Baltic Sea Creative Dialogue in Gdańsk

The Baltic Sea Region is home to a large number of diverse, exciting and challenging cultural and creative initiatives. They are diverse in the sense, that they reflect our modern, international and culturally manifold societies. Exciting in terms of the potential to engage participants, to fascinate them with interesting new perspectives and challenging in the sense, that they constantly want to move forward, challenge established value systems and make progress towards a more equal, tolerant and conscious world we live in.

Keeping that in mind, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk and the Ars Baltica network would like to follow up on what they previously announced: 2017 and 2018 can be the game-changing years for showcasing the value and driving force of the arts and culture for strengthening our societies in a sustainable way. They are convinced that cultural players can have a significant impact on more sustainable societies and raise awareness about an issue that has an influence on all of us.

That is why the organisers invite everyone to Creative Dialogue in Gdańsk, Poland on March 15th. Together they would like to provide the space for learning about your innovative projects with an international scope, your ideas and where we might be able to create synergies on a Baltic Sea Region level. If you’re interested in participating, please follow this link to register! The registration is open until next week.

Source: ars-baltica.net

“Be Smart, Think Blue” conference in Gdansk

The Maritime Institute in Gdańsk and the Pomorskie in the EU Associations, project partners of the Smart Blue Regions project, in cooperation with the national contact point (NCP) networks BioHorizon and ETNAplus, are organising the „Be Smart, Think Blue“ conference on the 19th and 20th September 2016 in Gdansk.

Three projects, namely the Smart Blue Regions Interreg BSR project (Smart specialisation and Blue Growth in the Baltic Sea Region) and the two European NCP network projects BioHorizon (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) and ETNAplus (Smart, green and integrated transport), have joined forces to strengthen Europe’s capacity for efficient Blue Growth.

Smart specialisation is a key concept for boosting innovation around the EU. Understanding the role of smart specialisation in enhancing the European Blue Growth sector is a prerequisite to making the most of the sea of opportunities open to stakeholders. In addition to regional specialisation and funding, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, provides several funding opportunities for marine and maritime R&I projects on a European scale. Creating synergies between all available funding sources is the ultimate goal of the “BE SMART – THINK BLUE” event.

The aim of the overall two-day event is to create an inspiring space and encourage a spirit of effective cooperation amongst blue growth actors from across Europe.

For more information including the programme and registration form, please visit the official registration website.

Source: http://www.submariner-network.eu/index.php/projects/smartblueregions/smart-blue-regions-news/148-save-the-date-be-smart-think-blue-conference-in-gdansk

212 concept notes submitted in the second call within BSR Programme

Second call for proposals in the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme attracted as many as 212 project concept notes covering all ll themes of the Programme priorities “innovation” (98 concept notes), “natural resources” (67) and “sustainable transport” (47). The majority of the concept notes were submitted by project lead applicants from Finland (60), Germany (41), Estonia (26) and Poland (25). Project applicants represent all Programme countries.

The concept notes will be evaluated for further consideration by autumn 2016. The final decision on the approval of project proposals is expected early next year.

More information about the results can be found here.