Summer Schools

Riga Technical University has more than 20 years of experience in organizing summer/winter schools and all sorts of short-term courses
From 2000 the RTU has organized various summer/winter schools for students and participants from all over the world. The academic personnel of the Faculties together with their colleagues from industries and partner universities share their unique theoretical knowledge and practical experience with participants, motivating them to reach ambitious goals and advance their career. More than 1500 participants have already used this opportunity.

Why should you apply for RTU summer/winter schools?
Summer/winter schools are an excellent, additional educational opportunity for those students who want to spend their free time outside degree studies meaningfully – acquiring new knowledge, practical skills and experience. Summer/winter schools provide not only intensive face-to-face classes, but also extracurricular activities that are created to contribute not only supplement knowledge, but also to increase socialization and cultural awareness.

Global higher education institutions’ experience gained in many years organizing short-term courses convenes with Riga Technical University’s confidence that summer/winter schools have a positive effect on students and promote useful skills development. We are convinced that they develop self-confidence and independent learning skills, as summer/winter schools tend to increase the true potential of participants and reduce doubts about their abilities. Participation in this type of educational school allows you to enjoy the experience provided by an intensive and joint action study environment, which envisages studies in small groups in close cooperation, interaction with the teacher, which allows you to ask questions and promotes students’ creativity.

What are the advantages of attending RTU summer/winter schools?

  • We offer ECTS credits for our courses which you can transfer as a part of your studies.
  • Great international experience, new friends and contacts.
  • Unique opportunity to get to know fellow students from all over the world, meet locals and expand your worldview by getting to know a new culture.
  • Improve your English language proficiency, communication skills and vocabulary.
Previous Summer Schools
Summer Schools 2020
Summer School «3D Animation World»

For those, who are swept away by possibility to brighten up your drawn fantasies to life in 2D and 3D world, Riga Technical University offers the Summer Camp «Animation World»!

The Summer School is an introduction to the entire process of animation: drawing sessions, character design, cinematic storytelling, object animation, opportunity to work with editing, space, timing, cut-out and stop motion, interaction and 3D modelling programmes. It combines the creative and technical aspects of 2D and 3D animation with information about today’s animation industry. 

Programme
3D ANIMATION WORLD will involve academic classes, practical group work, organisation visits, cultural and leisure activities.

The course aim is to increase students’ knowledge of the entire process of animation and visual narrative and improve the participant’ practical skills and techniques.

Summer School «Robotics. Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Design»

Nowadays, world cannot be conceived without human and robot (artificial intelligence) frequent interaction. Almost every object or service in some way is connected with robotics and we are accustomed to robots so much that we do not even realize this fact anymore. The 21st century invention becomes our everyday life. Robots are nothing extraordinary – they take a big part in our lives. In fact, they are everywhere: at our home, workplace, school, shops, cafes and even in our pockets. And have you ever considered that robots are assigned for more complicated and responsible duties?

If you crave to understand robots, their potential and capacity and if you dare to build one of them your own – you are welcome to join «Robotics. Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Design»!

Programme

THE ROBO CAMP will involve academic classes, practical group work, organisation visits, cultural and leisure activities.

The course aim is to show students all the way from idea to real, tangible result with final outcome – functional robot.

Summer School «Smart Emerging Technology School «Iot For Smart Cities»»

It is no secret that IoT based solutions will improve the quality of life and many services to a new and unprecedented level by promoting new solutions, such as improving road traffic, human health, the environment, smart utility metering, logistics, intelligent manufacturing and automation.

The summer school will be organized following up latest trends in the Internet of Things, which will become a part of our lives in the coming years. Throughout the summer school, there will be a wide range of activities related to the Internet of Things and solutions based on smart city development.

Summer school participants will gain knowledge of the role of telecommunications, computer technologies and electronics in the IoT industry, which is based on smart city solutions.

Summer School «Riga – The Pearl Of Latvian Wooden Architecture»

Sustainability, ecology and energy efficiency are the words you hear these days more often. In the field of civil construction these three appellations can be included into one simple word – wood.

Wood has been used as a building material for thousands of years. The chemical properties of wood are inherently complex, but nevertheless, human beings have successfully harnessed the unique characteristics of wood to build a seemingly unlimited variety of structures.

Wood is a natural resource, making it readily available and economically feasible. It is remarkably strong in relation to its weight, and it provides good insulation from the cold. Wood is also the perfect example of an environmentally sustainable product; it is biodegradable and renewable, and carries the lowest carbon footprint of any comparable building material.

Wooden architecture ir Riga is uniqe, because it continued to develop and improve up till the start of the Wold War II. This is why only a century ago in Latvia’s capital city there where approximately 12,000 wooden buildings from which only 4000 remained to this day. It is important to point out that the oldest of Rigas’wooden buildings was raised at the end of the 18th century.

We believe that Latvian craftsmen’s' knowledge in timber as a construction material have deep roots into our history dated back to ancient times and are inherited from our ancestors. Summer school «Riga – the Pearl of Latvian Wooden Architecture» links Latvian craftsman know-how and RTU professors' attainment into the field of Architecture. Combination of those two worlds will result in an intensive two-week summer school where participants will be able to gain new knowledge regarding wood as a construction material.

The course aim is to increase participants knowledge about the use of wood as a material in architecture, emphasizing its advantages and also raise awareness of the wooden architecture of the capital of Latvia.

Summer School «Cultural Shock. Social, Business and Engineering Perspectives»

Thanks to modern technical progress, we can go to any place on the globe, just pick one you like more. Due to this fact we are able to meet different people, but are we ready for it? Are we ready to understand diverse cultures? Will we understand them? What can we learn from each other? How can we use this new gained knowledge and make our world a better place for all of us?

Mankind now is osculating challenges in terms of inequality and diversity, economic viability and sustainability and the resilience of infrastructures and services. For solving them we need to come together – we need to discuss, brainstorm, depicture about the problem, because only then solution can be created.

Programme

The summer school’s aim is to show participants how diverse our world is! The best way to perceive it is learning by sharing your own personal experience supplementing it with presence in an unusual environment.

Summer School «Intensive English»

The English Language Intensive Summer School has been designed to develop participant’s English language knowledge, improve communication skills and grammatical accuracy of speech. The course is provided by native speakers and professional academic staff of Riga Technical University, Institute of Applied Linguistics.

International RTU environment is a perfect place to study the English Language. Staying abroad for three weeks will encourage participants to speak English as it might be the only language you will able to communicate with other students and locals.

RTU Intensive English Summer School is designed to keep the main focus on the active learning of the language allowing for rapid progress of communication skills.

Programme

Every morning participants will have English lessons (20 hours per week) with our experienced and qualified native English speaking lecturers. In the afternoon summer school students will participate in fun activities to practice their English socially. These include sports, cultural and entertainment activities.

Combined with sports, activity-packed afternoons and entertaining evenings, you are sure to pick up the language fast and make new friends in the process!

School «Baltic School of High-Energy Physics and Accelerator Technologies 2020»

The inaugural Baltic School of High-Energy Physics and Accelerator Technologies is organised by the CERN Baltic Group (CBG) - an international collaboration of eight institutions from the three Baltic states. This school will be an intensive learning course covering topics of high-energy particle physics, from the basic theoretical frameworks to the cutting edge research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), as well as the principles, technologies and applications of particle accelerators.

