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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, Poland

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

This is a reminder on some of the upcoming BUP events during the upcoming semester:

For further information on these and other upcoming BUP events please see the BUP web site https://www.balticuniv.uu.se/

_________________________________________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

Course organiser logos


Welcome to the second issue of The Baltic University Programme Research Notes Letter.

The aim with the Research Notes Letter is to spread research findings and to get knowledge on sustainability researchers and research groups in the Baltic Sea region. We encourage you to contribute with your research findings. This is an opportunity to both contribute to the development of BUP research efforts and cooperations, as well as a way for you to spread your research findings and information on you as a researcher/your research group.

You are welcome to submit your contribution using this form.
Have a nice weekend,


Dear BUP Colleagues,

We are happy to announce that the BUP Conference on “Current Challenges of Local and Regional Development” will be held in Poznan (POLAND) on September 11-13, 2018. The conference is organized within the Polish Presidency of the Baltic University Programme 2018.


The Conference provides a forum for scholars and teachers from different countries and with diverse scientific interests and orientations to engage in exploring and exchanging experiences, differences and theories that are crucial for understanding the current trends and challenges in local and regional development.

The conference is interdisciplinary. The aim of the conference is to present current knowledge and exchange views on:

  • current challenges and future directions of research in local and regional development;
  • the main determinants of local & regional development;
  • smart cities and circular economy in cities;
  • the role of universities in the development of cities and regions;
  • developing and sharing good practices in sustainable local & regional development;
  • future trends of local and regional development in the Baltic Sea Region.

The language of the conference is English.


The conference will be organized within the Polish Presidency of the Baltic University Programme 2018 and will take place in Poznan, Poland.

The main organisers of the conference are: Prof. Arnold Bernaciak from WSB University in Poznan (https://www.wsb.pl/english/), Dr Tomasz Branka from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (http://international.amu.edu.pl) and the local organizers group from the Baltic University Programme Secretariat at Uppsala University together with Lyudmyla Babak


You are kindly requested to fill out the application form for conference participants (attached to this mail) and sent it to bup@wsb.poznan.pl by June 30, 2018

The number of attendees at the conference is limited to 60 (participants with posters will be given priority).

The Notification of Acceptance will be sent before July 10, 2018.

poznan conference application form


The conference is free of charge for participants from the BUP’s Members’ Universities whose costs of accommodation (September 11-14, 2018), board and local transportation will be covered by the WSB University in Poznan, Baltic University Programme coordinating secretariat and Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.

Furthermore, participation fee includes:

  • opportunity to present a poster (preferred size: A0 format = 84.1 cm x 118.9 cm), Please note that all posters will be printed by the organizers (posters should be sent to bup@wsb.poznan.pl no later than August 20, 2018);
  • opportunity to publish a paper up to 20 pages long in “Studia Periegetica” (issued by WSB University in Poznan);
  • Certificate for participation;
  • admission to all conference sessions;
  • local trips.

All accepted papers will be published in “Studia Periegetica” and the certificates of publication and presentation will be provided.

Attendees from the Participating Universities need to cover travel costs and accommodation (app. 25 euro per night). All additional costs will be covered by the organisers.

Please find attached the preliminary conference program and the application form.

We kindly request you to forward this email to our BUP colleagues/researchers/teachers in order  to promote the conference.

We will be delighted to have you present at this conference to listen to BUP experts and researchers sharing knowledge about the local&regional development and its impact on our daily lives.

On behalf of the organisers,
Arnold Bernaciak, Ph.D. Associate Professor

WSB University,

Institute of Management

Powstancow Wielkopolskich 5

61-895 Poznan, Poland

E-mail: bup@wsb.poznan.pl

Tel.: (+48) 501076696


Call for applications to host the Baltic University Programme National Center

Dear colleagues at the BUP member universities!

As an outcome of several working meetings and after taking into consideration voices from network, the leadership of the Baltic University Programme has decided to open a call for applications at all our members’ universities to host the BUP National Centers.

