From 21st to 25th March, Balticlab – a joint project by the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Swedish Institute aimed at creating a network of interdisciplinary talent in the Baltic Sea Region, who collectively link the region, as well as act as future front-runners and innovators in their respective fields – takes place in Tallinn.

“Finding talent in our communities is a key issue for the future of our region and to Swedish Institute’s work in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. The partnership of Balticlab is to become yet another important facet of our talent recognition”, says Annika Rembe, the director-general of the Swedish Institute.

The Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Swedish Institute launched Balticlab 2.0: Project Development Programme in Riga on 7 February, 2014. The programme, currently running for the second year, gathers 35 professionals and entrepreneurs from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russiand and Sweden to different locations around the Baltic Sea for three intensive interdisciplinary project-building modules. The Project Development Programme is designed for young emerging talents in creative industries and project startups in the Baltic Sea Region, providing them with the necessary perspectives, knowledge and tools for personal development, as well as the creation of innovative projects benefiting the region as a whole. The 35 participants have self-selected themselves into 8 project groups, in which they will be developing ideas linked to their own interests in a regional context. Throughout the spring the groups will be provided with workshop facilities, mentors and inspirational talks from leading experts in their respective fields of interest. Third and the last module will take place in Warsaw in May.

More information about the project here.