Since it was founded in 2005, CBEES has become a strong and thriving multidisciplinary research environment. The centre is an important actor, with collaborations throughout the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. CBEES also organises international conferences, seminars and workshops. The researchers are in demand as experts in academia and in the public sphere. Research in the area is reflected in the international journal Baltic Worlds.
Over the years, many international visiting researchers have passed through the centre and more than 90 doctoral students have been educated at the Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS).