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The Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences invite you to:
North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve 20th Anniversary Scientific-Practical Conference “Biosphere Reserve: Timeline and Life Line” on November 30 – December 1, 2017, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Cēsu Street 4.
Why such conference?
On December 15, 1997, North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve was internationally recognized in the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. The Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences invite us to look back at the twenty years of activities in areas such as the management of the biosphere reserve, the monitoring, the implementation of the landscape ecological plan and the management of habitats, and to hear guest speakers on the opportunities for economic development in protected areas (P. Fredman, Sweden; T. Kokovkin, Estonia) and public involvement in nature conservation (R. Biassone, Iceland).
During the second half of the day, the conference participants will be invited to participate in 5 thematic workshops and during discussions to present their proposals for further development of the biosphere reserve.
On the second day of the conference, the participants will have an opportunity to visit one of the two offered routes in North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve: Seda marsh or introduction to the cultural heritage.
We welcome the participation of the representatives of state institutions, municipalities, planning regions, scientific and educational organizations, as well as non-governmental sector representatives and entrepreneurs who are active or interested in the biosphere reserve.
Conference languages – Latvian and English.
Conference participation fee 1st day of the conference: no fee, for the trip of the 2nd day: EUR 8.
Registration open until November 27, 2017.
Contacts, inquiries: email@example.comConference programme, Trip description
On November 23 - 25, 2017, HESPI research assistant Liene Ločmele participates in 24th Nordic Intercultural Communication conference in Jyväskylä, Finland, with a research presentation "Blaming the state: Negotiating Latvian and Bulgarian economic emigrants’ identity in public broadcasting" (co-author Nadezhda Sotirova).
More information on the conference is available here.
On November 21 - 23, 2017, HESPI researcher Dr.oec. Iluta Bērziņa participates in the event organized by Big Data Value Association - European Big Data Value Forum taking place in Versailles, France.
The contents of the event pay multifaceted attention to the statistical ecosystem, in particular the role of the Big Data in the national economy, politics and science, by developing a smart, innovative, efficient, rational and productive future for the European Union.
The topic of the Forum is relevant for the postdoctoral research project conducted by Iluta Bērziņa on "Integrated Design of Techno-Social Systems: Next Generation of Tourism Monitoring in Latvia" which will result in the development of a new technological solution for automation of measuring the socio-economic effects of tourism in specific regional territories.
The Forum programme is available here.
On November 23, 2017, at 16:00 ViA docent Ieva Gintere will present her postdoctoral research project "Leveraging ICT product innovations by enhancing codes of modern art".
The scientific aim of the project "Leveraging ICT product innovations by enhancing codes of modern art" is a research in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and contemporary art in Latvia in order to find new ideas for the promotion of ICT, based on contemporary cultural traditions established more than 100 years ago, which includes the core of modern intelligence.
November 14 - 16, 2017, project MAMBA (MAximised MoBility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change) partner meeting is taking place in Neumunster, Germany, attended by HESPI research assistant Jānis Bikše, as well as ViA ZTC project manager Madara Narņicka.
From November 13 - 15, 2017, HESPI director Agita Līviņa and researcher Maira Leščevica participated in the project "Practical approach for Teaching Circular Economy" workshop in Kaunas, Lithuania. The workshop topics included teaching and assessment methods, as well as a visit and case study in IKEA.Seminar programme
On November 7, 2017, ViA professor Jānis Janačs and ViA docent, HESPI researcher Andris Klepers participated in an international conference organized by the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) in Riga "How to be an Attractive Culture Tourism Destination", organized jointly with presenting the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) awards. Andris Klepers also moderated the conference.
On October 26, 2017, at 16:00 ViA lecturer Liene Ločmele: The online cooperation of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and the University of Minnesota in Morris in the course "Mass Communication": the significance of culture and communication.
The results of the study destroy the stereotypes about "Latvian" and "American" communication, showing how systematic research in such a comparatively narrow and specific context makes it possible to choose the technological solution, topic of discussion and structure that provides a more equal and mutually beneficial experience for all participants.
On October 20, 2017 HESPI director, senior researcher Agita Līviņa and ViA lecturer Iveta Druva - Druvaskalne participate in Scientific-practical Conference "First 20 years of Ķemeri National Park", taking place in Jūrmala, Jaunķemeri.
