SI Baltic Sea Sessions – Innovation

Welcome to join a thematic session of the SI Baltic Sea Sessions focusing on innovation.

This thematic session in the SI Baltic Sea Sessions calls together actors interested in innovation. The focus of the session will be on place-based and mission-oriented innovation for sustainability in the Baltic Sea region.

SI Baltic Sea Sessions is a digital initiative in which we explore results and lessons learnt through projects and programmes  funded by the Swedish Institute in the Baltic Sea region. The Swedish Institute plans to arrange approximately four sessions yearly. Each session deals with a specific topic linked to the development of the Baltic Sea region and showcases projects and initiatives that have contributed to progress and sustainability of the region. Projects or activities that are presented can involve all SI’s 15 programme countries i.e. countries around the Baltic Sea and countries of the EU Eastern Partnership (*see below). During each session we will also open for reflections, dialogue and hopefully future connections.

When: 10 May 2022, 13:00 – 15:00 (CET)
Where: The session will be held in Zoom in English.
Registration: Register by following this link. 

A Zoom link to the session will be sent a few days ahead of the event.


Please join at 12:55 (CET) to be part of our pre-session activities. The official programme starts at 13:05 (CET)

Welcome and introduction

  • Camilla Wristel, the Swedish Institute
  • Therese Mithander Udovcic and Daniel Sköld, Peerstage (facilitators)

Designing mission-oriented innovation –
A practice guide on how to understand, start and produce transformational systemic change 

  • Andrea Råsberg, Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency

Different ways to contribute to Smart Specialisation Strategies for sustainability by taking on a mission-oriented approach in the Baltic Sea region

  • Connecting a social sustainability dimension to the work of European Digital Innovation Hubs.
  • Making use of the transnational opportunities in European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) to get the work done, representatives from the ERDF and ESF in countries of the Baltic Sea region.
    • Jan-Hendrik Kathmann, Brandenburg Ministry for Economy, Labour and Energy, Germany
    • Jon Fransson, Region Blekinge, Sweden

Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region – paths to explore together

  • Esa Kokkonen, the Baltic Institute of Finland, Policy Area Coordinator, Policy Area Innovation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Final reflections

  • Markus Boman, the Swedish Institute
  • Therese Mithander Udovcic and Daniel Sköld, Peerstage (facilitators)



* The Swedish Institute programme countries in the Baltic Sea region are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden and Ukraine.

The Swedish Institute has suspended all support to state and public-sector actors in Russia and Belarus. Note that only non-public actors from Russia and Belarus may participate in events arranged by the Swedish Institute.