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Workshop: Future Outlooks on Oceans and Human Health for the Baltic Sea


Do you work in the Baltic Sea area and are you involved in topics related to water and water quality, nature preservation, recreation, food and foodproduction and/or public health? Are you also interested in the relationship between oceans and human health? Then this workshop is for you!

The workshop will be organised in Helsinki at the Finnish Environment Institute on October 9th, 2019. The workshop is a joint effort of the project BONUS ROSEMARIE and the H2020 project SOPHIE.

So far relationships between the oceans and public health have primarily been studied in the United States of America. Europe has its own characteristics; therefore, it is anticipated that specific European perspectives (e.g. geography, demography) may impact the relationship between the oceans and human health and its underlying mechanisms. There may also be differences throughout Europe as well.

The HORIZON 2020 project SOPHIE (Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe http://www.sophie2020.eu) aims to study the relationship between oceans and human health in order to develop a European research agenda and a research community where environmental and health communities can meet. The research agenda will be used for future planning of the EC research programme in this field. One of the aims of the BONUS ROSEMARIE project (Blue health and wealth from the Baltic Sea – a participatory systematic review for smart decisions BONUS ROSEMARIE) is to collate the existing research and identify knowledge gaps of the effects of the Baltic Sea ecosystem on human health using a synthesis approach.

The two projects have decided to join forces to organize a workshop to identify possible relevant trends that need to be considered regarding oceans and public health in the Baltic Sea region. The workshop utilizes the DESTEP method where demographic, economic, social-cultural, technological, ecological and political-juridical trends are compared. To ensure that the future EU-research agenda includes the current perspective from the Baltic Sea countries, the potential impact of predominant trends will be discussed for this specific sea-basin and knowledge gaps will be identified.

Registration (incl. dietary restrictions) by e-mail:

Registration deadline is: Thursday 26.9.2019

Further information about the workshop: 

Project SOPHIE: Susanne Wuijts (susanne.wuijts@rivm.nl), Judith Hin (judith.hin@rivm.nl)
BONUS ROSEMARIE: Suvi Vikström (suvi.vikstrom@ymparisto.fi)


  • 10:00 Welcome, scope and objective of the Sophie project and this workshop
  • 10.10 Presentation of BONUS ROSEMARIE findings from the systematic literature review
  • 10.25 Introduction, exchanging experiences on work in the Baltic Sea:
    What is your perspective on the current situation in the Baltic Sea? What do you think is the most important issue in the Baltic Sea regarding water and health? Is there sufficient focus on a healthy water system in the Baltic Sea? Is there enough attention on the effect of the Baltic Sea on public health?
  • 10:45 Analysis and discussion of future trends:
    How relevant, or how uncertain are these trends for the Baltic Sea region? Are there any trends missing in this overview?
  • 11:15 Discussion on the impact of the five prioritised trends and related research questions:
    What are the potential impacts of the most relevant trends on the Baltic Sea region? What is already known about these impacts? What questions would have to be addressed regarding these trends and their impacts?
  • 12:00 Reflection and follow up: How will we use your contribution?
  • 12:15 Closure of the workshop

The workshop aims to be as interactive as possible to allow participants the maximum opportunity to input their experience, opinions and ideas in small groups before bringing these to the larger group.

Time 2019-10-09 10:00 - 12:15
Place Finnish Environment Institute SYKE

Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 HELSINKI
Organizer The workshop is jointly organised by the projects BONUS ROSEMARIE and SOPHIE.
Contact information Suvi.Vikstrom@ymparisto.fi
Registration 26.9.2019

Published 2019-09-04 at 16:40, updated 2019-09-04 at 16:40

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