All events in descending order

Project meeting, autumn 2019

Start date: 30.09.2019

End date: 01.10.2019

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Project meetings

The fifth biannual project meeting will be hosted by Aalborg University (AAU) and Aarhus University (AU) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting will gather all the project partners from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, and Sweden to discuss the progress of the BONUS BASMATI project.

Project meeting, spring 2019

Start date: 08.05.2019

End date: 10.05.2019

Location: Turku, Finland

Project meetings

The fourth biannual project meeting was organised during the same week as the second BONUS BASMATI PhD course. The two events shared a common day as both the PhD students and the project partners spend an interesting and enjoyable day at a mini cruise in the Finnish archipelago. In the first half of the trip, between Turku and Mariehamn, students presented their group work results to the project partners. In addition, UTU presented preliminary results from the Pan-Baltic case study on stakeholder involvement, and the project coordinator challenged the students to discuss the role of science in the MSP process. On the way back from Mariehamn, Nordregio held a session on transboundary collaboration for multidimensional integration in MSP.

The rest of the project meeting was held at the premises of the University of Turku (UTU), Finland. The two days included presentations and discussions on the progress and future plans of the work packages and the latest news on the Baltic Explorer tool. Attention was also given to important dissemination and management activities.

Photo: Meeli Roose
Photo: Meeli Roose

PhD course on MSP

Start date: 06.05.2019

End date: 08.05.2019

Location: Turku, Finland

PhD courses

Maritime Spatial Planning processes in Baltic Sea countries – PhD course (5 ECTS)

The University of Turku and the BONUS BASMATI project will jointly arrange a 5 ECTS PhD level course in Turku, Finland. The course will focus on the evaluation of the ongoing national and international maritime spatial planning initiatives, as well as on the methods and tools related to monitoring and evaluation of maritime spatial plans. Emphasis will be on the similarities and differences among the member states’ approaches in fulfilling the MSP directive’s requirements, and the overall progress within the Baltic Sea region at the moment.

The course will consist of:
  • a pre-reading exercise with a written report
  • lectures and workshops by MSP experts from several Baltic Sea countries
  • practical exercises
  • a written final report.
Invited lecturers:
  • Professor Henning Sten Hansen, coordinator of BONUS BASMATI project, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Dr. Holger Janssen, Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitalization, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
  • Dr. Andrea Morf / Dr. Michael Kull, Nordregio, Sweden
  • Dr. Riku Varjopuro, SYKE & HELCOM, Finland
  • Research Director Toni Ahlqvist, Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), University of Turku, Finland
  • Monday & Tuesday: University of Turku, Natura building.
  • Wednesday: Onboard day cruise Turku-Mariehamn-Turku
Important dates:
  • Application deadline: 18.3.2019
  • Notification of student selection and assignment of pre-reading task: 20.3.2019
  • Pre-reading report deadline: 15.4.2019
  • Mandatory participation in Turku: May 6–8 2019, Monday and Tuesday 9:00–17:00, Wednesday 8:00–20:00.
  • Final report deadline: 16.6.2019

No course fee. Travel and accommodation at own cost. Lunches free of charge. Wednesday ferry tickets free of charge.


Pass/fail (written course certificate will be provided)

Further information:

Harri Tolvanen (

Project workshop in Copenhagen

Start date: 13.03.2019

End date: 14.03.2019

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Project meetings

Arhus University conducted a workshop in Copenhagen to discuss WP4 issues. The aim was to reflect on the impact assessment framework developed that build on a combination of a DPSIR approach (driving forces, pressures, state, impact, response) and an ecosystem service approach, and to test how it could be used in different contexts. Presentations and discussions of draft papers and assessment tools building on the framework were organised, and a test of the framework as a communication tool was conducted, as a first step towards the development of a communication tool.

Project workshop in Helsinki

Start date: 24.01.2019

End date: 25.01.2019

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Project meetings

Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) in the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS) is hosting WP5 and WP6 meeting in Helsinki. The aim of the event is to give room to internal discussions among the project partners. Thursday is reserved for WP5 issues as FGI will present the Baltic Explorer demo. The day will focus on the Baltic Explorer, its future, and its connection to the BONUS BASMATI case studies. Friday is reserved for WP6 discussions, especially focusing on the Latvian case study.

