In April, the “Latvian Academy of Sciences YEARBOOK 2024”, prepared by a group of authors, was published in English. This is already the fifth publication, which has been created in accordance with a different concept to the traditional yearbook or activity report of the Latvian Academy of Sciencies that is released in Latvian. The yearbook emphasizes current topics in Latvian and world science, as well as the most significant achievements and events in Latvia in various fields of science. The authors of the articles are scientists and science policy makers, as well as public servants, representatives of culture and art.

The edition of 2024offers readers three main themes: the intersection of humanism and pragmatism, science for life and life sciences, energy and the energy of natural sciences. The issue concludes with an article by Pēteris Stradiņš, dedicated to the memory of academician Jānis Stradiņš and the Enlightenment movement and its most prominent representative in Latvia, Gotthardt Friedrich Stender, and tells about the message encoded in the sculptural ensemble "Gates of Light" inaugurated in Sunākste in the fall of 2023.

LAS YEARBOOK 2024 [pdf.]


 YearBook 2024

On 18th of March 2024, representatives of twelve Alliance4Life member institutions gathered in Brno to kick-off the new EU funded project A4L_BRIDGE. The four-year project will enable the partners to implement 16 work packages focusing on modernisation of careers in research, collaborations among partners and engagement with the industry, policy makers and patient organisations. The action is supported by 4 722 788 EUR from the Horizon Widera 2023 European Excellence Initiative and led by CEITEC Masaryk University. This time, Crowdhelix joined as a new partner to maximize the dissemination and exploitation of the project results. Crowdhelix is open innovation platform that forges links between an international network of excellent researchers and innovating companies so that they can plan, deliver, and exploit pioneering collaborative projects and value chains. 

The kick-off conference was opened by Vice Rector for Research and Doctoral Studies of Masaryk University Šárka Pospíšilová who emphasized that this project represents a significant milestone in ongoing efforts of the Masaryk University to advance research and innovation in Central and Eastern Europe. The Vice Rector thanked the partners for their lasting dedication and commitment that they showed during the last six years and introduced the history and context of the Alliance4Life foundation.  

Despite investments and dedicated schemes, the research and innovation performance of EU-13 countries in Central and Eastern Europe still lags behind their Western counterparts. This challenge stems from underdeveloped ecosystems, brain drain, fragmented collaboration, and limited integration into international networks. Recognising these obstacles, Alliance4Life emerged in 2017 as a strategic alliance of ten progressive life science institutions from nine countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Through the first Horizon 2020 funding, Alliance4Life fostered knowledge exchange, shared best practices, and laid the groundwork for a cultural transformation in research universities in the CEE region. In 2021, building on this success, the A4L_ACTIONS project expanded its vision and invited two leading universities from Romania and Bulgaria to join. Together, the twelve member institutes turned previously piloted ideas into concrete actions. Over the next three years, all eleven Widening countries from the CEE region worked together to implement the project goals and to narrow the innovation gap.  

Stefan Weiers, Head of Sector for Widening at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation highlighted in his speech that Alliance4Life has become a regional role model, catalysing positive institutional changes in universities and research institutes across Central and Eastern Europe. 

The Coordinator of the Alliance4Life, Ester Jarour, introduced the new A4L_BRIDGE project that will boost the competitiveness and innovation potential of the member institutions. This project will implement further institutional reforms that will lay the foundation for excellent science. Jarour highlighted that Alliance4Life's success is built on its unique ability to transform institutional cultures through open communication and sharing good practices. The partners are willing to share issues and problems and solve them together. The desired progress happens thanks to joint training, networking, and competence building. The voices and opinions of the research institutions from Central and Eastern Europe are heard in Brussels thanks to the collaborative policy papers produced by the Alliance4Life members.  

Alliance4Life is now planning to build upon their success and inspire positive changes beyond the member institutions and boost the translation of the health research results. The members will continue serving as a role model in institutional governance for progressive research institutions and implement further institutional reforms. Their goal is to create a more attractive environment for researchers and continue building competencies of research managers. The new project will enable a foundation of virtual research institute that will promote interactions between scientific communities in the member countries. The virtual research institute will be hosted on a new web platform that will provide shared E-learning and enable matchmaking of mentors and mentees and offer industry internships for doctoral candidates. The new web platform will also serve as central project gateway and databank of all deliverables that can be freely exploited by non-members, who wish to follow the good example of the Allaince4Life. 

