Activities

Activities

On June 30, 2022, the V International Economic Forum “THE CRISIS AS AN INCENTIVE FOR CHANGE: HUMAN BEING. NATURE. ENTREPRENEURSHIP” will take place at the Latvian Academy of Sciences in Riga.

Scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians and other interested people are invited to participate in the Forum! The program of the event and more information is also available at https://economicforum.lv. Registration and terms of participation see at https://economicforum.lv/tickets/

LAS Institute of Economics at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/economicforumlv/ .

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The new ALLEA Board was announced during the annual business meeting held as part of the ALLEA General Assembly on 11 May 2022 in Brussels.

ALLEA Member Academies have elected a new board for the period 2022-2024. Academies were invited to cast up to 8 votes for the board members. The new ALLEA Board is comprised by:

Neri Salvadori​ (National Academy of Sciences of the Lincei​)
Maarten Prak​ (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences​)
Paweł Rowiński (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Pere Puigdomenech (​Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona​)
Ylva Engström​​ (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences​)
Lara Keuck​ (German Young Academy)​
Eriks Jekabsons​ (Latvian Academy of Sciences​)
Camilla Serck-Hanssen (Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters​)

 

The announcement was made on 11 May during ALLEA’s business meeting, which is held annually as part of the ALLEA General Assembly. This year, the General Assembly is celebrated in Brussels and hosted by the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium (ARB), and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB).

The ALLEA Board is elected biennially by the General Assembly and includes ALLEA’s Vice-Presidents and President, who chairs the Board. The president and vice-presidents follow a different electoral cycle. 

Source: New ALLEA Board Elected, 11 May 2022.

 

On April 14, 2022, a Memorandum “On stopping murder and maltreatment of children in Ukraine by applying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child” was signed at the University of Latvia. The Latvian Academy of Sciences is among the initiators and first signatories of the Memorandum.

The purpose of the Memorandum is to appeal to the states - members of the European Union, the UN and NATO to further evaluate and take decisions on Russian aggression against Ukraine from the perspective of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as binding to the member states..

"This would allow war crimes against children of Ukraine to be regarded as a top priority and to be treated more severely and judged more decisively, and would encourage the establishment of a guarantee system to protect against any aggression on children in the future. Everyone is also called upon to be involved in collecting and presenting evidence of crimes perpetrated against children of Ukraine,” says Inguna Ebele, associate professor of medicine and the head of the Board of the Save the Children Society, and the initiator of the Memorandum. 

In order to raise public awareness on gathering of evidence, the Memorandum is placed at the international on-line site change.org [https://chng.it/VjdTpCZTqg] for signing.

The online conference "Nuclear Energy for Latvia" will take place on May 18, 2022. Participation in the conference is free of charge.

Among the lecturers  is PhD, Dr.hab.phys., vice president of the Latvian Academy of Sciences and deputy director of the Institute of Solid State Physics Andris Šternbergs. He is also a scientific manager of Latvian organization in European consortium for the development of fusion energy Euro Fusion, and a representative of Latvia in the Iter and Euro Fusion commission and Fusion for Energy board.

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On 15 March 2022, the Senate of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) decided on awarding the LAS Grand Medal 2022 to Dr.philol. Māra Grudule, LAS full member, lead researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia, and Prof. Olafs Daugulis, LAS foreign member, Professor at the University of Houston.

Grudule 1        Dr.philol.  Māra Grudule is awarded the LAS Grand Medal for  researches in the history of Latvian literature and culture.
 20140902 daugulis welch       Chemist Prof. Olafs Daugulis is awarded the LAS Grand Medal for outstanding achievements in methodology of organic synthesis and education of young Latvian chemists.

The Grand Medal is the highest reward which is awarded by the LAS to scientists of Latvia and foreign countries for their outstanding creative contribution. The awarding ceremony usually takes place in November each year during the LAS General Meeting.

#ScienceForUkraine is a community group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the world.

Our mission is to collect and disseminate information about support opportunities at the university, national, and international level for graduate students and researchers directly affiliated to a ukraine academic institution.

On this website you will find a wide range of paid academic positions for scientists (PhD student or above), academic transfer opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as temporary housing.

The responsibility for collecting and publishing information in each country, also in Latvia, is coordinated, thus avoiding data fragmentation. The Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia shall identify the possibilities of Latvian research institutions and higher education establishments, and develop state support mechanisms for Ukrainian scientists and students. The involvement of Latvian scientific institutions in #ScienceForUkraine is coordinated by the Latvian Association of Young Scientists and supported by the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

More at www.scienceforukraine.eu website!  

