Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment
The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (SIME) is a national academic node for interdisciplinary analysis and synthesis assisting marine environmental governance. SIME supports both Swedish government, agencies and other interested actors in their effort to improve the marine environment by providing up-to date status-descriptions of the seas around Sweden and broad policy-relevant analyses of knowledge from various disciplines. The institute bases on a collaboration of five universities with strong marine environmental research (Gothenburg, Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Stockholm, Umeå and the University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala) providing strong regional ties to marine natural scientific knowledge and communication competence and to management practice in different marine basins and ecosystem types. The Head Office in Gothenburg, participating most actively in BALTSPACE, includes complementary expertise in social environmental sciences, statistical analysis, humanities, and science communication. It provides BALTSPACE with interdisciplinary analytical capacity for marine and coastal management with special focus on institutional and policy analysis and evaluation, participation and communication, and conflict analysis and management. SIME will also provide communication and contacts to Swedish stakeholders and relevant marine data on the Swedish marine environment. SIME participates actively in field work, analysis and synthesis of all work packages but has special responsibilities for the crosscutting theme Stakeholder Integration, for testing and evaluating the applicability of the Open Standards Approach as an MSP tool and for scientific communication and feedback.