The Baltic Sea Centre's activities are largely based on collaboration with other experts, organisations and interactions with the society. Welcome to contact us with ideas for collaboration!
Working together to improve environmental conditions
Our activities include a number of collaborative assignments, both together with other universities and experts or with organisations and partners from other parts of society. The main target of all projects are that they lead to more knowledge, the smarter decision-making and a better marine environment.
Special assignments by Stockholm University
Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment
The Institute of Marine Environment is a collaboration between several universities. It is assigned by the government to provide an overall picture of the environmental condition in the sea. Since 2016, the work includes the University of Gothenburg, Umeå University, Stockholm University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnaeus University. The Baltic Sea Centre is responsible for Stockholm's participation in the collaboration.
Strategic funding for Baltic Sea research
On behalf of the scientific field, the Baltic Sea Centre manages the strategic funds for Baltic Sea research. These fund a number of assistant professors and postdoctoral fellows at various departments at SU. Together, they form the Baltic Sea Fellows network, with the ambition to promote collaborations in various ways between the participating researchers and also between the departments.
Baltic Sea Science Centre at Skansen
At the popular tourist venue Skansen, a Science Centre was built in 2019 with the Baltic Sea in focus. The goal of the Baltic Sea Science Centre is to create a world-class educational centre, give visitors an insight into what the Baltic Sea looks like below the surface - and how we can tackle the challenges that exist.
"This is an important arena for reaching out widely with research results", says Stockholm University's vice chancellor Astrid Söderbergh Widding at the inauguration.
The Baltic Sea Centre is responsible for the Universiry's representation in the expert council that decides on updates and changes in the content of the exhibitions, aquaria halls and special educational activities.
The Svealand Coastal Water Association
The Svealand Coastal Water Association is a non-profit organisation that works with coastal water issues in the region. The union's members include 22 municipalities, three county administrative boards and two regions, as well as a number of companies. The association's environmental analysis function is located at Stockholm University and consists of researchers and environmental analysts from the Baltic Sea Centre and the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. In addition to the scientific contribution, we are the editor of the annual report "Svealandskusten" and the website Svealandskusten.se, which presents information and monitoring data from the region.
Editorial office for national marine news
For many years, we have served environmental managers and governers, schools and the general public with easily accessible knowledge and the latest news from Swedish marine research through the Swedish products:
Since 2019, this extensive communication collaboration has been run by Sweden's largest marine universities; University of Gothenburg, Stockholm University, Umeå University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences together with the Institute of the Marine Environment Institute. At Stockholm University, the editorial staff consists of Communication officers and researchers at the Baltic Sea Centre.
Helcom - environmental convention for the Baltic Sea region
The international work within the Baltic Sea countries' intergovernmental organisation Helsinki Commission (Helcom) is supported by scientific data through results from models and databases. With funding from the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, the Baltic Sea Centre's group for marine modeling, the Baltic Nest Institute, is an important part of this support. Among other things, their models form the basis for the guideline values on how large reductions in nutrient outputs all Baltic Sea countries need to achieve in order to meet the Baltic Sea Action Plan targets. The focus for the modeling has mainly been on eutrophication, but today it also includes environmental pollutants.
Baltic Bridge - a strategic SWE-FIN partnership
Collaboration between researchers at the University of Helsinki and Stockholm University has historical roots and since 2014 there has also been a strategic partnership between the two University boards. The Baltic Sea Centre has an important and growing research collaboration with the researchers at Tvärminne Zoological Field Station, that belongs to the University of Helsinki. Baltic Sea research at the two universities complements each other and through the collaboration, the chain from basic research to science for good decisions is strengthened. During 2021, this partnership is intensified with a focus on developing infrastructure at both Universities and include more atmospheric- and climate research into the marine field.
Last updated: June 15, 2021