Baltic Sea Centre - a connecting node for marine research

The Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre conducts research to support the management of the Baltic Sea, transmits useful scientific knowledge to the right place in society and provide essential infrastructure for marine monitoring, research and education.

Our research is organized along four major themes: eutrophication, marine ecology and biodiversity, fish and fisheries and environmental contaminants. In general, we apply a regional earth system approach addressing the watersheds, airsheds and marine basins of the Baltic Sea to scale the effects of natural and human drivers on the Baltic Sea ecosystem.

Our researchers work with management and policy relevant issues, in close cooperation with a wide network of colleagues both in Sweden and internationally. Currently our researchers are involved in four EU projects, of which three are part of the BONUS programme. The continuous dialogue and close collaboration with authorities, organizations and policy makers at various levels, is highly prioritized.

A prominent example is our close collaboration with HELCOM where our researchers at the Baltic Nest Institute (BNI) contributed significantly to the Baltic Sea Action Plan. Our researchers in the Baltic Eye team collaborate closely with communicators to develop and disseminate knowledge and further promote scientifically based decisions aimed at improving the Baltic Sea environment.

Finally, our researchers are involved in basic research studies ranging from exploring the role of the coastal zone in the functioning of the Baltic Sea ecosystem to open sea filed studies addressing major biogeochemical cycles, food web issues, marine habitats and the fate of contaminants.

To promote basic marine research at the Stockholm University level we run the field station Askö Laboratory. Our new research vessel will be finished next year and the strategic partnership with the Tvärminne Zoological station (Helsinki University) constitutes an international research platform fostering international field campaigns. 

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We conduct research

Our researchers work with management- and policy relevant issues, always in close cooperation with a wide network of colleagues both in Sweden and internationally.

Bojen sjösätts av Askös personal

We provide infrastructure for research

One of our most important assignments is to provide, maintain and develop physical resources for marine research, monitoring and education.


We communicate research

At the Baltic Sea Centre communicators and experts collaborate to help society handle its marine environmental problems. We synthesise and distribute scientific results to the right target audience in our society.

Östersjöcentrum analyserar och syntetiserar forskning

We analyse and synthesise research

The Baltic Sea Centre aims at giving support to decision makers and managers with syntheses and analyses of current marine research.

Östersjöcentrum samlar forskning

We gather research

Stockholm University has a long tradition of marine research. The Baltic Sea Centre was founded to strengthen and improve the visibility of marine research and current projects at the university.


We fund research

The Baltic Sea Centre is assigned to administer the University's government grant for strategic and interdisciplinary Baltic Sea research.


We offer ground resources ...

One of the Baltic Centre's main tasks is to provide, develop and maintain expensive physical and financial resources for marine research.

... and convey useful knowledge

Another important task is to make research results and information available for those who work with management as well as and other interested parties.