2011-12-07 - 2011-12-07
The BONUS projects ECOSUPPORT and RECOCA invites scientists and stakeholders to a conference on "An outlook to the future Baltic Sea: how can we reach the targets of the Baltic Sea Action Plan?"More informationPresentationsBelow you can download all the presentations held at the Stakeholder conference, kindly provided by the speakers.HELCOM: Visions of a healthy Baltic Sea: Gabriella Lindholm, Chair HELCOM, Swedish Ministry of the Environment , SwedenIntroduction of RECOCA and ECOSUPPORT: Christoph Humborg, Baltic Nest Institute (BNI), Stockholm University, Sweden and Markus Meier, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), SwedenHow did the Baltic Sea become eutrophic? Bo Gustafsson, BNI, Stockholm University, SwedenCosts to reduce nutrient loads to the Baltic Sea - some scenarios: Berit Hasler, BNI, National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), Aarhus University, DenmarkAgricultural hot spots of nutrient leakage in the Baltic Sea catchment: Hans Estrup Andersen, BNI, NERI, Aarhus University, DenmarkNew data from RECOCA available in the NEST data base for the Baltic Sea catchment: Christoph Humborg and Alexander Sokolov, BNI, Stockholm University, SwedenWhat science may and may not have to offer for the marine management: Jan Marcin Weslawski, Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
2011-12-05 - 2011-12-06
The RECOCA and ECOSUPPORT projects are concerned with the environmental health of the Baltic Sea, today and into the future. The projects have, with slightly different scientific focus, dealt with ecosystem-based environmental management of the Baltic Sea to combat eutrophication, ranging from abatements in the catchment area of the Baltic Sea to the resulting marine status of such abatements, now and in projected IPCC climate-change scenarios. Due to the mutual scientific interests, a joint final conference has been planned in order to share and discuss the main scientific findings of ECOSUPPORT and RECOCA. Time will also be allocated to project specific discussions and preparations of final commitments, reporting etc.
2011-11-16 - 2011-11-17
November 16-17, the conference "The Baltic Sea Region - on its way to the world’s first EcoRegion? - Success stories and future challenges" will be held in Gdynia, bringing together regional practitioners, sectoral experts and policy makers. Henrik Österblom, researcher at the Baltic Nest Institute, is invited as one of the key speakers at the conference with his presentation "The Baltic Sea Region – A model region for sustainable development?"BackgroundSince early 2009, sector networks as well as numerous regions from around the Baltic Sea have jointly worked within the project EcoRegion to improve sustainable development at a regional level. The project, led by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, is a Baltic 21 Lighthouse Project as well as a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.AimOn 16 November 2011, the conference will bring together regional practitioners, sectoral experts and policy makers to:Present and discuss the above findingsAdopt the Gdynia Declaration with recommendations for future policy actions on sustainable developmentPromote and facilitate exchange of existing good practices in the BSRPresent the “Best EcoRegion Good Practice” awardOn 17 November 2011, all conference participants are invited to join the study tour to Hel Peninsula. Here they will have the opportunity to learn from selected regional good practices concerning sustainable development.Registration: open until October 31, 2011. Please register here.Location: Gdynia Innovation Centre, Al. Zwyciestwa 96/98, Gdynia, Poland
2011-11-08 - 2011-11-08
This event aims to ensure that the strong and transparent dialogue continues between BONUS´s forward-looking, regional research and development programme and the European community.Charged with common European values, and through the questions of interest, the event will provide examples of how Baltic Sea top science plays a role in key policy processes of relevance also to the Brussels and wider European community.Q & A panelA questions and answers panel addressing topics related to the top Baltic Sea research will convene in Brussels on 8 November 2011. The latest knowledge produced by the BONUS+ projects that are ending in 2011 will be at the centre stage. Questions are invited in advance from the European Community. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions that you would like to get answers to related to the latest Baltic Sea research.For example, why is it important to conserve the biodiversity in the Baltic Sea? What are the predictions in terms of the sea level, temperature, salinity and oxygen conditions for a 100 years from now?  How have we succeeded in untangling the effects of eutrophication and climate change in the Baltic? Will the whole Baltic Sea be dead in year 2020? And many more. Email your questions to by 4 November 2011 and we will answer them during the event or online. From 24 October 2011 onwards, also breifings from each BONUS+ project will be available on the BONUS website summarising the key results and hopefully enticing futher questions from the EU community.Also the BONUS thematic call opening in December 2011 will be introduced and the BONUS strategic research agenda for the years 2011-2017 made available for the participants.Who should attend:  You and those members of the European community who have a stake in efforts that aim to ensure a better future for the Baltic Sea region e.g. members of the European Parliament, staff from the EU Directorate Generals dealing with marine and maritime issues and other actors who work closely with BONUS or other regional research programmes and want to learn more about the latest Baltic Sea research results. Participants will have an opportunity to:ask questions they want about the latest research related to the Baltic Sea regiongain a good insight into the 16 individual BONUS+ projects through the discussion, posters and briefingsdiscuss strategic and practical implications of the Balti Sea researchobtain information about the future research agenda and activities of BONUSWe look forward to welcoming you to the BONUS seminar in Brussels.
