LTV game «Gudrs vēl gudrāks»

On 9th of December LTV game «Gudrs vēl gudrāks» celebrated its 5th anniversary, and program managers Valters Fridenbergs and Kaspars Ozolins have decided to invite their friends, including our laboratory doctoral student Brigita Dalecka, to the anniversary game. Emotions, patron of the game, President of the Republic of Latvia, Raimonds Vejonis greetings and question, happiness and music.

As our Brigita has done, you can see here:

Video

The closing seminar of the State Research Program SOPHIS

On 5th of December the closing seminar of the State Research Program SOPHIS took place at the premises of the Institute of Electronics and Computer Science (EDI). During the seminar, four years of research and results from partners involved in the program were presented, such as traveling cars, smart clothing and melanoma diagnostic equipment. Researchers at the Water Research Laboratory, Sandis Dejus and Alina Neščerecka, presented the results of the project – the online monitoring system for drinking water quality.

More:

http://sophis.edi.lv/research/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzV9_F3BqW8&feature=youtu.be From: 2:15:00

https://www.facebook.com/edi.riga/

Meeting at the IHA Delft

On 23th of November a meeting was held at the IHA Delft (https://www.un-ihe.org) at the Water JPI (http://www.waterjpi.eu), in which one of the issues under review was Latvia’s accession to the JPI network.

The head of the laboratory Talis Juhna spoke in this event and presented Latvia’s potential for water research and compliance with projects in the Water JPI Calls. Following the successful participation in the event, Latvia’s participation in the JPI network was unanimously approved.

More about Water JPI:

Institute for Environmental Solutions

From 24th August to 2nd September Institute for Environmental Solutions (http://www.videsinstituts.lv) was hosting the first international summer school «Research and management of lake ecosystems» on lake ecology and management in Latvia (http://www.videsinstituts.lv/en/summer-school-on-lake-ecology/about-summer-school). Under the leadership of an international team of teachers, summer school participants had the opportunity to learn practical skills in lake surveys, and, in cooperation with business people, local people and local authorities, to develop recommendations for the management of the lake Ungurs. On August 30 our team’s leading researcher Kristīna Tihomirova, Linda Mežule and Vinda Ltd (http://www.vinda.lv/pak.php) representatives participated in summer school activities within WATERCHAIN project framework. During the day students had the opportunity to visit water and wastewater treatment plants and listened to a lecture on water and wastewater microbiology. Water Research Laboratory PhD student Aigars Lavrinovičs also take part in summer school. We thank Varis Ādamsons, Sandra Vasiļevska and Ivars Bērziņš for support, great technical work, active participation and opportunity to visit water and wastewater treatment utilities.

Participate in informative events on the use of grass biomass in the LIFE GRASSSERVICE project in Ludza

From 18th to 22nd September Water Research Laboratory scientists Linda Mezule and Martins Strods will participate in informative events on the use of grass biomass in the LIFE GRASSSERVICE project in Ludza. Within the framework of the activities, in cooperation with partners from SIA BioRe, are planned bioenergy technologies – the demonstration of biogas and biobutanol production facilities, as well as participation in informative seminars for Ludzas local businessmen, residents and students.

More information: http://www.ludza.lv/jaunumi/septembri-informativi-pasakumi-par-zales-resursu-izmantosanu/

In October, similar events are also planned in Sigulda.

Participated in Watercnain project partners meeting in Turku, Finland

Our researchers Kristina Tihomirova, Linda Mezule, Kamila Gruskevica and Viktorija Denisova participated in Watercnain project partners meeting in Turku, Finland. They also visited pilot sites and Wastewater Treatment Plant Kakola. Great thanks to our Finnish partners for Turku University of Applied Sciences organizing the meeting.

WRL representatives went to Braunschweig

On 5th of September our Water Research Laboratory representatives went to Braunschweig to meet and discuss with our partners the latest news and events in the POMECEA project.

Project «Assessment of Biogas Production Risks in the Baltic Sea Region»

From 30th August to 31st August project «Assessment of Biogas Production Risks in the Baltic Sea Region from the Perspective of Management of Nutrient Matter» meeting took place in Riga. The project is attended by 7 partners – Aalto University (Finland), Gdansk Technical University (Poland), Chalmers Technical University (Sweden), Estonian Biogas Association, The University of Aarhus (Denmark), the Riga Technical University and the John Nurminen Foundation. The project aim is to reduce the risk of leakage of nutrients from the biogas production process in the Baltic Sea Region and a number of discharges from existing biogas equipment. Riga Technical University Water Research Laboratory is project coordinator.

WRL team joined meeting with representatives from Institute of Food Safety

On 24th of August WRL team joined meeting with representatives from the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment «BIOR», Health Inspectorate and Ministry of Agriculture. The meeting was devoted to the project related to the risk assessment and water safety plan approach introduction in Latvia. World Health Organisation recommendations on that topic will be introduced in Latvia at the end of 2017.

Institute for Environmental Solutions

From 24th August to 2nd September Institute for Environmental Solutions (http://www.videsinstituts.lv) was hosting the first international summer school «Research and management of lake ecosystems» on lake ecology and management in Latvia (http://www.videsinstituts.lv/en/summer-school-on-lake-ecology/about-summer-school). Under the leadership of an international team of teachers, summer school participants had the opportunity to learn practical skills in lake surveys, and, in cooperation with business people, local people and local authorities, to develop recommendations for the management of the lake Ungurs. On August 30 our team’s leading researcher Kristīna Tihomirova, Linda Mežule and Vinda Ltd (http://www.vinda.lv/pak.php) representatives participated in summer school activities within WATERCHAIN project framework. During the day students had the opportunity to visit water and wastewater treatment plants and listened to a lecture on water and wastewater microbiology. Water Research Laboratory PhD student Aigars Lavrinovičs also take part in summer school. We thank Varis Ādamsons, Sandra Vasiļevska and Ivars Bērziņš for support, great technical work, active participation and opportunity to visit water and wastewater treatment utilities.