24th - 26th February 2020


power of the 21st century


House of Science of the University of Latvia, Jelgavas street 3, Riga, Latvia


Representatives of EU &
EU Investment bank, Leaders of Scientific Academies, Policy makers, Scientists and Researchers.


The conference is combined with the BSR Interreg project activities. Smart-Up BSR is a community in Baltic Sea Region, which enables the regions to engage with partners and to apply research and innovation potential in practice. Smart-Up’s network reaches out to EU RIS3 experts – EU Committee of the Regions & Joint Research Centre – to learn, get advised and enable orchestration of innovation hubs throughout Baltic Sea Region.

It is about fostering bottom-up regional innovation through peer-to-peer learning and entrepreneurial discovery process in a series of Innovation Camps. The Latvian Smart-up BSR project partners - University of Latvia, Ministry of Education and Science, Liepaja University together with the Latvian Academy of Science invite entrepreneurs, representatives of public authorities, scientific institutions and municipalities to participate in the event because the themes covered in the first day will be orientated on innovation implementation in the companies and scientific institutions.

The second day of the conference will provide with the be possibility to look into the future and see the Baltic Sea region at the next level of technological development, how do we live, work, learn and travel. The exchange of ideas at the innovation workshop will add the value to common challenges giving the view from new angles

Event Organizers
  • University of Latvia
  • Academy of Sciences of Latvia
  • Smart-up BSR
Event Supporters
  • Ministry of finance of Latvia
  • European Investment Bank
  • Ministry of economy of Latvia
  • University of Liepaja

Topics Covered

The Baltic Sea region (BSR) has 85 million inhabitants, which is 17% of the total EU population, and nine
countries – Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia, which share common interest and challenges

3S Strategies

Development and specialisation of the 3S strategies of the Baltic Sea region. Cooperation in research, technological development and innovation. Major challenges for the region and common challenges.

Technological development

The Baltic Sea region under the influence of the next wave of technological development.

Research & Innovation

The objectives of the European Union in the field of research and innovation.

Event Video

power of the 21st century



Innovation – Power of the 21st century

Vaira Vīķe Freiberga
President of the Republic of Latvia (1999-2007) Watch introduction video

Main Speakers

Innovation – Power of the 21st century

Ojārs Spārītis
President of the Latvian academy of Sciences
Risto Nieminen
President of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
Markku Markkula
Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions
Ivars Kalviņš
Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis
Andrejs Ērglis
Vice-president of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Strategy board of the University of Latvia
Indriķis Muižnieks
Elected rector of University of Latvia
Eugene Eteris
Expert of European Comission
Taina Tukiainen
Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Aalto University
Juras Banys
President of the Lithuanian Academy of Science
Marc D’hooge
Senior Head of Unit, Thematic Finance Advisory, Innovation Finance Advisory Services, European Investment Bank
Lina Stanionyte
European Commission, DG JRC Territorial Development Unit
Sergei Kilin
Deputy Chairman of Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Karina Ploka
Advisor of Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
Ralfs Nemiro
Minister of Economy of the Republic of Latvia


Gunta Rača
Jūlija Stare
Reinis Rotkalis

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Conference Schedule

Venue: House of Science of the University of Latvia, Jelgavas street 3, Riga, Latvia

Event Topics

Coffee break
12:00 - 12:30

Media conference. Q&A.
13:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:00

Tour around the Academic Centre of the University of Latvia
15:15 - 16:15

Smart-up BSR workshop: Auditorium 105 Innovation Challenges for BSR. Work at innovation challenges II
Summary of the work at he challenges, conclusions, recommendations
15:00 - 17:00

Tour around the Academic Centre of the University of Latvia
17:15 - 18:15

Smart-up BSR dinner
19:00 - 21:00
09:45 - 10:00

12:30 - 13:30

Excursion to the Botanical garden of the University of Latvia
13:30 - 15:00

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24th to 26th February 2020

24th to 26th February 2020

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Conference attendance fee

Innovation - power of the 21st century

  • Science academies and Smart Up partners - free;
  • Scientists outside of Europe - 200 Eur (+VAT);
  • Entrepreneurs and other stakeholders - 300 Eur (+VAT).

*Registration fee includes:

  • Attendance of conference sessions;
  • Conference materials;
  • Coffee breaks, lunch, dinner;

**Information on payment will be sent after the registration to the conference.

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