On 30 April 2020, 14:00 - 16:00 (room C114) HESPI researchers Andris Klepers and Iluta Bērziņa will moderate a discussion "Towards smart tourism destination management: new data and challenges" presenting the results and insights from their postdoctoral research projects.
On 26 March 2020, 14:00 - 16:00 (room C114) HESPI researcher Maira Leščevica will present insights, challenges and recommendations from her research on circular economy within a research discussion afternoon "From sustainability to circular economy in business".
On February 27-28, 2020, Rūjiena and Cēsis municipalities will organize a two-day seminar in Cēsis and Rūjiena as part of the "Green Towers" project. Lecturers from Latvia and Russia will share knowledge and experience about the possibilities of using technology in environmental tourism, the latest trends in attracting environmental tourists and opportunities to visit nature in Vidzeme region. ViA lecturer Iveta Druva Druvaskalne and ViA graduates Anda Arkliņa and Kristīne Grīnberga, participants of HESPI project "The role of documentary heritage research in creating synergies between research and society" will take part in the seminar as speakers. Anda Arkliņa and Kristīne Grīnberga will present the research "The younger generations in nature protected areas. The case of North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve ”.
The project "Development of Sustainable Green Infrastructure and Attractive Recreation Areas in Nature" or "Green Towers" is a project of the Latvia-Russia Cooperation Program, in which two Latvian towns- Rūjiena and Cēsis and two Russian towns- Kingisepp and Gdova take part. The aim of the project is to introduce innovative environmentally friendly technologies in nature / urban environment, promoting efficient use of protected nature areas and parks, as well as development of tourism and leisure activities. Border regions of Latvia and Russia are rich in culture, environment and nature, which could be interesting for tourists and locals. The project includes the construction of various types of observation towers with demonstration centers ("green classes") and a green pavilion, which will be equipped with smart renewable energy technologies (Green Tower). The electricity generated will be used to provide energy efficient (LED type) lighting.
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On 27 February 2020, 14:00 - 16:00 (room C114) HESPI research assistant Anna Broka will present her research in the social policy field in the research discussion afternoon entitled "Cross-sectoral effect of social policies on youth transitions: Is the theory of youth transition regimes useful?.
From February 8 to 10, 2020, the 2nd Joint International Conference on Tourism, Hospitality and Sustainable Development Goals organized by the National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Hyderabad, India, in cooperation with Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences took place in Hyderabad, India. The opening speech of the conference was delivered also by ViA Rector Gatis Krūmiņš, who was the only foreign guest to open the conference. In the opening speeches, significant attention was paid to policy makers and practitioners in the tourism and hospitality industry.
On the second day of the conference, Agita Līviņa, a senior researcher at ViA, presented a report entitled "Translating Sustainability in Nature for Z&Y Generations. A Case Study: North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, Latvia, Europe". Co-authors of the report: Anda Arkliņa, Kristīne Grīnberga and Ilze Grīnfelde. A.Liviņa also participates in the conference as one of the main speakers.Conference schedule