All events in descending order

BONUS BASMATI final seminar

Date: 09.09.2020
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online webinar
Project meetings
BONUS BASMATI – Supporting Maritime Spatial Planning with Science The BONUS BASMATI final seminar was organised fully online. A forenoon webinar summarised the main findings of the project. The recordings of the webinar presentations and a series of other online material are found here: Download the flyer of the event here (in pdf). Schedule (in Central European Summer Time, CEST) 10:00 Welcome • Henning Sten Hansen (AAU) & Harri Tolvanen (UTU): BONUS BASMATI – Supporting Maritime Spatial Planning with Science 10:15 Concepts and approaches • Pia Frederiksen (AU): Framework for sustainability impact assessment of plan proposals • Solvita Strake/Kristine Pakalniete (LIAE): Assessment of Ecosystem Services and Values of Marine Protected Areas • Kerstin Schiele/Lotta Maack (IOW): Data harmonisation to facilitate planning across borders and scales • Søren Qvist Eliasen/Andrea Morf (Nordregio): Involving stakeholders – Why, Who, When and How? 11:15 Platforms and tools for MSP • Juha Oksanen & FGI team (NLS): Baltic Explorer – Collaborative GIS approach for new interactive MSP • Miriam von Thenen (IOW): SPACEA – a GIS toolbox to facilitate easy spatial and environmental suitability analysis • Aurelija Armoskaite (LIAE): ESA4MSP – an ecosystem service assessment tool • Henning Sten Hansen (AAU): MYTILUS – a toolset for assessing the impacts of maritime activities • Ida Maria Bonnevie (AAU): SEANERGY – a tool for analysing conflicts and synergies between different marine uses 12.15 End of conference • Lise Schrøder (AAU): Wrap-up • Henning Sten Hansen (AAU): Final remarks

Project meeting, spring 2020

Start date: 18.03.2020
End date: 20.03.2020
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Project meetings

The last (6th) biannual project meeting was organised online in June. The focus of the meetings was on reporting the project outcomes and planning the final dissemination activities.

Project partners of BONUS BASMATI from Aalborg and Aarhus universities will be on stage in the following events:

The marine plan of Denmark and the marine ecosystem services.

The authorities responsible for the marine plan of Denmark presents the processes and stakeholder involvement in Maritime Spatial Planning. The event also introduces the participants to the theoretical background of ecosystem based planning in marine areas. The concept brings focus on the sustainable use of marine ecosystem services and how to address sustainability in practice.

Date and location in Køge: 03.03.2020, 15:00 – 18:30. Campus Køge, room 201, Køge Handelsskole, Uddannelsesvej 20, 4600 Køge

Date and location and in Nexø: 05.03.2020, 15:00 – 18:30. Center for Regional Tourism Development, Stenbrudsgården, Stenbrudsvej 55, 3730 Nexø

Coastal and marine cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea

The event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation. For more information visit the SEAPLANSPACE project website (in danish).

Tourism, recreational use and sustainability – how to include the local interests in Maritime Spatial Planning? The event introduces methods and tools for making local interests visible in the planning process.

Date and location: Relased later.

The events are held in Danish. For more information see the flyers for the events in Køge and Nexø

Stakeholder workshop in Riga

Date: 20.02.2020
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Riga, Latvia
Stakeholder events

The integrated ecosystems service assessment approach employed in the Latvian Case study and the Baltic Explorer was presented at a workshop on MSP hosted by the Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology and the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development on the 20th of February in Riga, Latvia. Representatives from the Latvian national and regional ministries and authorities, as well as NGOs attended the workshop.

The workshop was organised in two parts. Firstly, the participants were introduced to the ecosystems service assessment process, and familiarized with how the result of the assessment can serve as basis for ecosystem-based marine management. Then, the participants were split into two groups for some hands-on experience of using the Baltic Explorer. Employing the interactive, collaborative planning and analysis tools provided by the Baltic Explorer, the participants designated a wind farm development site in the Latvian marine waters.



Project meeting, autumn 2019

Start date: 30.09.2019
End date: 01.10.2019
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
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
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
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
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
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
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
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
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
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
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
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