The development of a sustainable Baltic Sea ensures a good economy, a healthy society and dynamic ecosystems to contribute to Green and Blue Growth. The Council of the Baltic States has the vision to transform the Baltic Sea region into the first world’s Eco-region where “ecology and economy work together in a balanced and integrated matter to sustain societies and culture”.
Throughout the region, a wide range of sustainability initiatives and good practices have been adopted at international, national and local level. These range from innovations in clean technology, green transport, energy, landscape networks, cities, education and training. Research and development in the Baltic Sea region contributes to generating cutting-edge solutions for a sustainable development.
The course will allow you to explore some of the main challenges to sustainability today: the demand for energy, climate change, human health, the use of natural resources from land and sea including water, pollution, agricultural run-off, education and life-long learning.
You will participate in a variety of field-based experiences (bird and seal safari, environmental sampling, wind power park, harbour, waste treatment plant, sustainable farming, wetland and fish nurseries) and specialized workshops (Sustainability Days) using the Kalmar Sound and Öland in the Baltic sea as a classroom and a laboratory.
The course blends hands on activities and learning with meeting with faculty, researchers, managers, businessmen, farmers and fishermen.
The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.
The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.
In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.