Marine or „blue“ biotechnology is a young field of modern biotechnology, based, upon well established traditions of basic science at universities of the Northern European shores. With the rise of the blue biotech business sector, biological ressources from marine habitats become more and more interesting. Due to their ability to adapt to harsh ocean environments, marine organisms are a promising source for new medical drugs, new enzymes for food and feed production and provide alternative ways of producing chemicals.
Young people in the Baltic Sea Region have expressed their willingness and commitment to take action and implement the 2030 Agenda, and to this purpose they have established the ReGeneration 2030 Movement. The first Summit will take place on the 18-20 August in Åland, where youth will develop a Manifesto declaring their engagement towards the achievement of the SDGs, in particular SDG12. This Manifesto will be delivered to the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference and will be complemented by and Action Plan defining the way to fulfill these commitments.
The 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be held in Tallinn on 4–5 June 2018. About 700 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses will come together to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
The Forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia together with the Baltic Development Forum in close cooperation with the European Commission and other partners.
The cities and city institutions can send their exchange proposals, partner search queries, news and events to the UBC Secretariat.
The UBC is expected to be a platform for collaboration and development of cities around the Baltic Sea, a forum to find partners for projects and interesting best practices, and also an agent that spread out the cities’ innovative solutions, ideas and news.
The UBC website and social media channels are perfect tools for promotion.
The conference Flagship School to Work: Navigation and Guidance followed by study visit will be held on 18 June 2018 in Stockholm. You are most welcome to take part in the conference, feed in ideas on topics to be discussed in the groups or learn more on what has been achieved so far in the Baltic Sea Region.
Region Gotland and the UBC Planning Cities Commission invite to a joint seminar in Visby on 21–24 October 2018.
The city of Gdynia and the Port of Gdynia, partners of the EU TENTacle project "Capitalizing on TEN-T core network corridors for prosperity, growth and cohesion", invite to the meeting with the EU coordinators for the TEN-T core network corridors: Prof. Kurt Bodewig, coordinator of the Baltic-Adriatic corridor and Brian Simpson, coordinator of the Motorways of the Sea.
The meeting will be held on 11 June in Gdynia at 14.30-18.30. Its aim will be to discuss the potential of the Baltic-Adriatic corridor extended to Sweden.
More information is attached.
UBC Youthful Cities Commission was active in the last two European strategy forums for the Baltic Sea Region. On June 4th at the EU Strategy for BSR Forum in Tallinn the Commission is coorganising together with Council of Baltic Sea States, Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation and Euroregion Baltic the third edition of the seminar "Nothing about us without us".
As a direct followup of the previous seminars in Stockholm and Berlin, this year the focus will be on digital tools to raise participation of youth.
The Smart and Prospering Cities Commission will be hosting a seminar during this year’s Fehmarnbelt Days in Malmö on 29 May 2018 together with Baltic Development Forum. The organizers call for cities who are interested in contributing to the central discussion of urban digitalization and the impact of city collaboration.
The seminar “Digitalization from an urban perspective – Potentials through City Collaboration and Regionalization” is separated into two parts: