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:
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.
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:
On the 3rd of November our team members spent a time with pupils from the 2c class of Riga 84th school as a part of Career day’s event «We go visit!». The main theme of the event was «Water is our friend!». Children learned about the water cycle, water amount that each of us spends on a daily basis and how to save it. The children tested the turbidity of the tap water, got to know what is the difference between empty water and healthy tap water. Children learned what we need to do to receive the water at home and, also, where wastewater goes.
We are thankful to the children for the active work through the day!
From 26th to 27th of October the head of Water Research Laboratory Talis Juhna participated in «Workshop on the environmental biotechnology between the NSFC and EC».
On 17th October 1st B-LIQ (Development of an integrated process for conversion of biomass to affordable liquid biofuel) Project partner meeting took place in Riga. The meeting was hosted by leading partner – RTU and was attended by partners from Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi and Estonian University of Life Sciences.
On behalf of RTU 58th international scientific conference on 16th October Water Research laboratory organized a seminar on Bioenergy Technologies. Within the event, reports about the latest achievements and research results in the fields of biogas and biofuel production, composting and algae biofuels were presented. Other topics discussed within the seminar included various environmental aspects and white biotechnology. The event was supported by Latvian National Research Programme No. 2014.10-4/VPP-1/27 Energy efficient and low-carbon solutions for a secure, sustainable and climate variability reducing energy supply (LATENERGI).
From 10th to 12th of October Water Research Laboratory scientists Linda Mezule and Martins Strods participated in various informative and demonstration events for schoolchildren, students and local inhabitants of Sigulda municipality to inform about the availability of grassland resources and their application. On behalf of Water Research laboratory the demonstration of biobutanol production technology was performed.
More information can be found on LIFE GRASSSERVICE project web page:
The next informative event and demonstration will be on 03.11.2017. for the entrepreneurs of Sigulda municipality.
Last week the representatives of the Water Research Laboratory, the Institute of Energy, the Institute of Industrial Electronics and Electrical Engineering, the Environmental Protection and Thermal Authority participated in the exhibition «Vide un enerģija 2017», where we were able to present our team’s work to the visitors of the exhibition and tell about the studies possibility at the Riga Technical University.
Visitors to our stand had an opportunity to get acquainted not only with our laboratories for newer products, but also ask questions to all our team members (http://wrl.bf.rtu.lv)! We presented our studies and talked about active pilot experiments implemented in the framework of projects such as Pilot watersheds as a practical tool to reduce the harmful inflows into the Baltic Sea – WATERCHAIN CB50 (https://www.facebook.com/centralbalticwaterchain/); Affordable technology for mitigation of membrane (bio)fouling through oPtimizatiOn of pre-treatMent And ClEAnIng methods – POMACEA (http://pomacea.com/); Energy efficient and low-carbon solutions for a secure, sustainable and climate variability reducing energy supply – LATENERGI (http://latenergi.rtu.lv/aktivitates.html); Alternative use of biomass for maintenance of grassland biodiversity and ecosystem services – LIFE GRASSSERVICE (http://grassservice.balticgrasslands.eu/biobutanola-razosanas-iespejas/). Visitors to the exhibition also had the opportunity to find out about our latest projects starting on October 2017 BEST – Hazardous Solutions for Industrial Wastewater Treatment and B-LIQ – Development of an integrated process for conversion of biomass to affordable liquid biofuel.
Thanks to RTU colleagues for a pleasing company these four days! Thank you to the questions you have been asked and the interest shown! Let’s meet in the next exhibitions!
On 14th of October was presented at the plenary session of the 155th anniversary of the Riga Technical University the award «RTU Gada Jaunā zinātniece 2017» for the Water Research Laboratory senior researcher Linda Mezule.