Latvian Academy of Sciences expresses its full support of the decision taken by ALLEA on 4 March 2022 on suspension of the membership of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. On 24 February 2022 the Latvian Academy of Sciences issued the statement calling upon "the Russian Academy of Sciences and Belarus Academy of Sciences to give an objective assessment of the invasion of Ukraine by the Army of the Russian Federation, and to do everything possible to prevent bloodshed by these armed forces on the territory of the sovereign and independent state of Ukraine". 

STATEMENT BY THE ALLEA BOARD ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF BELARUS

4 MARCH 2022

In light of the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine initiated by the Russian government and supported by the Belarusian government, ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, has decided to suspend the membership of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

ALLEA restates the European Academies’ commitment to academic freedom and human rights and hopes that efforts to defend democracy and the rule of law will eventually prevail. Conscious of its duty to uphold these fundamental values and giving practical expression to the moral outrage of the academic community, the ALLEA Board decided to enact this extraordinary measure, in line with international sanctions against institutions in the two states.

The Board is aware that this step might have an unintended impact on individual scientists and international scientific collaboration, but it concludes that the ability of these academies to act autonomously and independently from their governments has come into question – and therefore warrants this decision targeting only the institutional level. This suspension will be reconsidered by ALLEA member academies in their upcoming General Assembly on 11 May 2022.

ALLEA reiterates its strongest condemnation of the violent attacks by the Russian government against a sovereign state and expresses its full solidarity with Ukrainian scholars, as conveyed in a statement on 25 February 2022. At the same time, ALLEA also recognises with admiration and support the courage of the Russian and Belarusian scholars, including fellows from the suspended academies, who have spoken out against the criminal actions of their governments at great risk to their physical and professional security.

ALLEA is encouraged by the mobilisation of the global and European scientific community in support of Ukrainian researchers and students, as well as initiatives aimed at safeguarding international scientific ties with those affected by the war. Noteworthy examples include the #ScienceForUkraine movement started as a means to centralise the international support for Ukrainian researchers and students.

Numerous ALLEA member academies have taken similar actions to provide support, including making available funding and hosting instruments for at-risk scientists from Ukraine – a clear manifestation of the academies’ commitment to promoting scientific cooperation beyond borders.

The Latvian Academy of Sciences invites members of the Academy, emeritus scientists, academics and any volunteer to donate funds to support Ukrainian scientists.

Bank account for donations (purpose of payment: "Support for Ukraine scientists"): 

Latvian Academy of Sciences 
VAT Registration number: LV 90000022543
Bank: AS "SEB banka"
Account: LV34UNLA0050003737843
SWIFT: UNLALV2XXXX
 

The Latvian Academy of Sciences offers free office spaces not only for scientific professionals, but also for entrepreneurs from Ukraine.

 
Contact details:
1 Akadēmijas Square, Rīga, LV 1050
Telephone: +371 67222817
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We, the Latvian Academy of Sciences as all for whom the unfettered right of peoples to self-determination, freedom and life is not an empty phrase categorically condemn the unprecedented military aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine. Ukraine has not engaged in any hostile acts against the territory of the Russian Federation, neither against its military facilities or its civilian infrastructure, nor against its people, which could provide a formal pretext for military aggression by the Russian Federation.

On the contrary, it has been the continued interference over many years by the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of Ukraine, its military and economic support for separatists, the annexation of Crimea and clear violation of the Minsk Agreements, together with recognition of breakaway regions of Ukraine as independent states, which are in flagrant violation of international law by the Russian Federation.

When in 1994, Russia, the USA and the UK convinced Ukraine, then possessing the third-largest nuclear arsenal in the world, to accede to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear weapons state in return for the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, signed by the Russian Federation, the United States and the United Kingdom, which entered into force upon its signature, and which provided for Ukraine to transfer its nuclear weapons to the Russian Federation, with the signatories in return pledging to guarantee the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Later, France made a similar written commitment. On 4 December 1994, the government of the People’s Republic of China issued a statement that it would always act as a guarantor of Ukraine to ensure that the interests of Ukraine would be respected provided it renounce nuclear weapons.

Today the Russian Federation has threatened the world with nuclear war were anyone to interfere with its aggression against Ukraine. It has also induced the Republic of Belarus to engage in this war, which represents a massive escalation of hostilities and which poses a direct military threat to other neighbouring countries, and could lead to World War III.

