Inaugural lecture by Peter Hwang “The Rise of Asia and Differences of Management Styles between East and West”

11 hours 9 minutes ago
22.11.2017 On November 22 at 16.15, UT Professor of Asian Economy Peter Hwang will deliver his inaugural lecture in the University of Tartu assembly hall. The lecture deals with the rise of Asia and differences in Eastern and Western management styles.  The economic and political capabilities and importance of Asian countries, especially China, has been on the rise in the world.  This forces the current leading countries in the Western world to constantly put in more effort to stay in competition with Asian countries in terms of their rising production capabilities and ability to find innovative solutions.  The lecture will discuss the fast progress of China’s economic rise and the management issues supporting the rise. “In what ways are the management styles different in the East and West?  What influence do they have on the economy, entrepreneurship and business culture in general? How it all connects to a deeper cultural background, differences between Eastern and Western cultures?” says Professor Hwang to describe the topics discussed.  Peter Hwang is from Taiwan, where he started to pursue higher education. He defended his doctoral thesis at Michigan State University, USA, in 1988, and from 1988 to 1999, he worked as associate professor in the City University of New York, in the National Taiwan University and in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Professor Hwang has also been a Dean and Professor for the School of Business of Sampoerna University (Indonesia) and Chairman of the Board for Yangzhou Bulb Group (China). In the spring of 2017, Peter Hwang was elected as Professor of Asian Economy in the University of Tartu. Professor Hwang’s work in Tartu is supported by the University of Tartu’s ASTRA project PER ASPERA and financed by the European Regional Development Fund. All are welcome to the inaugural lecture. Live webcast and later viewing of the recording is available on UTTV.  Additional information: Kady Sõstar, Senior Specialist for Protocol, International Cooperation Unit, 511 9188, kady.sostar [ät] ut.ee Category: StudiesPress release
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Hackathon uses data to make an impact on society

1 week 5 days ago
10.11.2017

On Friday, November 10, a 48-hour "Social Impact Data Hack 2017" will begin at the University of Tartu, which explores the possibilities of contributing to society by using big data from various public institutions and private enterprises.

The datathon, organised in cooperation with the UT Institute of Computer Science and the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, aims to identify social problems, raise awareness, untangle myths and fallacies and provide potential solutions to issues in the society by means of data analysis and machine learning. Marlon Dumas, one of the organisers of the event and Professor in Information Systems, explains the focus of the hackathon: “We keep hearing that data is power. Companies use it to gain competitive advantage in all kinds of businesses. Why not use it to benefit society?”

Over 20 social ideas will be pitched at the hackathon. These include, for example, issues of child welfare, monitoring of crowdsourced processes, analysis of court cases data, predicting the election results, and automated discovery of corruption cases. The participants choose among the ideas and start developing them until Sunday when the results are presented and winners announced.

The hackathon brings together about 200 data and computer scientists, journalists, economists, political scientists, as well as other students and experts. Social Impact Data Hack 2017 is supported by the H2020 grant SoBigData research infrastructure.

For more information, please visit the website of the hackathon and the Facebook event.

Additional information: Marlon Dumas, Professor in Information Systems, 56377557, marlon.dumas [ät] ut.ee

Category: International
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

International community discusses cybersecurity in Tartu

2 weeks ago
08.11.2017

On  November 8-10, Tartu hosts the Nordic Conference on Secure IT Systems, which brings together experts from different parts of the world.

NordSec is an annual research conference series of the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia), addressing topics of data security. The conference papers are published by the renowned Springer publishing company. Three keynote speakers have been invited: Prof. Aggelos Kiayias of the University of Edinburgh, who speaks about blockchain; Senior Research Fellow Ilya Mironov of Google, whose topic is privacy in machine learning; and Senior Research Fellow Dario Fiore of IMDEA Software Institute, who speaks about authentication of computing. The conference has eighteen subtopics in which authors introduce their research.

