BSUIN project – great example of EU & Russia collaboration

Forum Strategov 2019 took place in St. Petersburg on 28.-29. of October 2019. In this event, separate part has been dedicated to the Baltic Sea region projects, seminar dialogue “The Baltic Sea Region: Russia-EU Transnational Cooperation Results and Perspectives” where Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network (BSUIN) project was one of the examples of EU & Russia collaboration.

Russia has joined the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme collaboration during the year 2018. Over 40 projects have Russian partners.

Kirill Shekov from the Karelian Research Center and Eija-Riitta Niinikoski from the University of Oulu, Kerttu Saalasti Institute told about the Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network (BSUIN) project.

“There are many underground facilities that are under-utilized. The BSUIN project aims to make them more accessible for innovation, business development, and science”, Eija-Riitta Niinikoski told.

As Kirill Shekov described, Ruskeala Mining Park is a great example of this, because the former marble mine is now a very attractive tourist site.

As Eija-Riitta Niinikoski states, “By various characterization processes and business model development, we want to improve the information about underground laboratories and their future possibilities as well as to achieve a long-lasting network for peer-support for underground laboratories”. And as Kirill Shhekov added, “one of the on-going tasks is to develop common standards and approaches to solving legal, organizational, operational and technical problems of underground structures. We all hope that BSUIN project implementation will help the community of scientists to justify the importance and the significance of scientific and practical work performed in the underground structures”.

The event was part of the XVIII Annual Strategic Planning Leaders Forum of the Regions and Cities of Russia.

More information about the Forum Strategov:

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EUL Innovation platform V1.1: implementing updates

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Lessons Learnt: Actions towards the more sustainable Baltic Sea region

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MAY 19, 2020

Open Day in Partner Institution – Institute of Physics, University of Silesia (Poland)

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MAY 14, 2020

Interview with Mia Pujol on intelligent lightning in underground conditions

The European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2020 was this year converted into EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20). The online program was held from 4th to 8th of May with inter- and transdisciplinary sessions, disciplinary sessions, Union symposia, and great debates. Short courses and other events took place in different formats.

JUNE 17, 2019

Interview with Mia Pujol on intelligent lightning in underground conditions

Mia Pujol wrote her thesis on the topic of ”Lighting at the End of the Tunnel-The Design of Adaptive and Intelligent Lighting for an Underground Workspace”. She chose the research question with the determination to not fall into the trap of just formulating a very complex research question. ”When the topic of a thesis is as unique as mine is, there is often the tendency to over-complicate”, says Pujol. She thinks one of the most important things to achieve is to make the lighting accessible to a large number of people.

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