Call for abstracts for BUP Research Forum, Theme sessions

Submission is open until 31st of January 2020

The BUP Research Forum is an interdisciplinary forum with an emphasis on research relevant to the Baltic Sea Region in the context of Sustainable Development with focus on nine different Themes: Climate Change and Renewable Energy, Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Water Resources, Urban-Rural Development, Sustainable Mobility, Circular Economy, Sustainable Tourism, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Sustainable Societies.

We are challenging researchers from different disciplines with an interest in the Baltic Sea Region as an empirical field to discuss Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region. You are warmly welcome to give presentations and discuss your ongoing research and projects with key scholars n the field. The symposium is free of charge for colleagues from BUP Member Universities. Others are kindly asked to pay a conference fee of 150 Euro upon registering.

More detailed description about the conference Themes can be found under the Theme sessions (see below). You can find important dates and more information about the conference venue here.

As a researcher you are welcome to submit an abstract, which means if accepted you will orally present your research at the BUP Research Forum at the symposium. You are also welcome to bring a poster, see instructions below.

On behalf of the organisers we wish you warmly welcome to Visby to the first BUP SYMPOSIUM ever!

How to submit your abstract?

To submit your abstract, simply fill in the submission of abstracts form, and attach a 250-word abstract in English of your topic.

An abstract should describe the rationale and aims of the paper, and some of its results. General descriptions of broad contexts should be avoided. Abstracts should be written in the third person and not in the first or second one (e.g. I, me, or my paper). Authors whose abstracts have been accepted, will receive further details about how to submit their conference proceedings, and further logistical information. 

Abstracts submitted by 31st of January 2020 will be reviewed. Decisions about acceptance/rejection are sent to the applicants by 18th of February 2020. After this the scientific committee will plan the detailed program for each Theme session and contact the participants in case further information is needed.

Kindly note that we accept only one abstract per person.

All accepted abstracts will be published in a Book of Abstracts under the condition that they are orally presented by at least one of the authors.

We have an agreement with the journal Sustainability to host a special issue "Challenges and Possibilities for Sustainable Development in a Baltic Sea Region context". Researchers with accepted abstracts are welcome to submit their full paper for potential publication.

There will also be a possibility for some of the abstract authors to publish their full paper in the book "Universities, Sustainability and Society: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”. It will be part of the award-winning “World Sustainability Series”, published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers. The series is edited by Professor Walter Leal from the Baltic Universities Research and Publications Programme (BUPRaP).


How to present your poster?

To present your poster at the BUP symposium, simply choose a Theme session in the submission of abstracts form, and keep the lay-out according to the suggestions below. Submit your poster at the symposium venue registration desk.

  • Total poster size maximum A0 and minimum A2
  • Text in English (body text font size minimum 16p)
  • Include information on:
    • Introduction
    • Research question
    • Main method
    • Main results
    • Main conclusion
    • Keywords (maximum five)
    • Author/researcher (-s)
    • Contact information

Theme sessions

Sessions are divided under following Themes. For more information on each theme, please follow the links below.

Theme 1: Climate Change and Renewable Energy
Coordinator: Joakim Widén

Theme 2: Sustainable Food Systems
Coordinator: Radovan Kasarda

Theme 3: Sustainable Water Resources
Coordinator: Artur Magnuszewski

Theme 4: Urban-Rural Development
Coordinator: Henner Busch

Theme 5: Sustainable Mobility
Coordinator: Linas Kliučininkas

Theme 6: Circular Economy
Coordinator: Visvaldas Varžinskas and Markus Will

Theme 7: Sustainable Tourism
Coordinator: Anette Oxenswärdh

Theme 8: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Coordinator: Eva Friman and Cecilia Lundberg

Theme 9: Sustainable Societies
Coordinator: Joakim Ekman