This is a week long school, taking place at the camping «Ronı̄ši» on the coast of the Baltic sea. In addition to being located a few hundred metres from a white, sandy beach for the week, the participants will benefit from attending lectures by renowned and prominent lecturers:

  • Prof., Dr. Jonathan Ellis (King’s College London);
  • Prof., Dr. Yuri Dokshitzer (Sorbonne Université);
  • Prof., Dr. Matteo Cacciari (Univeristé de Paris);
  • Dr. Maurizio Vretenar (CERN).

We are sorry to announce that School «Baltic School of High-Energy Physics and Accelerator Technologies 2020» is postponed to the next year, 2021, due to coronavirus restrictions. 

Programme: 
The preliminary timetable is available on the indico page (HERE). Poster.

The school will cover and the following topics:

  • Quantum Field Theory;
  • Quantum Electrodynamics;
  • Quantum Chromodynamics;
  • Standard Model;
  • Higgs Mechanism;
  • Beyond the Standard Model;
  • Collider physics;
  • Precision physics at the LHC;
  • Particle accelerator technologies;
  • Particle accelerator applications.
Summer Schools 2019
Summer School «3D Animation World»

For those, who are swept away by possibility to brighten up your drawn fantasies to life in 2D and 3D world, Riga Technical University offers the Summer Camp «Animation World»!

The Summer School is an introduction to the entire process of animation: drawing sessions, character design, cinematic storytelling, object animation, opportunity to work with editing, space, timing, cut-out and stop motion, interaction and 3D modelling programmes. It combines the creative and technical aspects of 2D and 3D animation with information about today’s animation industry.

Programme
3D ANIMATION WORLD will involve academic classes, practical group work, organisation visits, cultural and leisure activities.

The course aim is to increase students’ knowledge of the entire process of animation and visual narrative and improve the participant’ practical skills and techniques.

Programme (draft version)

Summer School «Robotics. Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Design»

Nowadays, world cannot be conceived without human and robot (artificial intelligence) frequent interaction. Almost every object or service in some way is connected with robotics and we are accustomed to robots so much that we do not even realize this fact anymore. The 21st century invention becomes our everyday life. Robots are nothing extraordinary – they take a big part in our lives. In fact, they are everywhere: at our home, workplace, school, shops, cafes and even in our pockets. And have you ever considered that robots are assigned for more complicated and responsible duties?

If you crave to understand robots, their potential and capacity and if you dare to build one of them your own – you are welcome to join «Robotics. Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Design»!

Programme

THE ROBO CAMP will involve academic classes, practical group work, organisation visits, cultural and leisure activities.

The course aim is to show students all the way from idea to real, tangible result with final outcome – functional robot.

Summer School «Cultural Aspects of Latvian Language»

The Summer School «Cultural Aspects of Latvian Language» designed as a comprehensive, interactive, secure and open platform for people with different cultural codes who will have a chance within 12 days to experience Latvian cultural space through the past-present-future perspective.

During intensive 12 days, under the guidance of experienced teachers and professionals, summer school participants, will go through such topics as Latvian history, politics, culture, folklore, art, literature and technology. To learn and understand Latvia as a unified culture, as well as to enjoy the nature of Latvia, there are four trips planned during those days.

Participants of the Summer School will intensively study the Latvian language and exploring the Latvian worldview in modern Latvia. They will conduct an in-depth study of the topic of interest in line with today's actualities and challenges, not only improving language skills, but also getting a greater understanding of contemporary culture, language conservation and language transformation issues.

Programme
The Summer School «Cultural Aspects of Latvian Language» will involve academic classes, practical group work, organisation visits, cultural and leisure activities.

The course aim is to improve Latvian language knowledge, to get to know Latvian culture and to experience the issues of culture, language and identity in the modern world.

Programme

Summer School «Social innovation»

Nowadays, we are living in a rapidly changing world that faces unprecedented challenges and success stories, but along with all this positive burst that new generation evokes problems inevitably occur. Mankind now is osculating challenges in terms of inequality and diversity, economic viability and sustainability and the resilience of infrastructures and services. For solving them we need to come together – we need to discuss, brainstorm, depicture about the problem, because only then solution can be created.

RTU is inviting you to become a member of SOCIAL INNOVATION SUMMER SCHOOL so we all – students and lecturers – together can find solutions to modern world problems.

Programme

Students will participate in lectures and practical works on topics related to cultural changes, urban social ecosystems, sustainable entrepreneurship and social business.

The main aim of participant effort will be – focus attention on the ideas and solutions that create social value as well as the processes through which they are generated.

Summer School «Intensive English»

The English Language Intensive Summer School has been designed to develop participant’s English language knowledge, improve communication skills and grammatical accuracy of speech. The course is provided by native speakers and professional academic staff of Riga Technical University, Institute of Applied Linguistics.

International RTU environment is a perfect place to study the English Language. Staying abroad for three weeks will encourage participants to speak English as it might be the only language you will able to communicate with other students and locals.

RTU Intensive English Summer School is designed to keep the main focus on the active learning of the language allowing for rapid progress of communication skills.

Programme

Every morning participants will have English lessons (20 hours per week) with our experienced and qualified native English speaking lecturers. In the afternoon summer school students will participate in fun activities to practice their English socially. These include sports, cultural and entertainment activities.

Combined with sports, activity-packed afternoons and entertaining evenings, you are sure to pick up the language fast and make new friends in the process!

Summer School «Cultural Shock»

We are living in the century when the whole world can be recognized as one common space where we all should get along and care for each other and the planet. Thanks to modern technical progress, we can go to any place on the globe, just pick one you like more. Due to this fact we are able to meet different people, but are we ready for it? Are we ready to understand diverse cultures? Will we understand them?

Riga Technical University is offering wonderful opportunity to wide your inner boundaries and come to Latvia for Cultural Shock Summer School!

Participants are welcomed to the heart of the Baltic region – Latvia and its capital city Riga, the vibrant and modern European city. Students will be able to meet Latvian culture in person. But not only Latvian.

Programme
The summer school’s aim is to show participants how diverse our world is! The best way to perceive it is learning by sharing your own personal experience supplementing it with presence in an unusual environment.
The course is designed to enhance student’s knowledge about multiplicity of the Planet Earth and also to improve intercultural communication skills that will develop personal marketability.

Summer Schools 2018
Summer School «Robo CAMP»

Nowadays, world cannot be conceived without human and robot (artificial intelligence) frequent interaction. Almost every object or service in some way is connected with robotics and we are accustomed to robots so much that we do not even realize this fact anymore. The 21st century invention becomes our everyday life. Robots are nothing extraordinary – they take a big part in our lives. In fact, they are everywhere: at our home, workplace, school, shops, cafes and even in our pockets. And have you ever considered that robots are assigned for more complicated and responsible duties?

If you crave to understand robots, their potential and capacity and if you dare to build one of them your own – you are welcome to join RTU ROBO CAMP!

Programme
THE ROBO CAMP will involve academic classes, practical group work, organisation visits, cultural and leisure activities.

The course aim is to show students all the way from idea to real, tangible result with final outcome – functional robot.

International Summer School «Nonlinear Life. Edition 2»

The summer school «Nonlinear Life» is organized by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnologies of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics in cooperation with International Relations Department of Riga Technical University (RTU).

