On 27 April 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, will take part in the conference of the Association of Latvian Students and Researchers in the United Kingdom (ALSRUK) in London. The Parliamentary Secretary will deliver an opening address at the event.
The conference aims at bringing together students and researchers of Latvian background in the United Kingdom and promoting knowledge transfer and mobility, building mutual cooperation and contacts with the public and academic institutions in Latvia. The ALSRUK conference, taking part for the second year running, has been organised with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Speeches will also be delivered by the Chair of ALSRUK, Sandra Martinsone, and the advisor to the Minister of Education and Science, Rector and senior researcher at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Gatis Krūmiņš, who will inform the audience about the international academic dimension and its importance. The lecturer and migration researcher at Loughborough University, Aija Lulle, will speak about a diasporic country. The Director of the University of Latvia Diaspora and Migration Research Centre (UL DMRC) and senior researcher at the Philosophy and Sociology Institute of the university, Inta Mieriņa, will present the Centre’s study entitled “Latvian scientists’ diaspora: networks and opportunities”.
The participants will share their experience stories on building their academic careers outside Latvia and on research mobility. Panel discussions will focus on cooperation with Latvia’s academic institutions: current experience and opportunities; cooperation with institutions, NGOs and think tanks in Latvia in drafting policy papers, analytical studies and other documents; the role of Baltic student associations in the strengthening of student and researcher communities; and cooperation infrastructure – how we can facilitate communication, networking and building cooperation between scientists and students in Latvia and those that are part of the diaspora.
ALSRUK was established in 2012, and its operations were suspended in 2015. In 2018, under the leadership of the head of ALSRUK, Sandra Martinsone, a new group of associates resumed the work of the association. By providing its contribution – joint events, initiatives, networking and the development of connection with Latvia – the association seeks to strengthen the community of more than 3000 Latvian students and researchers.