Much effort is spend in ScanBalt BioRegion on communicating the vision, activities and results to stakeholders, markets, decision and opinion makers. In addition ScanBalt® fmba on behalf of the members delivers opinions on relevant issues when appropiate.
On a rotating basis press study tours are organised to the various member regions for normally 10 - 15 invited journalists. This is an activity much in demand among the members and which is popular among participating journalists. A valuable partner over the years has been the European Science Journalist Association, EUSJA.
On the picture former chairman of ScanBalt Bo Samuelsson in discussion with president emeritus Hans-J. Neubert of the European Science Journalist Association during a 2007 press tour to Helsinki.
ScanBalt assists improving policies and framework conditions for the members and for ScanBalt BioRegion as such by advancing policy issues and opinions in dialogue with decision and opinion makers.
Below are listed ScanBalt´s opinion papers.
Concerning the Action Plan, European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
21 September 2012ScanBalt expresses the opinions of the association regarding the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Action Plan (EUSBSR Action Plan) in its latest draft version (July 2012). ScanBalt would first of all like to compliment the European Union with the visionary creation of strategies for European Macro-regions. We strongly support the continued development and implementation of such strategies, not only for the Baltic Sea Region and the Danube Area but throughout Europe as an effective tool for enhanced coordination and implementation of trans-national and cross-sectorial efforts in order to reach key EU objectives. We hope that our comments are a support in the further discussions of the revised EUSBSR Action Plan.Description (PDF)
EU Cohesion Policies and the Importance of Macro-Regions and Regional Clusters for Smart Growth and Smart Specialization
17 March 2011The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) is based on stable welfare systems and has since long focussed on the built-up of a sustainable, knowledge based economy. Regional and national innovation systems within the BSR are internationally competitive having developed to acknowledged models for other regions and the BSR is the most innovative region in Europe.However, BSR shares with the rest of EU challenges like economic disparities and lack of cohesion between the regions, competitiveness, health and health care costs, demographic development (ageing), environmental threats and climate changes and need for alternative sources of energy. ScanBalt BioRegion gives recommendations on how to overcome these challenges.Description (PDF)
Healthy Ageing: From Biological Fundaments to Clinical Solututions
18 February 2011Ageing is one of the grand societal challenges for the forthcoming decades. Due to the post-war baby boom, the ever-increasing life expectancy and dropping birth rates, the proportion of elderly people is steadily increasing. Although healthier than previous generations, tomorrow’s elderly will ultimately require (complex) care for chronic disorders and multi-morbid states. For this reason, the emphasis of ScanBalt BioRegion and the EU Baltic Sea Region strategy's flagship ScanBalt Health Region for the coming years will be on Healthy Ageing: growing older in a healthy and active way. ScanBalt BioRegion/Health Region gives recommendations on how to meet the challenges within ageing.Description (PDF)
EU Framework Programme 8 and the Role of Macro-Regions
20 January 2011The Baltic Sea Region shares with the rest of EU challenges like health and health care costs, demographic development (ageing), environmental threats and climate changes and need for alternative sources of energy. These grand societal challenges are not restricted to single regions or single research areas and are highly complex and closely interconnected. An example can be that facing the challenges of health also means to face the challenges of a healthy environment including development and implementation of non-fossil sources of energy and the existence of non-polluted marine and river waters; the availability of healthy nutrition and sustainable agricultural production. ScanBalt BioRegion gives recommendations on how to use EU FP 8/Horizon2020 to meet the challenges.Description (PDF)
Smart Growth - Bridging Academia and SME´s in the Baltic Sea Region
15 August 2009ScanBalt BioRegion has developed recommendations on how to strengthen SME development based on trans-national cluster collaboration. The recommendations are a step towards practical implementation of the EU Baltic Sea Region strategy, including internationalisation and development of the clusters.Description (PDF)
On Intellectual Property for the mid-term review of the Life Science and Biotechnology Strategy 2002 - 2010
29 September 2006Description (PDF)