Tell it together, tell it loud

Commitment to communicate
for a cleaner Baltic Sea

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 at 14:00-17:30
Main Hall, Dzintari Concert Hall, Jurmala, Latvia​. 

​Link to meeting outcome


Programme outline

Part I: Setting the scene


Welcoming words and introduction by the organizers

Why are we here? Aims of the meeting

Moderator: Johanna Laurila, HELCOM



Learning from the best – national scale

Case study from Finland: Baltic Sea communicators' network


Tuula Putkinen, John Nurminen Foundation, Finland


Learning from the best – European scale

Communications panel of the European Science Foundation Marine Board


Kjartan Maestad, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway

Media perspective: what needs and expectations to such network could be in operating on science-policy interface?​


Sandra Kropa, Journalist, Latvia​

Part II: Perspectives and brainstorming from Baltic Sea coastal states


Baltic Sea viewed through the political situation of my country


1.     How are Baltic Sea issues covered in my country, in terms of environmental research and politics? Judging by the media: give three case examples

2.      In your national context, what are/would be the optimal means to "tell it louder" with regards to Baltic Sea issues?  How the new network could add value to these efforts?

3.     Regional network for communicators: What are the keys to success for such a new network?

Moderator: Maija Sirola, BONUS

​Sven Paulus, Editor of research news, Estonia;

Saara Reinimäki, Finnish Environment Institute, Finland;

Barbara Hentzsch, Warnemunde Institute, Germany;

Ieva Firere, Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia;

Olga Senova, NGO Baltic Sea Friends, Russia;

Other, tbc


Part III: Regional communicators´ network: what does the future hold?

​16.30-17.15Discussion led by macro-regional actors:

-        considerations and expectations

-        brainstorming on incentives, added value, and investment by all participants

Moderator: Maija Sirola, BONUS

DG Regio, European Commission;  InterAct Turku; Council of the Baltic sea States; HELCOM

+ everyone


Closing remarks: Did we get what we were aiming for? Next steps?

​Johanna Laurila, HELCOM


Networking dinner

​Majorenhoff Restaurant,

42 Jomas Street, Jurmala

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What is this?

How can we together increase visibility and impact for top-notch research and best policies in the region?

Come and share experiences and learn from colleagues across the region!​

Who should be there?

All Baltic Sea communicators affiliated with science, policy and decision-making, and any others with a passion for powerful communication for the region.

The space is limited – register now to secure your place!

Can you stay for dinner in beautiful Jurmala at 6 - 8 pm? Please contact

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Organised by Baltic Eye, BONUS and HELCOM as a back-to-back meeting

of the 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) taking place 15-16 June 2015 in Jurmala, as well as the Baltic Sea Science Congress/BONUS Forum policy day, 17 June 2015 in Riga, Latvia.

 Dinner and drinks

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