On 8 February 2017, the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) held its first conference Baltic Sea Science Day, linked to the historic date of establishment of one of the first academies of science in the Baltic Sea Region in 1724 in St Petersburg. The conference was co-organised together with the Council of the Rectors of St. Petersburg and the Russian Academy of Science.

The conference dedicated to the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda gathered approximately 130 participants representing the leading universities and research centres based in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR), such as the University of Turku, DESY, European XFEL, Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON), University of Latvia, University of Warsaw, as well as managing authorities responsible for science, research and innovation policies and cooperation programmes on the European, transnational and national levels, such as the European Commission´s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Russian Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, BONUS, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science, Lithuanian Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) and Swedish Institute.

During the Baltic Sea Science Day two cornerstone projects – Baltic Science Network (BSN) and Baltic TRAM were introduced to the wider Russian and international audiences. Moreover, the conference provided an appropriate space for the dialogue between different cooperation platforms of the BSR, experts and partner organisations, paving the way for future long-term cooperation in the field of science and innovation in the BSR, contributing to the visibility of the BSR as the leading science-research-innovation area both on a European and global scale.

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