From July 3 to 6, the Joint International Scientific Conference "Functional Materials and Nanotechnologies" and "Nanotechnologies and Innovations in the Baltic Sea Region" (FM&NT - NIBS 2022) will take place in the Academic Center of the University of Latvia at Jelgavas Street 3, bringing together more than two hundred European scientists.

The scientific conference is dedicated to the latest achievements and innovations in such areas as nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, bioengineering and biotechnology, green energy, and the environment. The joint FM&NT - NIBS 2022 conference aims to provide a fertile environment for creating new ideas, projects, innovations, the development of further international cooperation, and interdisciplinary research.


The event will bring together scientists, students, industry representatives, and experts from the three Baltic States, Finland, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Iceland. Scientific reports will be given not only by experienced world-renowned researchers and young scientists whose discoveries are currently very relevant but also by innovation leaders. The conference also supports Ukrainian researchers' participation in the event.


The conference is jointly organized by the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) and the Institute of Chemical Physics of the University of Latvia (ICP UL). "In indirect competition with other parallel international conferences, we have managed to gather in Riga some of the best European scientists and practitioners of the use of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies in the fields of energy, climate control, and health," says one of the chairmen of the FM&NT-NIBS 2022 conference, Prof. Dr. chem. Donāts Erts from ICP UL. "All this was possible thanks to the long-term successful cooperation of UL with the scientists of Southern Denmark, Kiel and Kaunas Universities of Technology, and the Northern German Nanotechnology initiative NINA SH," emphasizes D. Erts.


“I would especially like to highlight the participation of Zeynep Altintas in the conference, who defended her doctoral thesis on biomedical sensors with distinction at 25. Now, in her 30s, she is a professor at the University of Kiel, the head of a research group at the Technical University of Berlin, has trained 35 young doctors, and is the laureate of countless awards and recognitions." D. Erts adds.


"I am pleased that we have managed to organize an international conference in which such high-quality scientists from Europe will participate. The very fact that the head of the world's largest nuclear fusion project EUROfusion, Tony Doné, will give a plenary speech at the conference, shows the recognition of this event among the scientists of the world," admits the second chairman of the conference from the ISSP UL, Dr. habil. phys. Andris Šternbergs. "We are delighted that the event not only has a high-quality scientific program, but we are also very pleased for the chance to finally meet in person. We believe the joint conference will provide new and promising opportunities for cooperation and inspire further research."


The plenary lectures of the two outstanding scientists - Prof. Altintas and Prof. Doné – are on July 6 at 14:00 and 14:40, respectively. All interested parties are invited to attend the lectures in the UL House of Science Alpha auditorium.


About the FM&NT-NIBS

The first FM&NT conference was organized by the ISSP UL in 2006, and since 2013 this conference has become a joint annual event of scientists from the three Baltic States. NIBS conference gathered its participants for the first time in 2017. Since then, it has been an excellent platform for scientists to share their discoveries in nanotechnology and innovation.


About the ISSP UL

The ISSP UL is an internationally recognized leader in materials science and cross-disciplinary topics in the Baltic Sea region. Its scientific competitiveness, research, and innovation ecosystem are enhanced through the Centre of Excellence in Advanced Material Research and Technology Transfer CAMART2 project – winner of the Horizon 2020 call for proposals.


About the ICP UL

The ICP UL brings together scientists to perform interdisciplinary research in physics, chemistry, and materials science and cooperate with industrial companies, developing new technologies and promoting their transfer to the national economy.


The organization of the conference is financed thanks to the ERDF project No. "University of Latvia and Institutes in European Research Area - Excellence, Activity, Mobility, Capacity" as well as the EU Horizon 2020 projects - "CAMART2" (European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017-TeamingPhase2 under grant agreement No. 739508) and "CanBioSe Novel 1D photonic metal oxide nanostructures for early-stage cancer detection" (grant agreement No. 778157).


The event is supported by Live Riga, Labochema, and Raith.

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About the University of Latvia

The University of Latvia consistently retains the position of the national, leading, and most influential higher education institution in Latvia. It is the largest comprehensive university in Latvia, with a prominent standing both in the development of the entire education system and the overall growth of the country's economy. Currently, the Academic Center of the UL is being developed in Torņakalns. The coming years will see the establishment of the study and research center that will stand among the most modern facilities in Northern Europe. Now the House of Nature and the House of Science are located there, but the Academic Center will soon be augmented by the House of Letters.