About Alliance4Life

A4L´s members aim to contribute to the close innovation gap by improving institutional culture and implementing effective strategic management in the lower-performing countries of CEE. Their common mission is to promote and strengthen Europe-wide research excellence and its positive impact on society, human health, and quality of life. The members of A4L are Latvia – Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis; Czech Republic – CEITEC/ Masaryk University and International Clinical Research Center; Slovakia – Biomedical Research Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences; Poland – Medical University of Lodz; Croatia – School of Medicine, University of Zagreb; Estonia – University of Tartu; Lithuania – Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University; Slovenia – University of Ljubljana; Hungary – Semmelweis University; Bulgaria – Medical University of Sofia; Romania – University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest.

A4L kick off 3 18.03.2024  A4L kick off 2 18.03.2024  


A4L kick off 1 18.03.2024

Source: Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, 09.04.2024.


The regular Spring General Meeting of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) will convene on Thursday, April 4, 2024, starting at 2PM. Conferring of the LAS Grand Medal 2023 and congratulation of the laureates of the academic awards are on the agenda of the meeting. 

The laureate of the LAS Grand Medal – Aivars Bērziņš*, LAS full member, - is highly appraised for his research on the molecular epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens having significant impact on public health.


  1. Address by the LAS President Ivars Kalviņš.
  2. Laudatio for LAS Grand Medal 2023 laureate Aivars Bērziņš.
  3. Awarding of the LAS Grand Medal 2023 to Aivars Bērziņš. 
  4. Academic lecture by LAS Grand Medal 2023 laureate Aivars Bērziņš: One Health Concept in Science. 
  5. Report by the LAS Secretary General Prof. Baiba Rivža. 
  6. Report by the Chairman of the LAS Supervisory Council Juris Krūmiņš. 
Dr. Alma Edžiņa
Scientific secretary, Senate of the LAS
Tel.: (+371) 67223931
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The Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS), a key player in Latvia’s scientific landscape and a proud member of the Alliance4Life (A4L) consortium, initiated a discussion on scientific community’s opinion in shaping the new European Union (EU) Framework Program.

On January 16, 2024, a panel discussion was held at the Senate meeting of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) chaired by Prof. Tatjana Koķe. The attendees included members of the LAS Senate, Deputy State Secretary for Higher Education, Science, Space, and Innovation at the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) Jānis Paiders, MoES Science Sector Adviser in Brussels Aleksandrs Mārtiņš Blūms, member of the Expert group on the interim evaluation of “Horizon Europe”, Vice-Rector for Science of RSU Agrita Kiopa, the coordinator of the “Horizon 2020” Teaming program project BBCE Prof. Jānis Ločs, and representatives of LIOS.

Opening the discussion, Osvalds Pugovičs, Deputy Director of LIOS, provided an overview of A4L’s contribution to science policy and institutional governance improvement. Prof. Maija Dambrova (LIOS), a full member of the LAS, presented A4L’s policy paper on the efficiency of WIDESPREAD measures and recommendations for strategic planning for the last phase (2025-2027) of the “Horizon Europe” program and the future Framework Program (2028-2034). The recommendations drew on A4L participants’ experience with EU programs available to Widening region countries—Twinning, Teaming, and ERAChair projects.

“The goal of the A4L is not to wait for help but to find strength within ourselves, share best practices, express the views of progressive scientific organizations to policymakers, and be heard both at the national and EU levels,” emphasized Prof. Maija Dambrova.

A4L highlighted the positive impact of participating in Widening programs – expanded collaboration networks, improved project applications, enhanced administrative efficiency, promoted researcher mobility, and increased institutions’ ability to attract foreign scientists.

As main challenges for further Widening development in Central and Eastern European countries, as identified by A4L, include difficulties in recruiting researchers due to salary disparities, a lack of resources for sustaining research, insufficient international visibility of regional institutions, and inconsistencies in competition calls at European and national levels. A4L advocated for a larger portion of resources to be allocated to research activities in Widening projects, suggesting that the implementation period of Twinning programs is too short for excellent results.

To address these challenges, A4L has prepared several recommendations, urging a shift from promoting excellence to empowering excellence. This involves making research organizations from Widening region countries research and innovation leaders, improving existing programs to support research and innovation directly, and recognizing established Centers of Excellence.

Coordination between the European Commission (EC) and national governments is crucial. A4L suggested strategic coordination in creating new Centers of Excellence, ensuring sustainability, and involving existing Centers of Excellence in EU research policy development processes.

It is recommended to improve coordination of project calls to leverage synergies between EC and national funding support mechanisms. A4L encouraged the widening of the practice of “Seal of Excellence” by supporting, at the national level, high-rated EU project applications that did not receive funding. The need for national research and innovation reforms, researcher career models, internationally open working environments, targeted infrastructure investments, support for outstanding research, and the promotion of existing Centers of Excellence were also emphasized.