August 12–24 Riga Latvia

The Nonlinear life school organized in 2017 was successful particularly due to converging sciences approach employed to deliver knowledge. The school participants from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia covered a wide range of topics – virtual and augmented reality for medicine, medical physics in oncology, the use of smart textiles in motion capture, new generation biomedical fibres and their production technologies, the use of artificial intelligence in medical physics research, chaos and orderliness, structural biology, nanotechnology, big data in health and other topical engineering themes related to human life.

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Program

In 2018, the professors from Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and the USA will deliver the lectures, share the experience and offer the topics for the converged sciences projects to be developed by the students during the summer school.

The scientific program of the School 2018 will include the following fields:

  • Fusion of radiology, cardiology, medical engineering and physics
  • Formalization of the nonlinear phenomena
  • Structural biology and genetics
  • Nanotechnologies and nanomaterials
  • Nanomedicine
  • Biomaterials
  • Surface phenomena
  • Nonlinear optical and electrical processes by/for bio-objects

You will visit advanced health care institutions, for example, the Oncology Centre of Latvia as well as enterprises like Baltic Scientific Instruments (specialized in the development and production of devices for spectrometric analysis based on semiconductor and scintillation radiation detectors) and Riga Nuclear Medicine Centre (nuclear medicine research laboratory, which is providing research and commercial research services).

Schedule of the lectures and events

Program

The Map of the Summer School

Nonlinear Life 2018 (brochure)

Study Credits
Certificates of Further Education of Riga Technical University and 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points will be awarded upon completion of the program.
Your profile
  • Education background
    • Undergraduate student (finished at least one year of studies by the time the summer school starts)
    • Postgraduate student
    • Doctoral student
  • You are familiar with
    • Mathematical calculus
    • General physics
    • Basics of computing technologies
  • Your abilities
    • Speak fluent English
    • Appreciate the experience of learning from and working with qualified professionals
    • You are a creative person
    • Looking for added value content
Participation Fee
The participation fee covering registration, tuition, accommodation in the student hostel of RTU, meals (breakfast and lunch) and the social program is EUR 700. The participants will have to cover their travel expenses and health insurance. Based on the evaluation of the application documents, participant with the most outstanding results will receive a discount for covering participation fee.
DAAD scholarship for German students

Our summer school has been selected for second consecutive year as a receiver of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship provided to the students from Germany.

In order to apply for DAAD scholarship, please take into consideration, that submission of documents goes simultaneously - both to DAAD and organizers of the summer school:

For organizers:

For DAAD:

For more detailed information regarding DAAD scholarship and application requirements, please visit the homepage of the program «Go-East Summer Schools» implemented by DAAD.

Participant Testimonial (in German).

Application

The deadline for submitting the application is May 7, 2018

When applying, please enclose the following documents in English:

For all applicants:

For those who apply for a partial scholarship:

  • Certified copies of higher education institution diploma supplement (for graduates);
  • Transcript of records for the whole study period at university (for current students);
  • One letter of recommendation.

Results of the evaluation will be announced to each individual by 21 May 2018.

International Relations Department of RTU will be happy to answer all questions concerning organizational matters, which might occur before the summer school starts or during its course. In case of doubts, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Eriks Badamsins via email or phone +371 67089790.

Professors

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Nanomaterials and nanotechnology
The thrust of the lectures will be reviewing reduced dimensional materials in terms of their unique characteristics and applications in sensing/detection, force protection, and contamination remediation. An emphasis will be placed on smart and connected aspects to enhance safety and security worldwide.

Prof. Ashok Vaseashta,  USA
Prof. Vaseashta currently serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Research, Grants and Sponsored Programs, and Chair of Institution Review Board at NJCU. He provides strategic leadership to promote and advance research initiatives and priorities. His research interests include Critical Infrastructure protection, biosecurity, advanced and nano materials for development of chemical-bio sensors/detectors, environmental pollution monitoring and remediation, and green nanotechnology.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Biomaterials – present and trends
The lesson will deliver a fundamentals on materials for biomedical applications. The students will acquire  the basic concepts of the structures, physical and mechanical behavior of different classes of the materials: metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. Traditional and innovative technologies of production of the different materials and their influence on behavior of biomaterials will be described. Resistance, degradation of the materials, particularly with respect to biocompatibility will be considered. Examples of materials for biomedical applications will be detailed.

Prof. Marina Cabrini, Italy
Professor of Science and Technology of Materials. Italian delegate at the Board of the International Corrosion Council (ICC). The leader in the field of electrochemistry and corrosion, primary focused on the environmental assisted cracking of traditional and innovative steels, aluminum and titanium alloys. Nowadays is working on the corrosion of aluminium, titanium and nickel alloys obtained by means of the innovative Additive Manufacturing techniques.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Additive manufacturing principles and technologies
The lesson will be devoted to a general overview about the additive technologies to produce materials and products for industrial applications. A focus on the available standards and qualification issues for parts will be also done. Particular attention will be paid to laser powder bed techniques, binder jetting, direct deposition and material extrusion. The techniques will be described and critical aspects of the most promising will be addressed.

PhD Sergio Lorenzi, Italy
Graduated from the mechanical engineering at the University of Bergamo, 2005.
PhD (2010) in Mechatronics and Innovative Technologies at University of Bergamo. The scientific activity: correlation between the microstructure and the properties of materials in particularly - steel and corrosion resistant alloys; corrosion in energy production plants, corrosion of materials produced by means of additive manufacturing, corrosion in drinking water, environmental assisted cracking of high strength steels, cathodic protection design based on numerical simulation, electrochemical techniques for corrosion protection and prevention.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Reverse Engineering techniques applied to additive manufacturing
Methods and tools for Reverse Engineering techniques to improve design practices for the development of 3D printed medical devices. Application of digital tools for geometric modelling of custom fit products which have to be made by means of additive manufacturing.

Prof. Andrea Vitali,  Italy
Main research topics: Human Modelling, Mixed Reality, IT for Health, Additive Manufacturing, Reverse engineering techniques.
Main research activities: Development of Knowledge CAD systems for design of medical devices, Virtual reality applications for design of medical and industrial high customized devices, Software development of applications based on motion capture systems for gait evaluation of SCI patients, hemiplegic patients and patients with lower limb amputation.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Effects of magnitude saturation in (medical) signal processing
To convert an analogues signal to the digital one the sampling of the signal is used.  The accuracy of the sampling is influenced by intended word length in bits.  Unfortunately, the sampling errors are nonlinear and depend on the shape and magnitude of the signal. We will discuss the methods, how to calculate the result by the signal processing algorithm with the finite word length samples.

Prof. Guntars Balodis, Latvia
Interest's area is covered by the digital signal processing for the electrical engineering and the biomedical signal processing in the medical physics/engineering field.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Visible light-sensitive  biopolymer nanocomposites as a potential approaches for targeted cancer therapy
Innovative and eco-friendly approach in synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in a visible light sensitive biomatrix and modeling of the essential physical-chemical concepts will be considered. These will be focused to understand the preparation of novel nanomaterials for targeted cancer treatment.  The compounds activated with white light treatment (wLED) give an opportunity to create an excellent solid biopolymer platform/biosubstrate with the extremely reduced of AgNPs (average size in the range 2-11 nm). These biomaterials exhibit cytotoxicity in vitro against some human cancer cell lines. The presented nanobiomaterials are promising candidate for both targeted cancer therapy and electronic imaging.

