Society Health Welfare 2014

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5th International interdisciplinary scientific conference


Family Well-Being and Human Capital Improvement in Changing Society: Strategy and Practice

26th – 28th November 2014


I like to call the last part of the 20th Century, and the beginning certainly of the 21st Century, the Age of Human Capital. Now, it is a fact-that human capital is absolutely essential to growth in the modern world.

I believe that family is the most important institution within in any society. That is completely true whether or not, it certainly is one of the oldest and most fundamental Institutions. The family plays a major role in the teaching of their children, in the human capital investments of their children, in the formation of the attitudes and values ​​of their children, which are so crucial for their optimal development.

G S Becker, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 1992


The idea and the goal of the Society Health Welfare conference are to build and develop a format for international cooperation in research and foster creative scientific approach to it. There is no such thing as a single simple answer to questions of life. Interdisciplinary views make it possible to have a better and deeper understanding of life and appreciate the complex dynamics and multi-dimensional interaction of it.

The first International Interdisciplinary Conference "Society Health Welfare" took place in Rīga in 2007. Today, it is not only a significant scientific research event for Rīga Stradiņš University, but it has also become an internationally recognized and important forum. The success of the conference’s development and the promotion of scientific research capacities are related to the importance of cooperation with international partners from Lithuania, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Luxembourg, and Great Britain.

The 5th International Conference Society Health Welfare is dedicated to family well-being. Today's era of change offers ample of growth and development opportunities and challenges. However, we may not overlook the changes in society and people’s ways of life: the changing attitudes and perceptions about values, ​​changes in understanding of the acceptable and the unacceptable, the conventional and the rejected values of our lives. We observe an opposition to the new models which are often difficult to approve because of our habits.

Family welfare is interlinked with human capital. As a mediator between individuals and human capital, the family is the foundation of the socium, social capital development and reproduction.

Human capital is productive wealth invested for the quality and personality formation, including education and the acquisition of knowledge, health maintenance, work-skills development and preparation for working life, and strengthening of moral values ​​and the cultivation of creative potential.

What is the potential for the family to invest in human capital? What and how much the public at large is ready to invest in human capital? What should be the human capital development strategy and practice? – These are the questions about priorities and sustainable society.

Social, humanitarian and health care professionals, researchers and budding scientists, academics and practitioners are cordially invited to the conference to share their knowledge and experience, contribute to the modern family well-being for a deeper understanding, and find innovative solutions. How do changes in society affect the family and family life? How does the institution of family change? How can we identify problems faced by the family, children and youth in the development of human capital? What are the factors that affect the health and quality of life, and in what way? What about family opportunities in the context of urban and rural differences? How to promote the development and well-being of the family as a "friendly society"?


Lolita Vilka, assoc. professor, head of committee, RSU

Anita Vētra, assoc. professor, RSU
Ilvija Razgale, lecturer, RSU Inga Millere, professor, RSU
Marika Smirnova, assistant, RSU Vylius Leonavičius, professor, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)
Olafs Brūvers, asst. professor, RSU Kristīne Mārtinsone, assoc. professor, RSU
Kristaps Circenis, asst. professor, RSU Leona Stašová, asst. professor, University of Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)
Liāna Deklava, asst. professor, RSU Andris Vilks, assoc. professor, RSU
Roberts Rezgalis, director, RSU Medical Education Technology Centre Irena Žemaitaitytė, assoc. professor, Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania)
Ilze Oiguse, assistant manager, Society Health Welfare Andrejs Vilks, professor, RSU
Silva Poiša, assistant manager, Society Health Welfare Ursula Rieke, professor, Catholic University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Andreta Slavinska, assistant manager, Society Health Welfare Daina Šmite, asst. professor, RSU
Aigars Červinskis, web editor-in-chief, RSU Oļegs Sabeļņikovs, asst. professor, RSU
Jeļena Circene, accountant, RSU Signe Tomsone, asst. professor, RSU


Should you require any additional information, please feel free to contact the head of the organizing committee Mrs Lolita Vilka at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.