BONUS in Brussels, 1-2 December 2015

Venue: The European Commission, Madou Plaza Towers, 1 Place Madou, 1210 - Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode, Brussels

Kick-off conference of BONUS sustainable ecosystem services projects,Tuesday, 1 December 2015, 09:00-12:00

The kick-off conference of the eight sustainable ecosystem services projects that started their implementation earlier this year brought together BONUS project coordinators and other project team members from a total of 26 BONUS projects as well as members of the Steering Committee and the Advisory Board. The presentations by the SES projects were well received and generated further discussion among the 80 participants. After the networking lunch further discussions on BONUS programme related matters continued in a small-group meetings of the Project Coordinators, as well as the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee.

Kick off conference programme

BONUS sustainable ecosystem services projects' presentations:

BALTCOAST: A systems approach framework for coastal research and management in the Baltic

BALTICAPP: Wellbeing from the Baltic Sea – applications combining natural science and economics

BALTSPACE: Towards sustainable governance of Baltic marine space

GO4BALTIC: Coherent policies and governance of the Baltic Sea ecosystems

GOHERR: Integrated governance of Baltic herring and salmon stocks involving stakeholders

MIRACLE: Mediating integrated actions for sustainable ecosystem services in a changing climate

SHEBA: Sustainable shipping and environment of the Baltic sea region

STORMWINDS: Strategic and operational risk management for wintertime maritime transportation system

Information event showcased BONUS's impact, value and relevance for the European community, Wednesday, 2 December 2015, 11:00-14:00

The close to 100 participants, including representatives from the Commission Services, the European Parliament, country offices and other were welcomed to a BONUS information event and a networking lunch which was kicked off by welcoming words delivered by John Bell, Director of Bioeconomy, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission and followed up by 26 BONUS projects taking the center stage.

View the BONUS introductory video 2015 shown for the first time in Brussels (YouTube)

View the welcome words by Director of Bioeconomy John Bell, DG Research and Innovation (YouTube)

View 26 BONUS project representatives answer questions on key topics of their respective projects (YouTube) in order of appearance on the day:                                                                                                                                                                                       GOHERR: Päivi Haapasaari  -   BALTICAPP: Kari Hyytiäinen  -  MIRACLE: Karin Tonderski  -  SOILS2SEA: Jens Christian Refsgaard  -  GO4BALTIC: Berit Hasler  -  PROMISE: Kari Ylivainio  -  OPTITREAT: Helene Ejhed  -  MICROALGAE: Arvo Iital  -  COCOA: Daniel Conley  -  BALTCOAST: Gerard Schernewski  -  FERRYSCOPE: Desmond Murphy  -  PINBAL: Gregor Rehder  -  AFISMON: Matthias Labrenz  -  BLUEPRINT: Lasse Riemann  -  BIO-C3: Thorsten Reusch  -  BAMBI: Kerstin Johannesson  -  INSPIRE: Henn Ojaveer  -  FISHVIEW: Maarja Kruusmaa  -  SHEBA: Jana Moldanová  -  ZEB: Hulda Winnes  -  ESABALT: Heidi Kuusniemi  -  STORMWINDS: Floris Goerlandt  -  GEOILWATCH: Heidi Pihlak  -  HARDCORE: Mikko Lensu  -  CHANGE: Cecilia Soler  -  BALTSPACE: Michael Gilek

View Fritz Köster, the chair of the BONUS 2 Ad Hoc Group introduce the BONUS continuation plans (Youtube)

Portfolio - 28 BONUS research and innovation projects, December 2015. ALL text first published in BONUS in Brief newsletter issues December 2013, May 2014 and May 2015

Other BONUS meetings and events during 1-2 December 2015, Brussels

In addition, the first day of meetings was completed by the BONUS evening school that took place in the Le Plaza Hotel with a focus on the topic of measuring impact of science with the keynote delivered by Ramona Samson, Senior Policy Analyst, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission. The discussion was continued during a buffet networking dinner attended by the 70 evening school participants.

The day 2 began with the open triple meeting session which was attended by a total of close to 70 BONUS Steering Committee members, the Project Coordinators and Advisory Board members. The Steering Committee Chair Mats Svensson led the discussions on the future plans of BONUS, collaboration with the Baltic Sea Region Programme, BONUS projects' clustering plans as well as on the topic of demonstrating impact.  

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If you participated in one, several or all BONUS events in Brussels 1-2 December 2015, please take a few moments of your time to provide us with your feedback - hearing from you is very valuable to us when we plan future events!

Thank you,
The BONUS Secretariat team