Pandemic at the Baltic Sea: very different ways of life and work

Pandemic at the Baltic Sea

The IFZO video podcast presents individual accounts of current working conditions by colleagues from the Baltic Sea region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each country has taken very specific measures in fighting the virus. The reactions of the population to these measures are quite different. These differences have cultural and social reasons. We want to offer insights, especially into the everyday life of academics, researchers and scientists from the entire Baltic Sea region. On the one hand, they are jointly affected by travel restrictions, closed universities, libraries, schools and offices. On the other hand, they had to find very individual solutions to continue their work. Does home office work better in Estonia than in Poland or Germany? Do the online courses in Finland work better than in Denmark? Are we all more productive these days with more desk time and less conference time? We try to provide these and many more insights into everyday academic life in the Baltic Sea region during the pandemic.

Intro - Alexander Drost, IFZO Greifswald, Germany

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Prof Iga Rudawska, University of Szczecin

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As part of our videopodcast series on life during the Covid-19 pandemic around the baltic sea, Prof Iga Rudawska from the University of Szczecin talks about the current situation in Poland and the way academic work and studies continues during the lockdown.

 

Prof Justas Kazys, Vilnius University

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In this video of our videopodcast series on life during the Covid-19 pandemic around the Baltic Sea, Prof Justas Kazys from Vilnius University, tells us about the methods the university uses to keep up the academic teaching and how it is to be more flexible with time management at the home office.

 

Dr Marta Grzechnik, University of Gdansk

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In this video from our videopodcast series on life during the Covid-19 pandemic around the baltic sea, Dr Marta Grzechnik from the University of Gdansk shares her view on being stuck in Berlin and how different people react to the new situation.

Dr Farid Karimi, IFZO Greifswald

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Dr Farid Karimi from the IFZO Greifswald talks in this video from our videopodcast series on life during the Covid-19 pandemic around the baltic sea about the chances to learn from this unexpected situation. Furthermore he informs about the situation in Finland and how the good digital infrastructure helps to keep the Finnish academic life as normal as possible.

Kristina Jõekalda, Estnische Kunstakademie

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In this video from our video podcast series about life during the Covid 19 pandemic around the Baltic Sea, Kristina Jõekalda the Estonian Academy of Arts (Institute of Art History and Visual Culture), talks about home office with children and the possibilities that a comprehensively digitized country has to offer.

Prof Per Anders Rudling, Lund University & Södertörn University College

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Per Anders Rudling, Associate Professor at Lund University and Research Associate at the Center for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University College, talks in this video from our videopodcast series on life during the Covid-19 pandemic around the baltic sea how the crisis affects Sweden and how Sweden is handling with it in a different way than other countries.

Prof Juris Rozenvalds, University of Latvia

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In this video from our video podcast series on life during the Covid 19 pandemic around the Baltic Sea, Prof. Juris Rozenvalds, political scientist from the University of Latvia, talks about his experiences and life in Latvia.