Space Bridges 2.0

The concept of Space Bridges, was an early form telecommunication between two geographic location, that was implemented between the USA and Soviet Union in the early 1980’s. It reminds much of today’s video conference, with the different being that we today use the internet.

The BUP implemented the technology between 1990-1995, when a series of online lectures and seminars were held between different locations in the region. These Space Bridges was one of the main acitivites in the BUP’s early history and insipried our logo, with the Space Bridge satellite sheeding the light of knowledge over our region.

The BUP Space Bridge between Helsinki University and University of Warsaw, in 1993.
The BUP Space Bridge between Helsinki University and University of Warsaw, in 1993. Photo: BUP

During 2021, we will organize the new version of the BUP space bridge, version 2.0. This time we will connect two universities in the region at the time, with you having the possibility participate from wherever you might be. All you need is an internet connection!

Screenshot from the Space Bridge 2.0, session 1
Presentation during the Space Bridge 2.0 session 1, in January 2021.

You can either join the session by registering for a zoom link, or watch the livestream of the session on the BUP's youtube page.

Upcoming sessions

Green spaces in times of an increasing urbanization: On the challenges of making sustainable cities

Photo of Tallinn
Photo by Karson on Unsplash

In this session of the seminar series “Space Bridges 2.0” our focus will be on green spaces in times of an increasing urbanization. It discusses the challenges of making cities more sustainable from a planning and governance perspective. 

These presentations represent the Estonian contribution to the BUP's 2021 Space Bridges 2.0 Series celebrating 30 years of the BUP. 

Information about the seminar 'Green spaces in times of an increasing urbanization: On the challenges of making sustainable cities'. 

2 December 2021, Green spaces in times of an increasing urbanization: On the challenges of making sustainable cities. Hosted by Tallinn University

9 December 2021, Democracy in the Baltic Sea Region, Hosted by Lodz Technical University.

Sessions that have been held

Sustainable Cities: Urban Adaptation to Climate Change

Sustainable city
Photo: Victor on Unsplash

In this session, the presenters will explore certain transformations that have been taking place in cities across our region in response to climate change. A number of examples from the BUP region will be detailed. 

The session is hosted by hosted by Ivan Franko National University of L'viv and represents the Ukrainian contribution to the BUP Space Bridge 2.0 series. 

Information about the seminar "Sustainable Cities: Urban Adaptation to Climate Change". 

Bridging from fossil based to bio-based plastics: what science says?

Plastic granulat
Plastic granulat.
Photo by: torstensimon on Pixbay

In this session, presenters gives a view of bio-based, biodegradable and biopolymer plastics from a European perspective. The project Bio-plastics Europe is represented.

The session is hosted by Haw Hamburg, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and is the German Space Bridge session.

Information about the seminar "Bridging from fossil based to bio-based plastics: what science says?"

Social Sustainability - why and how?

Joining hands
Photo by: Hannah Busing, Unsplash

To explore why and how social sustainability is desired, this seminar uses the Timeout method. Timeout is a new way to generate and have constructive discussions and suitable for people with different backgrounds.

Hosted by Åbo Akademi University

Information about the seminar "Social Sustainability - why and how?"

European Universities Initiative - The Future of European University Starts Today 

Campus of KTU
Campus of KTU. Photo by KTU

Three Lithuanian universities (all BUP Participaring Universities) are partners in three different European University alliances - testing different models of the concept of European Universities. Examination of its potential to transform higher education. ​

Hosted by: Kaunas University of Technology

Information about the seminar "European Universities Initiative - The Future of European University Starts Today"

Last modified: 2021-11-22