Dr.biol., Latvian Academy of Sciences
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Organizations:Latvian Academy of Sciences
IYC Interests:Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
Centre of European Programs at the Latvian Academy of Sciences is responsible for administration of several European research and technology programs and projects in Latvia as well as for science communication activities organized by the Latvian Academy of Sciences.
As part of the activities to popularize science in Latvia regular Cafe Scientifique events since 2004 have been organized. Cafe Scientifique provides a unique forum for the discussion of topical and thought provoking scientific issues in a way that is much more relaxed, informal and accessible than a public lecture, it is a place where with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Many of them touched issues related to chemistry.
Starting from 2006 the Science Festivals under the title Researcher’s Night have been organized annually with the dual goal of helping the general public to accept and understand science and motivating students to study science. The objectives of these events are to raise the awareness of the larger public, especially young people, about science as well as to familiarize them with the scientist s profession; to show the impact of sciences on everyday human life; to show researchers as ordinary people; to bring researchers closer to the Latvian society and to attract young people to research careers. A number of relaxing, attractive, amazing and interactive events are organized in different towns. This year the Science Festival is planned under the title "Fascinating Chemistry" and will celebrate the International Year of Chemistry.