Christmas letter from the BUP Director
The year 2021 and the 30th anniversary of the BUP is drawing to a close, as we approach the end of this year. What a year it has been at the BUP! With a new Strategy for 2021-2025 and the Action Plan 2021 fulfilled - and even with more tasks conducted than we promised - we can look back at 2021 and be proud of what have been achieved. This year has been an extraordinary year, with several new projects and platforms being under development which are about to be implemented.
Our Space Bridge 2.0 series has proved a worthy addition to the BUP calendar and has allowed us to present a range of interesting and uniquely regional perspectives on sustainability in the Baltic Sea region (BSR). No doubt our increasingly adept online skills as a result of the pandemic have boosted their success. The BUP Course Platform is under development as well as 15 online courses, related to the BUP 10 Themes and our team of E-tutors are supporting the transformation to online education. The students conference, PhD Training, PhD award, scientific Symposium, two special issues in scientific journals, Supervisor Collegium and the projects Climate Change curricula, Digital at home, Sustainability at BUP Universities and Quality Assurance have been running despite the Covid-situation. And the student representatives and their parliament are now more dynamic since we launched the BUP Student Ambassadors.
It is important to stress that the conducted as well as the upcoming planned projects are designed together with and for colleagues and students at our Participating Universities. The BUP is all about internationalisation in practice. One of the key issues in realising the practice, is the way we work and co-operate. The BUP working model stresses the importance of designing inter disciplinary and intercultural TEAMS of colleagues from the participating universities to work in co-operation. Colleagues from different disciplines and academic cultures contribute with their knowledge in developing courses, course material, running projects as well as conducting research - in CO-OPERATION.
Since four years back there is a steady trend that we increase the number of universities in the Programme, from 62 universities in 2017 to current 96. For 2021 we had 11 new universities who joined. For 2022 we already have some universities that have shown an interest to be a part of the Programme, it looks that we will probably pass 100 universities in near future. This proof the relevance of the Programme as well as the potential for development. I am convinced that the Programme is heading into the upcoming years strongly and will continue to be one of the biggest and most sustainable - over time - university co-operations in the world!
Now when 2021 turns to 2022 we are ready to evaluate, follow up, plan for new academic events and projects, we can mention three coming academic events: Rectors´ conference in September in Uppsala, Master Thesis Training in April in Riga and Science and Sail - summer school in July in Kaliningrad.
Thank you all for this wonderful year. It is an honor to work and collaborate with you colleagues and students. Thanks´ to: all participating universities, the Rectors and the colleagues being our contact persons, the National Centres and Centre Directors, the Associated Secretariats, the colleagues at the coordinating secretariat, and all active researchers, teachers and students engaged in different roles in projects and different academic events – the BUP exists because of your engagement.
As always, you as BUP colleagues and students are welcome to contribute with your ideas and knowledge in designing our common BUP future. The coordinating secretariat is eager to start collaborations for 2022!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Madeleine Granvik, Director, Associate Professor
News from 2022
Research Notes Letter vol. 5, issue 2
We present Research Notes Letter vol. 5, issue 1. This publication includes abstracts on some of the most recent publications concerning the Baltic Sea Region and our ten BUP themes. This issue of the Research Notes Letter contains 15 scientific abstracts on current research conducted at the BUP participating universities.
Call for applications to the BUP Master Thesis Training
The Master Thesis Training is an opportunity for master students to get supervision from an expert from a BUP participating university. This training offers an interdisciplinary learning experience, with sustainability as a shared concept.
New Centre Director Czech Republic
We welcome Ivana Adamiková, M.Sc, Director of the Center for international cooperation at University of Ostrava as our new Centre Director in Czech Republic. Ivana has shared with us some thoughts about her new position as well as her past experiences that can benefit her work.
The BUP book Celebration of three decades is now available
In 2021, The Baltic University Programme celebrated its 30-year anniversary. To mark this occation the BUP Coordinating Secretariat, with the help of students and scholars, have created the book Celebration of three decades.
The BUP PhD Award 2022 winners
We proudly presented the winners of the BUP PhD Award 2022: Ignė Stalmokaitė in the reserach area Social Sciences and Humanities and Krzysztof Piotrowski in the reserach area Natural Sciences, Technology and Engineering. The winners receive a prize in the form of a diploma and support of up to a maximum of 1000 Euro for either attending a scientific conference or publishing in a peer-review scientific journal.
Application open for internship during spring 2023
The Baltic University Programme's Coordinating Secretariat now welcome applications for the position as intern during spring 2023. Offering internships is one way that the BUP strives towards supporting students in their first career steps.
First course on the BUP Course Platform
The BUP Coordinating Secretariat are happy to announce that we have now published our first massive open online course (MOOC) on the BUP Course Platform. The course Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region is now available as a self-paced and free of charge course.
International Tourism Congress ITC2022
The ITC2022 is organized by the Faculty of Geographical Sciences, University of Lodz in cooperation with CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation, with financial support from the BUP. ITC2022 will be held on 17-19 November 2022 at University of Lodz.
Applications open for Student Ambassadors autumn 2022
The BUP Coordinating Secretariat calls for students and PhD students at BUP participating universities, who are interested in becoming Student Ambassadors during the autumn term of 2022. As a Student Ambassador, you are asked to promote BUP as an organisation and our events and activities among your fellow students and academic staff.