2011-10-25 - 2011-10-26
Since the Baltic Sea Region re-established itself 20 years ago, regional cooperation has been driven by high political and economic ambitions. The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was introduced in 2009 to address key challenges and untapped potential of this large region, covering about one third of the total area of the EU. To ensure that the Strategy succeeds in taking cooperation in the Region to higher level, new ambitions and targets now need to be discussed. The place and time for this deliberation is Gdansk, the 24-26 Octobe r 2011, during the 13th Baltic Development Forum Summit and the European Commission´s 2nd Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, also co-organised by the Polish EU-Presidency, Pomorskie Region and the City of Gdansk.The new regional ambitions will also play into Europe´s wider ambitions for 2020 under the headline of Sustainable, Smart and Inclusive Growth. Stakeholders are invited to take an active part in the discussions that will provide input to the Polish EU-Presidency and to wider reflections on the future development of the Region. Growth strategies need close partnerships with the private sector.BONUS+ PROJECTSUp to date, some 800+ participants will attend the conference, and this event provides all BONUS+ projects with an excellent platform to present their key results to the wider stakeholder audiences.This is also an excellent opportunity to find out more about the ways BONUS supports strongly the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Regio over the course of the conference sessions.Baltic Nest Institute The Baltic Nest Institute is involved in the following BONUS projects:AMBER - Assessment and Modelling Baltic Ecosystem ResponseBaltic-C - Building predictive capability regarding the Baltic Sea organic/inorganic carbon and oxygen systemsECOSUPPORT - Advanced modeling tool for scenarios of the Baltic Sea ecosystem to support decision makingHYPER - HYPoxia mitigation for Baltic Sea Ecosystem RestorationRECOCA - Reduction of Baltic Sea Nutrient Inputs and Cost Allocation within the Baltic Sea CatchmentMore information regarding BONUS.
2011-10-24 - 2011-10-24
BONUS Forum 2011 is convened on 24 October in Gdansk, Poland and shares a mutual stakeholder platform with the EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy and Baltic Development Forum conference taking place in Gdansk on 24-26 October 2011. The BONUS Forum will showcase the latest knowledge produced by the BONUS+ projects that are ending in 2011. During the panel sessions, the 16 BONUS+ project coordinators will share results on themes related to multiple risks and stressors, past and future scenarios of the Baltic Sea, eutrophication and biodiversity. What are the aims: The BONUS Forum 2011 aims to encourage and ensure that the links between the BONUS+ results and important policy processes across the region are transparent. Moreover, that the knowledge generated is used appropriately in the valuable work across different sectors in efforts to ensure a better future of the Baltic Sea region.Who should attend: Representatives of ministries across sectoral borders of the nine Baltic Sea countries — environment, transport, agriculture, forestry and science — who are dealing with marine and maritime issues.  Participants will have an opportunity to:access to the latest information and research related to the Baltic Sea regiongain a good insight to the 16 individual BONUS+ projects through presentations, posters and briefingsdiscuss strategic and practical implications and possibilities as key end-users of the new knowledgeshare ideas and practice with a network of colleagues from the nine Baltic Sea countriesobtain information about the new, competitive BONUS calls; the first call will open in December 2011attend a wine reception where the award for the best BONUS+ public engagement activity will be announcedBaltic Nest Institute BONUS projects
2011-10-11 - 2011-10-12
The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change (NorMER) is a collaborative project combines the expertise of internationally recognized research teams from all of the Nordic countries to implement a broad international and multidisciplinary research strategy to explore the biological, economic, and societal consequences of global climate change on fisheries resources in the Nordic region, with a primary focus on the Atlantic cod. NorMER will achieve this through a unique program of primary research, for which 45 researchers from 10 Nordic institutions will collaborate in training 15 new PhD students and 5 Postdocs through joint projects that integrate biology, economics, industry, and policy.Researchers Thorsten Blenckner and Wjinand Boonstra from the Baltic Nest Institute take part in the NorMER project.A first Annual Meeting/Kick-off meeting will take place in Oslo, Norway, October 11-12.Read more about the project and the meeting.
