Presentation of Topics and Speakers of the 5th World Congress of Latvian Scientists "Research Latvia"


On 1 February 2023, the topics and speakers of the 5th World Congress of Latvian Scientists "Research Latvia" will be presented. The Congress will take place from 27 to 29 June 2023, with members of the global science ecosystem gathering in Latvia to highlight questions about the impact of scientific results on society.

On 1 February 2023, specialists from various fields are invited to join the presentation event of the 5th World Congress of Latvian Scientists "Research Latvia" online on the Zoom platform (register for the event here). The event is intended to introduce society with the themes, speakers and outline of the Congress. During the presentation, representatives from different sectors will discuss the role of science in solving the global challenges of both today and the future. The organisers of the Congress highlight that Latvian science can offer solutions for global challenges, which is why three central themes have been chosen for the Congress "Research Latvia" – Science Impact, Digital Transformation and Green Transition.

The event will feature members of the Scientific Committee of the Congress, which features not only researchers in Latvia, but also researchers in the diaspora, who are an indispensable part of Latvian science. The topic "Science Impact" will be presented by the University of Latvia (UL) Faculty of Biology and Institute of Solid State Physics Researcher Ilze Dimanta and Director of the Institute of Public Health and Associate Professor of the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology of Riga Stradins University (RSU) Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne, while the role of this topic in society will be discussed by European Future Innovation System (EFIS) Centre Researcher Elīna Grīniece (Belgium), the award-winning Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis Researcher and Professor Maija Dambrova, the President of the Latvian Academy of Sciences Professor Ivars Kalvinš, and quantum physicist and University of Latvia Professor Vjačeslavs Kaščejevs.

The topic "Digital Transformation" will be presented by the Riga Technical University (RTU) Head of Department of Management Information Professor Jānis Grabis, while its impact on the transformation of the Latvian economy will be discussed in-depth by RTU and KTH Royal Institute of Technology Researcher Oskars Ozoliņš (Sweden), Head of Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the UL Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science Associated Professor Normunds Grūzītis, and Dean of Faculty of Communication Riga Stradins University Professor Anda Rožukalne.

The topic "Green Transition" will be presented by the RTU Faculty of Electrical and Environmental Engineering’s Institute of Energy Systems and Environment Professor Gatis Bažbauers, and the topic’s impact on addressing global challenges will be discussed by president of the Latvian National Committee of the World Energy Council, Faculty of Business Management and Economics of the University of Latvia Associated Professor Olga Bogdanova, Chair of the Board of the environmental protection NGO "Zaļā brīvība" and UL environmental scientist Jānis Brizga, ex-Commissioner for Energy at the European Commission and European University Institute (EUI) Professor Andris Piebalgs, and Chair of the Board of the Association of Latvian Young Scientists, The Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies researcher Antra Boča.

This June, the Congress will unite the speakers and participants in addressing the most significant scientific achievements in Latvia and the world, as well as highlighting the importance of science, as it is interwoven through all areas of life, focusing on analysing the global and societal challenges of today and the future, and their potential solutions. The Congress welcomes participants from all aspects of the Latvian science ecosystem – Latvian and diaspora researchers, young researchers, students, international and local partners, governmental and civil service actors and international representatives.

Participation in the "Research Latvia" congress is free of charge for registered participants. Registration for the Congress is open, and anyone with a burning passion for Latvia and Latvian science is welcome to register, as well as to submit abstracts in an open call for poster presentations or to participate in the Science Slam for doctoral students. More information about rules for participation can be found at the Congress’ official website

The Congress is organised by the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with the Chancery of the President of Latvia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvian research universities (LU, LBTU, RTU and RSU), the Council of Rectors, the Latvian Council of Science, the Latvian Academy of Science, the Association of Latvian Young Scientists, the Latvian Dental and Medical Association, the World Federation of Free Latvians, the Union of European Latvians, the American Latvian Association, The Economic Cooperation and Investment Platform #esiLV, and the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia.

The Congress is being organised as part of the project No. "Integrated national level measures for strengthening interest representations for research and development of Latvia as part of European Research Area".