Erasmus+ Stategic Partnerships
BeInterBaltic – Intersections in built environment
promoting interdisciplinary higher education in the Baltic Sea Region

BISS Conference iconFinal BeInterBaltic Meeting in Tallinn (Mentors´ Meeting). The final BeInterBaltic project meeting, organized under the motto of the B.I.S.S. Conference 2018, takes place on May 24-26, in Tallinn, Estonia.

It is organized by Roode Liias, Professor for Facility Management at the Tallinn Technical University. The focus of the meeting is set on the finalization of the Methodological Guidelines for Teachers, which is one of the four intellectual outputs of the project. Another important topic which is going to be discussed during the meeting is the future of the consortium and its further joint research initiatives within the Baltic Sea region.

Parallel to this meeting there will be a second meeting, the one of the future BISS 2018 mentors, the so called Mentors´ Meeting. The focus of this meeting will be on the development of the thematic and methodological approaches which the mentors will be using, applying and testing during the fourth Baltic International Summer School in Hamburg. The mentors ‘couples will be identified and the joint sub-topics will be elaborated within the newly formed teaching ‘couples.

At the end, both partners and mentors will have the opportunity to extend the common discussion on interdisciplinary teaching and project development beyond the scope of the B.I.S.S. and the BeInterBaltic project, opening it to the public during the final B.I.S.S. Conference in Tallinn. The conference takes place on Friday, May 24, from 12:00-16:00 (EET) (see section above: Multiplier Event). Several renowned international experts in the field of the built environment from the Baltic Sea Region are invited to share publicly their expertise on interdisciplinary collaboration in the development of innovative projects for the built environment. Their input will be the inspiration for an open public discussion which later, in the breaks and during the networking time, can be split and narrowed down to more specific topics of interest.


Mentors’ Meeting in Copenhagen. The second Preparatory Mentors’ Meeting was organized in Copenhagen in May 14 -16, 2017, and like the first one that took place in Gdansk 2016, served for designing and further planning of the third Baltic International Summer School (B.I.S.S. 2017).

The main focus of the meeting was the development and definition of the subtopics of the mentors and the formation of the mentors’ couples. It was also reflected on the BISS 2016 and suggestions on the improvement of the organization and implementation of the summer school were discussed. The PhD Symposium that was planned for the sixth day of the BISS was introduced to the mentors and their feedback on the program and expected outcome was collected.

The meeting was organized by Prof. Olga Popovic Larsen and Prof. Lotte Bjerregaard Jensen and took place both on the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) and at the Denmark Technical University (DTU) in Copenhagen.


BeInterBaltic Interim Meeting in Helsinki. The second interim meeting of the consortium members of the BeInterBaltic project took place at Aalto University from 23 Feb to 24 Feb 2017. The meeting was organized by Toni Kotnik, Professor of Design of Structures at Aalto University, and Markus Hudert, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Architecture, and was focused on the re-working of the Methodological Guidelines as part of the intellectual outcomes of the BeInterBaltic project. Furthermore, thematic preparation for the upcoming Baltic International Summer School at the HafenCity University in Hamburg in August 2017 was discussed. 


Mentors’ Meeting in Gdansk. The preparatory meeting for mentors of the upcoming BISS in August 2016 was organized in Gdansk from 5 Jun to 7 Jun 2016. Prof Bartosc Macikowski, Prof Justyna Borucka and Prof Dorota Kamrowska-Zaluska from the Department of Architecture at GUT welcomed twelve mentors of the Baltic International Summer School 2016 and the members of the BeInterBaltic project at the Gdansk University of Technology. At the meeting, details of the BISS 2016 were decided and subtopics for the summer school discussed. In addition, mentors were teamed up and trained in team teaching as part of the interdisciplinary format of teaching at the BISS 2016.


BeInterBaltic Interim Meeting in Gothenburg. The first interim meeting of the consortium members of the BeInterBaltic project took place at Chalmers University of Technology from 7 Mar to 11 Mar 2016. The workshop in Gothenburg was organized by Prof Morten Lund and Prof Karl-Gunnar Olsson. It aimed at sharing interdisciplinary academic teaching experience, methodological approaches among partners representing all project universities. The event was developed in the form of group work, panel discussions, individual writing, and group presentations. Intended outputs of the meetings included developing common ground of communication, sharing and discussing interdisciplinary teaching examples and involved methods within academia, reference case studies, and methodological guidelines.


Launch of BeInterBaltic in Copenhagen. The BeInterBaltic project has been launched on 23 Nov 2015 at an inaugural meeting in Copenhagen. The two day long event was hosted by the KADK and DTU. Olga Popovic Larsen, Professor in Architecture/Structures at the KADK, welcomed the members of the consortium at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The first day of the meeting was used to reflect on the outcome of the first Baltic International Summer School (BISS), held at the HafenCity University in Hamburg in August 2015, and to debate how to use the experience for developing the following BISS events. Furthermore, organizational and administrative matters of the BeInterBaltic project were discuss.

On 24 Nov 2015, Lotte M. B. Jensen, Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the DTU, organized a kick-off event at the Technical University of Denmark. Prof Jensen presented the main ideas behind the way, the DTU architectural engineering approaches interdisciplinarity and presented examples of interdisciplinary design projects by students. An input, used to continue and refine the discussions on the following BISS’ as well as the BeInterBaltic project.