Project meeting, autumn 2018

Start date: 01.10.2018

End date: 03.10.2018

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Project meetings

The third biannual project meeting was hosted by the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) in Helsinki, Finland. During the first meeting day, the BONUS BASMATI group was accompanied by Meelis Sirendi from the BONUS Secretariat. He observed the project partners’ updates about the latest news of each work package, including the project coordinator’s thoughts about the first financial report of the BONUS BASMATI project. In the afternoon, FGI presented the latest demo version of the Baltic Explorer tool, and the discussions related to the tool development continued during the entire project meeting.

The second day of the meeting included internal workshops of each BONUS BASMATI work package. A deliverable was finalized, new workshops were agreed upon, and plans for the future activities were made. The day was finished with a trip to the beautiful island of Suomenlinna.

The last meeting day started with two BONUS BASMATI PhD students presenting their PhD plans and the first results of their work. Both presentations raised positive feedback from the selected opponents and were followed by a lively discussion among the project partners. The last sessions of the meeting consisted of the project coordinator’s updates on the management issues and discussion about the future activities in the project.

Photo: Harri Tolvanen

PhD course on SDSS

Start date: 20.08.2018

End date: 22.08.2018

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

PhD courses

Spatial Decision Support Systems for Maritime Spatial Planning

Maritime Spatial Planning is a complicated process balancing different uses of the sea without making severe impacts on the environment. The aim of this PhD course is to introduce the PhD students to various methodologies for spatial decisions support, give them an overview of existing systems, and discuss relevant evaluation criteria and decision alternatives in the context of maritime spatial planning. The PhD course is closely related to the BONUS BASMATI research project, and will include experiences and preliminary results from the project.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to spatial decision support systems
  • Evaluation criteria and decision alternatives
  • Data handling and quality assessment
  • Weighting methods
  • Sensitivity analysis in multi-criteria decision making
  • Location and allocation problems using multiple criteria analysis
  • Collaborative decision making
  • Knowledge about appropriate software
  • The role of decision support systems in maritime spatial planning
  • Cumulative impact assessment
  • Case studies – feedback on students work

Organizer: Prof. Henning Sten Hansen (AAU) & Senior researcher Kerstin Schiele (IOW) Germany

Further information and registration are available here:

Project meeting, spring 2018

Start date: 18.04.2018

End date: 20.04.2018

Location: Warnemünde, Germany

Project meetings

The second biannual project meeting was hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde, Germany from April 18th to 20th 2018. The first day of the meeting gave room to workshops. The progress of work packages was discussed in detail, and the focus was on consolidating the first approaches and results, as well as on compassing further proceedings.

On Thursday and Friday, each work package had time to present their first results and the state of progress to all project partners (such as the planned data catalogue, the state of the case studies, and the development of the Baltic Explorer). The crosscutting points and interactions of the work packages were discussed and contributions harmonized.

BONUS BASMATI, group photo, Warnemünde

Stakeholder workshop in Riga

Date: 25.10.2017

Location: Riga, Latvia

Stakeholder events

The first stakeholder meeting was organised in Riga, as part of the three-day project partner workshop. In addition to the BONUS BASMATI researchers, there were representatives from the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, as well as participants from VASAB and Baltic Environmental Forum.

The event started with a presentation of the local BONUS BASMATI case study. The Latvian case study covers the Latvian territorial and EEZ waters, including both the open Baltic Sea coast and the Gulf of Riga.
The case study investigates the valuation of alternative sea use options in light of designating the marine protected areas (MPAs).

After the presentation, group discussions were organised to collect views on the stakeholders’ interests and end-users’ needs in relation to the planned Latvian case study results and the spatial decision-support system, Baltic Explorer. The discussions provided the project with valuable insights into the challenges and expectations of the maritime spatial planners.

Project workshop in Riga

Start date: 24.10.2017

End date: 26.10.2017

Location: Riga, Latvia

Project meetings

A workshop for BONUS BASMATI project partners was organised in Riga to discuss the work package 6. The aim of the workshop was to start detailed elaboration of three strategic case study areas which will further function as test-beds for the development of a decision support system (Baltic Explorer tool).

Latvian case study located in the Latvian territorial and EEZ waters, covering both the open Baltic Sea coast and the Gulf of Riga will focus on valuation of alternative sea use options in the light of designating the marine protected areas. Denmark – Germany case study will be investigated based on aquaculture expansion activity. The third is pan-Baltic case study focusing on maritime transport and tourism. Approaches to integrate marine ecosystem services into MSP in each case study are discussed.