UNICA Rectors Seminar at the University of Latvia


The UNICA Rectors Seminar "Role of Social Sciences and Humanities in Innovation” will be kindly hosted by the University of Latvia, Riga, 30 September - 1 October 2019, in the framework of the of 100th anniversary celebrations of the University of Latvia.


The event will consist of two parts:

  • 30 September: University of Latvia - 100: International Symposium “University and Society; Renewed Focus on National Growth and Values”
  • 1 October: UNICA Rector’s Seminar “Role of Humanities and Social Sciences in Innovation”


The University of Latvia has been founded as one of the symbols of the independent Republic of Latvia that itself has been founded only few months earlier.

The International Symposium will draw attention to several currently important matters in the development of the countries, including demographic situation, development of the European society, the role of education in modern society. 

The Rectors seminar will look at contemporary and alternative approaches of research in humanities and social sciences and their added values in the innovation processes.  


Download the programme (as of 11 July 2019) 



September 29, 2019: UNICA Steering Committee meeting (for SC members only) 

September 30, 2019

  • 10.00-12.30: Ceremonial meeting of the Senate OR 10:00 – 11:30: optional cultural programme (Old City tour) 
  • 13.30- 17.00: International Symposium “University and Society; Renewed Focus on National Growth and Values” 
  • 19.00: Concert “CENTUM” in celebration of University of Latvia Centenary at Latvian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
  • Evening Reception

October 1, 2019

  •  09.30: bus transfer to the new Academic Centre
  • 10.00 – 13.30: Rector’s seminar “Role of Social Sciences and Humanities in Innovation”
  • 13.30 - 14.30:  Lunch
  • 14.40 - 15.30: Tour around the new campus – Academic centre of the University of Latvia
  • 18.30: Dinner hosted by the Rector of the University of Latvia 



Please register via this online registration form by 30 August 2019



The University of Latvia has kindly pre-booked a number of rooms for the participants at two hotels located in Old Riga (see information below). Participants wishing to stay at one of the two pre-booked hotels are kindly requested to select their best option in the registration form: local organisers will take care of confirming the booking for the participants with the hotels. 

Booking deadline: 30 August 2019 


1) Hotel Wellton Riverside (15 minutes walking distance to the main building of the University of Latvia)

Address: 11. Novembra krastmala, 33, Rīga

Website: https://www.wellton.com/en/hotels/wellton-riverside-spa-hotel 

Rates: Single: 52 EUR; Double: 55 EUR

2) Wellton Centrum Hotel (5-7 minutes walking distance to the main building of the University of Latvia)

Address: Kalēju Str. 33,  Rīga

Website: https://www.wellton.com/en/spa/wellton-spa-centrum 

Rates: Single: 55 EUR - Double: 60 EUR


Participants wishing to make their own arrangements can find information on other hotels in Riga at: https://www.inyourpocket.com/riga/hotels. 



Contact at the UNICA Secretariat: Laura Brossico, office@unica-network.eu


Monday, 30 September, 2019 to Tuesday, 1 October, 2019
Host Institution: 
University of Latvia
University of Latvia, Riga