Prof. Ulviya Bunyatova, Turkey
Received M.Sc.&Ph.D. degree in 1997 from the Baku State University, Azerbaijan, in Physics& Molecular Physics. Worked at the Institute of Element-organic Compounds, USSR Academy of Sciences.  Visiting researcher Middle East Technical University/Turkey (1993-1996), postdoctoral fellowship at Department of Electrical Engineering at University at Buffalo, New York State University SUNY / USA (2016-2017). From 2014 the assistant professor in Baskent University Biomedical Engineering Department. Specific interests and expertise: nanobiomaterials & metal nanoparticles; fabrication visible light sensitive novel biomaterials; biosensors, innovative approaches in the development of multifunctional smart biomaterials and techniques.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Advanced continuous nanofibers and products: nanomanufacturing, properties, and applications
Continuous nanofibers represent an emerging new class of nanomaterials with distinct advantages for macroscopic nano-enabled applications. This lecture will cover controlled nanomanufacturing and scale-up, structure and properties evaluation and optimization, as well as current and prospective applications of nanofibers in areas of spanning ultrahigh-performance structural composites, ultrafast sensors/actuators, autonomous responsive materials, and unique biomedical applications and devices.

Prof. Juris (Yuris) Dzenis, USA
Professor at the University Nebraska Lincoln. PhD in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, PhD in Physics and Mechanics of Polymers from the Latvian Academy of Sciences
Was employed as the researcher at several universities around the world (USA, New Zeeland, Japan, France, Italy, etc).
Research interests focus design, manufacturing, modeling, and characterization of advanced nanomaterials, composites. Introduced a concept of nanoreinforcement of interfaces and pioneered development of cost-effective delamination resistant nanomodified structural composites.
Currently is involved in the development of manufacturing processes and applications for several functional nanofibers. Member of the six professional societies and serves on a number of the US national panels and committees on nanomanufacturing, advanced materials, composites, etc.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Team science – the future of the medicine. Cardiology as an example
Medicine is a profession that incorporates science and the scientific method with the art of being a physician. Over the years the science has made a shift from a single-investigator, usually unidisciplinary findings to multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary collaborative teams or so-called team science. This new approach has played a significant role in research on diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. In collaboration with physiologists, physicists and bioengineers we tested and implemented a new non-invasive diagnostic tool for coronary artery disease which is the main cause of heart attack. This method is based on construction of an anatomic model of coronary circulation (arteries that supply the heart) from cardiac computed tomography angiography, a mathematical model of coronary physiology, and numerical solution of the laws of physics governing computational fluid dynamics.

Prof. Andrejs Erglis, Latvia
Professor of Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine and Director of Institute of Cardiology and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Latvia,  Chief of the Latvian Centre of Cardiology at Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital. The President of the Latvian Society of Cardiology and the Vice-President of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. His major fields of scientific interests: interventional cardiology, regenerative medicine, precision medicine and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Introduction to cryoballoon therapy for treatment of atrial fibrillation
The atrial fibrillation is a nation wide disease with 2.2% of the European population. In the last years some medical devices and technologies have been developed. They are based on cryotherapy to treat successfully this disease with minimal invasive surgery, when pharmacotherapy is not successful. The cool-loop is an example of this technology solutions - the cryoballoon-ablation-catheter is considered to treat the atrial fibrillation in the pulmonale vein with a minimally invasive way.

Prof. Frank Stein, Germany
Professor for Medical Engineering, I. Arabaev Kyrgyz State University, Kyrgyzstan; lecturer at the University of Applied Science, Aachen, Germany.
Frequently Guest Lecturer at the Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia.
Senior Medical Devices Expert in medical device industry; leader of the healthcare projects, consulting and management in Germany.
Education: Physical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), PhD in Physics,

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Biomimetic polymeric self-healing materials
Self-healing is a particular property of some animals and plants in Nature. Can self-healing be imparted to synthetic materials? Explore together the world of smart materials.

Prof. Jose Miguel Martin-Martinez, Spain
Full Professor at the University of Alicante (Spain). Head of the Adhesion and Adhesives Laboratory at the University of Alicante. Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology; Associate editor of «Rubber Chemistry and Technology».
Robert L. Patrick Fellowship awarded by the American Adhesion Society. 2013.
President of the Spanish Adhesion Society (2010-date).
National Expert. European Commission. Directorate GIII. 2005-2006.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Nonlinearity, chaos, and fractals in Biomedical Physics
Biological systems – whole organisms, organs, tissues, single cells -  are complex open dissipative systems. Their dynamical stability occurs through a number of mechanisms. Living systems exist in the states far from thermodynamic equilibrium and show a nonlinear behavior typical for deterministic chaos that enables an efficient adaptability. Because of nonlinear, chaotic nature of the living systems nonlinear methods, e.g. fractal methods, of signal analysis are more proper that linear approaches. For example carcinogenesis, may be studied through analysis of images due to fractal methods. The examples will be demonstrated.

Prof. Wlodzimierz Klonowski, Nalecz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
The physicist with more than 40 years of interdisciplinary experience. Initiator and organizer of a series of European Summer Schools EUROATTRACTOR. Contributed to the theory of structure-property relationships in crosslinked polymer materials through his topological theory of networks, so called Systems with Discrete Interactions. Currently, he is involved in the research on nonlinear methods (in particular fractal methods) in medicine and medical diagnostics - biosignal (EEG, HRV) analysis with applications in patient monitoring (e.g. of the depth of anesthesia) and in assessment of pharmaco-therapies, as well as image analysis in histopathological diagnosis of cancer.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Simulation and Augmented Visualization in Medicine
The Virtual Reality (VR) technology that uses specific interfaces allows «creation» of realistic environments where the possibility to see, manipulate the virtual objects, touch them provides a high feeling of immersion and presence in the virtual world.
The Augmented Reality (AR) technology allows the real-time fusion of computer-generated contents within the real world in order to provide the impression that the virtual and real objects coexist in the same space.
In medicine the VR/AR technologies make available new tools for diagnostics by translating the information contained in medical images into a 3-dimensional virtual representation of the patient that is a realistic replica of the patient with the actual pathologies. New forms of medical education have been developed to train the surgeons without any risks for the patient.
New applications of AR technology allow overlapping of the 3D virtual models of the organs on the real patient during the intra-operative procedures in order to carry out the surgical tasks in a way that are both faster and safer.

Prof. Lucio Tommaso De Paolis, Italy
Prof. at the Department of Innovation Engineering and the Director of the Augmented and Virtual Reality Laboratory (AVR Lab – www.avr.unisalento.it) at the University of Salento, Italy.
Research interest concerns the study and development of applications based on Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies for surgery, cultural heritage. He develops human-computer interfaces for the interaction with virtual objects.
De Paolis is the responsible for  the «Advanced Virtual Reality for Medicineē research group at the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Research Applied to Medicine (DReAM) at the Hospital of Lecce, Italy; the vice-president of MIMOS (Italian Movement Modelling and Simulation); the founder of AVR Med srl (www.avrmed.com), a spin-off company of the University of Salento; the organizer of the International Conference on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics (SALENTO AVR).

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Nanomedicine and immunity
Progress in nanotechnology has determined new strategies concerning drug delivery into the central nervous system for the treatment of degenerative and inflammatory diseases. Today, brain targeting through systemic drug administration, even in a nano-composition, is often unsuccessful. Therefore, we investigated the possibility of loading T lymphocytes with PGLA–PEG COOH magnetite nanoparticles (30 nm), which can be built up to easily bind drugs and monoclonal antibodies, and to exploit the ability of activated T cells to cross the blood–brain barrier and infiltrate the brain parenchyma. We demonstrated that T cells containing nanomaterials hold the possibility of carrying and releasing nanoparticles in the brain.

