Baltic cooperation

Sunday, 19 April 2015 14:17

14th Baltic Conference on Intellectual Cooperation

The Latvian Academy of Sciences has the privilege to organize the 14th Baltic Conference on Intellectual Cooperation entitled

BCIC 14 Invitation

 ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES FOR RESEARCH AND INOVATION:
PAST AND FUTURE
and
THE AWARD CEREMONY
OF THE MEDAL
OF THE BALTIC ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES  

The Conference will be held

On 20 April, 2015  - at the Latvian Academy of Sciences (Portrait Hall, 3rd floor), 1 Akademijas Square, Riga on 20 April, 2015, and

On 21 April, 2015 - at the Ģederts Eliass Jelgava History and Art Museum, 10 Akademijas Street, Jelgava.

The main purpose of these conferences is to promote intellectual and scientific cooperation, in particular, around the Baltic Sea, to better comprehend the issues of common history, culture, economic and political situations and to give impetus for joint efforts in tackling current challenges.

Information:

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XIV Baltic Conference on Intellectual Cooperation
20-21 April, 2015, Riga -Jelgava

Monday, April 20, 2015

13.30

Registration of participants, welcome coffee

Latvian Academy of Sciences; Akademijas laukums 1, Portrait hall (3rd floor)

14.00

Opening of the XIV Baltic Conference on Intellectual Cooperation

Ojārs SPĀRĪTIS, President, Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS)

Tarmo SOOMERE, President, Estonian Academy of Sciences

Valdemaras RAZUMAS, President, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences

Olli MARTIO, Secretary General, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

14.30

Policy advice in a world of global challenges: the role of national academies

Bärbel Friedrich, Vice President of Leopoldina

14.55

Scholarly cooperation in the humanities through academic networking - in the Baltic region and globally.  Øivind ANDERSEN, President Union Académique

Internationale, Secretary-General, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

15.20 -15.45

Coffee break

15.45

Cooperation  of research, technology development and innovation in Baltic Region: problems and solutions.  Ivars KALVIŅŠ, full mem. of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Director for research, Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis

16.20

Baltic economic growth in cross-temporal comparison: inter-war and restored independence periods. Zenonas NORKUS, Vilnius University, member of the Lithuanian Academy Sciences

16.45

Dependence on EU Structural funds in the Baltic Countries. Ways of Exit Urmas VARBLANE, Head of the Division, Estonian Academy of Sciences

17.10

Rainis' Worldliness. Benedikts KALNAČS, full mem. of the Latvian Academy of Sciences

17.35

Ceremony of awarding the Medals of the Baltic academies of sciences

18.00

End of first day. Group photo

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

8.30

Bus  transfer from the hotel "Avalon" to the Latvian Academy of Sciences

8.45

Bus transfer from the Latvian Academy of Sciences to Jelgava

9.45

Arrival at Gederts Eliass History and Art Museum of Jelgava  

10.00

Unveiling of the Commemorative plaque dedicated to the Courland Society for Literature and Art' 200

10.30

Opening the second day of the conference

10.35

200 years to the Courland Society for Literature and Art - the first scientific institution in the Baltics. Jānis STRADIŅŠ, Chairman of Senate, Latvian Academy of Sciences

11.00

Why is the history of Central European political thought worth studying?Maciej JANOWSKI, Professor, Polish Academy of Sciences

11.20

Coffee / tea  break

11.45

Artistic unity of the Baltic Sea Region countries Mart KALM, Vice-president of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Rector of the Estonian Academy of Arts

12.05

Christian communities and civic empowerment: fruitful tension Paulius V. SUBAČIUS, Professor of Vilnius University

12.25

 The Visegrad group of Academies. Sharing experiences. Dušan GÁLIK, Scientific  Secretary, Slovak Academy of Sciences

12.45

Closing remarks

13.00

Ceremony to unveil a commemorative stamp "The Courland Society for Literature and Art- 200"

13.30 - 14.30

Lunch

14.30- 16.30

Jelgava City sightseeing (e.g.Tower of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Jelgava Palace and the Family Vault of the Dukes of Courland in the basement of Jelgava Palace)

16.30

Bus transfer from Jelgava to Riga

 

Baltic Conferences on Intellectual Cooperation: a retrospective

The biennial Conferences on intellectual cooperation held over the past 15 years sustain a pre-war tradition (1935-1940) of bringing together intellectuals from the Baltic Sea region to discuss common issues. The 1st Baltic Congress on Intellectual Cooperation took place in Kaunas (1935), and subsequently these events were held on an annual basis with participation of university academics, scientists, public figures (ex-ministers, ambassadors) and politicians. The tradition of the Intellectual conferences was revived in 1999 by the 7th Baltic Conference on Intellectual Cooperation (BCIC) held in Riga. Since then these conferences have been organised by the Estonian, Latvian , Lithuanian Academies of Sciences and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

What deserves a special mention is an initiative undertaken by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences nine years in advance of the 7th BCIC. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, arranged for a meeting on June 26-28, 1990 in Tallinn with the representatives of the academies of the three Baltic States for the purpose of establishing a closer contacts. On 28 June 1990, The Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Academies of Sciences issued a communiqué on cooperation if the three academies of sciences noting the important role played by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in fostering this process. It was then decided that the Academies would initiate and encourage scientific collaboration, with particular emphasis on environmental research.

Since the revival of the Baltic Conferences on Intellectual Cooperation, conference themes have sought to address the following issues:

13th BCIC (Tallinn, January 2013)     - European Research Area and Small Countries;

12th BCIC (Vilnius, November 2010) - Science and Society;

11th BCIC (Riga, October 2007) - National Development Strategies of the Baltic States;

10th BCIC (Helsinki, 2005) - The Baltic: Past, Present and Future". History and politics, the Baltic Sea as a body of water and scientific collaboration around the Baltic Sea;

9th BCIC (Vilnius, June 2003) - Globalization, Europe and National Identity, with considerable  attention paid to science and culture of small countries;

8th BCIC (Tallinn, June 2001) - the historical experience of the Baltic States, research strategies in small countries, and the humanities during the past decade;

7th BCIC (Riga, 1999) - the history of and future prospects of mutual cooperation of Baltic States with particular focus on the protection of intellectual values and science.

The main purpose of these conferences is to promote intellectual and scientific, in particular,  cooperation around the Baltic Sea, to better comprehend the issues of common history, culture, economic and political situations and to give impetus for joint efforts in tackling current challenges.

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