During the conference a poster and an information leaflet will introduce the participants with the projects implemented in HESPI in the framework of State Research Programme EKOSOC-LV: 5.2.8. Cultural environment development, preservation of the nature diversity and urbanisation processes within the context of the balanced development of Latvia; 5.2.9. Impact of social awareness changes on sustainable provision of ecosystem services.Conference programme
On October 11 - 13, 2017, in Tallinn, Estonia, HESPI director Dr.oec. Agita Līviņa has received accreditation and participates in Estonian Presidency Research Policy Conference and its side-events:
October 12: Research Policy Conference: "European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society";
October 13: Dandelion workshop: "European integration, inequalities and citizens’ participation: How social sciences create value for policy and society”.Programme 1, Programme 2, Programme 3
On September 28, 2017, at 16:00 ViA HESPI researcher Agnese Dāvidsone: Pedagogy and ICT: what we can learn from applying technology in teaching.
During the discussion the researcher Agnese Dāvidsone will present the ideas from her doctoral dissertation on the integration of technologies in teaching.
Full text of the dissertation available here.
On September 27 – 28, 2017, an international seminar was organized for the participants of the Nordplus project "Practical Approach for Teaching Circular Economy" on the topical issues and challenges of circular economy in order to prepare an intensive study course on the circular economy.
The seminar programme is available here.
On August 23, 2017, HESPI researcher Gatis Krūmiņš participates in the 23rd of August Memorial Day Conference in Lithuania with a report "History interpretations: the example of Latvia and Lithuania".
More information: here
On 7 July 2017 at 16.00 HESPI researcher Agnese Karaseva will defend her doctoral thesis ”Teacher Professional Agency in Relation to Digital Technology Integration in Teaching in Estonian and Latvian Schools ” in the Council of the Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, UT Senate hall, Tartu, Estonia.
On June 28 - 30, 2017, in the 3rd International Conference on Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, HESPI researcher Feliciana Rajevska participates with a presentation "International and supranational institutions as social policy actors: the case of Latvia." (Panel: Experimentalist Welfare Governance in the European Union).
On June 21 - 22, 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden, the kick-off meeting of the project MAMBA (MAximised MoBility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change) will take place, attended by HESPI director Agita Līviņa, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Faculty of Engineering lecturer Jānis Bikše and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Knowledge and Technology Centre project manager Madara Narņicka. Vidzeme Planning Region is also participating in the project represented in the meeting by Laila Gercāne.
On June 19 - 21, 2017, in the 12th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe "The Baltic states at 99: Past, Present and Future", taking place in the University of Latvia, Riga, the following HESPI researchers participate with reports:
Jānis Buholcs "Social networking site use and interpersonal ties of Latvian emigrants";
Feliciana Rajevska (co-author Olga Rajevska) "Involvement of the state in pension systems of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania".
On June 20, 2017, 13:00 - 14:00 in the 4th floor hall at the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments (Mazā Pils iela 1, Rīga) the opening of the publication "Intangible Cultural Heritage in Events. Guide for Event Organizers" will take place.
On June 15 - 17, 2017, in the 11th International Scientific Practical Conference "Environment. Technology. Resources" organied by Rēzekne Academy of Technologies, Latvia,the following HESPI researchers participate with reports:
In the plenary session Aigars Andersons and Sarmīte Rozentāle "Dynamic Simulation Model for Sustainable Municipality Development in Vidzeme Region, Latvia";
In the section "Environmental protection, Environmental Economics and Management": Sarmīte Rozentāle, Aigars Andersons "Indicators Affecting Vidzeme Region Smart Development";
Agita Līviņa (co-author Mahender Reddy) "Nature Park as a Resource for Nature Based Tourism";
Jānis Buholcs "Environmental Communication in Latvian Municipal Newsletters".
On June 6 - 8, 2017, lecturer of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Faculty of Society and Science Liene Ločmele is participating in the conference "New Horizons in the Etnography of Communication", New York, USA, with the following presentations:
""Latvian-ness" and "Bulgarian-ness": Identity Negotiations in Public Discourses on TV and Radio" (co-author Nadezhda Sotirova, University of Minnesota Morris);
"Cultural Discourse of Technology-Mediated International Learning Partnership between Communication Undergraduates from Latvia and the United States".
On May 26 - 27, 2017, in the conference "Society. Integration. Education." organized by Rēzekne Academy of Technologies, the following HESPI researchers, scientific assistants and teaching staff from the Faculty of Society and Science are participating with reports:
Workshop "Special Education": Ligita Kūle, Feliciana Rajevska "The Inclusion of Special Education into Preschool and Elementary General Education Institutions in Latvia".
Workshop "Information Technologies in Education": Agnese Karaseva "Manifestations of Teacher Professional Agency in Relation to Integration of ICT in Teaching";
Liene Ločmele (co-author Barbara Ruth Burke) "The Contribution of Technology to an Undergraduate International Learning Partnership: the Ritual Perspective".
Workshop "Psychology": Vineta Silkāne (co-author Ivars Austers) "Exploring 35 - 44 Year Old Men's Health Behaviour: a Qualitative Perspective".
