Top Baltic Sea science on show in St. Petersburg
scientific results were reported over the five days in
late August when the 8th Baltic Sea Science Congress
(BSSC) and the final BONUS+ final annual conference
convened jointly in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The BONUS scientists delivered nearly a quarter of
reports presented at the BSSC with a total number
of papers amounting to close of 400. In addition, eight out of 19 thematic sessions of the congress were initiated by the BONUS+ scientists. The broad themes of the conference included 1) Modern state, paleoreconstructions, trends; 2) Processes; 3) Impacts on ecosystem, environmental hazards; and 4) IT & management.
“The high quality of presentations at the BSSC is unprecedented” said Ilppo Vuorinen, the head of the Archipelago Research Center, University of Turku, Finland. “It is particularly important that the congress was in Russia giving the Russian scientists a possibility for networking with the rest of the Baltic Sea countries.”
Young scientists explore, discover and connect
On Tuesday, 23 August the Russian State Hydro-
meteorological University hosted a fun-filled evening
for the young scientists attending the 8th Baltic Sea
Science Congress in St. Petersburg.
A young Russian scientist Anna Kanukhina led the
participants through a brainstorming session for the
next Baltic Sea Science Congress motto. Young scientists’ suggestions were manifold, some more earnest than other, but all proving ammunition for a very entertaining evening with food, drink and laughter. Suggestions ranged from ‘Defend ecosystem from our technology’, ‘The Baltic Sea, no more bonus points left over’ and ‘Baltic – an unique and unite region in a changing world’, to ‘Reduce uncertainty, Increase accuracy, Define probability = Higher, Stronger, Faster’, ‘Let’s prevent the problems of the Baltic Sea before we give up and drain the sea and turn it into a vineyard’ and ‘Baltic Sea – the sea of opportunities’.