To host a BUP national center means many responsibilities but also advantages.  As the host university will coordinate the Baltic University Programme in the country and represent it in the region, its visibility will be increased on both national and regional level. During the  period  when the BUP National Center will have the responsibility to coordinate BUP presidency, there will be opportunities to organize different events at the home university, which definitely will draw attention of the students, teachers and researches.

Baltic University Programme is looking for the location for the National Center for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czech and Slovak Republic.  We expect applying university to:

*show strong support from the university administration’s level

*show a genuine interest to contribute to the development of BUP

*have resources in staff (center director) and in time to spend on BUP

*show creativity and new ideas, and express wish to develop BUP network in the respective country

We welcome all member universities interested in hosting the BUP National Center in their respective country to apply until the 25 June 2018 to Madeleine Granvik, director the Baltic University Programme (madeleine.granvik@balticuniv.uu.se).

Application should include:

  • Support letter from the Rector of the University including a declaration and wish to work and develop the BUP National Center
  • CV of the Center Director to-be (with emphasis on international cooperation)
  • The Center Director to-be description of ideas how to run the Center including creative solutions for the BUP promotion, plans how to engage the other BUP network’s members, and the list of teachers and scientists from own university that would build a supporting group – 1-page text max

The current national centers will functioning until the new contracts with National Centers will be signed in the beginning of the next academic year, in September 2018.

We do hope to see the applications from enthusiastic, energetic, and interested colleagues from the network!

BUP Center agreement to be signed by the Rector and the Center Director to-be

BUP National Centre Contract

Call for application to host BUP National Center

All the best

Director Madeleine Granvik

Madeleine Granvik

Director, Ph.D. Associate Professor

The Baltic University Programme

Uppsala University

Villav. 16

SE-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden

+46-18-471 6853




Dear Colleagues,

The 2018 BUP Summer Course 2018 under the title “Sustainability Innovations in a Circular Economy”, organised by the Baltic University Programme in cooperation with the projects FORCE and LARS, will be held in Hamburg, Germany, on 5th – 8th September 2018.

The full details and the programme are here: BUP Summer Course 2018 programme

Walter Leal


Dear BUP Colleagues,
We are happy to announce the BUP Conference on Current Challenges of Local and Regional Development that will be organised 11-13 September 2018 in Poznan, Poland.

The main aim of the Conference is to identify the current challenges and the future directions of research in local and regional development. Participants will have an opportunity to exchange thoughts, ideas and best practices associated with the role of universities in development of cities and regions.The meeting will seek to better understand the contemporary conditions of local and regional development and its differentiations within the Baltic Sea Region, taking special care of its sustainability. Therefore, the conference also aims to trigger a debate about the future trends of local and regional development in the Baltic Sea Region.The objective of the conference is to present and to promote best practices and solutions in the field of sustainability of local and regional development. Contributions are welcome on any aspect of local and regional development in particular with sustainability approach. The conference will cover a wide range of topics in the economical (e.g. finance, energy, transport), socio-political (e.g. equity, participatory, policy) technological (energy technologies, transport solutions, waste management technologies) and environmental (e.g. protected areas, ecosystem services) aspects of local and regional development.

The registration for the conference is open till 30 of June. The number of places is limited. Participants with posters are preferred. The notification of acceptance will be sent till 10 of July. Interested teachers are kindly asked to fill the application form (attachment).

The organisers are covering all conferences expenses (except travel costs) for the participants from the Member Universities. It includes: accommodation (3 nights: 11-14 September), full board, poster printout, publication of the abstract in the book of abstracts, publication of the article (prepared on the base of the poster) in the Polish scientific journal Studia Periegetica, edited by WSB University in Poznan.
Participants from the Participating Universities need to cover travel costs and additionally – costs of accommodation (about 20 euro per night). Other costs are covered by organisers.

