The Baltic Sea Centre focuses on the environmental challenges of the Baltic Sea through an interdisciplinary approach and contributes with knowledge to authorities and other organisations working with marine governance and management. We support and develop Stockholm University's marine operations by providing infrastructure such as field stations, ships and marine modeling for research and education. In addition to our Baltic Sea focus, we are also assigned to be a unifying external force for marine research from all disciplines at the university, among other things by offering expertise in communication and external analysis of important political processes related to marine environmental issues.
We have several special appointed assignments together with other universities and regional water management actors.
Bridging the gap between science and policy
The Baltic Sea is one of the world's most polluted seas - but also one of the most studied. The scientific knowledge about this sensitive and unique marine environment is constantly being replenished with new findings, but only a fraction of this reaches the society's decision-makers. This is partly due to the fact that science and policy do not speak the same language.
Bridging the gap between science and policy is necessary to give future generations the opportunity to enjoy a healthy and thriving sea.
Within the Baltic Sea Centre's policy activities, researchers, external analysts and communicators work together to ensure that relevant research on the Baltic Sea reaches decision-makers both in the Baltic Sea region and in the EU.
We work extensively with connecting researchers and decision-makers and communicate the latest knowledge.
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A new center based on many years of experience
Stockholm University Baltic Sea Center was established on 1 January 2013, and is a merge of the international collaboration Baltic Nest Institute, BNI, and the former Stockholm University Marine Research Center (SMF) with the Askö Laboratory.
In February 2013, the Baltic Sea Center entered into a strategic partnership with the BalticSea2020 foundation to create Baltic Eye - with focus on action-oriented analysis, synthesis and communication. In addition the centre would also administrate the strategic research program Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management.
It was decided that the Baltic Nest Institute, BNI, would remain as an identifiable entity and retain its international board. Stockholm University's marine research center was closed down with the University Board's decision, but operations, including the Askö Laboratory, would continue within the new Baltic Sea Center.
Building on previous organisations
SMF was the organisation that managed the faculty's infrastructure resources for marine research; the Askö Laboratory field station and various ships and measuring instruments. SMF also has a long collaboration in communication, especially with Umeå Marine Research Center, and a number of products have been created within this partnership, such as the web portal havet.nu and the journal Havsutsikt. These and other products will increase knowledge and interest in marine and marine research for a broad target group. SMF also work with regional environmental analysis, especially on the Svealand coast's archipelago environment, where it is often data from environmental monitoring that is analyzed for a better understanding of the state of the sea.
BNI works with a decision support system for taking measures on the Baltic eutrophication. These are interconnected numerical models and databases, which have been developed within a major research project, which also includes the catchment area and the atmosphere. The modeling tool has been used to calculate the emission reductions that the Baltic Sea countries must make in order to achieve agreed environmental goals. This is summarized in the Baltic Sea Action Plan, which was signed by the ministers of all countries in 2013. The Swedish Maritime Administration annually finances BNI so that the modeling tool can continue to be developed as new knowledge emerges. BNI is a separate unit within Baltic Sea Centre and its researchers participate in a number of national and international research projects on the Baltic Sea's environmental problems and the consequences of various action alternatives.
An important addition to the operations
In 2013, the agreement was also signed for the strategic partnership Baltic Eye with the Baltic Sea 2020 foundation. This could be described as a "science for policy" communications project which led to the special recruitment of researches, communications officers and advocacy officers that were to work together to provide decision-makers with scientific knowledge on pressing issues for the Baltic Sea.
In 2020, we will continue with research and education, communication and external analysis and to offer infrastructure for marine research. The work model that developed within the Baltic Eye is now included in all these areas, as well as the people who have been associated with the project.
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Baltic Breakfast and other events
Baltic Breakfast is a series of short breakfast seminars organised by Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre. They are always live-streamed and can be viewed afterwards online. Most Breakfasts are held in Swedish, but occasionally we also direct them towards an international audience. Sometimes we arrange open meetings or seminars in English, click below if you would like to get invitations to these events.
Last updated: June 30, 2021