Starting the panel discussion, Prof. Maija Dambrova addressed the audience: “Will there be a Widening program in the new Framework Program, and what will it be like? Since the Framework Program is still under development, this is our opportunity to express our opinion. By discussing with each other, we can create our proposals and ensure that they reach policymakers!”

The participants positively acknowledged A4L’s role in shaping science policy and commended LIOS for initiating a significant discussion for Latvian science.

Prof. Jānis Ločs emphasized the potential of Teaming projects in achieving excellence over a 7-year implementation period. He advocated for the continuation and improvement of both the Teaming and Twinning programs, with increased funding for research activities to boost partner interest.

Full member of the LAS, Prof. Andris Šternbergs (coordinator of “Horizon 2020” Teaming project CAMART²) stressed the importance of a good reputation to enter the European and global scientific area:

“We need to come to these programs with our ideas, show that we are at very good the level and can work as equal partners. We need to come in these programs with good infrastructure and established researcher career models.” Prof. Šternbergs emphasized the importance of EraNet projects and COST actions to initiate new collaborations, partly preparing the ground for successful Widening partnerships.

Prof. Šternbergs proposed not limiting consortiums of Teaming projects only to initially selected European partners but providing the opportunity to attract new partners, including from developed third countries.

Agrita Kiopa highlighted the alignment of A4L’s recommendations with those compiled from Latvia’s best research organizations:

“What A4L has compiled and formulated expresses the views of many of our colleagues. I will encourage the expert group to invite A4L to one of the discussions.” Among other things, Dr. Kiopa emphasized the importance of addressing candidates for European Parliament on their position about science policy and shape of the next Framework Program.

Jānis Paiders acknowledged A4L’s regular communication of vital science and innovation issues to the Ministry of Education and Science. Paiders said:

“The Widening program is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Education and Science because in this program, Latvia has shown the best results, and it also highlights the potential of our research organizations.”

In conclusion, the panel participants recognized A4L’s recommendations for mobilizing the Latvian scientific community to actively participate in shaping the new Framework Program. Strengthening this commitment, Jānis Paiders informed that the ministry will soon organize a working group for the formulation of Latvia’s opinion on the 10th Framework Program and invited the audience to participate in its work.

Academician Tatjana Koķe, chairperson of the LAS Senate, ended the discussion by emphasizing the following: "The discussion has started very timely, but it needs to be continued with concrete works. LAS will pay attention to this issue, bringing it up at the political level as well, including holding an exchange of views with candidates for MPs at the nextEuropean Parliament. There must be an action program to be launched, where everyone knows how to lend their hand, share their intelligence and capacity, so that we can get off to a great start in the 10th Framework Program. Being a partner of a follower is not enough, we have to take a leadership position!”

About A4L

Alliance4Life brings together 12 progressive leading Central and Eastern European scientific institutions, whose common mission is to strengthen scientific excellence across Europe, improve scientific performance, and contribute to the health and quality of life of European citizens. Alliance4Life participants: Latvia – LIOS; Czech Republic – Masaryk University/CEITEC and International Clinical Research Center; Slovakia – Biomedical Research Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences; Poland – Medical University of Lodz; Croatia – School of Medicine – University of Zagreb; Estonia – University of Tartu; Lithuania – Vilnius University – Faculty of Medicine; Slovenia – University of Ljubljana; Hungary – Semmelweis University; Bulgaria – Medical University Sofia; Romania – University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest.

Source: Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, 25/01/2024

The Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) has announced winners of the annual Science Achievements’ Competition - top ten achievements were selected from 49 eligible proposals that were submitted for evaluation.

Traditionally the achievements in science are divided in two groups – fundamental science and applied science; the achievements shortlisted for the winners group usually cover a wide scope of research areas – ranging from solid state physics and robotics, biomedicine, pharmacy and chemistry, engineering and agricultural sciences to literary science, art history, philosophy, and economy.

Achievements in Latvian Science 2023 [pdf].

About the competition

The year 2023 marks the 22nd anniversary since the Latvian Academy of Sciences launched the annual science achievement competition. The principal aim of the competition since then has been: annual monitoring of the processes in Latvian science by assessing and naming the most significant achievements of the year. Also, the results and winners of the competition would be popularized among wider public thus contributing to science communication in Latvia. Since 2011, as the competition gained its popularity among researchers and the academic community, the winners are awarded diplomas, and a special awarding ceremony is held. In the following years the event's regular and numerous attendees include its supporters, sponsors, media representatives and other stakeholders. This annual event highlights and celebrates the excellence in Latvian science and research.

