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Applications for the extensive Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) Research Week 2021, that will take place online from 22 to 26 March, opened on 8 March.

RSU Research Week is a marathon comprising five international conferences with over 1,300 presentations by scientists from 45 countries covering global trends in medicine, health care and social sciences. Research Week is aimed at experienced scientists, young researchers, industry representatives and anyone else who is interested in attending. Registration for the event is free of charge and the working language of the Research Week is English.

Registeration and further information

RSU Research Week will start on 22-23 March with the seventh International Student Conference. The conference usually brings together about 1,500-2,000 participants from approximately 20 countries. On 24-26 March, the international research conference on medicine and health care Knowledge for Use in Practice will be held in nine sections. Parallel to this, the eighth Society. Health. Welfare conference will be held on 24-26 March bringing together Latvian and international health care specialists, social workers, sociologists, policy and public relations specialists, economists, lawyers, philosophers, education specialists and others. The second international interdisciplinary conference on social sciences PLACES will be held on 25 March in seven sections. This conference will cover areas like political science, psychology, law, social anthropology, communication, economics, and sociology. The research conference University Teaching and Learning will take place on 24 and 26 March during Research Week, which this year will be on simulation technologies.

In addition to the sectoral conferences, joint plenary sessions will also take place between 24 and 26 March. Juris Binde, the President and Chairman of the Management Board of LMT, will speak on the digitalisation of medicine; social anthropologist Dace Dzenovska, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, will speak on the phenomenon of emptying before and after the pandemic; RSU Professor Ludmila Vīksna will speak on COVID-19 research. Visiting lecturers from Estonia, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany will also participate in the plenary sessions to speak about the future of e-health, the development of biomaterials, personalised medicine and the opportunities of regenerative medicine.

The Innovation in Medicine and Healthcare section scheduled for 25-26 March is a new addition to Research Week this year. At this section, leading Latvian scientists and specialists will discuss the digital transformation of health care to improve the welfare of the population. The compatibility of health systems and technologies, safe access to health data and digital solutions, public confidence in digital solutions and better data quality will be covered.

RSU organises Research Week in cooperation with a number of partners and sponsors, including industry organisations, strategic partners in Latvia and abroad, including diaspora organisations. RSU organised the first Research Week in 2019, bringing together around 6,000 visitors from 28 countries – an unprecedented number of participants in the history of the university.