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Dear Baltic Coleagues,

The Baltic Research and Publications Office (BUPRaP) and the European School of
Sustainability Science and Research https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/essr.html want to announce an  opportunity for German and Russian universities, to apply for a grant specifically for Russian-German cooperation on matters related tosustainable development and environmental protection. The deadline is 30th November 2018.
The  German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) want to fund
project proposals for the funding period 2020–2022 for teams of both countries.

The BUPRaP team wishes to invite Russian universities, who already have a clear project concept  on issues related to sustainability and environmental protection in mind, to contact us to discuss
a possible collaboration. Because the time is so short, only Russian research teams with excellent English language skills and a clear concept (not abstracts ideas) should engage.
Please contact the ESSSR  team if you feel this could be of interest:
W Leal

Dear Colleagues,
Invitations of Expressions of Interest to host the “Symposium on Climate Change and Polar Regions”, December 2019.
The International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP)
created in 2008, is a world leader on information, education and training on matters related to climate change. ICCIP organises Symposia and training sessions on climate change round the world, and the planne events can be seen here: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/iccip/events.html.
Thousands of scientists working on matters related to climate change, from across the spectrum of natural and social sciences, attend ICCIRP events each year.
ICCIRP is currently planning the “Symposium on Climate Change and Polar Regions”
to be held in December 2019. As the title implies, the event will look at the challenges
which climate change poses to polar regions-  which are extremely vulnerable to projected
climate change and its impacts-,  it will introduce current research initiatives and projects, as well as document and disseminate best practice in respect of the role of mitigation and adaptation measures. As usual to ICCIRP events, the knowledge and know-how gathered and exchanged during the Symposium will be  published in a peer-reviewed publication, namely the book “Climate Change and Polar Regions: integrating mitigation and adaptation strategies”, to be published as part of the award-winning Climate Change Management Series https://www.springer.com/series/8740We are now looking for a suitably qualified  organisation,  to host the event.  Interested organisations should contact the ICCIRP Team at: ICCIRP-ClimateChangeManagement@haw-hamburg.de
to obtain further particulars, and to discuss the details.

The ICCIRP Team and the Baltic Research and Publications Office (BUPRaP)

Dear Baltic Colleagues,Reference: Possible  Research Opportunity: EIT Climate-KIC – open call for proposals,European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EU,Closing Date: 30 Apr 19Please see below an interesting opportunity from EIT Climate-KIC. The closing date is 30th April 2019, so there is time produce a concept on one of the issues listed below if we want. HAW Hamburg is due to many other projects unable to take the lead here, but if any partner is able to initiated and lead a Consortium I can provide inputs and advice.The total budget of the Call is €20 million. Grants are worth between

€30,000 and €1m over between 12 months and three years, so this is an attractive proposition. Please note that, according to the regulations, only these Baltic countries are eligible to apply:

* Germany,  Denmark,   Estonia,   Finland,   Latvia,  Norway, Poland, Sweden


Walter Leal

Baltic Research and Publications Office (BUPRaP) https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/buprap.html


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology, through Climate-KIC, invites proposals for its open call. This supports initiatives with a clear pathway to positive climate impact, consistent with the Paris Agreement targets and EIT Climate-KIC’s following climate innovation impact goals:

  • promote retrofit and decentralised energy;
  • create green and resilient cities;
  • accelerate clean urban mobility;
  • make agriculture climate-smart;
  • transform food systems;
  • nurture forests in integrated landscapes;
  • recast materials production;
  • reduce industry emissions;
  • reboot regional economies;
  • mainstream climate in financial markets;
  • democratise climate risk information;
  • foster bankable green assets in cities.

Grants support early stage innovations through pathfinder projects, which support partner consortia in exploring and confirming an innovation that has potential to generate significant impact, and partner accelerator projects, which aim to validate the scaling model behind an innovation proposition. Later stage innovations are supported through demonstrator projects, which aim to demonstrate or prove that viable innovations have been created; through scaler-projects, which support tried and tested innovation in growing to achieve greater overall climate mitigation and adaptation impact. The cross-European innovation ecosystems programme helps build connections between cities, regions and networks on a cross-European basis, and focuses on building the capacity for genuinely transformative innovation at a systems level.

