Baltic TRAM Placed in the European Science Diplomacy Spotlight

On 14 – 15 May 2018 Baltic TRAM got attention at the second EL-CSID workshop “Diplomacy and Development: Trends and Challenges for Europe and Its Partners” in Brussels organised by Nazarbayev University, in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Results of the 2nd call for research services in the Baltic TRAM project

During the 2nd call, running from November 1st 2017 to April 30th 2018, totally 24 applications for short-term research services were sent in. The applications were submitted by Finnish, Swedish, German and Polish companies (17), which accounts for 70% of all those submitted. The remaining 7 applications came from Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Denmark. During the 2nd call the measurements that would lead to a product development rather than a standardized research were primarily promoted.

IReCs Capacity Building Workshop in Copenhagen

On 19-20th April, the representatives of the Industrial Research Centers (IReCs) gathered for a capacity building workshop in Copenhagen, organized by the University of Turku with the support by the Foundation of Innovative Initiatives and Baltic Development Forum. The workshop was primarily planned as a platform for sharing best marketing practices among the IReCs and for exploring a joint marketing approach for the upcoming 3rd Call for company applications. IReCs had also a chance to discuss how the Network of IReCs could sustain in the future, how to keep the existing network and its accumulated competence and network stock beyond the project's end.

Baltic TRAM Perspective on Innovation Vouchers

Baltic TRAM has the pleasure to present to all interested parties its perspective on innovation vouchers. The Baltic TRAM Briefing Note 1/2018 “Innovation Voucher Landscape” is a concise overview of the existing main funding models followed by an outline of the Baltic TRAM proposed macroregional innovation voucher model.

Highlights of SYNERGI2018 event in Amsterdam

Baltic TRAM among other EU projects dealing with industry and research collaboration has recently supported the discussions at the event SYNERGI2018 - Synchrotron and Neutron Radiation Go Industrial

Latest insights on Analytical Research Infrastructures

Baltic TRAM has recently released a review on regional analytical research facilities, their intermediate and supporting administrative organisations. The publication sheds light on the interactions between the stakeholders and the identified RIS3, clusters and RDI development organisations. The review was prepared by University of Turku in close cooperation with the Baltic TRAM partner organisations.

Baltic TRAM engages in the European discussion on open science in agri-food

Following the Baltic TRAM expressed support for the European Open Science Cloud, the project has sought further ways how to engage in the debate revolving around open science and open innovation. Baltic TRAM recently offered reflections and suggestions to the e-ROSA Vision Paper "Towards an e-infrastrcture for Open Science in Agri-food" serves as one of such specific steps. Baltic TRAM partnership, as an active network interested in further extending its outreach, invites other projects and initiatives to inform about their calls of public consultations on open science, open data and open innovation matters.

Update on the 2nd call for research services

Baltic TRAM’s 2nd call for research services is almost 2/3 of the way through, with a total of 15 companies having applied. Companies from the Baltic Sea Region as well as all across Europe are welcome to apply. Please remember - the call ends April 30th, 2018!

Baltic TRAM Discussed During the Macro-Regional Innovation Week

Baltic TRAM is within the framework of the event focused on Science and Technology (S&T) Knowledge for Policy Support and Collaboration within the EU Macro-Regions linked and the Western Balkans and with a special emphasis on the Smart Specialisation and S&T Support to Policies

Baltic TRAM Support for the European Open Science Cloud

Baltic TRAM´s contribution to the call for support for the EOSC Declaration showcases the project´s recognition that “a long-term, sustainable research infrastructure in Europe requires a strong and flexible governance model based on trust and increasing mutuality”. Baltic TRAM is honoured to advance transnationally such ties in the science – business collaboration.

Baltic TRAM Advances Open Science

The CBSS Baltic Sea Science Day 2018 took place on 25 January 2018 in Turku on the occasion of the 5th Rectors´ Conference of the Baltic University Programme and centenary of Åbo Akademi University.

The future of Baltic TRAM

On 23 January 2018, Baltic TRAM project organized a collaborative workshop to discuss and develop the business model of the Industrial Research Centre (IReC) Network and to reach a common understanding of the strategic corner stones of the forthcoming network collaboration.

Baltic TRAM mid-term conference

On 25-26 October 2017, Baltic TRAM invited industry and other relevant stakeholders to come together at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm to discuss this issue of better cooperation between industry and analytical facilities under the name “Analytical Research for Industry – Novel Options for Enhanced Cooperation”.

Results of the 1st call for research services in the Baltic TRAM project

During the 1st call, which ran from May 1st to October 31st, a total of 24 applications for short-term research services were prepared and submitted. The largest number of the applications was sent in by Finnish companies (11), which accounts for 46% of all those submitted. The remaining 13 applications came from Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Sweden.

Baltic TRAM latest findings on the BSR-wide smart specialisation trends

The earlier BSR Policy Briefing serves as a point of departure for further exploration of country specific trends in view of developing the BSR-wide mapping exercise. The country-specific part of Sweden presented in this research paper outlines the commonalities traceable between Sweden and earlier analysed BSR countries.

Baltic TRAM at European Research Excellence conference

On 12th October 2017, the project partner University of Tartu represented Baltic TRAM at the “European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society” conference in Tallinn, held under the Estonian Presidency of the EU council.

