Science life. Proceedings of LAS. Section A. Vol. 75 (1), 2021

Welcoming address of Ivars Kalviņš, President of the LAS, on the Academy Day and 75th anniverrsary of the foundation of LAS

Ivars Kalviņš

In his congratulations on the Academy Day and on the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the LAS, the President of the LAS Ivars Kalviņš announces that the LAS management has decided to implement measures throughout the year dedicated to the review of the past and future plans of the LAS. He thanks his colleagues at the LAS for their work in science and promotion of the growth of the LAS, and believes that together and each individual member of the academy will be able to contribute so that children and grandchildren can live in a country where the common good is no less important tha individual welfare.

Quo vadis the Latvian Academy of Sciences – 75?

Ivars Kalviņš

The article summarizes thoughts of the LAS President Ivars Kalviņš on the organisation’s past and future. He recalls that in the past the Academy of Sciences was formed as a leading scientific institution, which included not only individual members of the academy, but also strong scientific institutes and a well-developed innovation infrastructure. In 1992, the Academy of Sciences was transformed into an elite personal association of scientists. I. Kalviņš analyses the impact of the change of the role of the Academy of Sciences on its further development.

Moments in the exhibition “Running in circle”

Edvarda Šmite

The author of the article dwells on a joint exhibition of the family of artists, Izabella Krolle, Gunārs Krollis, Inguna Krolle-Irbe, and Madara Māra Irbe, in Madona town in early November. The article includes not only the author’s assessment of the exhibition, but also reflections and comments by the authors of the works on display.

Medieval Livonia — distant and close

Ieva Ose

Between 2017 and 2019, marking the 100th aniversary of Latvia, a programme funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia enabled the National Library of Latvia, in cooperation with the Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia, to organise a cycle of conferences entitled “Country Before the State”, dedicated to our country’s history. The second conference, held in Riga on 7–9 December 2017, was dedicated to medieval Livonia, and the collection of reports delivered during this conference appeared at the end of 2019 as the first edition in the planned series of conference articles. The collection is titled Medieval Livonia and Its Historical Heritage and it was compiled by three Latvian historians of the Middle Ages — Andris Levāns, Ilgvars Misāns, and Gustavs Strenga. The edition is available both in a printed form — as a paperbound book, and in a digital form on the Internet (

Feedback on the book by Saulvedis Cimermanis “Rural construction in the lanscape of Latvia”

Mārtiņš Kuplais

The main custodian of the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum Dr.hist. Mārtiņš Kuplais elaborates on the recently published book “Rural construction in the landscape of Latvia” by the prominent Latvian ethnographer Saulvedis Cimermanis. The book summarizes the results of long-term research: a reflection on the formation of the Latvian cultural landscape in the period of about 1000 years until the 21st century and a detailed assessment of the set of elements that can be defined as “rural construction”.

On Ilgonis Bersons’ book “Imprints of time”

Raita Karnīte

On Proceedings of LAS. Section A. Vol. 74 (4), 2020 the article “Ilgonis Bērsons and his time” was published. This article provides answers to the concerns of the author of the book.