Science symposia

Baltic Sea Science Congress (BSSC2021)

18-22 October 2021
Århus, Denmark


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​BSSC2021 brings together scientists working on issues related to the Baltic Sea Region to present the most recent research and to discuss status, trends, and the future of the Baltic Sea as well as future research needs.

In 2021, the update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan is expected to be adopted and the UN Decade of Ocean Science will commence. In light of these important milestones, a prime focus of the 13th Baltic Sea Science Congress 2021 is to establish a platform for connecting scientists and decision-makers. 

​​Early Career Scientist support

Early Career S​cientists can apply for travel support to the conference. ​

Support criteria:

  • you have submitted an abstract (poster or oral presentation) that is accepted​
  • ​at the tim​​e of the conference, you are (a) 35 years of age or younger, (b) currently enrolled in a PhD program, and/or (c) completed a PhD in the last 5 years
  • preference will be given to early career scientists that have an affiliation with ICES member countries 

Applications for ECS support have closed.

Background information

The Baltic Sea is important for many people as around 85 million people live in the surrounding area. The Baltic Sea has been exposed drastically to a multitude of human pressures and, therefore, serves as a time-machine for predicting changes in other coastal oceans (Reusch et al. 2018; Sci.Adv.). Improvements of the environmental status have been observed in the Baltic Sea (described in HELCOM State of the Baltic Sea report, 2018), but this is a slow process mainly due to limited level of water exchange in the Baltic Sea. The status of the marine environment in the Baltic Sea is important not just for the ecosystem health itself but also for human well-being and for the marine ecosystems ability to provide goods i.e. important for the national economies.

The first Baltic Sea Science Congress was held in Rønne, Denmark, in 1997 and is now a key international event addressing a broad interdisciplinary spectrum of Baltic Sea research from physical and biogeochemical settings to climate issues with implication for the ecosystem status and biodiversity. It also attracts researchers outside of the Baltic region. The Congress addresses fundamental science issues and also focuses on interdisciplinary science and management issues.


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​​​​Organizing committee:

Anne van Acker (Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark​)​
Charlotte Hviid (Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark)
Christoph Humborg , Chair of the Scientific and Organising Committee of BSSC2019 in Stockholm (Stockholm University, Sweden) ​
Jacob Carstensen, Chair of Scientific Committee ​(Aarhus University, Denmark)
Nikolaj Reducha Andersen (Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark​)
Peter Grønkjær (Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark)​​

​Scientific committee:​

Jacob Carstensen, ​Chair of the Scientific Committee ​(Aarhus University, Denmark)
Agneta Andersson (Umeå University, Sweden)
Alf Norkko (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Anda Ikauniece (Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, Latvia)
Anna Sobek (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Arno Kotilainen (Geological Survey of Finland, Finland)
Bo Gustafsson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Carolin Löscher (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Cristoph Humborg (Stockholm University, Sweden) 
Elinor Andrén (Södertörn University, Sweden) 
Gregor Rehder (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Reseach Warnemünde, Germany) 
Hans Estrup Andersen (Aarhus University, Denmark) 
Inga Dailidiené (Klaipeda University, Lithuania)
Inga Lips (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)
Inna Sokolova (University of Rostock, Germany)
Irena Telesh (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
Jørn Bo Jensen (Geological Survey of Denmark, Denmark)
Kai Myrberg (Finnish Environment Institute, Finland)
Kari Hyytiäinen (University of Helsinki, Finland) 
Karol Kulinski (Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Lasse Riemann (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Laura Uusitalo (Finnish Environment Institute, Finland)
Maren Voss (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Reseach Warnemünde, Germany)
Markus Meier (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Reseach Warnemünde, Germany)
Monika Winder (Stockholm University, Sweden) 
Olga Kovaleva (A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute, Russia)
Peter Grønkjær (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Teresa Radziejewska (University of Szczecin, Poland)
Uli Bathmann (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany)
Wojciech Wawrzynski (ICES)

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