Research Notes Letter vol. 5, issue 1
We present Research Notes Letter vol. 5, issue 1. This publication includes abstracts on some of the most recent publications concerning the Baltic Sea Region and our ten BUP Themes. This issue of the Research Notes Letter contains 16 scientific abstracts on current research conducted at the BUP participating universities.
International conference “Sustainable Consumption and Production: How to Make it Possible”
Institute of Environmental Engineering at Kaunas University of Technology in cooperation with BUP invites you to the 4th international conference “Sustainable Consumption and Production: How to Make it Possible”. During the conference it is intended for researchers to examine the challenges arising when transforming economy and societies according to the European Green Deal roadmap.
BUP PhD Students Training 2022
The BUP announces the 2022 PhD Students Training that will take place 23-27 November 2022 at Lodz University of Technology, Poland. The participants will have different nationalities and academic backgrounds: Engineering, Social Sciences/Humanities and of Life Sciences/Environmental Sciences. The program of the training includes: lectures, workshops, students’ presentations of PhD work, individual consultancies of PhD work with international experts.
Applications open for BUP PhD workshop
The workshop “Societies, Cultures, Critical Theories” aims at strengthening collaboration and find novel ways of interaction between PhD students from participating universities of The Baltic University Programme (BUP), in the name of supporting the key role that universities play in a democratic, peaceful and sustainable development. Deadline for applications is 22 August 2022.
BUP Annual Report 2021
In the 2021 Annual Report you can read more about our Space Bridges 2.0, the BUP Symposium 2021, the BUP course platform, the Digital at home project, the Student Ambassadors, the Secretariats and so much more.
New student representatives
During the BUP student conference the participating student made their voices heard and voted for two new student representatives for the the BUP international board. The students that were elected are Tereza Homolova from University of Ostrava and Seymur Ingilabli from University of Lodz. They have both shared with us their thoughts and aims with their new roles.
BUP Symposium 2022
The BUP announces the Symposium 2022 that will be held 8-9 November online via Zoom. Day 1 will feature oral presentations from researchers from BUP participating universities in the Baltic Sea Region. Day 2 will feature sessions that focuses on research matchmaking.
ESD Science Lab 2022 for BUP teachers
The Baltic University Programme (BUP) calls for applicants to an exciting research professional development opportunity for BUP teachers that are interested in publishing their most recent work in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
New Centre Director in Estonia
We welcome Tiina Elvisto, PhD, Associate Professor at Tallinn University as our new Centre Director in Estonia. Tiina has shared with us some thoughts about her new position as well as her history with The Baltic University Programme.
New Ukrainian colleague
This week the Coordinating Secretariat in Uppsala has welcomed our new colleague Lidiia Hryniv to the office. Lidiia is a Doctor of economic sciences and Professor of Ivan Franko Lviv National University.
Internship announcement for Ukrainian students
Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, The Baltic University Programme (BUP) wishes to aid one Ukrainian student by offering an internship during the spring and summer of 2022 at the Coordinating secretariat of the programme located at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Internship announcement for autumn 2022
The Baltic University Programme (BUP) would like to support students in their first career steps. Therefore, we wish to welcome students from the BUP participating universities to apply for an internship during the autumn of 2022 at the Coordinating secretariat of the programme located at Uppsala University, Sweden.
The BUP 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.
Support Ukrainian scientists abroad
The BUP Associate Secretariat at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, has started an initiative titled "Baltic Science Bridge". The idea is to provide support to Ukrainian scholars and scientists unable to work in the country due to the war, with an opportunity to live and perform some academic work in a Baltic Sea country which is not part of the conflict. All BUP member universities are invited to join and offer this extremely vital support.
Statement regarding the current war in Ukraine
This is to inform all BUP colleagues about the current situation for the Baltic University Programme (BUP) as an organisation in light of the war in Ukraine.
The BUP PhD Award 2022
The nomination for the Baltic University Programme (BUP) PhD Award 2022 is now open. The BUP supports high-quality research promoting sustainable development in a Baltic Sea region context. The award is established in two research areas: (1) Natural Sciences, Technology and Engineering and (2) Social Sciences and Humanities.
Looking for teachers in Sustainable Tourism
Currently, the BUP is updating the course material focusing on developing course modules connected to the BUP Themes. They are designed and will be offered as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). This means that they are accessed independent of time and place, as a full self-paced learning distance courses.
Support for young scholars
This year, we will support young scholars - PhD students, PhDs that have newly defended their thesis (max 2 years ago) and post doc. fellows - by inviting you to present your research at the BUP Symposium fall 2022 and give you the opportunity to publish a full paper in any of our special issues that BUP is the guest editor of.
Call for application to host a BUP event
This year BUP has an opportunity to give support to colleagues at BUP participating universities that are ready to host and organise a BUP academic event/activity that is of interest and relevance to sustainability and a Baltic Sea Region perspective, and that encourage interdisciplinary co-operations.
Announcing the BUP's Rector's conference 2022
This year the BUP and Uppsala University have the pleasure to welcome the Rectors of our participating universities to the 6th BUP Rectors Conference. This recurrent event is aimed to gather the rectors to discuss issues of strategic importance for the universities: Sustainability, Internationalisation and Quality Assurance.
New participating university: Zaporizhzhia National University
We are glad to announce that our programme is growing with new participating university, as Zaporizhzhia National University, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine joins the programme.