From 01 October 2010

Baltic Sea Region - Archipelago of Innovation?

The objective is to create a seamless working environment for fast growth innovative SME all over the Baltic Sea Region

Working language: russian




Baltic Civilization Research Institute (BCI) is an international non-governmental organization created with the assistance of the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

The Institute provides analytical, academic, scientific and organizational support to the Amber Bridge international public fund.  The institute promotes intellectual potential integration of ten countries of the region: Russia, Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Finland, Sweden, and Estonia.

The Baltic Civilization Institute research project is based on the following vector guidelines:

  • Baltic Civilization as an historic and geographic phenomenon
  • Environmental research
  • Economic research
  • Social and political research
  • Historic, ethnographic and cultural research
  • Public opinion research
  • Creation of a scientific-information Internet portal by the mentioned guidelines.

The Baltic Civilization Institute aims at:  
Expanding the scientific bank of ideas circulating on the political, social, cultural, and economic spaces of the region; 

Expanding interaction capabilities of policy-forming communities, including the business community;

Proactive detection and examination of facts capable of negatively affecting various regional cooperation prospects; Reconciling potential contradictions through mutual clarification of positions.


The Institute enjoys the international status not only due to the engagement of experts from various countries of the region, but first and foremost due to the participation of its staff in the international exchange of information and ideas, accumulation of everything valuable that can be borrowed from informal and unofficial communications.
The design of joint Internet projects and promotion of a scientific on-line computer dialogue can encourage, in particular:

  • The design of multi-faceted projects in the sphere of history, culture, and education aimed at expanding communication possibilities of Russian and Baltic cultures;
  • Planning and organization of student exchanges between Baltic higher educational establishments, as well as study placement, joint conferences, and grants for young scientists;
  • Research and actualization of the historical and cultural heritage of the Baltic region in order to form positive public stereotypes of regional integration;
  • Information and analytical backup to cooperation projects between Baltic countries and Russian regions;
  • Content provision and support of Internet resources – news portals, electronic databases and background materials promoting inter-regional cooperation and transit operations;
  • Publishing and museum activities.

The project portfolio of the Institute will be based on information and analytical needs of the Amber Bridge international public fund.

The Baltic Civilization Institute will build relations with partners on a contracted basis. The Institute will also initiate and carry out its own research and design.  As a rule, projects will be designed in case concrete financing is available and terminated after it ends. Each guideline actually offers a “frame” that will develop into a separate unit of the Institute as the needs and possibilities expand. 

Then following vector guidelines are to comprise the conceptual basis of the Baltic Civilization Institute research project at the initial stage:

1. Baltic civilization as an historic and geographic phenomenon

Research of the Baltic region as a common space for the North of Europe. Research of the Baltic region as a “northern mirror” of the Mediterranean. Research of the Baltic space structure, its specifics, and the place in the history of Europe. 
The creation of a think-tank for the Baltics as a macro world region, a geographical matrix, and a unique historic and cultural center.

2. Environmental research

Research of the Baltic region as a common ecosphere. Scientific, conceptual, theoretical, and practical consultative backup to environmental projects.  

Promotion of the research, protection and development of the Baltic Sea environment, its flora and fauna.   Assisting the introduction of environment-friendly technologies for the use of biological resources of the sea and the coast.

projects to introduce and advocate environmental conscience and responsible approaches to the ecosphere. Promotion of international dialogue in the sphere.

3. Economic research

Generalization of the financial and economic experience of Scandinavian countries and Finland in the buildup of modern and socially-targeted economies. 
of the pension system in Scandinavian countries. 
Review of “Baltic tigers” experience with a high economic growth pace and recommendations for the anti-crisis policy in Baltic countries.  
Review of transit and trade logistics in the Baltic region, e.g., examination of the experience in the creation and use of the Norway Oil Fund.  Expert discussions of the efficiency of the economic instrument.

4. Social and political research

Review of the institutional basics and sociological (and demographic) consequences of the combination of democratic parliamentary and socialist mechanisms in society formation in Scandinavia.  Analysis of the environmentalist “green” movement as a political force determining the policy in the region. Provision of recommendations to improve political models in Baltic countries, form and promote public conscience with PR effort regarding various conflicting social issues. Review of current diplomatic and internal political agenda of regional countries.

5. Historic, ethnographic, and cultural research

Research programs in the sphere of cultural anthropology (ethnology), linguistics (Slavic, Baltic and Finnish languages), historic problems, first and foremost, Baltic integration historic projects beginning with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Rzeczpospolita.    

Review of modern time war experience and diplomatic methods of conflict settlement. 
Baltic fleets history and maritime traditions.

6. Public opinion research

Review of public conscience stereotypes, historic views and knowledge of regional neighbors, including Russia, and public awareness of current political and economic processes.

7. Creation of scientific-information Internet portal by the mentioned guidelines

Networking leading experts for operative accumulation of information resources. Creation of platforms for expert discussions.  

The Institute is governed by the president who is backed by the Expert and Consultative Councils.  
The former council unites universal analysts capable of complex problem and information source analysis.
The Consultative Council unites distinguished practical experts.
The Expert Council includes guideline coordinators and staff analysts.

Council functions:

Actualization of problems to be comprehended and studied;
Determination of most promising designs in Russia and abroad;
Selection of most prominent experts and analysts and their engagement in cooperation;
Drafting an overall research and design plan;
Placing orders for operative studies;
Coordination of unit research activities;
Formation of the publishing program of the Institute.

Institute president chairs the Council.

Immediate coordination of Expert Council activities is the responsibility of the Coordinator who is a non-voting member of the Consultative Council. The Consultative Council unites practical experts with major experience and connections in corresponding spheres. The Council operates according to its own plan agreed with the Institute president.

Council tasks:

  • Actualization of problems to be comprehended and studied;
  • Coordination of Institute activities with interested organizations and state agencies.

The Consultative Council operates at the president of the Institute. 
The Consultative Council possesses no regulatory functions related to other units of the Institute.
Consultative Council Coordinator is a non-voting member of the Expert Council.

Technical and support staff work in one department of the Institute comprising financial and legal, organizational and technical support, publishing, and security offices.


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