Our members represent research institutions, public administrations, business parks
and private companies across the Baltic Sea Region. Find out what motivates
them to join us and read their member profiles below.

SUBMARINER Network Founder 

s.Pro – sustainable projects is a consulting company based on more than fifteen years of experience in the management of international projects. s.Pro initiates, prepares, manages and follows–up on transnational projects. We do not only cover the whole project cycle but also address specific areas of expertise related to sustainable development: maritime policy and blue growth, resource efficiency and regional development. Our work philosophy is based on the desire to develop projects which not only cover sustainable development but are also sustainable in themselves.

Angela Schultz-Zehden
Managing Director

SUBMARINER Network Founder

Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) in Stockholm is the largest, oldest and most international technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden's technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all the branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial management and urban planning. Industrial Ecology at KTH has played a key role in the SUBMARINER project and is also a founding member of the Network. Associate professor Fredrik Gröndahl was responsible for the work with cultivation and harvest of macroalgae biomass in the Baltic.

Fredrik Gröndahl | SUBMARINER Network President
Head of Department for Sustainable Development Environmental Science and Engineering (SEED)
phone: +46.8.790 61 58
email: fgro(at)kth.se

SUBMARINER Network Founder

Gdynia Maritime Universityis the largest state school of higher maritime education in Poland established in 1920. The University four Faculties offer degree in Navigation, Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship and Quality Science. At present Gdynia Maritime University provides studies for 5000 students.Within the University operates the Maritime Institute which conducts research work and implementation projects in the field of: ecology, maritime electronics and hydrotechnics, maritime law and economics, operational oceanography, maritime spatial planning and many others. 

Iwona Rakowska
Project specialist
phone: +48 58 301 16 41
email: irakowska(at)im.gda.pl

SUBMARINER Network Founder

Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI) is a non-profit public research institute founded to carry out R&D activities in order to foster the implementation of maritime policy and development of the maritime economy. The institute has a special focus on marine energy and port development systems, environmental impact and planning of maritime activities.

Nerijus Blažauskas
Senior Researcher, Manager of international projects
phone: +370.46.398 838
email: nb(at)corpi.lt

SUBMARINER Network Founder

BioCon Valley® GmbH is the network of the health economy in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The company is its central contact point and driving force and sustainably strengthens employment, growth and competitiveness on a national and international scale. Together with the players in the sector, the state company turns healthy nature and innovative companies into the health state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. BioCon Valley® GmbH offers support for established companies and start-ups, and helps to move potential products from research to commercialisation. Business fields include biotechnology, e-health, nutrition for health, healthy aging, health services, health tourism, continuous medical education and bioeconomy. Beyond this, the company maintains several international cluster-to-cluster cooperations.

Erik Lohse
Senior Project Manager Health Economy | Life Science & Bioeconomy
phone: +49 151 55 80 02 85
email: el(at)bcv.org


Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is both a research institute, and a centre for environmental expertise. SYKE Marine Research Centre aims at producing information and new solutions that help decision-makers to promote the protection and sustainable use of the Baltic Sea. SYKE Marine Research Centre leads the Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure FINMARI, hosts Finland’s ice class 1A research vessel Aranda, and is nationally in charge of monitoring and research of the Baltic Sea.

Paula Kankaanpää
Director Marine Research Centre

Laura Uusitalo
Development Manager Marine Research Centre


Kiel Marine Science (KMS) - the Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science at Kiel University is one of four priority research areas. KMS encompasses research in marine science and geosciences, including expertise from climate research, coastal research, physical chemistry, botany, microbiology, mathematics and computer science, as well as economics, law, social and political sciences. In crosscutting research topics, such as e.g. blue bioeconomy, KMS integrates its expertise to contribute to a better understanding of processes in the ocean and to strategies for the sustainable use and conservation of its resources. Most recently, KMS has established the Center for Ocean and Society to advance its interdisciplinary research to a more transdisciplinary approach with and for societal stakeholders.

Stefan Meyer
Coordinator Bioeconomy on Marine Sites 
phone: +49 174 600 4455
email: smeyer(at)bams.uni-kiel.de


BlueSDU is the maritime and marine biology research cluster at
the University of Southern Denmark, focused on industrial and
societal collaborations between stakeholders in relevant “blue”
sectors to maximise the impact of blue research, technologies
and services. Today BlueSDU has 12 active partners including
both regional and large private companies in Denmark. Focus
areas include maritime law, sustainable marine transport,
marine ecology, sustainable aquaculture, resource-based and
business economics as well as biogeochemistry and environmental
monitoring. BlueSDU’s ultimate goal is to strengthen
interdisciplinary R&I across Europe, creating value for society
sustainably from the ocean.

Kristina Siig
Professor of Private and maritime Law  
phone: +45 65 50 32 26
email: kms(at)sam.sdu.dk


University of Tartu is the biggest and most prestigious classical university in Estonia. It was established by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in 1632, thus being one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. The Estonian Marine Institute of the university has a mission to enhance the knowledge and understanding on the functioning of the Baltic Sea ecosystem and to seek scientific and management solutions in order to improve environmental quality and the sustainability of ecosystem services. Research is focusing on marine biology and biodiversity, sustainable use of marine ecosystem services including the fishery resources, environmental safety of maritime transport, maritime spatial planning as a tool for practical implementation of the ecosystem-based approach. 

Jonne Kotta
Lead Research Scientist Estonian Marine Institute 
email: jonne(at)sea.ee


Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE) is a research institute, an Agency of Daugavpils University. Originally dedicated to basic and applied research of ecology and environmental problems in the Baltic Sea, LIAE has become the leading institution in the environmental expertise for marine and freshwater issues in Latvia. In the Latvian part of the Gulf of Riga and Baltic Proper LIAE is responsible for marine environmental monitoring. Recently LIAE has contributed with its knowledge on ecosystem values and services to national maritime spatial plan, to implementation of Ballast water convention with information on invasive species and have pioneered in microplastic research of Latvia.

Anda Ikauniece
Deputy Director  
phone: +371 676 01995
email: anda.ikauniece(at)lhei.lv


The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is an independent institute, and Norway’s premier research community in a series of topics related to water. NIVA's main tasks besides research are environmental monitoring, assessment, consultancy, and problem solving for decision makers in both the public and private sectors. We work locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. We are experts on ecosystems in both freshwater and marine environments, from mountains, via lakes and rivers, to fjords, coasts and oceans.

Mari Moren

Research Director
email: mari.moren(at)niva.no


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