• Several seminars will be held during the Baltic Sea Festival around our three pillars - the music, the environment and leadership.

    The seminars are held in Swedish at. 17:00 - 18:00 in Studio 3 in the Swedish Radio House, Stockholm. If you are unable to attend they are also shown on our web site (see below).

  • Tuesday 22 August

    The Swedish Foreign Policy Institute (UI). Moderator: Karsten Thurfjell.

    In Wagner's Ring the Rheingold glitters and seduces. It makes both gods and ordinary men bring forward their their worst and their best sides. The struggle for values and justice has meticulously followed a path of ever-better institutions, from the UN Charter 1945 and the Human Rights Conventions 1948 to the European Project after the fall of the Wall in 1989. However, recent developments are worrying. Leaders who gather power over government, justice, business, and media win terrain in our vicinity and globally. Should we live in a world "without facts, without standards, without responsibility"? Are there new forms of permanent ties between political power and money? What, then, is the opposition to politics, business, society, the media and culture?

    Participants: Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and former tidigare Director General of the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida), Natali Phalén, Secretary General of the Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute (IMM), Mats Karlsson, Director at The Swedish Institute of Foreign Affairs (UI), Johan Engvall, Research fellow at UI's Russia- and Eurasia program, and Ginna Lindberg, Sveriges Radio.

    Arranged by: Utrikespolitiska Institutet.


    >> WATCH THE SEMINAR (in Swedish)

  • Wednesday 23 August

    Klotet, Science Radio, Sweden's Radio P1. Moderator and Program Manager: Susanna Baltscheffsky and Marie-Louise Kristola.

    Klotet's talk at the Baltic Sea Festival is that there are ideas for technical solutions to stop poisonous algae blooms, but they are caught on a small scale pilot project. For example, attempts to pump down oxygen to the seabed have been tested, and also to chemically bind the excess phosphorus at the bottoms. But Baltic ecologists are skeptical about so-called geo-ringing, with the motivation that the ecosystem can be adversely affected. At the same time, the ecosystem is already severely destroyed by the eutrophication, and the problem will persist for decades, although we could succeed in stopping further supply of nutrients to the ocean. Why are not the technologies further tested? What are they at risk? And what risks do we take by not using the technology available? Is geoingering good or bad?

    Tina Elfving, Stockholm University, Baltic Sea Centre.
    Sven Blomqvist, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University.
    Bengt Simonsson, head of research and market, TechMarket.

    Arranged by: Sweden's Radio P1.

    >> WATCH THE SEMINAR (in Swedish)

  • Thursday 24 August

    The Swedish Institute for Foreign Affairs (UI). Moderator: Karsten Thurfjell.

    When Finland became independent in 1917, it was after World War II and Revolution. The Nordic countries found their way and developed their societal models. The Baltic states became independent on the other side of the Baltic Sea. Soviet and Nazi Germany threw Europe into a new war, followed by excitement and oppression. From the ashes, new European cooperation came in 1989, which opened the way for the modern EU. Today, we are once again feeling splitting powers in Europe. Where is the Nordic identity today? In Europe? In the Baltic Sea Region? With us in Sweden? The road of Finland has been long. It is today a country that has reason to celebrate 100 years of pride. But we all have reason to ask us about the future and the role of the Nordic region in it.

    Participants: Gunnar Wetterberg, author, Björn Fägersten, Senior Research Fellow at The Swedish Institute for Foreign Affairs (UI) and Director of UI's Europe Programme.
    Arranged by: The Swedish Institute for Foreign Affairs (UI).


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  • Monday 28 August

    Swedish Institute. Moderator: Karsten Thurfjell.

    In the Baltic Sea Region, the common challenges are many, as well as the goals and measures that point to the direction towards more sustainable development. Many are also the different types of organizations that today contribute through projects, business and collaborations. When many actors at different levels are to achieve change towards common goals, leadership plays a decisive role. What kind of leadership is required for Baltic Sea regional cooperation to work? What are the challenges of leadership in an international context? What leaders and leadership are missing today - nationally, regionally and locally? What is the role of the academy, business and civil society? Some prominent leaders who work for sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region share their most important experiences.

    Arranged by: Swedish Institute.
    Participants: Marc Claus, Project manager, Race for the Baltic, Hannah Kroksson, vice chairman, LSU, Sveriges Ungdomsorganisationer, Johan Kuylenstierna,  Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Jakob Granit, Director General, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.

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  • The mini-seminars are held in Swedish at 18:00 - 18:15 in the Berwaldhallen.

    The mini seminars are shown live on Berwaldhallen's Facebook page where they also can be seen later. After the seminars, the evening's concert will be presented.

    August 22  Presentation of Stockholm Act

    August 23  Researcher from Stockholm Resilience Center

    August 24  Researcher from Stockholm Resilience Center

    August 25  WWF: Baltic Sea - Threats and Opportunities.

    August 26 Radiohjälpen. Astrid Jenssen, Economist.
    Cancelled due to illness.

    August 27 Raoul Wallenberg Academy, Olle Wästberg presents this year's winner of the Raoul Wallenberg Prize.

    August 28 Raoul Wallenberg Academy, this year's winner Young Courage is presented.

    August 29 NEFCO (Nordic Environment Financing Corporation) presents its work on financing environmental projects around the Baltic Sea. NEFCO has its headquarters in Helsinki and was created by the Nordic governments after the fall of the wall to accelerate the development of small and medium-sized environmental projects. The Swedish State Department has taken the initiative to present NEFCO's activities at the Baltic Sea Festival.

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