting for the announcement of new dates from the organizers of the Annual Forum, and will adjust our event accordingly. All submitted applications will be considered as planned.

The aim of this student event is to give the possibility to take part in the international forum and interact with stakeholders from all over the region. The first day will be a preparation day at Åbo Akademi University, with invited lectures giving presentations and smaller workshops. The delegation will join the annual forum with its program. You may download the poster for this event.

Quick information

Dates: POSTPONED UNTIL AUTUMN

Host: Åbo Akademi University

Location: Turku, Finland

Open for: Undergraduate and graduate students studying at BUP member universities

Number of participants: 25 students

Costs: The conference is free of charge and includes food, accomodation and program.


Program

The program contains of two parts, one day at Åbo Akadmi University and two days at the EU's annual Forum.

BUP students taking part in a workshop
BUP students at a workshop. Photo: Pontus Ambros

During the first day, the program will focus on scientific knowledge and communication skills. The ongoing interdisciplinary research linked to the Baltic Sea, sustainability challenges and the EU’s strategy for the Baltic Sea Region at Åbo Akademi University will be presented.  How then to translate these facts into practice, will be the topic for a workshop together with a presentation and discussion about outreach of  communication between science, stakeholders and the general public.

The second and the third day will be spent at the Annual Forum. The students will join the ongoing program with presentations, seminars and panel discussions. On the evening of June 16, there will be an official dinner and mingle with all the participants of the annual forum.

A preliminary program for the first day will be published in the beginning of March-

You can read more about the program of the Annual Forum here.


The 11th Annual Forum for the Baltic Sea Region

A meeting to network, discuss and develop the EU's Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

EU flag with clear blue sky.
Photo: Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

The EU has several Macro-Regional strategies for different geographical parts of the union. The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) was the first to have a EU strategy, referred to as the "European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The strategy is built on three pillars; Increased Prosperity, Saving the Sea and Connecting the Region. The strategy is developed by all EU countries with a Baltic Sea coast along with EU neighbours Russia, Belarus, Norway and Iceland. Each year, actors from these countries meet at the Annual Forum, to discuss and develop the strategy, while networking with other stakeholders to strengthen cooperation and ensuring that the strategy's goals are met.

Read more about the EUSBSR.


Practical information

The BUP will cover the costs of accommodation, food and program during the event.

Hostel ship Bore in Turku harbour
Hostel ship s/s Bore in Turku harbour.
Photo: Pontus Ambros

BUP cannot cover the costs of travelling to and from the conference, nor do we have the possibility to cover visa costs or help with booking of tickets. Accepted students have to arrange all travels by themselves. We encourage accepted students to apply for travelling grants from their home universities.

Selected students will be accommodated at Hostel s/s Bore, in the port of Turku, in rooms with 2-3 other students. The first day will be spent at Åbo Akademi University, building Arken, while the Annual Forum will take place at the event hall Logomo.


Travelling to Turku

Turku is located in the south-west corner of Finland, where the river Aura opens out into the Baltic Sea.

Turku cathedral from above.
Photo by Tommi Selander on Unsplash

There are several ways you can reach Turku, listed below are the most common ways.

By train: The trains in Finland are run by the state owned company Valtion Rautatiet (VR). Tickets can be bought directly from their website vr.fi. Turku is also connected by railways to St. Petersburg, through Helsinki.

By bus: Two major bus companies are connecting most of the major cities in Finland as well as St. Petersburg. Those are Onnibus, Matkahuolto and LuxExpress (connecting with Russia).

By ferry: A ferry either travelling over day or overnight, connects both Stockholm and the Åland islands with Turku. The two companies are Viking Line and TallinkSilja. The same companies also offers transportation between Tallinn and Helsinki.

By air: You can fly to Turku from several airports in the region, some are Stockholm, Helsinki, Gdansk, Kaunas and Riga. Use your regular flight scanner to find your trip.

Low-Carbon travels: If possible, try to use a climate friendly of travelling. Avoiding to fly is a great start, since it is one of the most carbon intense means of transportation. Land by buses or trains is in general much less intense, and even the ferry could be a better option in some of the cases.

Travel costs: Please note that BUP cannot cover the costs of travelling to and from the conference, nor do we have the possibility to cover visa costs or help with booking of tickets. Accepted students have to arrange all travels by themselves. We encourage accepted students to apply for travelling grants from their home universities.


Application process

BUP students at the 5th Annual Forum
The BUP students at the 5th Annual Forum in
Turku, 2014. Photo: Pontus Amrbos

The applications to the students event opens on February 18 and closes on March 20 at 23.59 (CET). Each national BUP centre is in charge of selecting the participants based on a set of guidelines. We are strive to create a diverse group with as many member universities represented as possible.

Participants will get a result of their applications at the latest by April 3 2020. Those not accepted will automatically be placed on a waiting list.

Apply here


Contacts

If you have any questions regarding the Annual Forum, you are most welcome to get in touch with us.