BUP PhD thesis award winners 2021
The announcement of the winners of the BUP PhD thesis award, has been published in the BUP Weekly. There, we proudly presented the winners of the BUP PhD thesis award, defended during 2020.
To support talented students from the network more directly, the BUP Board decided in 2013 to introduce a PhD Award that would find its first laureates in 2014. Since then, young researchers writing a highquality thesis that promote sustainable development in a Baltic Sea region context has received the distinction. The award is established in two research areas. Winners of the PhD Award receive a distinction in the form of a diploma, a statuette and financial support for either attending a scientific conference or publishing in a peer-review scientific journal. In 2021 The Baltic University Programme decided to grant two PhD students.
Winner in the category of Social Sciences and Humanities, is Huriye Armagan Dogan, from Kaunas University of Technology. The thesis is titled: The Role of Cultural Memory in the Strategies of Adaptive Re-Use of Built Heritage. The committee’s motivation for the selection of winner is:
The BUP PhD thesis award 2020 goes to The Role of Cultural Memory in the Strategies of Adaptive Re-Use of Built Heritage, by Huriye Armagan Dogan (Kaunas 2020). Over the past decades, a substantial amount of research has been conducted across different disciplines that focuses on memory. Drawing on memory studies, cognitive science, as well as research on architecture, Dogan takes an interest in the relation between public perceptions and memories and the notion of “cultural heritage”, as something that deserves protection. In practice, this becomes related to sustainability and adaptive re-use of historical buildings. More specifically, it is a very sophisticated study of architecture (from the Modern Movement of the 20th century) in Ankara and Kaunas, a style perhaps more appreciated by experts/researchers than ordinary people. Using both social surveys and experiments (based on eye tracking technology), Dogan demonstrates in a novel way that assessments of cultural heritage is related to memories and associations; and that facades of historical buildings are assessed by people using a set of basic criteria: ornaments, lines, material/texture, interventions, patina, color, and expressive architectural elements. In all, it is an ambitious attempt to understand why some historical buildings (and not others) are perceived as part of the cultural heritage, worthy of protection and preservation.
The winner in the category of Natural Sciences and Engineering is Karīna Bāliņa, Riga Technical University, under the supervision of Professor Francesco Romagnoli. The thesis is titled: Baltic Seaweed Biorefinery. The committee’s motivation for the selection of winner is:
The over-exploitation of natural resources is coupled with degradation of ecosystems and the decrease in economic growth and human wellbeing. The PhD thesis by Karīna Bāliņa (Latvia, Riga Technical University, Faculty of Electrical and Environmental Engineering entitled “Baltic Seaweed Biorefinery”, elaborated under supervision of Professor Francesco Romagnoli, presents a holistic conceptual model of biorefinery using seaweed biomass to produce a sequence of valuable products including bioenergy at the final stage of the conversion. The focus of the dissertation on seaweeds places the research in the centre of the ongoing policy framework for development of the future materials for bio-based products and new markets. Karina Balina’s research is carefully planned and executed, the findings are of great importance to the development of bioeconomy. Dissertation provides an original concept for seaweed products and associated conversion processes together with an assessment of potential biomass acquisition and implementation in the context of local and global economy. Therefore, the research for new renewable resources like seaweeds meets the current EU and global policy towards sustainable development.
News from 2022
International Tourism Congress ITC2022
The ITC2022 is organized by the Faculty of Geographical Sciences, University of Lodz in cooperation with CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation, with financial support from the BUP. ITC2022 will be held on 17-19 November 2022 at University of Lodz.
Applications open for Student Ambassadors autumn 2022
The BUP Coordinating Secretariat calls for students and PhD students at BUP participating universities, who are interested in becoming Student Ambassadors during the autumn term of 2022. As a Student Ambassador, you are asked to promote BUP as an organisation and our events and activities among your fellow students and academic staff.
Research Notes Letter vol. 5, issue 1
We present Research Notes Letter vol. 5, issue 1. This publication includes abstracts on some of the most recent publications concerning the Baltic Sea Region and our ten BUP Themes. This issue of the Research Notes Letter contains 16 scientific abstracts on current research conducted at the BUP participating universities.
International conference “Sustainable Consumption and Production: How to Make it Possible”
Institute of Environmental Engineering at Kaunas University of Technology in cooperation with BUP invites you to the 4th international conference “Sustainable Consumption and Production: How to Make it Possible”. During the conference it is intended for researchers to examine the challenges arising when transforming economy and societies according to the European Green Deal roadmap.
BUP PhD Students Training 2022
The BUP announces the 2022 PhD Students Training that will take place 23-27 November 2022 at Lodz University of Technology, Poland. The participants will have different nationalities and academic backgrounds: Engineering, Social Sciences/Humanities and of Life Sciences/Environmental Sciences. The program of the training includes: lectures, workshops, students’ presentations of PhD work, individual consultancies of PhD work with international experts.
