On 16 March, RSU International Student Conference (ISC) in Health and Social Sciences was held. It was a large-scale event gathering around 1,300 participants, attendees and members of the Review Committee from over 10 countries.
This year marked the 65th anniversary of the conference, and for the second year in a row it was an international event with students and members of the Review Committee from near and far.
Members of the Review Committee, who are active participants of various conferences all around the world, as well as conference participants gave a positive feedback – this year the conference was organised and run at a very high level.
Presentations of scientific works in health sciences took place at RSU main building, 16 Dzirciema Street, whereas presentations in social sciences – at the Medical Education Technology Centre (METC), 26a Anniņmuižas Boulevard.
Students from Poland and Lithuania were the most active in submitting research papers in health sciences, and their papers were among the winning papers in almost all conference sections.
Conference organisers were especially pleased about the works in social sciences, as besides Latvia (RSU), they were also submitted by the students from Russia, Bangladesh and Ukraine.
“Student research work at RSU has been carried out since the beginnings. Students are increasingly involved in research activities by gaining experience and learning from their predecessors and joining research interest groups. After viewing oral and poster presentations I am convinced that the prospective professionals will be knowledgeable, determined and motivated,” says the head of research direction of the Student Council and conference coordinator Laura Dreijere.
“I talked to the members of the Review Committee and I was pleased to hear that not only the quality of the papers has been improved, but also their quantity and student presentation skills. Local students took the preparation for the conference very seriously and they appreciate an opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the international event right here in Riga. I am happy for the award winning students from RSU who were strong competitors to the students from abroad. This shows that student research is at a high enough level to compete at international level,” stresses Laura Dreijere.
“For us, conference organisers, it was a marathon that lasted for seven weeks, we did it, and after crossing the finish line we feel that we could not do any better. I highly appreciate the work of my team to make the conference a success. Students can deal with many things and we proved it! This year we included also workshops in the conference agenda. Besides, after presentations students had an opportunity to work with various phantoms and simulators at METC. Thanks to the Department of Human Physiology and Biochemistry and the Department of Biology and Microbiology, various activities also took place at RSU main building. Sure, there is room for improvement to get closer to the level of organisation of the best student conferences in Europe, still this year we did our best!” she added.