The Regional Innovation Scheme aims to meet the impact goals through projects within energy transition, adaptation, circular economy and access to finance. The online education programme aims to co-create innovative education modules together with partner organisations and to curate knowledge to develop human capital for climate innovation.

Professional education programmes intend to provide professionals with inspiring and empowering training that support them to tackle challenges arising through climate change.

KIC partner organisations who have acceded to the framework partnership agreement with EIT may apply. Organisations that have not applied for or received partnership status yet, are encouraged to apply.

Dear Colleagues,
Reference: New Publications on Climate Change CommunicationOne of the major needs seen in respect of addressing the various challenges climate change poses to countries, people and ecosystems, is the need for better information, communication and in some cases training, on matters related to climate change. Consistent with the urgency to address this problem, the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP)
https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/iccirp/  has coordinated the inputs by a team of over 100 specialists, who have joined efforts to produce two ground-breaking publications, namely:
1. The Handbook of Climate Change Communication, the most comprehensive work produced to date on the topic, structured around 3 volumes:Volume 1- Theory of Climate Change Communication
Volume 2- Practice of Climate Change Communication
Volume 3- Case Studies in Climate Change Communication
https://www.springerprofessional.de/en/handbook-of-climate-change-communication-vol-3/153515962. Addressing the Challenges in Communicating Climate Change Across Various Audiences, which
describes research on and applications of climate change communication in a comprehensive
way, with highly international coverage:
https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319982939It is hoped that these publications, published as part of the Climate Change Management Series
may help to better communicate what climate change is, and the means via which the different stakeholders may be  involved in the process (e.g. climate scientists, researchers, policy-makers, aid development agencies, NGOs, education specialists, students). It is also hoped that they may inspire further works in this central area.The Calls for Papers for the events run by ICCIRP can be seen at: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/iccirp/events.htmlThe ICCIP Team

First announcement EduBUP Re-thinking of pedagogy for implementing education for sustainable development in the Baltic University Programme countriesThe project is being carried out by the Baltic University Programme and SWEDESD at Uppsala University with financial support from the Swedish InstituteDear BUP colleagues,We would like to invite you to participate in the EduBUP project which is aimed to address university teachers in the Baltic University Programme countries and focused on the personal devlopment of each specific teacher, as well as transformations at university level (on implementing Education for Sustainable Developmetn (ESD) by changing the curriculum and teaching and learning methods). The project will illustrate pedagogical principles and processes that need to be integrated in teaching and learning to achieve ESD learning principles.The Change project Approach will be used for the EduBUP project. The approach consists of several phases: Preparatory Phase in which participants develop a pre-course assignment which highlights what needs to be changed; The First Regional Workshop (Workshop 1) during which the project groups and projects titles are defined; Intermediate Consolidation Phase when participants work on the projects at their respective universities; and The Second Regional Workshop (Workshop 2) when the reports on the project progress are to be presented and peer reviewed.Participants will need to allocate certain time for taking part in two workshops and working with the projects. We estimate that full participation in the course would be equal to 10 working days including workshops 1 and 2. After successful participation in the whole course the certificate confirming participating in 20-day course will be awarded.Application process:Application is open to a team of 2 or more persons from the same insitution/ faculty/ etcnot for the individuals because it is important to work in collaboration in order to implement changes. Gaining skills of team building, groups dynamics, improvement skills for cooperation and communication will be added values of participation. The First Regional Workshop (Workshop 1) will be held 28-30 January, Tallinn, EstoniaGood knowledge of English is a requirement.Deadline: 10 December 2018. The application should be sent to : lyudmyla.babak@balticuniv.uu.seCosts: The  participation in the course is free of charge for participants from BUP member universites. BUP covers the costs at place  during 2 workshops (full borad and lodging). Participants are supposed to cover their own travel costs to the place of the workshop.

