The EU project BSUIN involves six underground laboratories (UL) around the Baltic Sea. I thought in the beginning that this project may have difficulties to find a common goal and focus since the geological setting, the original purposes and the maturity of the underground facilities differ considerably.
Soon it was clear that the common goal was to widen the use and accessibility of the ULs. Through the BSUIN project I could participate and contribute to the following:
- Establishing a network of users and stakeholders in the northern Europa.
- Gaining common knowledge of the use, scientific understanding and operations of the various ULs.
- Identifying aspects supporting or hindering innovations.
- Compiling a common database describing the underground laboratories.
- Making a post-project website (https://undergroundlabs.network/)
- Supporting the formation of the European Underground Laboratories association, EUL
The established network helps future marketing and common project initiations.
The well-managed BSUIN project together with the dedicated colleagues have been a pleasure to work with during the last three years and it changed my mind on the potential of underground laboratories.
Lessons Learnt blogs are written by BSUIN project members. They write about lessons they have learnt about international collaboration, Baltic Sea cultural heritage as well as co-creation in multinational and multidisciplinary teams.