“Develop science, facilitate and carry out studies in the sphere of basic and applied sciences”

The Lavtian Academy of Sciences aims to develop science, to facilitate and carry out studies in the sphere of basic and applied sciences, to promote the study and development of the history, culture, and language of the Latvian people and the state, as well as to support studies connected with the natural resources of Latvia, possibilities for their optimal utilisation and protection of environment; to prognosticate processes of Latvia’s development, to report promptly to the government and the community about scientific forecasts on desirable and undesirable consequences of different economic, cultural, and social processes and projects.


The Latvian Academy of Sciences has the following operational objectives and basic orientations:

  • to carry out and encourage studies in basic and applied sciences;
  • to investigate the history of the Latvian people and the State; to study the culture, history, and prospects of Latvia; to encourage the investigation and perfection of the Latvian language; to assess natural resources of Latvia and possibilities for their optimal use; and to promote studies related to the protection of environment;
  • to forecast processes of the development of Latvia, to report promptly to the nation and Government about scientific forecasts on desirable and undesirable consequences of different processes in the national economy, culture, and social procedures;
  • to develop a knowledge-based society and to promote the development of innovative technologies in Latvia;
  • to provide the highest quality scientific expertise; to give expert conclusions on the principal questions with regard to Latvia and the Baltic area;
  • to participate in the development and implementation of national research programmes and regional research programmes of the Baltics and the European Union;
  • to take an active part in the development and implementation of the Latvian science policy; to promptly advise the Saeima, the President of the State, the Government and their authorities on the matters of science;
  • to enter into agreements or associative relations with scientific and professional societies, funds, unions, and associations of Latvia; to confer the name of the LAS to institutions associated with the LAS; to take part in the evaluation of the main research trends of these institutions if it is stipulated by a mutual agreement;
  • to develop an active cooperation with institutions of higher education of Latvia, to develop a single academic environment in Latvia and to take part in the training of scientists of the highest qualifi cation;
  • to encourage the publishing of scientific literature and encyclopaedias and increase their scientific level in Latvia;
  • to promote the development of Latvian scientific terminology;
  • to organise scientific congresses, conferences, open sessions of the LAS, and competitions, and to promote achievements of science;
  • to develop interdisciplinary studies, to initiate foundation of new scientific directions;
  • to cooperate with other academies of sciences, scientific associations, unions and societies; to maintain international scientific relations and represent science of Latvia in international scientific organisations;
  • to award prizes and scholarships of the LAS for work in science, including together with universities, other institutions of higher education and patrons of science, or other science-supporting organisations; to take part in recommending and deciding about international awards for work in science;
  • to evaluate the contribution and potential of the Latvian scientists and of foreign scientists connected with Latvia, and to recommend them for election as Full, Foreign, Honorary, or Corresponding Members of the LAS;
  • to promote studies in the history of science of Latvia and in scientometrics ensuring the preservation and cultivation of scientific traditions;
  • to develop and further improve the Scientist’s Code of Ethics and the principles of scientific discussions;
  • to involve new generations of researchers into science;
  • social protection of the retired scientists (including the State Emeritus ones) and support for their activities.
  • President: Ivars Kalviņš
  • Vice President: Ojārs Spārītis
  • Vice President: Andrejs Ērglis
  • Vice President: Andris Šternbergs
  • Secretary General: Baiba Rivža

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