The Latvian Academy of Sciences expresses its full support for Ukraine as a country, and for its freedom-loving people in the struggle against an aggressor. We call upon all governments of the world to take immediate and effective measures to stop Russian aggression, and to restore the sovereign right of Ukraine to its territory as it was before annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of hostilities by Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass region.

We also call upon the Russian Academy of Sciences and Belarus Academy of Sciences to give an objective assessment of the invasion of Ukraine by the Army of the Russian Federation, and to do everything possible to prevent bloodshed by these armed forces on the territory of the sovereign and independent state of Ukraine.

We are with you, the people of Ukraine!

The increase in science funding is still far from adequate and Latvian scientists travel abroad to better work opportunities, Latvian Academy of Sciences president Ivars Kalviņš told Latvian Radio February 17.

According to the amount of funding for science, Latvia is in one of the last places among the countries of the European Union. Kalviņš said that it is very difficult for Latvian science to develop at such a low level of funding.

“But the Latvians have always stood out with their toughness, and Latvian scientists have a great deal of enthusiasm and patriotism, and many of them, despite being offered a well-paid job abroad, remain with us and conduct high-quality scientific studies,” Kalviņš said.

He added that talks about funding for science have always been promising and patriotic, but the action has not really followed.

This year, the increase in funding for the Education and Science Ministry program for science and research is around €3.5 million, but there have been talks of an increase of around €20 million in the past. “Nothing has, unfortunately, come true,” said Kalviņš.

On February 17, the Latvian Academy of Science awarded the best Latvian research achievements of 2021.

Source: eng.lsm.lv .

A large-scale study on the Latvian economy during the pandemic and opportunities of post-crisis recovery has been published, Latvian Television reported February 15.

The research involved the work of 80 economists, lawyers, political scientists and social scientists who describe the pandemic situation and economic opportunities from different viewpoints. The study, conducted over nine months, has been named by the Academy of Sciences as one of the most important achievements in Latvian science of last year.

Experts hope that the study will serve as a handbook for politicians to make decisions based on data and research.

Dean of University of Latvia Faculty of Business, Management and Economy Gundars Bērziņš said: "There is no single industry to be supported. The conclusions are that nearly all industries are to be supported, but only those businesses which will be competitive in post-crisis and crisis conditions." 

The monograph is available online in Latvian.

Source: eng.lsm.lv . 

Aleksejs Zolotarjovs, a researcher at the University of Latvia Institute of Solid State Physics, is studying coatings with luminescent properties. In the future, such materials could be used in the manufacture of cars and road signs, Latvian Television reported February 9.

“We had to create a coating that can be irradiated by daylight and it will radiate the light at night. All of this is combined with outstanding mechanical qualities. We haven't seen cars that shine at night until now, but perhaps with this technology we can do it sometime in the future,” the researcher said.

Such material could also be used in road signs that would shine in the dark. Use can also be seen in medical treatment establishments in order to protect employees from exposure to X-ray radiation.

“In those establishments, you should make sure that the doctor and visitors do not get an overdose of X-ray. Our coatings could make a whole wall as an element that can then show if an X-ray leak has occurred,” explained the researcher.

Source: Latvian scientists work on luminescent car coatings, lsm.lv, 2/9/2022.

Latvian scientists have concluded after extensive research lasting three years that commercial soy farming can be seriously considered, Latvian Television reported January 28.

“The suggestion for this study came from manufacturers. This is related to the needs of the pig sector – providing protein, providing local raw materials,” said Sanita Zute, lead researcher at the Agroresources and Economics Institute.

Soybeans are the most popular source of plant protein in the world. As climate changes, soybeans could be grown in Latvia on a commercial scale. The main concern has been whether soya farmed in Latvia will have a protein content comparable to the one growing in warmer climates.

“In the project, we tested varieties with the shortest ripening time. Only the early varieties. The findings were that the protein content of soya grown in Latvia is exactly as high as that of soya farmed in Brazil or elsewhere,” said Vita Šterna, lead researcher at the Agroresources and Economics Institute.

The difference was in the size of the harvest, which was lower in Latvia. However, the yield was still economically viable, according to the study.

“It is both economic independence and economic advantage, if we do not have to import something and if we can export the final product, it is, of course, a contribution to the Latvian economy,” said Ivars Kalviņš, president of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

Researchers see the benefits from soy farming could apply to other industries as well, not just the livestock sector. The food industry could get involved too, especially concerning production of vegan foods.

Source: Latvia could cultivate soybeans in future, lsm.lv, 1/28/2022.

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