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Season's Greetings!


Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at at 15.00 PM the diploma awarding ceremony will be held for the new members elected at the autumn General meeting of the Latvian Academy of Sciences this year. Among them the Academy welcomes two new foreign members: Rotraut Merkle – Ph.D. (1998), senior research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany, and Luboš Švec – Ph.D. (1988), historian at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. 

List of the new members (in Latvian).  

The laureates of the 2023 Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) Grand Medal, according to the decision of the LAS Senate of March 21, 2023, are Aivars Bērziņš, full member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, and Ph.D. Pauls Stradiņš, LAS foreign member. The on-line presentation of the laureate Pauls Stradiņš will take place on November 23, during the LAS Autumn General meeting, while the presentation of Aivars Bērziņš is due to take place at the LAS Spring General meeting in April 2024.

Dr. Aivars Bērziņš has been acknowledged with the highest award of the Latvian Academy of Sciences for significant achievements in molecular epidemiology studies of zoonotic pathogens important to public health.

Dr. Pauls Stradiņš’ research work is distinguished with the highest award of the Latvian Academy of Sciences for significant accomplishments in the field of silicon photovoltaics and long-term practical cooperation with Latvian scientists.

For more information please visit the LAS website (in Latvian). 

The regular Autumn General Meeting of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) will convene on Thursday, November 23, 2023, starting at 2PM. Conferring of the LAS Grand Medal 2023 and the elections of new members of the academy are on the agenda of the meeting. The Senate of the LAS has announced 11 vacancies for full members, 14 vacancies for corresponding members and 2 vacancies for foreign members. 

The LAS Grand Medal is awarded to PhD Pauls Stradiņš*, LAS foreign member, for outstanding achievements in the field of silicon photovoltaics and long-term practical cooperation with Latvian scientists.

The second laureate of the LAS Grand Medal – Aivars Bērziņš, LAS full member - will be honoured at the LAS Spring General Meeting in April 2024. Aivars Bērziņš is awarded the LAS Grand Medal for the research on the molecular epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens having significant impact on public health.


  1. Receiving ballots and voting takes place at the Registration.
  2. Introduction by the LAS President Ivars Kalviņš.
  3. Awarding of the LAS Grand Medal 2023 to Pauls Stradiņš, LAS foreign member.
  4. Laudatio for LAS Grand Medal 2023 laureate Pauls Stradiņš by academician Linards Skuja.
  5. Academic report by LAS Grand Medal 2023 laureate Pauls Stradiņš. 



Dr. Alma Edžiņa
Scientific secretary, Senate of the LAS
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NAS RK president Dr. Kunsulu Zakarya and LAS president Prof. Ivars Kalvins. Photo - Jānis Brencis.


On Thursday, September 21, 2023, as part of the VI International Economic Forum, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Latvian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan (NAS RK) under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan was signed at the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) on cooperation in the field of science. The memorandum was signed by LAS president Prof. Ivars Kalviņš and NAS RK president Dr. Kunsulu Zakarya. The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Latvia H.E. Timur Primbetov and the embassy representatives.

The memorandum envisages the development of cooperation between the two institutions in earth and space research, communication sciences, agrobiological resources and ecology research, life and health sciences, education, humanities and social sciences.

The memorandum envisages that the parties will carry out the cooperation between scientific and research institutions according to their capabilities and needs, including exchange of experience, joint projects, education and training of experts and researchers.

The Kazakh delegation also visited the Biomedical Research and Study Center (BMC) on September 21. Academician Jānis Kloviņš, chairman of BMC's Scientific Council, introduced the guests to the Center’s activities, BMC's deputy director for scientific infrastructure issues, LAS corresponding member Dāvids Fridmanis introduced BMC's laboratories.

On September 22, the representatives of the Kazakhstan NAS visited the Institute of Organic Synthesis of Latvia (OSI). Director of OSI, LZA corresponding member Osvalds Pugovičs told about OSI's work directions and achievements, as well as introduced to the institute's laboratories.


 Foto – Jānis Brencis.

VI International Economic Forum "OPEN INNOVATIONS: from the Creativity of the Individual to Science-Based Innovative Economy" will take place this year. September 21 and 22 at the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Akadēmijas Square 1, Riga.

The purpose of the VI International Economic Forum is to analyze the role of human creativity and the potential of international ecosystems in the development of open innovation, as well as to present the world's best practices and evidence-based practical solutions to achieve a higher level of well-being in our globalized society.

