“Researchers probably often ask themselves why political decisions turn out the way they do, but do not realise the breadth that the politicians have to deal with. We have found that the scientific knowledge about the Baltic Sea is often very low”, says Helena Markstedt, head of communications at Baltic Eye at the Baltic Sea Centre, Stockholm University.

Baltic Eye seeks to remedy this lack of knowledge. The aim is to provide decision-makers at various levels with scientific knowledge to support political decisions concerning the Baltic Sea, but also to inform those working with Baltic Sea management and, in some cases, the public. The following areas are in focus: reduced eutrophication, sustainable fishing, non-toxic environment, and biodiversity.

Baltic Eye is a “scientific think-tank” that hopes to inspire other fields of research to start similar projects. It employs both communicators and researchers.

The areas of expertise of Baltic Eye’s researchers include biogeochemistry, agronomy, ecotoxicology, marine biology, and ecology. They network with other researchers and keep abreast of research on the marine environment of the Baltic Sea, both at Stockholm University and elsewhere in Sweden and abroad. The researchers are involved in a few research projects themselves, but their main task is to ensure that the research conducted by others reaches an audience.