Interreg South Baltic programme's projects at Eco-Tech 2020 conference in Kalmar
Since 1997, the 12th Linnaeus Eco-Tech conference in Kalmar was held on 23-25 November 2020 but the first time online.
Conference organisers, William Hogland and Jelena Lundström from Linnaeus University, were satisfied with the digital event that brought together researchers, practitioners, Masters of Science (MSc) and Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) candidates ¬ over 150 participants from 21 countries. Environmental issues have risen from local to regional and from regional to global problems. “We have had three very rewarding days, filled with interesting speakers including many workshops and poster sessions presenting different EU-projects related to waste and water, as well as ecological. We were happy to host partners from Interreg programmes, such as 2 Seas Mers Zeeën, Baltic Sea Region and South Baltic” – says Jelena Lundström. With an increased number of successful reference projects, the interest in cooperation, innovation and knowledge exchange is growing. Study trips were arranged on-line, too.
There were several workshops for the partners of the South Baltic projects: BAPR, BSAM and RBR. The delegates had also an opportunity to participate in the debate “Baltic Sea ¬ potential water source. Water pollutants and solutions”.
The conference is promoting closer partnerships between industry and the research sector to ensure the Baltic region is the best place to realise and capitalise on opportunities in innovative sustainable technologies.
The positive feedback was received indicating that many of participants attest to the significance of the experience to this very systematic, organised, insightful, inspiration and critical thinking conference. The Eco-Tech itself is calling on researchers and municipalities to work together to ensure benefits from a rapidly expanding society were students will work with professional scientists and become scientist themselves by observing and recoding real-life data.
On-line with Guatemala, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Russia, EU-countries and others.
Photo by William Hogland
Text by Jelena Lundström