Research discussion afternoon

On September 19, 2019, 14:00 - 16:00 HESPI Senior Researcher, ViA Rector Gatis Krūmiņš will moderate a discussion on the forthcoming strategy of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and the role of science in it.


Research discussion afternoon

On November 14, 2019, 14:00 - 16:00 HESPI researchers Vineta Silkāne, Agnese Dāvidsone and HESPI Research Assistant Liene Ločmele will moderate a discussion on scientific trends in the world and the strength of scientific evidence.

The discussion will include such topics as weak research design and statistical crisis in science.

26th Nordic Intercultural Communication (NIC) Conference


How should we live in cultural diversity? Building sustainable communities in times of fear

26th Nordic Intercultural Communication (NIC) Conference

November 28 - 30, 2019, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia

Save the dates! Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences invites you to participate in the 26th Nordic Intercultural Communication conference that will be held in Valmiera – a more than 700 years old Hanseatic town  located about 100km North-East of Riga. The conference language is English.

This time the overarching theme of the conference is centred on exploring cultural diversity and intercultural sustainability1. The conference predominantly but not exclusively addresses the intercultural communication challenges and opportunities as illuminated, for instance, by international migration and diversity. Unfortunate by-products of these processes often are anger, fear, and societal division.  Thus, the conference seeks to foreground the understanding of ways in which communities could be both diverse and integrated. The specific emphasis is on the notion of joint living in instead of merely with diversity2 in a variety of realms e.g. in the practices of everyday interaction, education, policymaking, language and communication training, media, and so forth. Contributions from seasoned scholars as well as from students and practitioners interested in the various aspects of culture and communication are encouraged. The potential forms of participation include individual presentations of either fully developed papers or work in progress, as well as panels and workshops. Concerning publication, the participants are invited to submit articles for peer review to the Journal of Intercultural Communication.

This call for papers is addressed to scholars and practitioners focusing on but not limited to the following themes:

• Culture, communication and civic participation

• Building trust in societies

• Methods and practices of communicating, cultivating, and negotiating cultural diversity

• Cultural diversity in relation to education and pedagogy, training and management

• Intercultural aspects of migration and diasporic life

• Language training and cultural diversity

• Personal relationships across culturally diverse contexts

• Media, cultural diversity, and sustainable communities

During the conference, the 3rd ESPAnet Baltics annual meeting section “Social policy responses to the turbulence of the modern world – values, action, and communication” will take place and also invites proposals. More about the organization itself can be found at

Presentation proposals should follow the abstract format of approximately 500 words (including title and reference information). Panel proposals should also be approximately 500 words, including rationale, a list of proposed participants as well as their individual contribution.

The submission system will open on June 1, 2019 at Submission deadline is September 1, 2019. We look forward to seeing you in Valmiera!

The 26th NIC conference is organized by the Faculty of Society and Science at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences. For further inquiry, you are welcome to contact the chair of the organizing committee Liene Ločmele at

You can download CFP here.


1Busch, D. (2016). What is intercultural sustainability? A first exploration of linkages between culture and sustainability in intercultural research. Journal of Sustainable Development, 9 (1), p. 63-76.

2Antonsich, M. (2016). Interculturalism versus multiculturalism – the Cantle-Modood debate. Ethnicities, 16 (3), p. 470-493.



HESPI researchers teaching at UNESCO Latvian National Comission summer school for cooperation network

On June 26-28, 2019, the summer school of the UNESCO Latvian National Commission cooperation network will take place in Jekabpils, Latvia. HESPI UNESCO Chair researchers Agita Līviņa, Juris Smaļinskis and scientific assistant Oscar Java will participate in the summer school leading lectures and workshops.

HESPI researcher Aigars Andersons participates in the 12th International Scientific Practical Conference "Environment. Techology. Resources" in Rēzekne, Latvia

On June 20-22, 2019, 12th International Scientific Practical Conference "Environment. Technology. Resources" takes place at Rezekne Academy of Technology, Rēzekne, Latvia. HESPI researcher Aigars Andersons (with a co-author Jozef Bushati) participate in the conference with a report "Smart Specialization Concept Application in Universities: E-Business Online Studies Model Development".


HESPI researcher Ieva Gintere presenting a digital art game in the conference "Innovations and Creativity" in Liepāja, Latvia

On June 7, 2019, HESPI researcher, Ieva Gintere and the new media artist Kristaps Biters (University of Liepaja, Laboratory of Art Research) will participate at the University of Liepaja International Conference "Innovations and Creativity" with a presentation "Art Space: An Experimental Digital Art Game", demonstrating the results of the post-doctoral project of Ieva Gintere - a digital art game Art Space. The first presentation of the game took place at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences conference "Society. Technology. Solutions" in Valmiera, April 26, 2019.

The conference website:

Workshop "Use of Documentary Heritage for Informing the Public"

On May 27, 2019, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences will organize the workshop "Use of Documentary Heritage for Infoming the Public" (in Latvian). The workshop is organized in the framework of the National Research Programme project "The Significance of Documentary Heritage in Creating Synergies between Research and Society".

The aim of the workshop is to find out how the documentary heritage is used in product (service) development.

The programme of the workshop (in Latvian):

Research discussion afternoon

On May 22, 2019, at 10:00 researchers of HESPI research areas Research of natural and cultural heritagewill tell more about the topic "Integrated practice of bachelor program "Tourism organization and management" students".

Venue: Ogres municipality.