RSU International Student Conference Brings Together Young Scientists From 17 Countries
The 8th International Student Conference “Health and Social Sciences / RSU ISC 2022” will take place at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) on 24–25 March. Over the years, it has grown to become the largest student event in the Baltics, attracting thousands of listeners, both undergraduate and master’s students. Around 300 students from 17 countries will present their scientific papers this year. Registration for both active and passive participants will continue until 24 March.
The conference will take place in a hybrid form: both online and on site. There will be 27 sessions, including oral, clinical case, and poster sessions.
RSU ISC 2022 organisers have create an opportunity for participants to take part in various workshops in cooperation with the RSU Medical Education Technology Centre (METC). These will take place both in person and remotely and participants will be able to work with previously prepared simulation kits to learn and hone various skills. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about surgical management and closure of wounds, lumbar punctures, and to perform and manage tracheostomies. Participants are also welcome to attend guest lectures and discussions on various topics.
The conference will open on Thursday, 24 March, from 9:00 to 11:30 in the RSU Great Hall. RSU students and representatives of RSU management, the international scientific content publishing company Elsevier, and the European Commission will participate. The conference’s highlights include discussions on the role of science in education and digital transformation.
This year, RSU ISC 2022 will organise a clinical case competition for the first time, where the best papers presented on the previous day will receive prizes. This will be followed by a grand final where the winners of each section will present their work and compete for special prizes.
The conference is designed to give both health care and social sciences students the opportunity to update their knowledge in their own field of study and to broaden their outlook by exploring other fields. For example, the surgical workshops will be designed on two levels. In some, beginners (students who will be holding a surgical needle for the first time) will have the opportunity to learn the very basics of suturing and simulated wound treatment. At the same time, people with more experience will have the opportunity to participate in a cardiothoracic surgery workshop at the Latvian Centre of Cardiology at Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital that has been developed in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Ethicon. Students who are interested in both art and medicine will be able to participate in a workshop to draw skulls that is organised in collaboration with the new RSU Anatomy Museum. The conference will also cover a range of other topics, from visual fact-checking, the importance of sleep, and the oral microbiome to a workshop on making ramen, a Japanese broth soup.
Approximately 300 students from different countries plan to participate in this year’s conference with their scientific works, and an international jury will evaluate their achievements. A virtual tour of RSU and a virtual tour of the Latvian capital will be provided as an introduction for the foreign guests – both the students and the members of the jury.
A livestream of the opening and the sessions will be available on Facebook and on the conference website.