More information You may find in the attached file “first announcement”. There is the application form attached also.
Application form should be sent to: bup@wsb.poznan.pl. The deadline for submission of the application form is 30 June 2018.

poznan conference first announcement

poznan conference application form

On behalf of organisers,
Arnold Bernaciak, Ph.D. Associate Professor

WSB University,

Institute of Management

Powstancow Wielkopolskich 5

61-895 Poznan, Poland

E-mail: arnold.bernaciak@wsb.poznan.pl

Tel.: (+48) 501076696


Dear Colleagues,

Call for Papers: Book on Climate Change Adaptation in Eastern Europe

The Baltic Research and Publications Office  (BUPRaP)
https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/buprap.html .
is  associated with the International Scientific Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in Eastern Europe,
to be held in Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 3rd – 5th July 2018. The details are here:

As part of the process, we are currently producing the book
“Climate Change Adaptation in Eastern Europe: “Managing risks and building resilience to climate change”, to be published
as part of Springer´s book series “Climate Change Management” https://www.springer.com/series/8740
the world´s leading peer-reviewed book series on the topic.

As a complement to the already accepted papers, we are considering further manuscripts for review. Therefore, we invite
colleagues working on matters related to climate change in Eastern Europe, who have data deriving from projects, studies
and experiments, to contact us to discuss a possible submission, and peer-review of their pieces. At this point in time,
we invite expressions of interest, consisting of a title and a 200 words abstract-along with the full contact details of the authors-
of the possible paper. These should be sent to the ICCIP team at: info@iccip.net. The deadline is 10th May 2018. Further details will
be discussed and agreed upon.

The BUPRaP Team


“Integrated Approaches for Sustainable Development Management, Tourism and Local Products in Biosphere Reserves (BRs)”

Are you a recent graduate or a post-graduate student of all disciplines relevant to sustainable development and management 
(Natural and Environmental Sciences, urban, rural and land planning, ESD, social and economic sciences, tourism)?
Are you a junior researcher  on Biosphere Reserves and Protected Areas Management or staff of Management Bodies of such Areas?

Then this course is all you need for the summer:
Summer University on    “Integrated Approaches for Sustainable Development Management, Tourism and Local Products in Biosphere Reserves (BRs)”
WHEN:  on 8 July to 15 July 2018
WHERE:  in the important and beautiful area of  Parnon in  Greece!

This  Summer University aims to provide capacity building around a series of topics including:
Management, Local development, Protection and conservation, and Education for Sustainable Management
within Biospheres Reserves (MAB/UNESCO Programme), following the successful Summer Universities of the recent past years:
Amfissa, 2014; http://mio-ecsde.org/erasmus-IP-2014/index.html
Samothraki, 2016; http://www.medies.net/staticpages.asp?aID=1063&ereg=
Sardinia, 2017 http://www.medies.net/staticpages.asp?aID=1123&overRideCategory=1)

All information  is available here: http://www.medies.net/staticpages.asp?aID=1191&overRideCategory=1

Applications are accepted only online at: https://www.eventora.com/en/Events/summer-school-parnon-2018
until  13 May 2018.

The Organisers will review all applications and will notify (by emails) the selected participants of the next steps.

If you have any questions please contact us at : info@medies.net

* * *
The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe www.unesco.org/new/en/venice
The Greek National Committee of Man and the Bioshere Program of UNESCO
The UNESCO Chair and Network on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean of the University of Athens http://unescochair.chem.uoa.gr/
The Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (www.mio-ecsde.org) through its Education initiative MEdIES (www.medies.net)
OIKOM Environmental Studies Ltd http://www.oikom.gr/en
The Regional Development Company of Parnonas (PARNONAS S.A.) www.parnonas.gr/en
The Management Body of Parnon, Moustos, Mainalon and Monemvasia www.fdparnonas.gr


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BUP SAIL summer course on board tall ship

„Fryderyk Chopin”, 4 – 18 September 2018




Baltic University Programme BUP sails for teachers

Do not miss this unique chance to improve your competence in sustainable development and

to experience your life¹s adventure!