Workshop "Economics and Public Administration": Feliciana Rajevska, Katrīne Reima "Investing in Preschool Age Children - a Case Study of Vidzeme Region".
From May 21 - 25, 2017, the partner meeting of the project "New Forms of European Citizenship in Migration Era" is taking place in Palermo, Italy, attended by HESPI researcher Agnese Karaseva. The meeting programme features also a number of meetings with institutions that deal with migrant issues and supprot and, taking into account the specifics of Sicily, keeping them away from getting involved in organized crime.
On May 17 - 19, 2017, in the Annual 23rd International Scientific Conference of Latvia University of Agriculture (Jelgava) HESPI researcher Maira Leščevica participates with a report in Economics workshop "Latvia's Diaspora's, State Institutions, Business and Society Cooperation Concept and Framework". The participation is supported in the framework of VPP EKOSOC-LV 5.2. project.
Regional development and cohesion session:
Visvaldis Valtenbergs (co-authors Sandra Brigsa un Agita Līviņa) "Scenarios of Local Government Intervention in Case of Market Failure. The Case of Latvia"
Vija Melbārde and Maira Ore "Smart People: Region Process Analysis" supported by VPP EKOSOC-LV.
In April-May 2017 HESPI researchers, scientific assistants are participating with research reports in several international scientific conferences.
WSEAS international scientific conference STACH`17& WHH`17 Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Tourism, Venice Italy 26- 28 April, 2017. A.Līviņa participated with report (co-authors L.Veliverronena, Ž.Krūzmētra, I.Grīnfelde) Engagement of Local Communities in Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Depopulated Rural Areas in Latvia.
WSEAS international scientific conference EET`17 Education and Educational Technologies,Venice Italy 26- 28 April, 2017. S.Rozentāle and A.Līviņa "Qualitative Assesment in Higher Education."
18th Annual international scientific conference "Economic science for rural development" 27-28 April 2017, Jelgava Latvia. Our researchers presented six reports :
Liene Golča, Feliciana Rajevska "WORK BASED LEARNING PROGRAMMES IN LATVIA"
Juris Smaļinskis, Anita Auziņa "PRECONDITIONS FOR ESTABLISHMENT AND HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT STAGES OF LATVIAN RURAL TOURISM ASSOCIATION “COUNTRY HOLIDAYS”"
Maira Ore, Vija Melbārde "RESOURCES OF ENVIRONMENT: ASPECTS OF SMART RURAL DEVELOPMENT"
Anna Broka, Hanna Mihailova, Dace Demme-Vimba "MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT OF YOUNG ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES IN LATVIA"
Kristine Legzdiņa, Feliciana Rajevska "STEP TOWARDS ALTERNATIVE CHILD CARE: ANALYSIS OF CHILD CARE DEINSTITUTIONALIZATION COMPONENTS (BASED ON THE RESEARCH IN VIDZEME REGION, LATVIA)"
Maira Leščevica, Iveta Puķīte "MODERN SOLUTIONS TO DECISION MAKING PROCESS FOR RESIDENTIAL HOUSING MANAGEMENT IN HIGH MIGRATION CONDITIONS"
"Family portrait in the interior" (Photographic evidence of the city dwellers before the Second World War belonged artwork).
In conference "Visuality 2017: Tourism vs Urban Heritage in a Creative City" our researchers Ilze Grīnfelde and Linda Vaeliverronen are giving presentation on Conducting an orchestra of emotions in the darkness.
More detail about the conference here http://visuality.vgtu.lt/index.php/visuality/2017
"Attributions, performance rating, and reward allocation patterns: a comparative study of China, India, Tanzania, and the United States" (English).
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11:00-11:15 Pētījuma darba organizācija, atziņas no dalības konferencēs (Agita Līviņa)
PĒTĪJUMA REZULTĀTI, NOVĒROJUMI, PROBLEMĀTIKA, IETEIKTĀS RĪCĪBAS
11:15-12:00 Iedzīvotāju aptaujas anketēšanas rezultāti par kultūras un dabas resursu, mantojuma izmantošanu, ierobežojumiem un potenciālu vietu attīstībā. Pašvaldību komunikācija ar iedzīvotajiem. Aptaujas pamatmērķteritorijas: Kandavas, Mazsalacas un Krāslavas novadi, Sabiles pilsēta. (Ženija Krūzmētra, Linda Veliverronena, Juris Smaļinskis, Ilze Grīnfelde, Jānis Buholcs)
12:15-12:35 Sagatavotais izdevums “Nemateriālais kultūras mantojums pasākumos. Padomnieks pasākumu rīkotājiem”. Mērķi, satura ieskats, izplatīšana. (Linda Veliverronena)
12:35-12:45 Pētījuma 2017.gada rīcības. Padziļinātās izpētes pašvaldību projektu 2010-2013 analīze par kultūras un dabas jautājumiem, Rīgas-Gaujas Eiropas Gastronomiskā reģiona sociāli ekonomiskais novērtējums, tūrisma attīstība Ziemeļvidzemes biosfēras rezervātā. Vidusskolēnu iesaiste vietas attīstībā. Pētījuma rezultātu kopsavilkums viedai attīstībai.