Applications open for BUP PhD workshop
The workshop “Societies, Cultures, Critical Theories” aims at strengthening collaboration and find novel ways of interaction between PhD students from participating universities of The Baltic University Programme (BUP), in the name of supporting the key role that universities play in a democratic, peaceful and sustainable development. Deadline for applications is 22 August 2022.
BUP Annual Report 2021
In the 2021 Annual Report you can read more about our Space Bridges 2.0, the BUP Symposium 2021, the BUP course platform, the Digital at home project, the Student Ambassadors, the Secretariats and so much more.
New student representatives
During the BUP student conference the participating student made their voices heard and voted for two new student representatives for the the BUP international board. The students that were elected are Tereza Homolova from University of Ostrava and Seymur Ingilabli from University of Lodz. They have both shared with us their thoughts and aims with their new roles.
BUP Symposium 2022
The BUP announces the Symposium 2022 that will be held 8-9 November online via Zoom. Day 1 will feature oral presentations from researchers from BUP participating universities in the Baltic Sea Region. Day 2 will feature sessions that focuses on research matchmaking.
ESD Science Lab 2022 for BUP teachers
The Baltic University Programme (BUP) calls for applicants to an exciting research professional development opportunity for BUP teachers that are interested in publishing their most recent work in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
New Centre Director in Estonia
We welcome Tiina Elvisto, PhD, Associate Professor at Tallinn University as our new Centre Director in Estonia. Tiina has shared with us some thoughts about her new position as well as her history with The Baltic University Programme.
New Ukrainian colleague
This week the Coordinating Secretariat in Uppsala has welcomed our new colleague Lidiia Hryniv to the office. Lidiia is a Doctor of economic sciences and Professor of Ivan Franko Lviv National University.
Internship announcement for Ukrainian students
Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, The Baltic University Programme (BUP) wishes to aid one Ukrainian student by offering an internship during the spring and summer of 2022 at the Coordinating secretariat of the programme located at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Internship announcement for autumn 2022
The Baltic University Programme (BUP) would like to support students in their first career steps. Therefore, we wish to welcome students from the BUP participating universities to apply for an internship during the autumn of 2022 at the Coordinating secretariat of the programme located at Uppsala University, Sweden.
The BUP student conference 2022
The Baltic University Programme’s coordinating secretariat at Uppsala University and Slovak University of Agriculture, can proudly present the BUP’s annual student conference 2022. This year, we are focusing on the topic Resilient food systems from a Baltic Sea Region perspective.
Support Ukrainian scientists abroad
The BUP Associate Secretariat at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, has started an initiative titled "Baltic Science Bridge". The idea is to provide support to Ukrainian scholars and scientists unable to work in the country due to the war, with an opportunity to live and perform some academic work in a Baltic Sea country which is not part of the conflict. All BUP member universities are invited to join and offer this extremely vital support.
Statement regarding the current war in Ukraine
This is to inform all BUP colleagues about the current situation for the Baltic University Programme (BUP) as an organisation in light of the war in Ukraine.
The BUP PhD Award 2022
The nomination for the Baltic University Programme (BUP) PhD Award 2022 is now open. The BUP supports high-quality research promoting sustainable development in a Baltic Sea region context. The award is established in two research areas: (1) Natural Sciences, Technology and Engineering and (2) Social Sciences and Humanities.
Looking for teachers in Sustainable Tourism
Currently, the BUP is updating the course material focusing on developing course modules connected to the BUP Themes. They are designed and will be offered as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). This means that they are accessed independent of time and place, as a full self-paced learning distance courses.
Support for young scholars
This year, we will support young scholars - PhD students, PhDs that have newly defended their thesis (max 2 years ago) and post doc. fellows - by inviting you to present your research at the BUP Symposium fall 2022 and give you the opportunity to publish a full paper in any of our special issues that BUP is the guest editor of.
Call for application to host a BUP event
This year BUP has an opportunity to give support to colleagues at BUP participating universities that are ready to host and organise a BUP academic event/activity that is of interest and relevance to sustainability and a Baltic Sea Region perspective, and that encourage interdisciplinary co-operations.
Announcing the BUP's Rector's conference 2022
This year the BUP and Uppsala University have the pleasure to welcome the Rectors of our participating universities to the 6th BUP Rectors Conference. This recurrent event is aimed to gather the rectors to discuss issues of strategic importance for the universities: Sustainability, Internationalisation and Quality Assurance.
New participating university: Zaporizhzhia National University
We are glad to announce that our programme is growing with new participating university, as Zaporizhzhia National University, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine joins the programme.