International Summer School «Latvian Biocapacity»

International Summer School «Latvian Biocapacity»

AUGUST 13-22, 2018

Currently, Latvia is not recognized globally as the country of biological resources; however, Latvia is unique because it is one of the few countries in the world, where more than half of the territory is covered by human-untouched ecosystems: forests, lakes, rivers, wetlands, grasslands and coastal areas. It is often believed that economic growth and conservation and preservation of nature are not compatible things, but we are showing the opposite, developing Latvian biotechonomy. Biotechonomy or bioeconomy is a sector focused on the sustainable use of biological resources and products of high added value.

Participants of summer school will get to know Latvia, its culture and history through valuable natural resources and its usage, creating higher added value. Processing of resources and production of innovative products are essential to get and use knowledge in the practice about cleaner production, environmental technologies, energy efficiency, waste management and other aspects, to use resources effective and reduce negative impact on environment. Participants of summer school will get both theoretically knowledge and will work practically in the groups, using materials from the nature of Latvia (basically wood and forest residues). There will be five workgroups for practical task, where participants will develop new product prototypes and concepts in the fields like these: design objects, toys, building materials, thermal insulation materials and porous materials for increase of surface area. Practically working, participants of summer school will get more understanding about usage of resources from the nature of Latvia and those value.

Host of the summer school
Summer school is hosted in Riga Technical University and organized by Institute of energy systems and environment (IESE). IESE is internationally recognizable leading scientific institution in Latvia, which teaches environmental engineering for Latvian and foreign students. Part of research directions are biotechonomy, environmental technologies, cleaner production, energy policy, energy efficiency, management of consumption, resource and waste management and industrial symbiosis. IESE is member of National Research Center and works hand in hand with representatives in the field, government and other research institutions. Student’s survey shows that IESE used study methods are innovative and exciting.
Target Audience
Summer school is open primarily to bachelor or master level students of environmental science and energetics, but also to other students interested in topic of summer school. The planned number of participants - up to 30.
You will have finished at least two years of studies by the time the Summer School starts.
Your English is fluent.
You appreciate creativity, group work and possibility to gather and share experiences with professionals from different fields and countries.

Participants of summer school will get knowledge and experience working with senior researchers and using modern study methods and creative study environment. Participants of summer school will find out Latvian culture, history and uniqueness and will see the image of Latvia like the power of bioresources, learning achievements in the sustainable use of biological resources and creating innovations.
Sunday, Aug 12th

  • Arrival and free time in the Riga

Monday, Aug 13th

  • Opening of the Summer school
  • Introduction to each other activities
  • Presentation about Latvia and it’s bioresources
  • Welcome party

Tuesday, Aug 14th

  • Lecture: Analysis of Latvia’s forest resources for production of bioproducts of high added value
  • Task for practical work (in groups) – Development of innovative product prototype and concept, including life cycle assessment and environmental, social and economic evaluation
  • Study tour to AS “Latvia’s State Forests” embassy
  • Study tour to Art Nouveau in Jūrmala – the use and significance of wood in the history and culture of Latvia

Wednesday, Aug 15th

  • Lecture: Innovative products in Latvia with high added value
  • Study tour in the laboratories of IESE, researches of innovative products
  • Lecture: Environmental technologies, cleaner production
  • Practical work in groups, development of innovative product prototype

Thursday, Aug 16th

  • Lecture: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), practical examples
  • Lecture: Environmental and socio economical evaluation of a product, practical examples
  • Practical work in groups

Friday-Saturday, Aug 17-18th

  • Study tour in forest, guided by SIA “Sodra mežs” expert
  • Arrival at the campsite, sports activities, draft presentations of the working groups about the development of practical work
  • Accommodation in the campsite

Sunday, Aug 19th

  • Free time. Enjoying city

Monday, Aug 20th

  • Role play game: Biotechonomy. The aim of the game is to find the most sustainable product with high added value, which is produced from bioresources
  • Practical work in groups

Tuesday, Aug 21th

  • Discussions and consultations with experts about practical work
  • Practical work in groups
  • Final presentations
  • Final party and getting certificates

Wednesday, Aug 22th

  • Free time. Enjoying city
  • Departure
Study credits
Certificate of Riga Technical University of 3 ECTs will be awarded upon successful completion of the Summer school programme.
Participation fee
Participation fee is 711 EUR. Students from the following countries can apply for Latvian government scholarship.
Fee covers accommodation in newly renovated students hostel, catering (2 times per day – breakfast and lunch) and full programme of the School – lectures and workshops, excursions and study visits, several cultural and free time activities.
Additional costs: traveling to Riga, visa costs, insurance.
The organisers accepts no liability for accidents, theft or any damage or injury that might occur during the Summer school. You are asked to carry an extended personal liability insurance and health insurance.
You will stay at the modern Student Hostel of RTU located on Ķīpsala campus providing students with the advantage of close by faculty building, city centre and a shopping mall. The rooms are arranged into apartments. Each apartment has three double shared rooms, a kitchen, bathroom, toilet and corridor.

The deadline for submitting the application is 4 May 2018.
When applying, please enclose the following documents in English:


The organizing committee of RTU Institute of energy systems and environment will answer your questions concerning organizational matters before or during the Summer school:
Alise Ozarska
Āzenes iela 12/k-1 – room 617, Riga, Latvia, LV-1048

+371 67089923