Wednesday 14 March 2012

Baltic Conference in London April 20th

I'm presenting at a conference on the Baltic States in London on April 20th. If you'd like to attend here is the registration link:

Here's the provisional programme:

Economics, Security, Culture

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Institute of Archaeology Lecture Theatre, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY

Friday 20th April 2012

The sixth symposium in a series sponsored by:
Embassy of the Republic of Estonia, Embassy of the Republic of Latvia,
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Baltic Council in Great Britain,
UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

08.30-09.15     Registration

09.15-09.30       Introduction – housekeeping information
09.30-10.00          KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Chair:                    HE Ms Aino Lepik von Wirén, Estonian Ambassador        to London
Keynote Speaker:   Prof Andres Kasekamp, Tartu University
                                    Director, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, Tallinn                                                                                         
10.00-11.30     BALTIC TIGERS?

Chair:   Prof Slavo Radosevic, UCL-SSEES
Panel:   Prof Petras Baršauskas, Dean, Kaunas University of Technology
Universities’ of Technology role in creating innovation driven economies
            Dr Richard Connolly, Lecturer, Birmingham University                     
                        High technology exports from the Baltic economies
            Kalle Killar, Executive Alternate Director,
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London
Baltic Tigers are back but are they ready for the challenges ahead?
Daniels Pavluts, Minister, Ministry for Economics, Riga        
11.30-11.45                      Tea/coffee


Chair:   Dr Peter Duncan, UCL-SSEES
Panel:   Andis Kudors, Executive Director, Centre for East European Policy Studies, Riga                             Securitization of culture: Russian foreign policy toward Latvia
            Dr Margarita Šešelgytė, Studies Director,
Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University
                        Strategic cultures of the Baltic States              
            Romas Švedas, Security Consultant, Vilnius
                        Energy security           

13.15-14.30          Buffet lunch in SSEES Masaryk Senior Common Room
16 Taviton Street, 4th floor


Chair:   Dr Robin Aizlewood, Director, UCL-SSEES
Panel:   Dr Paul Jordan, Research Assistant, Cardiff University
The Eurovision Song Contest: Nation branding and nation building in Estonia 
            Dr Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, Director, Lithuanian Literature and Folklore Institute, Vilnius               Literature and Lithuania’s social transformations since the 1990s
Rolands Lappuķe, Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Riga   
            The Latvian diaspora – past and future

16.00-16.15          Tea/coffee

16.15-17.45          NEW DIRECTIONS

Chair:   Dr Allan Sikk, UCL-SSEES                
Panel:   Tadas Jucikas, Cambridge University
Creating healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical translational research and enterprise opportunities in the Baltics
            Kärg Kama, St Catherine’s College, Oxford
                           Energy governance in Estonia
            Tauri Tuvikene, University College London
Post-socialism and state-phobia: the challenges of regulating car parking in Tallinn

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