BALTIC SEA & (OUTER) SPACE CONFERENCE IN IO PAN SOPOT


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BALTIC SEA & (OUTER) SPACE. NEW PERSPECTIVE FOR OUR REGION conference took place at the IO PAN in Sopot on September 20, 2018. The conference was attended by representatives of business, science and administration. Arjen Uytendaal, chairmen of the ENMC and Grzegorz Brona, President of the Polish Space Agency, Director Karolina Lipińska. Department of Economic Development. Office of the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship and  consul Magdalena Pramfelt, honorary consul of Sweden and the Netherlands, president of the Association of Honorary Consuls in Poland and the president of the Polish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. This conference has therefore an important role for the development of scientific and business cooperation in the Baltic Sea region and in the European Union,  were the special guests of the conference.

Conference participants were greeted by Prof. Jan Marcin Węsławski, Director of the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.  The role of the oceans in climate change and its effects on European seas, The natural and anthropogenic variability of the Baltic Sea environment, Contemporary changes in the coastal ecosystems of shelf seas and Genetic and physiological mechanisms of the functioning of marine organisms; the basics of marine biotechnology, are the main  Research Areas nd activities of the Institute informed prof. Węsławski. Undoubtedly, space activity opens new, great possibilities challenges. Not only are these problems associated with technology and technical matters, also with the access to the outer space, safety, legal regulations, administration and management of the outer space – Prof. Edmund Wittbrodt, President of the Space Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Gdansk Branch , said during the opening of the conference. Baltic Sea and Space Cluster (BSSC) activity and strategy was presented by Marek Grzybowski, PhD., President of the Baltic Sea & Space Cluster. BSSC is an important Maritime and Space Cluster in Central and Eastern Europe, an active maritime cluster player in the Baltic Sea Region and the EU, as well as a member of the European Network of Maritime Clusters, United Nation Global Compact and The European Cluster Collaboration Platform. The BSSC focuses on transferring knowledge and organizing business, science and administration cooperation in a global and regional scale. The cluster thinks globally and acts globally- said President Marek Grzybowski.

We should recognize that the sea sciences and the outer space sciences are closely inter-related in areas of technology and technics, management and governance, law and policy. Both these perspective have to be viewed in the 21st century in the context of the changing face of integrated system of science and practice – said  Prof. Zdzisław BRODECKI, President of the THINK TANK , Baltic Sea & Space Cluster and he stressed that these two fields are increasingly becoming different from what they used to be only a few decades ago. Polish Space Agency (POLSA) is responsible for preparation and implementation of the National Space Programme – an executive programme for Polish Space Strategy prepared and published by polish government in 2017. The goal behind developing and implementing the National Space Programme is to establish competences to fulfil the national needs relating to space technologies and to increase competitiveness on the international market of the polish space sector – infor Grzegorz Brona, PhD., President of the Polish Space Agency. In a comprehensive presentation he presented the development of a space business and the Polish space companies contribution to the development of space technologies.

Satellite monitoring of the Baltic Sea environment, SatBałtyk project presented in detail prof. Mirosława Ostrowska, Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The SatBałtyk System enables the ongoing imaging and forecasting of the physical, chemical and biological properties of the Baltic environment at different depths, and in certain situations, also for different wavelengths of visible light. Apart from the typical oceanographic characteristics of the marine environment the system determines specialised parameters describing complex natural processes. Many of these characteristics are unique, and their values are not determined operationally by any other comparable system – informed prof. Ostrowska.

The benefits of cooperation between maritime industries for the national economy Arjen Uytendaal, President of the European Network of Maritime Clusters, presented very clearly on the example of the Dutch maritime cluster, one of the strongest clusters in the European Union. He also presented the areas of ENMC’s activities, focusing on cooperation between national clusters and cooperation with DG Mare. Cooperation  with various maritime organizations is also necessary – stressed the president Arjen Uytendaal. Cooperation of maritime clusters and inclusion of the Baltic Sea and Space Cluster is part of the European cooperation strategy and ensures the development of interpersonal and business contacts of our countries, said the consul Magdalena Pramfelt, honorary consul of Sweden and the Netherlands, president of the Association of Honorary Consuls in Poland and the president of the Polish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. This conference has therefore an important role for the development of scientific and business cooperation in the Baltic Sea region and in the European Union.

Space3ac – a unique acceleration program for incubating start-ups sea and space technologies was a subject of Agata Marszołek (Pomeranian Special Economic Zone) very interesting presentation. Pomeranian Special Economic Zone was the leader of the project. Space3ac was a unique acceleration program that brings together large business and technological startups that provide them with innovative solutions. Our traditional focus was downstream space technologies (i.e. satellite navigation, geolocation, Earth Observation and other satellite data applications). Three editions of the accelerator had already been carried out in last three years, with 30 startups finishing the program.  Baltic Sea & Space Cluster as a strong brand in Baltic Sea Region was presented in dynamic presentation by Marcin Więckowski, Managing Director, Head of Strategy, WHIZBRAND, member of the Baltic Sea & Space Cluster. During the discussion, the issue of clusters’ cooperation and development of joint scientific and business projects was discussed.

President Arjen Uytendaal and President Grzegorz Brona were invited to the cluster THINK TANK team, whose president is the professor Zdzisław Brodecki.

   

The conference was organized by a team of the Institute’s employees under the leadership prof. Mirosława Ostrowska, Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Photo: Marek Grzybowski