Prof. Mario Milco D’ELIOS, Italy
Professor of Medicine & Immunology at the University of Florence.  His main research activities deal with immune responses and nanomedicine.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Cyclotron technologies and radiopharmaceutical production
More than a year ago the Nuclear Medicine Center Ltd. launched cyclotron facility with 18FDG production according to GMP and Eur. ph. regulations that were followed by 18F-Choline and new and innovative 68GaPSMA. We developed the radiopharmaceutical manufacturing process on equipment that is currently available to gain efficiency, GMP and local regulatory compliancy and safety for production operators.

MSc Vitalijs Skrivelis, Latvia
Molecular biologist (University of Latvia). MBA (Riga Business School). Founder and Member of the Board, «Nuclear medicine center» SIA, Latvia. Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Association of chemical and pharmaceutical enterprises. Former Adviser of the Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia and  Vice Director for Production at the Latvian State Pharmaceutical Company GRINDEKS.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Measurement of low concentrations of nanosized objects in biofluids by means of refractometric methods
An overview of the general situation in the measurement of the nanoparticles will be given. Live demonstrations/physical experiments related to nanoparticles measurements will be provided.

PhD Dmitrijs Merkulovs, Latvia
PhD in engineering. More than 30 inventions. Specialized in precise laboratory instrumentation development and production. Project Director of ELMI Ltd, Latvia.

 

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Deep learning and big data. Are they a fashion or a research tool for me?
Up to date informatics applications are examined.

Prof. Franco Milano, Italy
Professor of Medical Physics. Co-director and lecturer at the Medical Physics College organized by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics Trieste. Actually lecturer in many Universities in Europe, Asia and South Asia. Partner in several EC projects, mostly related to training of the Medical Physicists.

 

 

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Realtime detection of brain neurochemistry: from wired to wireless monitoring
The emerging biosensor-based neuroanalytical chemistry allows the in-vivo electrochemical monitoring of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, acetylcholine and glutamate or bioenergetics neurochemicals (glucose, lactate, ascorbic acid and oxygen) sensitive to mithocontrial damage or oxidative stress. Implantable micro(bio)sensors, integrated with miniaturized telemetry devices (equipped with motion/vibration
sensors) are useful tools for studying the brain’s pathophysiology, neurochemical and behavioral changes related to motor impairment, in realtime.
Development and application of integrated neurosensor networks for realtime monitoring of brain neurochemistry and motion will be discussed.

Prof. Pier Andrea Serra, Italy
The Research focuses to study the etiopathogenesis and the therapy of neurodegenerative diseases through innovative neuroanalytical tools (in-vivo microdialysis and new voltammetric techniques –biosensors in particular - for realtime and wireless monitoring of molecules in the brain extracellular space).

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Are nonlinear dynamics and chaos mathematical abstraction or practically relevant phenomena?
The basics of nonlinear dynamics, including some specific features of chaotic modes of operation will be considered. The application of the innovative approach – Method of Complete Bifurcation Groups – to the dynamics of widely used systems is examined. The practical applicability and relevance of nonlinear methodologies to real life problems will be discussed.

Prof. Dmitrijs Pikulins, Latvia 
PhD in engineering, Assoc. Prof. at the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications of the Riga Technical University. Head of the department of Radioelectronics.
Research interests include nonlinear dynamics, chaotic systems, wireless sensor networks, energy harvesting systems, switching power converters.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Nonlinear Life from a biological point of view
The history of the living organisms can be tracked for the past 3.2 billion years – due to its linearity. This led Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902) to formulate: «omnis cellula e cellula». In 2010, Craig Venter claimed to have created the first synthetic cell «whose parent is a computer», thus interrupting progeny. With current progress in synthetic biology more new-to-nature organisms can be expected or even become normality. I will present and intend to trigger thoughts about biotechnological hopes and societal fears connected to biologically nonlinear life.

Prof. Röbbe Wünschiers, Germany
PhD in biology at the University of Marburg/Germany; Habilitus doctor in Genetics at the University of Cologne. Professor for Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at University of Applied Sciences Mittweida/Germany.
Experience as the PostDoc and Independent Researcher in Sweden and Germany, Bioinformatics Manager at BASF Plant Science.
Research focuses modelling and simulation driven optimization of biological hydrogen and methan production; methods from experimental and computational biology. http://datenmassen.de and http://celldesign.de

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Molecular clock in macro- and microevolution
Molecular clock shows speed of changes of biomolecules in the time scale which can be different in different historical periods. Molecular clock is used to understand timing of importants events during macroevolution, but can have also some application to understood microevolution. Epigenetic mechanisms, no related with direct changes of DNA, can masked the clock’s ticking.

Prof. Isaak Rashal, Latvia
Habilitus doctor in biology from the University of Latvia.  Professor of genetics at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Latvia, Head of the Laboratory of Environmental Genetics of the Institute of Biology. Main area of interest population genetics, evaluation and use of plant genetic resources.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Peptide nanophotonics: from biooptics to implantable lab-on-chips
Peptide nanophotonics is a new paradigm which can revolutionize emerging fields of precision medical trials and health monitoring. It is based on bioinspired synthetic peptide materials where unique combination of intrinsic biocompatibility with remarkable multifunctional optical properties and developed nanotechnology of  large peptide wafers and their patterning make them highly promising for development of implantable optical biochips.

Prof. Gil Rosenman, Israel
Full Professor at the Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Fields of interest: Solid state physics, Physics and Engineering of Ferroelectric and Dielectric Materials  
Physics and technology of bioinspired nanomaterials, Nanobiomedicine and Bionanophotonics, Bionanodots, Peptide Nanophotonics, Peptide integrated optics, Implantable lab-on-chips.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Medical Physics in oncology-practical point of view
Everyday work and responsibilities of medical physicist in radiotherapy department, modern radiotherapy techniques and the main challenges to improve the quality of treatment procedures, another perspective of 1 mm sizes regarding human health.
Practical brainstorming-safety barriers in radiotherapy, craniospinal plan analysis.

MSc Indra Surkova, Latvia
Master Degree in medical physics from the Riga Technical University, Latvia.
Medical physicist experience for almost 10 years at the largest hospital of Latvia for oncology.
Experience working with different kind of radiotherapy equipment and treatment planning systems.
Interested in stereotactic radiosurgery procedures, hypofractionation.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Multiphoton processes in biomedicine: towards cancer therapy and diagnostics.
Interaction of the electromagnetic radiation with matter is described by well accepted principles of photobiology: Lambert-Bugger-Beer law and Bunsen-Roscoe reciprocity law. The advent of the high-power pulsed lasers has resulted in the capability of generating intense burst of monochromatic radiation in very short times. These pulses are so intensive that the probability is great that two or more photons may participate in a particular excitation event. Such processes are currently observed in different kinds of material, including solutions of biomolecules and may also occur in living biological systems. Lectures are devoted to the explanation of two-photon, two-steps and upconverting processes in biological active molecules and upconverting nanoparticles with special emphasis on the cancer therapy and diagnostics. Different types of multiphoton excitation will be summarized in detail as well as the future perspectives of application in photodynamic cancer therapy and diagnostics are also will discussed.

