Scientific networking on Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region

Event RDI Sustainability
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Date: 4.3.2024
Time: 12.00-16.00
Place: Turku or online

Welcome to a seminar where research and cooperation on sustainable development are the focus! 

Professor Walter Leal from the BUPRap office in Hamburg talks about research cooperation within sustainable development. Prof. Leal has an extended experience in research, education, and publication. His main research interests are in the fields of sustainable development and climate change, also including aspects of climate change and health.

We will also hear presentations on two current projects where sustainability is a key aspect. 

Time: 4th March 2024, at 1.00 pm.
Venue: Auditorium Aura, Fabriksgatan 2/Tehtaankatu 2, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Åbo Akademi University.

The seminar will also be streamed.

Registration: Please, register on this link on 1st March at the latest: . The link to the live-streaming will be sent to registered participants the same morning as the seminar is held.


  • 13:00 Welcome and a short introduction to the Baltic University Programme, Cecilia Lundberg, BUP Finland. 
  • 13.20 Fostering scientific cooperation via European and non-European founded projects on sustainable development, Prof. Walter Leal, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.
  • 14.20 Coffee.
  • 14.40 Light in the Dark – Increasing resilience in rural and coastal tourism in the northern Baltic Sea Region by developing off-seasons experiences, Project manager James Simpson & Senior Lecturer Maria Engberg, Novia University of Applied Sciences.
  • 15.00 Data-Driven Sustainability Management: Innovative solutions to support the green transition in cooperation with the industry, Ass. Prof. Jerker Björkqvist, Åbo Akademi University.
  • 15.20 General discussion and concluding remarks.
  • 15.45 End of seminar (by the latest). 


One of the main aims of  The Baltic University Programme (BUP) is to promote a strong regional research community in the field of sustainability. The Baltic Research and Publications Office (BUPRaP) at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences is a research and publications infrastructure supporting the Baltic University Programme (BUP) members in research activities and to enhance publications output and profile.