Lessons Learnt: Actions towards the more sustainable Baltic Sea region

Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network (BSUIN) project partners worked together to achieve the main targets of the project. At the same time we all gave our input to the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 goal to support a more sustainable Baltic Sea region.

Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network (BSUIN) project partners worked together to achieve the main targets of the project. At the same time we all gave our input to the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 goal to support a more sustainable Baltic Sea region.

Sustainable development was addressed in many project activities. We wanted to find innovative ways to reuse underground laboratories (UL). Some of the ULs were abandoned, some were in the process of ending the original use of the facility. This way the whole BSUIN project provided great value for sustainable development. Making use of old to create new was the guiding idea. With the old we mean all the knowledge that people who have worked in the ULs have, as well as the unused space and material.

Underground facilities are suitable for everything: plant growing, animal husbandry, storage, energy production etc. Project results give insight to unique possibilities for business and testing related with sustainable development. All the activity reports are publicly accessible. Learn more on the project website (http://bsuin.eu/2021/01/08/bsuin-final-reports/)

There are reports like
  • Underground food production: An overview on possibilities, advantages and examples of using underground facilities for food production and developing technologies & practices.
  • Service Design: Service concepts for the ULs and a joint service offering for the network of ULs: It describes the service concepts with the value propositions created for the ULs.
  • Review of the best practices in underground working environment development: This collects best practices and experiences of the ULs in the project.

In the workshop of the project team members, also following aspects were brought up. UL’s can be used to learn and improve sustainable development such as energy and environment. It is not about the quantity, but it is about quality and long-term thinking. The ULs mean sometimes development possibilities of remote areas.

In the coming decades sustainability will become a key factor of competitiveness and success.  Sustainable development is a very interdisciplinary area giving that way many possibilities for future project ideas, e.g. ULs as business or test sites for implementing business activities related to achieve the Green Deal goals.

Eija-Riitta Niinikoski

Development Manager, University of Oulu, Kerttu Saalasti Institute

Project Manager of the BSUIN project


Lessons Learnt blogs are written by BSUIN project members. They tell lessons they have learnt about international collaboration, Baltic Sea cultural heritage as well as co-creation in multinational and multidisciplinary teams.

Exploring the ULs’ expectations for a CRM system

Choosing the right CRM system for an organization is challenging, which is why prior to the acquisition, precise CRM system requirements and specifications should be defined to support decision-making. One of the aims of the project was to provide CRM system requirements specification for the ULs. To explore the needs and limitations of the ULs, an online survey was used in this project.

OCTOBER 3, 2021

BIG DATA and global underground laboratories

In the EUL project, we develop better customer management and marketing processes for the partner laboratories and enhance the discovery and usability of the created online platform.


Lessons Learnt: Baltic Sea Region Common Identity

There are quite a few ideas, thoughts, lessons that you get as working in a transnational project team. The Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network (BSUIN) project gave us a great opportunity to learn more about the common identity and differences that we have around our Baltic Sea.


EUL Innovation platform V1.1: implementing updates

One of the main aims of the EUL (Empowering Underground Laboratories Network Usage) project is to test and develop the EUL Innovation platform and to make the tool into a more user-friendly and more purposeful direction for the potential customers and the underground laboratory managers to use. To achieve it WP2 team with its leader Jose Garcia de Real organized interactive workshops to gather ideas on how to make it possible.

MAY 19, 2020

Study of natural background radiation in Callio Lab (Finland)

The Callio Lab is one of the six underground laboratories participating in the BSUIN project. The natural background radiation (NBR) measurements were performed in Callio Lab (located in the Pyhäsalmi Mine (Finland)) in July 2018 by a group from the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. The NBR measurement carried out at a depth of 1436 m (~4000 m w.e.) in the felsic volcanic bedrock occurs.

MAY 19, 2020

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

The BSUIN project was presented during the Open Day in Institute of Physics, University of Silesia (Poland).

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.

OCTOBER 30, 2019

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.

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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