Imaging 2020 workshop in Sønderborg

On 6th October 2017, the project partner Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), organized the “Imaging 2020 - Cutting Edge Imaging Technology for Life Science and Biotech Industry” workshop in Sønderborg. The event was part of a whole week of activities while celebrating SDU at science and cultural center Alsion 10-year anniversary (October 3-7, 2017).

Baltic TRAM presents "Multi-Level Governance of Innovation and Smart Specialisation"

Baltic TRAM presents to the wider audiences its latest study “Multi-Level Governance of Innovation and Smart Specialisation”. The policy-mapping exercise and analysis captured by this publication will guide the project´s forthcoming work in exploring how Baltic TRAM processed business enquiries support the smart specialisation priorities chosen by the regions and countries across the Baltic Sea Region.

Baltic TRAM meets in Kaunas

On 13 – 14 September 2017, Baltic TRAM project partners met in Kaunas in order to discuss the project implementation. Most of the discussions revolved around the first project results to be presented during the Baltic TRAM Mid-Term Conference “Analytical Research for Industry – Novel Options for Enhanced Cooperation” scheduled on 25 – 26 October 2017 to take place in Stockholm at the helm of the CBSS Swedish Presidency.

Baltic TRAM maps smart specialisation landscape of the Baltic Sea Region

Baltic TRAM partners in close cooperation with the members of Baltic TRAM High Level Group have prepared an overview of innovation and smart specialisation transnational landscape based on a nuanced analysis of key national policy documents and implementation structures.

Apply now!

Baltic TRAM is in the midst of its first open call, continually reviewing applications from companies, looking to access free analytical research.

Analytical Research for Industry - Novel Options for Enhanced Cooperation

Baltic TRAM is organizing a conference on a better cooperation between industry and analytical facilities on 25-26 October 2017 in Stockholm. The event will be arranged under the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

Baltic TRAM predecessor among finalists for RegioStars Awards 2017

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region project Science Link, Baltic TRAM’s predecessor, is nominated for the RegioStars Awards 2017 as one of Europe’s most inspiring and innovative regional projects.

Baltic TRAM at NIBS conference

On 15th June 2017, the project partner Kaunas Science and Technology Park represented Baltic TRAM at the international conference “Nanotechnology and Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region (NIBS)” in Kaunas, Lithuania, to introduce the project itself and promote the ongoing open call for companies to access free analytical research in the Baltic Sea region.

Open Call for Companies to Access Free Analytical Research

The Baltic TRAM project offers companies free access to state-of-the-art analytical research facilities across the Baltic Sea Region, providing technical and scientific expertise to help solve challenges associated with developing new products or services. The project now accepts applications.

Baltic TRAM Engages in the Baltic 2030 Consultation

Baltic TRAM has shown its commitment to the comprehensive approach of macro-regional advancement of innovation by taking part in the public consultation, aimed at gathering input for the Baltic 2030 Action Plan. This Action Plan will explain the macro-regional approach towards implementation of the globally defined Agenda 2030.

Baltic TRAM Discussions Ahead of the Operational Phase of the Industrial Research Centres

On 15 – 16 March 2017, the Third Baltic TRAM Partner Meeting took place at the European Spallation Source (ESS) construction site in Lund, Sweden, against the backdrop of the recently launched Finnish call for measurements.

Finland Opens First Baltic TRAM Call for Measurements

The Finnish partners: University of Turku and regional development agency Kainuun Etu Oy, has launched the first call for measurements in Baltic TRAM

Baltic Sea Science Day Paves the Way for Enhanced Science and Research Cooperation

On 8 February 2017, the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) held its first conference Baltic Sea Science Day,

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation consultations with Baltic TRAM

On 9 November 2016, the CBSS Secretariat hosted a meeting of the Baltic TRAM partners and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission.

Research and Business: Need for Concrete Actions

On 9th November 2016 in Stockholm, the project BalticTRAM hosted the session Achieving knowledge-driven innovation and growth in the Baltic Sea Region.

The First Baltic TRAM High Level Group Meeting

The first meeting of Baltic TRAM High Level Group took place on 27 October 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. This fora, chaired by the CBSS Secretariat´s Deputy Director General Bernd Hemingway, was formed right after the first CBSS Science Ministerial. It assembles the national managing authorities of research, science and innovation policies, as well as distinguished experts of analytical facilities.

How to turn Europe’s large research infrastructures into engines of innovation

Europe has the opportunity to enhance its innovation capacity by strengthening cooperation between analytical research institutes and companies, providing industry with new ways to access expertise and powerful state of the art machines

Timely Need to Intensify Scientific and Industrial Collaboration

On 22nd September, Baltic TRAM organised a panel discussion titled “Northern European Excellence and Innovation Cluster at the Fehmarnbelt Days 2016, a regional platform for the stakeholders from the emerging Fehmarnbelt Region and beyond.

CBSS Science Ministerial

On 16 June 2016, the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) held the first CBSS Science Ministerial in Kraków, Poland. The Chair´s Conclusions state support for Baltic TRAM.

Project kick-off

On 7-8 March in Zeuthen/Berlin, the international project Baltic TRAM (Transnational Research in the Macroregion) held it’s kick-off, marking the start of a wide range of activities to be implemented throughout the Baltic Sea Region over the next three years. The meeting gathered 16 project partners, associated organisations and guests from the region and beyond.

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