Project phases and timeline are the following:

  • Preparatory Phase December 2018- January 2019 – preparation of the pre-course assignment
  • The First Regional Workshop (Workshop 1), 28-30 January, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Intermediate Consolidation Phase February-August 2019 Participants working at their respective universities
  • The Second Regional Workshop (Workshop 2), place and date (preliminary September 2019) to be decided

Application form Edu BUP

Edu BUP information


Best regards,


Kind regards,

Lyudmyla Babak, MA

EduBUP Project Coordinator

Baltic University Programme

Uppsala University

Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden

Phone: + 46 (0) 18 471 1840

Mobile: +46 (0) 720050907

e-mail: lyudmyla.babak@balticuniv.uu.se

It is against this background that the 3rd Symposium “Universities and Climate Change” is being organised  by  University of Warsaw, and HAW Hamburg, Germany, under the auspices of the  International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP), and in cooperation with the Baltic University Programme.It will involve researchers in the field of climate change in the widest sense, not only from traditional climate science, but also from the fields of environment, human geography, business and economics, arts, administration and media studies.The Symposium will focus on the role of climate change research and projects in fostering climate action, and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field. Further details are availableat: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/warsaw2019.htmlRegards,The BUPRaP Team
It is against this background that the 3rd Symposium “Universities and Climate Change” is being organised  by  University of Warsaw, and HAW Hamburg, Germany, under the auspices of the  International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP), and in cooperation with the Baltic University Programme.It will involve researchers in the field of climate change in the widest sense, not only from traditional climate science, but also from the fields of environment, human geography, business and economics, arts, administration and media studies.The Symposium will focus on the role of climate change research and projects in fostering climate action, and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field. Further details are availableat: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/warsaw2019.htmlRegards,The BUPRaP Team
Dear Colleagues,
Reference: Invitation to take part on a survey on energy efficiency and renewable energy use at Higher Education Institutions An international expert team, part of the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP):https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-als/programmes/iusdrp.htmland the Baltic Research and Publications Office (BUPrAP)https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/buprap.htmlis carrying out an international study on energy efficiency and renewable energy use at Higher Education Institutions.We invite interested colleagues to take part in this study by following this survey link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2NteMME8rjifcQ0_vXBSlvzOsKUVko_Kwczh2htZj8SwN7g/viewform?usp=sf_linkThe study and its results will be published in a major journal. Those colleagues taking part in the survey and who wish to receive the journal paper with the results, should let Ms Amanda Lange Salvia(Amanda.LangeSalvia@haw-hamburg.de) know. We will send you the paper on completion of the study. Thank you very much.Regards,The IUSDRP Team
Dear BUP collegues,
We  have prolonged the deadline for applications until 15 of October 2018 to participation in Baltic University Programme VI PhD Students Training “Interdisciplinary-Multicultural-International” which will be organized on 25-29 November 2018 in Rogow, PolandObjective
The objective is to give PhD students from the BUP network’s countries the possibility to meet and discuss scientific problems with focus on sustainable development in an interdisciplinary, international, multicultural, and regional context. In this way, students will also get the opportunity to become acquainted with other universities and their scientific traditions. The training program will be based on an interdisciplinary approach.This international training program will enrich the students’ own perspectives on sustainable development with experiences and perspectives from other countries. At the same time it will serve as a platform for the development of a common understanding of the regional problematique and open avenues for future cooperation on these issues. Interdisciplinary training at the PhD-level is essential for creating an understanding between scientists and researchers with different backgrounds (Western and Eastern European cultures), and for their future collaboration for a sustainable future.Methodology of the training
The training will take place 25-29 November 2018, with the participation of 30 PhD–students and an expert team. The participants will have different nationalities and academic backgrounds; 10 from the area of Engineering, 10 from the area of Social Sciences/Humanities, and 10 from the area of Life Sciences/Environmental Sciences.The training will have duration of 3 full days (with two days for travel, arrival on 25th November and departure on 29th November).PhD-students will be offered training in interdisciplinary research cooperation with the guidance of an international group of experts composed of (other) senior scientists working on interdisciplinary research, benefiting from the interaction with them.Program of the conference contains: lectures, workshops, students’ presentations of PhD work, individual consultancies of PhD work with international experts.The training will be arranged in cooperation with the BUP Centre for Poland and BUP associated secretariat at the Lodz University of Technology, with Prof. Ireneusz Zbicinski as the main organizer.Applications and conditions of acceptance
Only students who completed at least the first year of PhD studies will be accepted.Documents necessary:

  • BUP PhD students training application form
  • Preliminary PhD thesis presentation in ppt (15 slides)
  • One page summary of the PhD thesis (title, affiliation, name of supervisor, description of the work included)
  • List of scientific achievements (papers, patents, participation in scientific conferences, courses, trainings, etc.) CV
  • Written supervisor’s recommendation

Applications should be sent to the BUP Polish Centre  baltlodz@info.p.lodz.pl  no later than 15 th of October 2018.

The conference is free of charge for PhD students from the BUP’s Members’ Universities and for them all costs of accommodation, food, and local transportation connecting Warszawa with the conference place and back will be covered by the Baltic University Programme coordinating secretariat. A course fee of 650 Euro per person applies for all other PhD students. All students must however cover all travel costs to and from Warszawa themselves. Please see the updated list of BUP Member Universities on the BUP web site www.balticuniv.uu.se.

The preliminary program of the training will be sent later.

Halina Marczak
Dorota Michalak
Ireneusz Zbicinski
Krzysztof Ciesielski
Sekretariat Uniwersytetu Baltyckiego
i Centrum Uniwersytetu Baltyckiego w Polsce
przy Wydziale Inzynierii Procesowej i Ochrony Srodowiska
Politechnika Lodzka
ul. Wolczanska 213
90-924 Lodz
tel.: +48-42 631 37 83
tel./fax: +48-42 636 49 23
e-mail: baltlodz@info.p.lodz.pl

Call for Papers: “Symposium on Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education”, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 14th-15th March 2019
The implementation of the theory and practice of sustainable development at higher education institutions (HEIs) has been quite intense over the past two decades. Whereas in the early 1990s only a handful of HEIs had systematic initiatives in respect of sustainability, the current figures are quite high: more and more universities are realising the many benefits sustainability brings about, and are becoming increasingly engaged.
The “Symposium on Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education”, to be held at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 14th-15th March 2019, under the theme “The role of sustainability reporting in documenting, measuring and fostering sustainability practices in higher education institutions”, will provide a platform for HEIs to present and discuss their initiatives in the rapidly growing field of sustainability reporting. In particular the event will offer participants
with an opportunity to assess their own situations, for inter-institutional interactions and informal  benchmarking, also allow the participant HEIs to document and communicate their initiatives. In particular, the event will provide a unique opportunity to participants to experience different approaches in the preparation of sustainability reports used in HEIs from various countries, and how these are being marketed and disseminated.
Last but not least, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences on sustainability reporting today. To this purpose, accepted papers will be published in the peer-reviewed “Handbook of Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education”, part of the World Sustainability Series, publishedwith Springer: https://www.springer.com/series/13384.  This will be the largest editorial project  on this topic to date. The Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/iusdrp.html, the University of Edinburgh, Manchester Metropolitan University and the World Sustainable development Research and Transfer Centre https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/wsd-rtc.html warmly welcome delegates from across the higher education sector from round the world, interested at and/or working on sustainability reporting. Do not miss this unique event.
Further details are available at: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/edinburgh2019.html
Other events organised by  IUDRUP are:


BUP Teachers Course 2018-2019

Education for Sustainable Development (ES) in Higher Education

How to better implement the Sustainable Development Goals in the learning methods in Higher Education. The course will support the university teachers to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their own practical teaching, courses and study programmes. The emphasis is especially to strengthen the goals # 4 – “Quality education”, # 12 – “Responsible consumption and production”, and # 13 – “Climate action”. The course includes facts in sustainability issues, with an emphasis on teaching methodology. I.e. e-learning, peer learning and work with a Change project.