The practice successfully established in the I, II, III, IV and V Economic Forums will be continued, that the Forum serves as a platform for exchange of experience and cooperation between scientists, entrepreneurs and politicians, stimulating the entry of foreign and local investments and innovative national economy in the long term. You can find the results of previous forums at 


For information:
Renars Raubiškis
LAS EI project manager
Phone. +371 20207092
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Photo - Karolin Koster.

On September 5, 2023, in collaboration with the Baltic States’ Academies of Sciences and UNESCO National Commissions, L’Oréal awarded seven talented female scientists in the prestigious Baltic Young Talents Program for Women in Science. Among them two doctoral students - Katrīna Laganovska and Cristina Bajo Santos - and Dr.chem. Liene Grigorjeva from Latvia. 

Doctoral student Katrīna Laganovska is a researcher at the Institute of Solid State Physics of the University of Latvia. She receives teh award for a project on the study of optical properties and defects in ferroelectric metal oxides. This will allow further research into ferroelectric field effect transistors, which, if successful and scalable, could be used in next-generation computers, opening the door to a whole new computer architecture.

Doctoral student Cristina Bajo Santos is a researcher at the Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center. She is receiving support for the development of a new, non-invasive method for the diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of prostate cancer. It will make it possible to obtain data on the presence of tumor-secreted RNA-type biomarkers in men's urine and blood plasma samples faster and easier. This approach is expected to facilitate early diagnosis of prostate cancer and reduce mortality from prostate cancer.

Dr.chem. Liene Grigorjeva is the leading researcher of the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS) in the Organic Synthesis Methodology group and a member of the LIOS Scientific Council. Dr.chem. Liene Grigorjeva is recognized for developing a methodology using affordable, non-toxic cobalt catalysts to synthesize valuable organic compounds. These methods yield new as well as known compounds with useful properties, aligning with modern resource efficiency and environmental standards. The title of the awarded research is “Cobalt-Catalyzed C-H Bond Functionalization.”

During the ceremonial award presentation at the Estonian Academy of Sciences in Tallinn, the laureates were greeted by the former President of Latvia (1999-2007), the patroness of the Baltic Young Talents Program for Women in Science, Academician Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga:

“Women in science have been rare for a long time. However, even ancient history has distinguished examples. For instance, Hypatia, the distinguished mathematician of Alexandria, was gruesomely murdered by fanatics of her day simply for being a woman of science. Science, in fact, has been in constant battle against unreason, superstition, and fanaticism throughout its history. The rule of reason is what keeps us from savagery, cruelty, and injustices.”

She wished the young scientists:

“There is a vast universe out there, full of unknowns, despite all the efforts and generations we have dedicated to exploring it. I believe it is a noble mission to continue forward, to do your part, and to strive for your best. I wish you both professional and personal success because your personal happiness is an integral part of your life too.”

Ivars Kalviņš, the President of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, pointed out that this year, 36 young female scientists from Latvia applied for the program, including 17 Ph.D. holders and 19 doctoral students, submitting high-quality research projects.

The Women in Science program in Latvia was established 19 years ago by program patron Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (President of Latvia from 1999 to 2007). Currently, the Women in Science program is implemented by L’Oréal in collaboration with the Academies of Sciences of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania, as well as UNESCO National Commissions.

 Photo gallery 

 FWIS 2023 Katrina Laganovska WP1  photo by Janis Deinats   

FWIS 2023 Cristina Bajo Santos WP1  photo by Janis Deinats

FWIS 2023 Liene Grigorjeva WP1  photo by Janis Deinats Katrīna Laganovska, doktorante Cristina Bajo Santos and Dr.chem. Liene Grigorjeva.

Photo - Jānis Deinats.

L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Young Talents program Baltic Awards Ceremony. Sept. 5, 2023



LAS Secretary General Baiba Rivža, LAS foreign member Nikolai Javakhishvili, LAS President Ivars Kalviņš. Photo - Jānis Brencis.

On Monday, June 19, 2023, at the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Dr.hist. Nikolai (Niko) Javakhishvili, professor at the Institute of History and Ethnology of the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, was presented with a diploma of a foreign member of the LAS. Prof. N. Javakhishvili was elected a foreign member of the LAS on November 24, 2022, at the LAS Autumn General Meeting. On June 10, 2014, Niko Javakhishvili was awarded the degree of Dr.honoris causa of the LAS.

This time Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University medal and diploma was presented to the LAS President Prof. Ivars Kalviņš for his contribution to the development of scientific cooperation between the two scientific institutions.


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