Prof. Ricardas  Rotomskis, Lithuania
PhD in Biophysics at the Moscow M.V.Lomonosov State University (Russia); Habilitation doctor in Applied Physics at Vilnius University, Lithuania
Prof at the Department of Quantum Electronics of Physics Faculty of Vilnius University; head of the laboratory of Biomedical Physics at Vilnius University Institute of Oncology.
Main scientific interests: biophysics, biomedical physics, nanophotonics, biophotonics, nanomedicine, lasers application in life sciences particularly those used in photosensitized tumour therapy; fluorescence methods in biomedical diagnostics and visualization; biomedical applications of nanotechnologies etc.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Novel biosensors for point of care tests
Because of the inventions and developments on bioengineering, nanotechnology and microfluidics, complex laboratory tests can be done in small sized, mobile and easy to use devices at point of care (POC). Those devices are called Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) and they can also be used as biosensors for diagnostic purposes, Fundamental concepts of POC tests, LOC device, biosensors and their future projections are introduced.  Novel methods for POC test using LOC biosensor devices will be explained: impedance spectroscopy based sensor to detect the biomarker; lensless wide filed microscopy originated imaging technique.

Prof. Mehmet Yüksekkaya, Turkey
Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Assistant professor at the Biomedical Engineering Department, Başkent University Ankara, Turkey.
Research focusses biosensors and microscopic image processing. Owner of the company that is mainly directed to biomedical signal/image processing, biomedical instrumentation research/development.

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life. Edition 2: Weak electrons nonlinear emission – great impact to characterize nanomaterials
Weak electron emission nonlinear current is inspired by earlier destruction, heating, radiation etc. The examples to employ weak emission to characterize materials are considered.     

Prof. Yuri Dekhtyar, Latvia
Prof. Yuri Dekhtyar , PhD, DSc. Head of the  Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnologies Institute of the Riga Technical University, Latvia. Full member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.
Leader of the number of the National and International projects.  
Research in electron spectroscopy, solid state surface physics, characterization and functionalization of biomaterials and nanoobjects.

Partners

Summer School «Sustainable Construction – From Traditions To Innovations»

The summer school «Sustainable Construction» is organized by the Faculty of Civil Engineering and International Relations Department of RTU in cooperation with the Department of Civil Engineering (DICIV) and the Department of Information and Electric Engineering and Applied Mathemathics (DIEM) of the University of Salerno (UNISA), and enterprise «Knauf».

August 19–30 Riga Latvia

«Sustainability» is one of the world’s most talked about but least understood words. Its meaning is often clouded by differing interpretations and by a tendency for the subject to be treated superficially. Traditionally the concept of sustainability embraces the preservation of the environment, as well as critical development-related issues such as the efficient use of resources, continual social progress, stable economic growth, and the eradication of poverty.

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Within the summer school You will attend lectures of scientists in the fields of civil engineering, architecture and physics. Seminars will cover topics like preparation of scientific publications and practical implementation of sustainable construction principles. You will visit several enterprises and construction projects, for example, National Library of Latvia, ongoing projects in Riga Technical University (RTU) Campus and industrial enterprises like «Knauf», which is one of the world's leading manufacturers of lightweight building products and systems, and Latvian Wood Construction Cluster.

In addition, interdisciplinary teams will be formed to work with projects. Informal discussions will be held about the modern issues of formation in the field of sustainable construction, civil engineering and physics. The summer school is aimed to provide new generation of participants with the ability to develop interdisciplinary thinking.

Program

Sustainable Construction 2018 (brochure)

CERN Spring Campus, 23–26 April, 2018

The 2018 CERN Spring Campus is the fifth edition of a series of schools dedicated to Information Technology and Computing. Started in 2014, the CERN Spring Campus brings a new dimension to CERN’s scientific and cultural activities. Over 4 intensive days, this event will bring together experts from around CERN, to meet with future engineers and scientists in a program of scientific and technological dissemination and cultural exchange.

This year, the school will take place in Riga Technical University between the 23rd and the 26th of April 2018.

At CERN, we believe that scientific curiosity is an essential part of being human and we wish to share the excitement and enthusiasm of discovery with as wide a public as possible. CERN shows what people can achieve when they come together for a common purpose. The basic technology of the LHC was impossible when the project was conceived, yet today it runs routinely. Such grand challenges are just a normal part of life at CERN, and we want to bring all our expertise and share it with the community. 

For more detailed information please visit event website.

International Summer School «Latvian Biocapacity» 13–22 August, 2018

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. 

Summer School «Social innovation»  9–22 July, 2018

Nowadays, we are living in a rapidly changing world that faces unprecedented challenges and success stories, but along with all this positive burst that new generation evokes problems inevitably occur. Mankind now is osculating challenges in terms of inequality and diversity, economic viability and sustainability and the resilience of infrastructures and services. For solving them we need to come together – we need to discuss, brainstorm, depicture about the problem, because only then solution can be created.

RTU is inviting you to become a member of SOCIAL INNOVATION SUMMER SCHOOL so we all – students and lecturers – together can find solutions to modern world problems.

Programme

Students will participate in lectures and practical works on topics related to cultural changes, urban social ecosystems, sustainable entrepreneurship and social business.

The main aim of participant effort will be – focus attention on the ideas and solutions that create social value as well as the processes through which they are generated.

Summer School «Intensive English» 06.08.–24.08.2018.

The English Language Intensive Summer School has been designed to develop participant’s English language knowledge, improve communication skills and grammatical accuracy of speech. The course is provided by native speakers and professional academic staff of Riga Technical University, Institute of Applied Linguistics.

International RTU environment is a perfect place to study the English Language. Staying abroad for three weeks will encourage participants to speak English as it might be the only language you will able to communicate with other students and locals.

RTU Intensive English Summer School is designed to keep the main focus on the active learning of the language allowing for rapid progress of communication skills.

Programme

Every morning participants will have English lessons (20 hours per week) with our experienced and qualified native English speaking lecturers. In the afternoon summer school students will participate in fun activities to practice their English socially. These include sports, cultural and entertainment activities.

Combined with sports, activity-packed afternoons and entertaining evenings, you are sure to pick up the language fast and make new friends in the process!

Summer Schools 2017
Summer School «Nonlinear Life»
From 20 till 31 August 2017 RTU Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnologies in cooperation with International Relations Department organized the summer school «Nonlinear Life».
 
Humans are surrounded by environment that supplies nonlinear phenomena (waves of the oceans, distribution of pollution, etc.). At the same time mankind is also developing processes and machines that are nonlinear (laser processing of materials, vibrations of aircrafts, etc.). The processes in live organisms are very nonlinear, as well (e.g. heart rhythm, blood circulation).
 
The experience resulted from the Nonlinear life school organized in 2017 demonstrates that the converging sciences approach is effective and was positively accepted both by the students and lectures supplied the lectures covering a wide range of converging topics – virtual and augmented reality in medicine and surgery, medical physics in oncology, the use of smart textiles in motion capture, new generation biomedical fibres and their production technologies, the use of artificial intelligence in medical physics research, chaos and orderliness, structural biology, nanotechnology and other topical engineering themes related to human health.
 
We would like to emphasize our capacity to attract quite international group of professors assembled from six local professors and five guest professors (three of them coming from Germany and two of them representing higher education institutions in Italy). Concerning to composition of group of participants, we hosted 17 students coming from nine countries (Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia and Latvia).
Professors

 Franco Milano, Prof. of Medical Physics (Italy)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Can Big Data management, Complex System science and Artificial Intelligence open new opportunities in Medical Physics research?

