All events in descending order

Project meeting, spring 2019

Start date: 08.05.2019

End date: 10.05.2019

Location: Turku, Finland

The fourth biannual project meeting will be hosted by University of Turku (UTU) in Turku, Finland. The meeting will gather all the project partners from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, and Sweden to discuss the progress of the BONUS BASMATI project.

PhD course on MSP

Start date: 06.05.2019

End date: 08.05.2019

Location: Turku, Finland

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, and on the methods and tools related to monitoring and evaluation of maritime spatial plans.

The course will consist of a pre-reading exercise, lectures by several experts from many Baltic Sea countries, and a group work exercise including a report.

Further information will be published during the autumn and winter of 2019.

Project meeting, autumn 2018

Start date: 01.10.2018

End date: 03.10.2018

Location: Helsinki, Finland

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

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

The second biannual project meeting will be hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde, Germany from April 18th to 20th 2018. The meeting will gather all the project partners from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, and Sweden to discuss the progress of the BONUS BASMATI project.

The first day of the meeting will give room to workshops, discussing the progress of single work packages in detail with all partners determined present. The focus will be to consolidate first approaches and results, as well as to compass further proceedings.

On Thursday and Friday each work package will have time to present first results and the state of progress to all project partners (like the planned data catalogue, the state of the case studies or the level of development of the Baltic Explorer). The crosscutting points and interactions of the work packages will be discussed and contributions harmonized.

Stakeholder workshop in Riga

Date: 25.10.2017

Location: Riga, Latvia

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

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.


Kick-off meeting

Start date: 27.09.2017

End date: 29.09.2017

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

The official launch of the BONUS BASMATI project occurred at the kick-off event organised in the premises of Nordregio, in Stockholm. External event with invited speakers and guests was organised on Thursday 28th September. In addition to that, two meeting days were reserved for internal project work.

The morning programme for the external meeting included speeches from:
• Kjell Nilsson (Nordregio)
• Henning Sten Hansen, BONUS BASMATI
• Meelis Sirendi (BONUS)
• Alda Nikodēmusa (VASAB)
• Nordregio – the launch of Nordregio News

Afternoon was dedicated to discussion about the concepts and methods related to MSP:
• Q-method on MSP, Malena Ripken (COAST, Oldenburg University)
• Ecosystem service concepts and indicators for MSP, Pia Frederiksen (Aarhus University)
• MSP – moving from research to governance, Holger Janßen (Ministerium für Energie, Infrastruktur und Digitalisierung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
• Symphony – Cumulative impact on the environment, Jonas Pålsson (Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management)

In addition, experiences from MSP projects and processes were presented:
• Baltspace, Kira Gee (Helmholtz Zentrum) and Andrea Morf (Norderegio)
• Go4Baltic, Berit Hasler (Aarhus University)

Project workshop in Copenhagen

Date: 15.08.2017

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

The first bigger project event gathering participants from several project partner organisations took
place in Copenhagen in the premises of the BONUS BASMATI lead partner, AAU. The meeting had
participants from FGI (Finland), UTU (Finland), LIAE (Latvia), and IOW (Germany). During the meeting
day, there were discussions about the future tasks and deliverables, especially concerning the work
package 5, which centres around decision-support tools.