Lecture on water quality research by Rector Tālis Juhna to open «RTU Academic Readings» series

24th of January
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On 31 January, a lecture on water quality research «Microbes Dynamics in Urban Water Cycle: from P to Covid-19» by the Rector of Riga Technical University (RTU), Tālis Juhna, will open the series of events «RTU Academic Readings». From this year onwards, public lectures will be held regularly, once a month, to enable academics to pass on their knowledge capital and experience to younger colleagues and students, as well as to facilitate the exchange of ideas and discussions on current developments in different fields of science.

Water quality research is one of the most important research areas at RTU. Academician T. Juhna, together with colleagues at the Institute of Water Systems and Biotechnology, regularly monitors the quality of drinking water and wastewater and develops new technologies for water treatment. In his lecture «Microbes Dynamics in Urban Water Cycle: from P to Covid-19», he will talk about the challenges that researchers are looking for the most effective solutions to and the methods that help ensure good water quality.

The lecture will take place on 31 January, 16.00-17.30 at RTU Science and Innovation Centre, Ķīpsalas iela 6A, 2nd floor hall «The Moon».

The presentation will be in English so that international students and colleagues can actively participate. Participation is free of charge and prior registration is not required.

Programme of future «RTU Academic Readings»: 

  • On 28 February, Academician Leonīds Ribickis will give a talk on how power electronics has influenced the development of technology in the 21st century;
  • On 20 March, Academician Jānis Grundspeņķis will stimulate a discussion on the development of artificial intelligence; 
  • On 14 April, academician Jānis Krastiņš will present the heritage of Art Nouveau architecture in Latvia; 
  • On 20 May, a presentation by academician Māris Knite will provide insights into the development of smart materials;
  • On 25 September, Academician Jurijs Dehtjars will focus on current developments in biomedical research.

The RTU Council of Academicians is a consultative body open to all current and former academicians and corresponding members of the Latvian Academy of Sciences working at RTU. It was established to provide an opportunity for academics to express their views and share their experience. So far, the Council of RTU Academics has mainly worked to make recommendations to the RTU management for improving the quality of studies, mainly for improving the study content in mathematics, physics and chemistry.

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