After a general short review of modern techniques and methods in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy some specific  examples of the use of non linear operators are reported. Then a possible future  scenario in Medical Physics activities is drawn taking into account the impact of Big Data management, Complex System science and Artificial Intelligence applications on training and profession of the Medical Physicists.

More about Prof. Franco Milano

Lucio Tommaso De Paolis, Prof. of Processing Systems (Italy)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Virtual and Augmented Reality in Medicine and Surgery

In medicine and surgery the VR/AR technologies make available new tools for the definition of the diagnosis by translating the information contained in medical images into a 3-dimensional virtual representation of the patient that is a realistic replica of living patient with the actual pathologies. This has allowed the development of a new form of medical education and the use of patient-specific surgical simulators permit to train and rehearse the surgical procedures without any risks for the patient.

New applications of the AR technology allow overlapping the 3D virtual models of the organs on the real patient during the intra-operative procedures in order to carry out the surgical tasks in a way that are both faster and safer. The use of augmented visualization in surgery has the potential to bring the advantages of the open-surgery visualization also in minimally invasive surgery.

More about Prof. Lucio Tomasso de Paolis

Michael Rosenblum, Prof. of Physics and Astronomy (Germany)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Synchronization: a universal nonlinear phenomenon

Introduction to the theory of synchronization, which is the oldest scientifically described nonlinear phenomenon, will be delivered. The presentation will be illustrated by numerous examples of physical, engineering, and biological systems. Quantitative explanations will be followed by the basics of the mathematical theory. Finally, I will discuss possible application in physiology and medicine.

More about Prof. Michael Rosenblum

Inga Lyashenko, Doc. of Textile Engineering (Latvia)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – New Generation of Biomedical Textile Fibers and Technologies of Their Production

The lecture A New Generation of Biomedical Textile Fibers and Technologies of Their Production will consist of two main parts.

The first part covers «High-tech» biomedical textile, fundamental types of fibers (including their properties), examines new four technologies of their production and several examples of their applications will be provided.

The second part of the lecture covers biotechnology in the production of textile fibers in biomedical engineering area. Thanks to the recent research results in biotechnology, several methods of manufacture of chemical fibers were developed, whose properties actually do not differ from the natural. This research will be presented. Application of biotextiles (included recycled materials for clothing) and ways of their scientific improvements will be presented.

More about Doc. Inga Lyashenko

Alexey Katashev, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering (Latvia)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Smart textile and other technologies for motion capture and posture assessment

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life – Hand/limb locomotion capture by smart textile sensor. Hysteresis compensation methods

Methods, used to capture human shape and motion. Medical / industrial applications of motion capture. Smart textile sensors and their applications for motion capture.

More about Prof. Alexey Katashev

Alexander Schwock, Dr. of Electro Technique in Civil Engineering (Germany)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Plasma Technologies and an overview of their applications

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life – Cross-sectoral applications of plasma technologies for environment protection

The plasma technology lecture gives a short overview about plasma technologies and its industrial application. In a short exercise the students should develop and present a project idea of using plasma technologies for environmental application. After the analysis of the exercise some real application of plasma technologies for environmental application will be presented.

More about Dr. Alexander Schwock

Röbbe Wünschiers, Prof. of Biology (Germany)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Nonlinear Life from a biological point of view

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life: Designing Cells – Gene technology and more

The history of living organisms can be tracked for the past 3.2 billion years – due to its linearity. This led Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902) to formulate: «omnis cellula e cellula». In 2010, Craig Venter claimed to have created the first synthetic cell «whose parent is a computer», thus interrupting progeny. With current progress in synthetic biology more new-to-nature organisms can be expected or even become normality. I will present and intend to trigger thoughts about biotechnological hopes and societal fears connected to biologically nonlinear life.

More about Prof. Röbbe Wünschiers

Dmitrijs Pikulins, Asoc. Prof. of Electronics and Telecommunications (Latvia)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Nonlinear Dynamics and chaos- mathematical abstraction or practically relevant phenomena?

The lecture covers the basics of nonlinear dynamics, including some specific features of chaotic modes of operation. The application of innovative approach – Method of Complete Bifurcation Groups – to the dynamics of widely used electronic systems is examined. The practical applicability and relevance of nonlinear methodologies to real life problems is discussed.

More about Prof. Dmitrijs Pikulins

Jekaterina Erenpreisa, Prof. of Biology (Latvia)

Lecture #1 @ Nonlinear Life: Challenging linear causality in biology: a clash between genetic dogma and self-organization - Where is a compromise?

Lecture #2 @ Nonlinear Life: Adaptation to stress as a key to evolution and cancer. Can we tame it?

«There is no a single example of linear causality in biology if we see beyond our short-sighted experiments». This understanding is heralding the Systems Biology of the 21st century. It is not easy to percept after Newton’s mechanics that the living systems adapt by exploration using both programmed and chaotic regulations for their fate change. How this is embedded in the genome and works in reality? What is cancer? Can we saddle it up? How to plan and carry out the experiments?

More about Prof. Jekaterina Erenpreisa

Indra Surkova, MSc. in Medical Physics (Latvia)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Medical Physics in oncology-practical point of view

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life: QA in radiotherapy - group brainstorming

Everyday work and responsibilities of medical physicist in radiotherapy department, modern radiotherapy techniques and the main challenges to improve the quality of treatment procedures, another perspective of 1 mm sizes regarding human health. Practical brainstorming – safety barriers in radiotherapy.

More about MSc. Indra Surkova

Yuri Dekhtyar, Prof. of Nanomedicine (Latvia)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Is nanomedicine just a fad or is it a necessary approach to improving medical technologies?

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life: Nanomedicine progress – brainstorming

The nanomedicine approach has Hippocrates philosophical roots. Nanoobjects, their design and corresponding properties, as well applications for medicine are reviewed.

More about Prof. Yuri Dekhtyar

Summer School «Animation World»

For those, who are swept away by possibility to brighten up your drawn fantasies to life in 2D and 3D world, Riga Technical University offers the Summer Camp «Animation World»!

The Summer School is an introduction to the entire process of animation: drawing sessions, character design, cinematic storytelling, object animation, opportunity to work with editing, space, timing, cut-out and stop motion, interaction and 3D modelling programmes. It combines the creative and technical aspects of 2D and 3D animation with information about today’s animation industry.

Programme
Academic Objectives

  • Increase students’ knowledge of the entire process of animation and visual narrative.
  • Improve the students’ knowledge, practical skills and techniques in
  • Identify the basic principles of traditional animations and generate a short 2D animated film.
  • Create traditional and simple animation and then re-create it in 3D world.
  • Give and insight into modern trends of animation (world examples of animation).
Summer School «Woodcraft and Art Summer School»

Students from all over the world who are interested in wooden design are welcome to join the «Woodcraft and Art Summer School» taking place in Riga and Ligatne (Latvia) from 14–25 August 2017 organized by the Institute of Design Technologies of the Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry and the International Relations Department of Riga Technical University that is at present is the largest university in Latvia and gathers nearly 15 000 students at nine faculties in various study programmes. It is an internationally recognized university complying with European standards.