Application deadline: 10 Aug 2018, Application Form.

September 2018 – March 2019 (online and two workshops)

  • Online material and exercises and discussions in small groups
  • Two workshops in real life
    • 27-30.10 2018 in Łodz, Poland
    • Winter 2019 (time and place to be decided during the first workshop)
  • Preparation and presentation of a Change project

The course consists of five cycles. The participants will get an introduction to and use different methods and processes applied in the course cycles.

Each participant will develop a so-called Change project during the course. The Change project is based on an already existing course, study programme or a future teaching experience. The idea is to change the content in a way to better integrate the ESD. The planning and implementation of the Change project will be the main outcome of the course. All the participants will have support of a critical friend and peer reviews via Moodle and during the workshops.

  • Cycle 1. E-learning on the Moodle platform. Introduction to sustainability and ESD. Preliminary planning of the Change project (1 month, September – October 2018).
  • Cycle 2. Workshop I on SD issues and ESD methodology. Presentation of the plans and further development of the Change project (October, 27-30.10.2018 in Łodz, Poland).
  • Cycle 3. Development of the Change project at the home university. Preparation for presentation of the change project (i.e. implementation plan, teaching and learning methods). (November 2018 – February 2019).
  • Cycle 4. Workshop II on critical reflection. Presentation, reporting and peer learning with the course participants. Discussion how to take the Change project forward. (3 days in March 2019, date and location open).
  • Cycle 5. Post course work in implementation of the Change project at the home university. There is an opportunity to publish the project reports at the BUP website and/or a scientific journal.

A first introduction to the course by Dr Shepard Urenje is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXRDAm6g_MM&feature=youtu.be.

A complete fulfillment of the course will generate a diploma/certificate corresponding to 5 ECTS by the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. The international board of BUP also approves the course.

Target group
Educators, teachers, and researchers in Higher Education within the Baltic University Programme network. Applicants from universities and polytechnics outside the BUP are also welcome. Persons from the BUP member universities will have priority.
The course is free of charge (incl. accommodation and meals) for teachers from the BUP member universities. A course fee of 800 euro per person (incl. accommodation and meals) applies for other participants. Please see the updated list of BUP Member Universities on the BUP web site. However, all the participants cover their travel costs themselves.

Application form: https://survey.abo.fi/lomakkeet/10203/lomake.html
Application deadline: 10.8.2018

Participation criteria
short motivation for participation in the course (approx. 3000-4000 characters) and a preliminary description of the Change project (approx. 1000-2000 characters). The requests are part of the application form.
We are aiming for a broad international touch with as many countries and universities represented as possible. However, we encourage 2-3 persons from the same university/institution to apply. The total number of participants is limited to 30.

Course teachers
EdD Shepherd Urenje, SWEDESD – Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development, Uppsala University. Dr Urenje is an experienced specialist in Nonprofit Organisations, Sustainable Development, Analytical Skills, Coaching, and Lecturing.

PhD Cecilia Lundberg, Centre for Lifelong Learning at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Dr Lundberg is a marine biologist with the Baltic Sea eutrophication as the research specialty. She has an examination in team coaching and is today working at the BUP Associate Secretariat in Finland, among other projects.

MSc Sinikka Suomalainen, Centre for Lifelong Learning at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
Planning officer in education, mainly environmental and sustainability related e-learning courses. Working in the team at the BUP Associate Secretariat in Finland.

Course organiser
Baltic University Programme,
The BUP Associate Secretariat at Åbo Akademi University, Finland in cooperation with SWEDESD, Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development.

If you have questions about the course, do not hesitate to contact bup-finland@abo.fi

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