11th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas (MMV11)

MMV11 is hosted by Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with Latvia Convention Bureau, Jūrmala City Council and Nature Conservation Agency. Main theme of the Conference: Behavioural changes of outdoor and landscape recreational consumption in Global Green Deal context.

Scheduled sessions of the conference:

  1. Monitoring and management of visitors: lessons learned. Management practices of co-management in recreation areas: the empowerment of communities for pro-nature initiatives.

  2. Management of natural recreational resources within the framework of the climate, environmental and social crisis: the need for the economic transformation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing development.

  3. Behaviour of different visitor segments outdoors, current trends, the need for a change, discoveries of new consumption patterns.

  4. Outdoor sport and recreational activities versus the goals of biodiversity conservation: the regulations and policies of nature protection and management.

  5. Managing the quality of traditional and contemporary landscapes & the context of rural-urban mobility, tourism and recreation infrastructure development.

  6. Global Green Deal and climate neutral economy for tourism and recreational industries.

  7. Carrying capacity of the environment, ecosystem services, society demand for emotional well-being connected to nature.

  8. Landscape diversity and the services of specially protected natural areas. Urbanization and consumption of outdoors and rural landscapes: the accessibility and quality of natural capital.

  9. Landscape quality monitoring and key performance indicators for the measure of progress, sustainable development. Landscapes of national importance and sustainable management practices and policies.

  10. Introduction of eco-innovations and technological advances in managing visitor flow in nature areas.

  11. Zoos As Conservation Parks: Reframing Visitor Management.

  12. Outdoor recreation advocacy as a social movement for sustainable development and change.

  13. Managing wildlife tourism.

  14. Outdoor recreation planning & management in protected areas, using the Conservation Standards.

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Starptautiskā zinātniskā konference “SABIEDRĪBA. TEHNOLOĢIJAS. RISINĀJUMI” 2022.gada 8.aprīlis


International Scientific Conference “SOCIETY. TECHNOLOGY. SOLUTIONS” April 8th2022

It is our pleasure to announce the 3rd International Scientific Conference SOCIETY. TECHNOLOGY. SOLUTIONS taking place at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in Valmiera, Latvia on the 8th of April 2022.

SOCIETY. TECHNOLOGY. SOLUTIONS aims to contribute to the synergy between society, technologies, and security by looking deeper in thematic fields related to (1) future knowledge-society, (2) knowledge sharing and innovation, (3) sustainable development, and (4) security related to digital transformation. Make your contribution by joining discussions, sharing your research, and brainstorming solutions to problems in previously mentioned thematic fields.

Presentation types:

Panel Discussion. The aim is to bring together leading scholars, academics, and researchers. Panel Discussions will follow the principles of open exchange of information and cross-border learning to facilitate discussions and provide inspiration. Presenters will be divided in panels based on the thematic of their conference papers submitted to the Conference. One panel will consist of 4 to 6 panellists and a moderator. Each panellist will have a 5-minute slot to give a short insight in the research, which will follow by a 45-minute discussion.

Section of Students. The aim is to introduce students to the research environment by providing an opportunity to present their research in the same conference together with leading scholars, academics, and researchers, both receiving feedback on their research and inspiration from experienced colleagues for future research. Presentation are limited to 15-minute slot.

Student Research Conference SOCIETY. TECHNOLOGY. SOLUTIONS

We will provide you with the opportunity to disseminate the results of your research to the wider audience during the conference, which will be broadcast live on YouTube, and to obtain a blindly reviewed publication in the conference proceedings of the International Scientific Conference SOCIETY. TECHNOLOGY. SOLUTIONS.


We invite authors to submit abstracts and entirely original scientific papers, which have not been submitted/published/or currently under consideration in other conferences or journals. Approved abstracts will be published in paper and online on the day of the conference. A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) from Cross Ref will be assigned to each abstract.

After the conference, the authors will be invited to prepare and submit the full papers of one of ViA’s collaborative scientific journals:

  • Baltic Journal of Modern Computing (BJMC)
  • Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability (JTES)

* The list of journals will be updated soon.


CONFERENCE FEE: free of charge


  • Registration: 14.02.2022
  • Abstract submission: 14.02.2022
  • Notification of acceptance to the conference: 28.02.2022
  • Conference program announcement: 25.03.2022
  • Paper submission: according to the journal

CONTACTS: Head of Research Projects

More information available here.