Topic

This summer school will provide you with knowledge in wood design, materials, technology, compounds and skills of wooden product manufacturing. You will also get a closer look at Latvia through introduction of traditional woodcraft objects closely linked to Latvian lifestyle and traditions. Participants’ accomplishments in the previous year was a proof that there are no limits to our creativity and that the joy of creating handmade things cannot be measured. This time for you will not only learn about the wooden design, you will also get to know people from all over the world and enjoy the beautiful nature of Latvia.

Summer School «Climate ChangED - contributing to reducing Climate Change with research and education»

June 26 – July 4, 2017/ Riga/Latvia

Institute of Energy Systems and Environment in cooperation with Foreign Students Department of Riga Technical University welcome students from all over the world interested in sustainable development, innovative climate technologies, bio-economy, renewable energy resources, production and consumption of energy and diffusion of innovation to participate at the International Summer School «Climate ChangED - contributing to reducing Climate Change with research and education».

Energy security, regional development, resilience of systems plays larger role in 21st century than ever before. Even more - sustainability and clean environment should be part of the systems; therefore, climate technologies are becoming more dominant solution. During the Summer School you will gain expertise on how to develop 100% renewable energy systems for better tomorrow.

Institute of Energy Systems and Environment (IESE) of RTU is the leading scientific institution in Latvia, which deals with environmental engineering studies. The IESE is working under close connection with industry, government and other research centres.

Summer School «Intensive English»

The English Language Intensive Summer School has been designed to develop participant’s English language knowledge, improve communication skills and grammatical accuracy of speech. The course is provided by native speakers and professional academic staff of Riga Technical University, Institute of Applied Linguistics.

International RTU environment is a perfect place to study the English Language. Staying abroad for three weeks will encourage participants to speak English as it might be the only language you will able to communicate with other students and locals.

RTU Intensive English Summer School is designed to keep the main focus on the active learning of the language allowing for rapid progress of communication skills.

Programme

Every morning participants will have English lessons (20 hours per week) with our experienced and qualified native English speaking lecturers. In the afternoon summer school students will participate in fun activities to practice their English socially. These include sports, cultural and entertainment activities.

Combined with sports, activity-packed afternoons and entertaining evenings, you are sure to pick up the language fast and make new friends in the process!

Summer School «The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design. Islands in the Stream: Bridging Neighbourhoods»

Riga Technical University has gathered long experience in organizing Summer Schools for the students of Architecture and related fields. The first Summer School was held in 2003, and since that every year Riga Technical University has welcomed active and creative students from the country and abroad for brainstorming and creating ideas as well as for building items and modelling public activities with the aim to increase public interest in diverse usage of spaces and gathering experiences how to achieve this. Thematic challenges of the Summer Schools have moved from direct focus on problematic issues in Riga Historic Centre as the UNESCO World Heritage Site to more diverse urban studies in neighbourhoods of Riga and other towns all over Latvia. Participants of the Summer Schools have worked in divided town of Valka-Valga on the Latvian-Estonian border, former military base and campus in Liepāja on the Baltic coast and since 2012 has found the location in medieval town of Cēsis in Midland Latvia. Since that year important support in the organization of the Summer Schools was given by FOLD, interactive platform where among the founders and active participants are the alumni of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning.

In 2014 Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning started participation in the series of Summer Schools The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design initiated by Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. Within this initiative the followin

Summer Schools have been held in different cities with the following focuses on:
2014 – Amsterdam. Old Ambitions, New Conditions
2015 – Istanbul. Living Together
2016 – Porto. Between Social and Design Concept
This year it is Riga’s turn to host the Summer School with the focus on:
2017 – Riga. Islands in the Stream: Bridging Neighbourhoods

The Summer School is primarily addressing the schools – participants in the previous series of The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design. At the same time Summer School is open to new participants – students of Architecture and Design, Urbanism, Landscape Architecture, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and other related fields – in order to promote creative and multi-disciplinary approach to the formation of urban environment to define identity of places and spaces and discuss and propose guidelines for their further development.

Summer Schools 2016

International Summer School «A Journey Beyond the Traditional Wooden Craft and Art» 

From 21 till 28 August 2016 RTU Institute of Design Technologies in cooperation with International Relations Department organized the summer school A Journey Beyond the Traditional Wooden Craft and Art.

Since ancient times wooden craft has been an inherent element of the Latvian lifestyle. In Latvia, woodwork has always been used to organize living environment, as work tools and an essential element of landscape design. Technologies that survived through centuries allowed creating the objects that fascinate the viewers for thousands years. These technologies can still be used to meet the needs of the contemporary society in terms of quality and quantity. Therefore, the aim of the summer school is to let participants learn about modern and ancient wood craft tools and use them to create unique design objects.

Students developed skills in working with wood processing work benches treating timber on the premises of the Institute of Design Technologies. As a result, students could design unique divisible articles. During a three-day field session in the Vienkoču Park in Ligatne students could develop skills in working with hand woodwork tools, processing wooden logs. As a result, wooden troughs and tableware were cut from logs. 

Summer Schools 2015

International Summer School «Ticket to the Future 2015» 

The summer school Ticket to the Future organized by RTU VASSI and International Relations Department took place from 17 till 28 August 2015. 22 students from 8 different countries – Germany, Italy, France, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Nigeria, and Mexico – participated in the work of the school.

Students of the summer school addressed the topical issue of sustainable development, as well as such issues as energy security, regional development and climate technologies. The participants supplemented theoretical knowledge gained with practical experience. Students attended different enterprises and establishments in Latvia and discussed the role of the principles of sustainable development in the work of these enterprises with company representatives. In order to get a comprehensive picture of sustainable development principles and their application in Latvia, participants of the summer school visited such Latvian towns as Jurmala, Rezekne and Kraslava. Students could practically apply the knowledge gained drafting proposals for design of sustainable development strategy of the town of Kraslava.

Along with studies, students participated in various activities that let them learn about Latvia and its culture, enjoy Latvian nature, food and Latvian folk dancing.

Participant feedback:

  • We had a full timetable, but I liked it – everything was structured and exciting!
  • It is very inspiring to have young lecturers!
  • I am very happy that we could have a view of this beautiful country.
  • Thank you for organizing such an amazing event.
  • I would do it again!
Summer Schools 2014

International Summer School «BaSoTi 2014» 

From 21 July till 4 August 2014 RTU in cooperation with the University of Rostock (Germany) organized 10th international summer university Baltic Summer School Technical Informatics & Information Technology 2014, which united 35 student majoring in informatics, computer science and electrical engineering from 19 countries. The aim of the event was to prepare students for their studies at Master and Doctoral programs in computer science and information technologies in Germany.

International Summer School «Clothing Design and High Tech 2014» 

From 17 to 30 August 2014 the Institute of Technology and Design of Textile Materials of the Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry in cooperation with International Relations Department organized international summer school Clothing Design and High Tech, which welcomed 24 students from 13 countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Syria.

Foreign and local students acquired traditional silk painting and batik printing techniques, created sketches of clothing collections, conducted experiments on integrating electronic elements into textiles and developed basic skills in working with a 3D anthropometric scanner, specialized software and smart textiles. The participants could reinforce their theoretical knowledge during practical group work. The students had the opportunity to go through all product design stages starting with sketch design and finishing with product manufacturing. The ideas developed in the working groups were presented at the exhibition. The invited field experts expressed their opinion about student ideas and opportunities to practically implement them.

In addition to their studies, participants went on trips outside Riga – to the towns of Jurmala and Valmiera, they also visited the Vienkoču Park in Ligatne, thus raising their awareness about Latvia.

Summer Schools 2021