2011-10-05 - 2011-10-07
The EUR-OCEANS Consortium (EOC) builds on the legacy of the EC-funded, FP6 EUR-OCEANS European Network of Excellence (EO NoE), which contributed to the scientific expertise and dissemination of knowledge on marine ecosystems in the context of climate/global change from 2005 to 2008. The EUR-OCEANS acronym stands for EURopean research on OCean Ecosystems under Anthropogenic and Natural forcingS.One of the consortium's flagship projects is EcoScenarios - Developing seasonal and spatial foodweb models through novel statistical modelling – tools for constructing scenarios under future global change. The project, run 2010-2012, involves the following leading scientists and institutions:* Nils-Christian Stenseth (co-ordinator) and Marcos Llope, (CEES) Oslo University* Christian Möllmann, (IHF) University of Hamburg* Thorsten Blenckner, (BNI) Stockholm Resilience Center* Martin Edwards, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean ScienceEcoScenarios will hold its second workshop at Oslo Universityin Norway 5-7 October 2011.
2011-09-26 - 2011-09-26
PhD licenciate with BNI student Susa Niiranen. Susa´s PhD focuses on the Baltic Sea food web dynamics and their response to changes in environmental and anthropogenic forcing. In this licentiate thesis a new Baltic Sea Ecopath with Ecosim food web model for the open Baltic Proper (BaltProWeb) is introduced as a tool to study the past (1974-2006) food web dynamics and the sensitivity of this model to data uncertainties is analyzed.Her research is carried out within the framework of the Baltic BONUS-project ECOSUPPORT (Advanced modeling tool for scenarios of the Baltic Sea ecosystem to support decision making).Above you can download the abstract as well as the full thesis to read more about the studies conducted.
2011-09-19 - 2011-09-23
ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) 2011 will be held in Gdańsk, Poland. The venue will be the Gdańsk Music and Congress Centre. The conference will open on Monday 19 September and close on Friday 23 September.ICES Annual Science Conference provides a forum in which an international community of marine scientists, professionals, and students gather to share their work in theme-based series of oral and poster presentations. Each year, the Conference is hosted by one of our 20 Member Countries, and has a unique website to handle electronic submissions and registration.ProgrammeThe ASC programme for 2011 is available hereAmong the lectures are the open lecture "Practitioners faster than scientists – marine nature conservation" by Professor Jan Marcin Weslawski, Institute of Oceanology PA, Sopot, Poland, and the plenary lectures * "Phytoplankton as indicators of ecosystem response to global change at the land–sea interface" by Dr James E. Cloern, US Geological Survey, California, USA and * "Ecosystem-based management for the Baltic Sea – historical development and future challenges" by Professor Ragnar Elmgren, Stockholm University, SwedenBNI presentationsDuring the conference some of the latest BNI research will presented, read more here.
Baltic Nest Institute Sweden
Baltic Sea Centre, Stockholm University
SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden, +46-8-16 37 18
Baltic Nest Institute Denmark
Aarhus University, Fredriksborgsvej 399
DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark, +45 4630 1200
Baltic Nest Institute Finland
Finnish Environment Institute, P.O. Box 140
FI-00251 Helsinki, Finland, + 358 20 610 123