Project Baltic100 seminar

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) is pleased to invite its project partner Universities to join the Baltic100 seminar. The events will take place on the 39th week, September 27th- 28th, 2021 in Riga and Valmiera, Latvia.

The preferred participation mode for all participants is present, but online participation for the workshops on 28th of September will be provided as well. 

HESPI Researchers Participate in Developing a Book on Tourism Destinations in Post Pandemic Context

On 11 June 2021 at 18:00 the book "Tourism Destinations in a Post Pandemic Context: Global Issues and Destination Management Solutions" launch will take place online. The chapter "The Recovery Tactics of Tourism Industry amid COVID19 Pandemic Conditions in the Baltic States" has been developed by HESPI Lead Researcher Agita Līviņa, PhD student Gaļina Bukovska un ViA lecturer Ilgvars Ābols, and the co-author M.R. Gavinolla. The online book launch will gather lead authors and other leading tourism field representatives from India, Kenya, United Kingdom and other countries.


Book launch programme
International Scientific Conference “SOCIETY. TECHNOLOGY. SECURITY”

On 26 March 2021, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences is organizing International Scientific Conference “SOCIETY. TECHNOLOGY. SECURITY”. The aim of the conference is to stimulate discussion and provide a platform for researchers to share ideas on recent  trends and developments in disciplines such as secure society and secure technologies.

Researchers and academics from Latvia, Morocco, India, Estonia, France, Italy and the Czech Republic will have the opportunity to disseminate the results of their research to the wider audience at the online conference which will be broadcast live on Webex video conference platform and YouTube.

The conference will be opened by ViA Rector Gatis Krūmiņš and Valmiera City Municipality Council Chairman Jānis Baiks, followed by a presentation by LMT President Juris Binde “Digitalization and CyberSecurity - Opportunities and Challenges for Industry 4.0”.

Five panel discussions will be organized during the conference:

  • Focusing on the Public Sector’s Communication in Turbulent Times: Drawing Conclusions from Recent Experience and Drafting Future Steps
  • Monitoring Devices for Human and Sea Health and Security
  • Using Qualitative and Reliable Information to Promote Security in 21st Century
  • Sustainable Development for a Secure Society
  • Latvian Heritage and Future Challenges for the Country’s Sustainability: Research in the COVID-19 Era

Workshops will take place in parallel with the panel discussions. Due to limited number of participants, pre-registration is required for the workshops:

  • Re-imagining the Way Cybersecurity Research, Innovation, and Training are Performed in Europe
  • Remote Sensing and Environmental Modelling

At the end of the conference, the invited guest speaker Professor Andra Siibak from the University of Tartu  will give a keynote speech “The Experiences and Reflections of Employees with Micro-chip Implants and the Potential Risks Associated with Such Practice”.

Link to the Conference: HERE

Conference language: English

Detailed information on the progamme: HERE

Participants: Gatis Krūmiņš, Ieva Bērziņa, Katrīna Sudakova, Inita Blačforda, Ieva Zaumane, Linda Lancere, Sarmīte Rozentāle, Madara Prata, Oskars Java, Sanita Meijere, Agnese Dāvidsone, Baiba Rivža, Daina Bleiere, Māris Andžans, Armands Meirāns, Ginta Majore, The Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution CERT.LV, Ilze Dimante, Ieva Kalniņa, Māra Bleidere (Latvia), Mohcine Boudhane, Hamza Azbeg (Morocco), Mahender Reddy Gavinolla (India), Tatjana Koor (Estonia), The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (France), The National Research Council (Italy), Michal Kepka (the Czech Republic).

Scientific articles can be found in the following journals:

Given that the conference will take place online, it will be free of charge.

CONTACTS: Head of Research Projects

The conference is funded by the project “Support for effective participation of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences within the international scientific circles (ViA-lnt)” Project No.

HESPI researchers participate in 8th International Multidisciplinary Research Conference "Society. Health. Welfare."

On 24-26 March 2021, 8th International Multidisciplinary Research Conference "Society. Health. Welfare." takes place in Riga Stradins University in Latvia. HESPI research assistants Anna Broka and Hanna Mihailova participate with a report "The social work practice with vulnerable families, young people and disabled children during the Covid-19 pandemic in Latvia".

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