“The science we need for the Baltic Sea we want” unites scientists at the Baltic Sea Science Congress 2023

The Baltic Sea Science Congress 2023 (BSSC 2023), scheduled for August 21-25, 2023, in Helsinki, is set to bring together hundreds of scientists working on matters concerning the Baltic Sea Region.

The event aims to present the latest research findings, engage in discussions about the current status, trends, and future prospects of the Baltic Sea, and explore the future research requirements. A key focus of BSSC 2023 is the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The conference, designed with a multidisciplinary approach, incorporates dedicated panels for policy and decision makers. The overarching theme of the congress is “The science Ww need for the Baltic Sea we want,” emphasising knowledge exchange among marine scientists to inform societal and policy decisions for the sustainable management of the Baltic Sea, both presently and in the future.

The identified challenges, supported by scientific research outcomes, will guide the thematic priorities for cooperative efforts in the Baltic Sea Region to address the most demanding environmental Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Baltic Sea Science Congress 2023 is an integral component of the Finnish National Implementation Plan for the UN Decade of Ocean Science. It also a part of the Finnish Presidency program (2023–2024) of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).

The CBSS long term priority Sustainable and Prosperous region aims to support sustainable and resilient societies, as well as economic and social development within the bounds of a healthy ecosystem. The multidisciplinary approach of the BSSC 2023, featuring common panels for policy and decision makers, will bolster the scientific comprehension of the Baltic Sea. This, in turn, will guide the planning of cooperative research activities and foster interaction between science and society, contributing to CBSS’s mission of inspiring regions worldwide.

The BSSC 2023 is organised by the Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) and Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office of Finland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Helsinki City Council, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, EU Missions Restore our Ocean & Water, and the Finnish Presidency of the CBSS.