12:45- 12:55 Rīcībpolitikas ziņojums, pētniecības projekta materiālu pieejamība. (Agita Līviņa)
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"Human capital development issues in the region".
Our ITEM students took care of organising Baltic University Programme Students Conference session on 22 April, 2016 in Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia. It was a third conference day and the only day in Valmiera. Our researcher Maira Leščevica moderated the first part of the session which included speeches by Iveta Putniņa, chairperson of Eco-Council of our Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, our Business administration master students Pāvels Ribakovs who participated in the BUP sail in 2015 and guest professor from India Brahm Sharma. Professor B.Sharma was positively surprised of our ITEM student Ilze Dzirkale ice breaking games in the session and practical organisation of the workshop “Engagement of stakeholders of music festival in open-air LABA DABA” by Lauris Madžuls. Professor B.Sharma mentioned that now he knows that it is possible to do things totally different from his experience till this conference!
The second part of morning session included active brain working of all students in the seven stakeholder groups: event organizers, owners of the place, local community, local municipality, audience (visitors), sponsors and public catering. Each group took consultations with other stakeholder groups about agreements between each other. Finally, all groups presented their outcomes of the session.
The session was supported by State Research program EKOSOC-LV.
Then all participants moved to Science World in our premises in Terbatas street. The working day of the conference ended in Valmiermuiža brewery.
It was my happy day. After the session and lunch together with my ITEM students, my colleague asked me: why I am today so smiling and satisfied? At home my husband asked the same why I am so happy. I really felt too happy with performance of my students! These feelings are the best which I can get from my job.
On 23 April all work held in premises of University of Latvia in Ratnieki, Līgatne. I, Agita Līviņa, lead workshop of nature trail development and my colleague Maira Leščevica work with Sustainable catering issue. Students presented very well their ideas in Ratnieki for Ligatne development Agency. Sarmite Usāne director deputy of the Agency was satisfied with results.
The Associate Professor at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) and researcher of Institute of Social, Economic and Humanitarian Research (HESPI) is a co-author of the book “Challenges to European Welfare Systems”, published in February 2016 by Sringer. The book provides a wide (863 pages) and structured insight into the experience of countries near and far, small and big, in carrying out the social policy.
Latvian authors Feliciana Rajevska and Laura Romanovska have given quite a polemic title to their section: (Latvia: Both Sides of the Economic Recovery Success Story. They analyse the main challenges of our state social policy: depopulation, workforce flow, stable high level of inequality and high share of the so called “working poor”, the lowest financing for healthcare and inadequate volume of social help and social security benefits. Social crisis, as opposed to economic and financial crisis, is more fundamental. A specific feature of a continuous crisis is that its effect stays for a long time after the cause of it has been eliminated. This is a condition politicians should keep in mind not only during the pre-election time.
The book ‘’Challenges to European Welfare Systems” is the result of activity of the big collective of authors (59 experts) headed by Professor Klaus Schubert from Minster University Institute of Political Science. It is the first all-inclusive analysis of challenges in the sphere of social policy met in the countries of European Union from 2008. The major of them being 1) financial crisis; 2) demographic changes; 3) how to find a balance between the risks caused by the crisis and the challenges opened by the crisis in the sphere of social policy. It must be noted that the migrant crisis was not topical during the creation of the book (2013-2014). The authors represent all the countries of EU and the candidate countries. Summing up, the main conclusion – the challenges are similar and common for all the countries. However, that is where the similarity ends. The challenges in each country are perceived differently, the response reaction differs significantly as well, convergence trend does not work. Difference of state social security systems still remains as the key factor which will determine their development also in the future – the authors conclude.
Feliciana Rajevska herself indicates: “I have cooperated with the Minter University Institute of Political Science since 2006, when they were preparing The Handbook of European Welfare Systems and invited me as an expert of social politics in Latvia. My article on the social policy in Latvia since renovation of independence was included in the book published in German in 2008, and also was redone and in 2008 included in the book The Handbook of European Welfare Systems published by Routledge.
Feliciana Rajevska, thinking of the audience of the book, says: “The possible audience of the book might be university libraries, researchers of social policies and policy makers.”
The book is accessible: http://www.springer.com/in/book/9783319076799#aboutBook