Priority Directions in Science
The 4th World Congress of Latvian Scientists

The Latvian policy of science and technology sets out the long term goal – transition from labor-consuming economy to knowledge-based economy. By 2020 the government aims at a 1.5% GDP funding for research and development, with half of the investments coming from the private sector.

We develop our scientific potential on the basis of the existing scientific traditions, particularly in organic chemistry, medical chemistry, genetic engineering, physics, materials science and information technologies. The highest number of inventions, which are patented both nationwide and abroad, are made in the branch of medical chemistry. In November 2012 for the first time the prestigious "Advanced Grant" by the European Research Council was awarded for the project "Methods for Quantum Computing" to a Latvian researcher – Professor Andris Ambainis from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Computing.

As suggests the study by international experts, conducted by the Ministry in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers, Latvia features 15 internationally acclaimed scientific institutions. Structural reforms taken up by the Ministry aim at raising the competitiveness and innovation capacity through consolidation of R&D resources, paired with strategic investments in infrastructure and human resources.

Priority areas of the upcoming years are: environment, climate change and energy; innovative and repaired materials, smart specialisation; public health; research and sustainable usage of local resources; sustainable development of state and society; letonika (Latvian studies).


Smart Specialisation Strategy

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