The Baltic Sea Centre's activities are largely based on collaboration with other experts, organisations and interactions with the society, working together to improve environmental conditions. Welcome to contact us with ideas for collaboration!
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
The Baltic Sea Centre performs several special cooperation assignments for Stockholm University and works to promote cooperation between researchers, institutions and the surrounding society.
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 several departments at Stockholm University. Together, they form the Baltic Sea Fellows network, with the ambition to promote interdisciplinary collaborations in various ways between the participating researchers and also between the departments.
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.
Baltic Sea Science Center at Skansen
At the popular tourist venue Skansen, a Science Center was built in 2019 with the Baltic Sea in focus. The goal of this Baltic Sea Science Center 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.
said Stockholm University's vice chancellor Astrid Söderbergh Widding at the inauguration.
The Baltic Sea Centre is responsible for the University'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 Baltic Sea Centre is involved in several long-term collaborations and partnerships, at both regional, national and international levels.
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 water-associated 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 make 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' 3intergovernmental 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.
The Baltic Sea Centre and Stockholm University are involved in several collaborations with other key research institutions where expertise from different disciplines is used to develop a broad knowledge base on how the Baltic Sea environment is changing and how management can best be supported. Examples of these collaborations are:
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, 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 policy- and decision support 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.
The Centre for Coastal Ecosystem and Climate Change Research (CoastClim) is based on the strategic cooperation Baltic Bridge. Through the collaboration within CoastClim, marine ecosystem and climate change research is strenghtened between universities. The multidisciplinary research team of CoastClim brings together a cutting-edge of expertise in marine ecology, biogeochemistry, atmospheric sciences, and ecosystem modelling.
Last updated: December 5, 2022
Source: Baltic Sea Centre