International Conference



The 1st International Conference on Research in the Digital Age:

Sustainable Development, Culture, and Education

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia, 3-6 April 2018



Conference Aims

The aim of this event is to provide a platform for researchers to share knowledge and ideas on recent trends in the following disciplines:

Smart technologies and eco-buildings in the national economy

Virtual reality technologies and visualisation

E-learning management and technologies

Socio-technical systems modelling technologies

A Sustainable national economy and knowledge society

A Communication ecosystem and technologies

The Conference is expected to give an overview of the state of the art, as well as upcoming trends, and to promote discussion in the academic and corporate world in the aforementioned disciplines.

Conference Themes

The following themes, which cover a wide spectrum of research areas, as well as practices related to digital age research, are suggested and expected to be addressed throughout this event:

(1) Exploration of new trends in the research in networked globalized world

(2) Exploration of new trends in research in the context of EU H2020 research programs with countries outside Europe.

(3) The development of social and cultural innovations to support and promote sustainable   development.

(4) Practical experience in international research project design


Modes of participation and presentations:


  • Presentations at plenary sessions by designated keynote speakers upon the invitation of the Scientific Committee of the Conference.
  • Workshop sessions which are to provide training and hands-on experience in the areas of research methods, research project application design, community practices and similar initiatives. The length of the workshops will range between 60 and 120 minutes depending on their scale and scope.


Language: The Conference will be held in English.


Organizer: Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

Address: Cēsu iela 4, Valmiera, Latvia


Please find the program here.


Post-conference Workshops 9-12 April 2018
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia

Post-conference workshops are organized to set the future research agendas.


For any other inquiries, please contact:

Ieva Gintere

Scientific Project Manager

+371 29907813


Associate professor Atis Kapenieks

Vice-rector for Academic and Scientific Work             

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve Scientific-Practical Conference

Annual Conference

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

View video from the previous conference

On December 15, 1997, North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve was internationally recognized in the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. On 30 November 2017, ViA hosted North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve 20th Anniversary Scientific-Practical Conference “Biosphere Reserve: Timeline and Life Line.”

The Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences invited guests to look back at the twenty years of activities in areas such as the management of the biosphere reserve, the monitoring, the implementation of the landscape ecological plan and the management of habitats, as well as to hear guest speakers on the opportunities for economic development in protected areas (P. Fredman, Sweden; T. Kokovkin, Estonia) and public involvement in nature conservation (R. Biassone, Iceland).

Get in touch with the organisers regarding the next conference:


Student Scientific Research Conference

In 2017, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences hosted its 11th Student scientific research conference. It covered:

  • Education, communication and governance
  • Tourism and leisure
  • Engineering

The conference aims to further students' participation in research, develop their creative skills and professional growth. Students from Latvia and abroad are invited to take part, all participants receive a certificate of attendance.

If you would like to participate in the next event, get in touch:


Institute of Social, Economic and Humanities Research of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (HESPI) Research Events

Research Discussion Afternoons

Everyone is welcome to take part in an informal and friendly event discussing research work of various professionals.

Location: Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Cesu street 4, room 114.


The Night of Scientists

Just as elsewhere in Europe, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences also hosts events to celebrate scientists and their achievements.

Each year activities are different and everyone is invited to take part.

If you would like to participate in the next event, get in touch with

International Tourism Conference

In 2016, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences took part in an international conference "Experience, innovation and challenges in the tourism sector: global trends with local solutions."

The conference welcomed lecturers from across the world who looked at topics that are relevant to the future of Latvian tourism and hospitality sector  and its future.

  • Location branding and event organisation
  • Gastranomic tourism and the tasts of the Baltics
  • Trends, innovation and technological solutions in tourism.

ViA 8th Conference - Practical Seminar for Teaching Staff

Another conference that ViA hosts every year is its Educational Seminar for the teaching staff across Latvia

The Educational Seminar encourages people who work in the education sector to learn new teaching methods and understand the new generation of students and the needs of employers