Scientists will seek for solutions to the issues of importance for the development of the state and society at the IV World Congress of Latvian Scientists

Already in the following week between June 18th–20th more than 750 participants from 24 countries will come together at the National Library of Latvia for the 4th World Congress of Latvian Scientists to discuss the issues of importance for the development of the state and society.

“The IV World Congress of Latvian Scientists is being organized to bring together scientists from Latvia and of Latvian origin, their strategic partners and friends from all over the world. Science has a prominent place in Latvia’s centenary, because “To know it is in nature of Latvia!”, and we are rich with what we know. Moreover, Latvian scientists have a vision for the development of Latvia’s economic and social processes in order to ensure the road to a European knowledge society focused on economic growth and sustainable development”, emphasizes Professor Kārlis Šadurskis, Latvian Minister of Education and Science.

The range of the topics covered in the Congress is wide ranging, from the role of science in the 21st century society (the paper of Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga will introduce this topic) and a modern view on the issues of public security, to the actualities of individual disciplines of science and to the modelling of Latvia’s future “Latvia’s Formula 2050”. Within the framework of the Congress, the II Congress of Latvian Historians and the II World Congress of Latvian Lawyers will take place.

The main theme of the first day of the Congress is public security, issues related to these aspects are divided into four thematic groups: an information space, the national economy, technologies and human security.

The main theme of the second day will highlight the global development trends in science and the opportunities of Latvia. The participants will discuss the key issues for Latvia and its development in several national scientific disciplines in six parallel sections – Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Medical and Health Sciences, Agriculture and Forest Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

On the third day, the participants will attempt to look into the future, and in the closure forum “Latvia’s Formula 2050”, will discuss the digital transformation of Latvia, business in the future economy, where the sharing economy will dominate, educational challenges, and whether robots will deprive us of work in the future.

At the end of the Congress, will be published the proposals of the participants about the role of science and its contribution to the society so that Latvia could exist, develop and be truly independent and secure country. Secure in all aspects – the society as a whole, so that every individual could live a wholesome life, developing themselves and making a positive contribution to the society.

The distinguished opinion leaders from Latvia and abroad who are drawn from academia and business environment, as well as government will participate in the Congress.

Several parallel events, which will be open to anyone interested, will take place during the Congress, for example, on June 19th, the young scientists from Latvia will introduce the public with research and research results at the “ResearchSlam”. Between June 18th–20th anyone will have an opportunity to listen to science stories in the informal atmosphere and to engage with the scientists of Latvian Science Calendar 2018 and the laureates of scientific nomination for the award “Laiks Ziedonim”.

The program of the Congress and related events can be found on the Congress website: https://congress.sciencelatvia.lv/.

The events of the first and third day will be streamed live on the LMT stream: here. You can also follow the social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook – @zinātkongress and engage into discussions using hashtags #ZinātKongress and #ZinātneLatvijai.

The event is organized by Latvian Ministry of Education and Science in co-operation with the Association of Latvian Universities, scientific institutions and diaspora organizations.

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Registration for the 4th World Congress of Latvian Scientists begins today

Registration for the 4th World Congress of Latvian Scientists will be open after Tuesday, 20 March 2018. The Congress will take place from June 18 to 20 this year at the National Library of Latvia.

The Congress is one of the most ambitious events of the Ministry of Education and Science organised in line with Latvia’s centenary celebrations. It will bring together scholars of Latvian origin from all over the world, as well as their strategic partners and supporters. Together they will look back at our science accomplishments, and they will also define future tasks for the Latvian science community, aiming to develop Latvia and its society.

“Science must be one of the main drivers of Latvian society. In order to achieve this, Latvian scientists must focus on finding solutions for challenges faced by our people and the business community.

“During the congress we also want to discuss with our existing and potential partners the factors that prevent scientists from being entrusted with more research in areas of importance to the public and private sectors,” emphasizes Dr. Agrita Kiopa, head of the Congress’ organisation team, director of the Higher Education, Science and Innovation Department, Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Science,.

Public security and safety will be the overall theme for the first Congress day – in a number of sessions participants will discuss security and information space, technological and cybersecurity, security and the economy, as well as security and people as individuals. The introductory report of the Congress will be presented by Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former President of the Republic of Latvia. The content creator for the day is Dr. Gatis Krūmiņš, historian and rector at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.

The second day will highlight the trends of global science development and opportunities for Latvia within the framework. Scientists will work in six sections– Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Medicine and Health Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, Social Sciences and Humanities. The sections will be led by well-known Latvian researchers, including Dr. Tālis Juhna, engineering scientist and vice-rector at Riga Technical University, Dr. Aivars Lejnieks, endocrinologist, and foreign researchers from Latvia – Dr. Māris Jansons, mechanical engineer, Dr. Julia Melkers, researcher of public administration, organisational theory and science and technology policy and Dr. Uģis Gruntmanis, endocrinologist.

On the third day, participants will look towards the future and in the final forum “The Formula of Latvia 2050” will discuss the scenarios for Latvia’s development and offer solutions. At the end, the Congressional Resolution will be agreed.

The Congress is organised by the Ministry of Education and Science in co-operation with the Association of Latvian Universities, scientific institutions and diaspora organizations. Alongside it, the 2nd  Congress of Latvian Historians and the 3rd  World Congress of Latvian Lawyers will also be taking place.

You can register for a congress here.