Tallinn, 16 November 2017: Baltic Science Network´s second phase of implementation will be guided by the encouraging words offered both by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission. Namely, Wolfgang Burtscher, representing DG RTD, brought the audience´s attention to the simple fact that Europe´s talent pool is everywhere. However, unlocking its full potential requires time due to the fact that networking and finding the most appropriate cooperation partners is not a speedy process. Rudolf Niessler, representing DG REGIO, noted the importance of further supporting the engagement of researchers and enterprises in the international communities of innovators, which shape the overall understanding of technological development.
Ambassador Maira Mora, Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, commended the first implementation phase of the Baltic Science Network, and invited the Network members to bear in mind the findings of Baltic TRAM and BONUS, once evaluating potential new measures to enhance the Baltic Sea Region´s research excellence potential.
Klaus von Lepel, BSN Project Director, presented a standpoint of an institution representing the EU15 grouping. He recognised the intertwined character of research advancement by outlining that the EU13 challenges are not just an EU13 issue but also an EU15 issue. Obviously, the EU15 institutions are interested in benefiting from cooperation with EU-based institutions embodying growing research competitiveness and renowned expertise.