Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab

The Baltic Sea Festival, Stockholm University and Voksenåsen Music Academy are announcing an application for researchers to participate in a joint research project on Baltic Sea and sustainability issues. Deadline for the application to participate was December 1 2022.

Nine young composers will be asked to write music that illustrates the work of nine young researchers from the Baltic Sea region. A director will help the scientists and composers achieve presentations that combine the dissemination of scientific research and artistic expression. These will be performed live during the festival by the participants together with members of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The director will guide the researchers in putting together their presentations, and the composers will be relating their work to their scientific results, culminating in nine fifteen minute lectures.

Over two days, the Festival audience will experience three very different performances, each relating to one of three themes. Each performance ends with a panel discussion. The purpose of the project is to experiment with new ways of communicating science and to offer the project participants an opportunity to discover new perspectives.

The Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab is your chance to present your research to the sound of classical music!

Collaboration process

Nine applicants will be asked to join the project. The selection will take place in December 2022, and the results will be announced before Christmas. The first meeting between the director and the winning scientists, during which the main lecture points will be drawn up, will take place online in January. The director matches each researcher with a composer who will then get to work. Composers, scientists and the director will meet online a few times during spring and at two physical rehearsals in connection with the performances 23–26 August.


Master students, PhD students and postdoctoral scholars working in any of the countries around the Baltic Sea are invited to apply. We welcome contributions from any discipline with research relevant to the Baltic Sea region. Please submit a summary (max. 300 words) describing your research and the results you would like to present with a clear emphasis on new, interesting research and the way it can improve the understanding and sustainable development of the Baltic Sea region in the future.

The summary should also include your reasons for wanting to join the project expressed in a way that can be understood by a wide audience as it will be used as inspiration for the composers. The selection process is conducted by researchers at Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Department of Environmental Science at Stockholm University.

Areas of interest

Your research on the Baltic Sea should cover at least one of the Festival’s three research topics: One Health, Sense of Place or Emergence. One Health covers the integration of several disciplines and promotes the protection and health of people, ecosystems and the environment. Sense of Place describes the meaning of and attachment to a specific location in the Baltic Sea that is important to an individual or a group of people concerned with the conservation of the marine environment. Emergence can be understood as something that develops on a systemic level and cannot be predicted or explained from previous conditions.

Project package

The selected scientists will be invited to attend the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm 23-26 August 2023. Other than participating in the Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab, you will be treated to amazing Baltic Sea Festival concerts and other entertaining events. Do not miss this opportunity to network with colleagues and fellow students from around the Baltic Sea while experiencing Stockholm at its best!
Travel to Stockholm, accommodation and meals will be provided as well as tickets to Baltic Sea Festival events and concerts.

Application or questions:
Deadline: December 1, 2022

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The Baltic Sea Festival is organized by Swedish Radio Concert Hall Berwaldhallen and is one of Europe’s leading classical music festivals, featuring top artists, orchestras and conductors. Over the past twenty years, the Festival has served as a meeting place for outstanding concerts and initiatives that contribute to a sustainable Baltic Sea region. The Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab is an interdisciplinary experiment, and is part of the Festival programme.