This year’s conference brings researchers to Tartu to discuss cybersecurity, cryptography and privacy. The conference is organised in rotation and Estonia is the organiser in every sixth year. “Previously, NordSec has been held in Tartu in 2005 and in Tallinn in 2011. This time it is held in Tartu again, namely because a large community of our cryptography specialists work here,” explains the general chair of the conference, UT Lead Research Fellow of Cryptography Helger Lipmaa.

The three-day conference is held at Dorpat Convention Centre and convenes more than 50 scientists from the USA, Japan, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and several other countries. The organising committee is led by UT associate professor Raimundas Matulevičius.

Additional information: Helger Lipmaa, General Chair, 5333 0233, helger.lipmaa [ät] ut.ee

Category: Research
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

21 research institutions signed the research integrity agreement

2 weeks 1 day ago
07.11.2017

On 1 November, Estonian universities, research institutions, the Estonian Research Council and the Ministry of Education and Research signed the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement.

By joining the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement, the research institutions confirmed that they respect the main values of research and the principles of action described in the text of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity finalized in 2017 in cooperation between Estonian research institutions, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, the Estonian Research Council, and the Ministry of Education and Research.

 Professor Margit Sutrop, Head of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, said that we are still at the beginning of a long road ahead. Every research institution retains the right to decide how to raise its members’ awareness of these principles, how to ensure their observance and how to establish procedural rules for dealing with cases of misconduct. “Now, when the document is finally signed, it is necessary to think how research institutions, individually or in cooperation, could help researchers in practice so that they would have the best conditions for doing their work in an ethically appropriate way. The institutions must also be ready to deal with possible cases of misconduct,” Professor Sutrop explained.

As of today, 21 research institutions have signed the the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement and by signing have agreed to follow the code. In addition, the Estonian Research Council and the Ministry of Education and Research also signed the agreement.

 

The Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement was signed by

Bio-Competence Centre of Healthy Dairy Products LLC

Cybernetica AS

Competence Center of Food and Fermentation Technology

Estonian Academy of Arts

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Estonian Biocentre

Estonian Business School

Estonian Crop Research Institute

Estonian Literary Museum

Estonian National Museum

Estonian University of Life Sciences

Institute of the Estonian Language

National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics

National Institute of Health and Development

Software Technology and Applications Competence Center

Tallinn University

Tallinn University of Technology

The Competence Centre on Health Technologies

Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences

University of Tartu, including Tartu Observatory

Estonian Research Council

Ministry of Education and Research

 

The proposal to sign the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement was made to all 22 positively evaluated research and development institutions in Estonia. The names of all the signatories will be published alongside the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement on the homepage of the Estonian Research Council. 

Additional information: Margit Sutrop, Head of centre for Ethics, margit.sutrop [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

University of Tartu celebrates the Day of Gustavus Adolphus

2 weeks 5 days ago
03.11.2017

On Monday, 6 November, the University of Tartu celebrates the Day of Gustavus Adolphus, the King of Sweden and founder of the university of Tartu, and the 385th anniversary of Academia Gustaviana. The programme includes lectures, a Baroque concert and an exhibition.

“The traditional Day of Gustavus Adolphus emphasises the importance of education, aspiration for higher ideals and cooperation. These important principles of the Universitas have remained essentially the same over the centuries,” said Kristina Mullamaa, head of the UT Department of Scandinavian Studies.

At 14:00, the exhibition “Travellers’ portraits” is opened in Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies (Lossi 36).

At 15:00, professor of literature at Uppsala University and director of Uppsala University Library Lars Burman delivers a lecture “From cottages to great palaces. Four careers in the 17th century“. This is followed by a lecture by Kristi Viiding, senior research fellow of Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, “Shaping history through poetry: Friedrich Menius' Latin and German epicedia for Gustavus Adolphus”. The lectures take place at Jakobi 2-114.

At 17:20, flowers are placed at Johan Skytte monument on Toomemägi and at the monument of Gustav II Adolf near the university’s main building.

The day ends with the Baroque music concert, which starts at 18:00 in the assembly hall. The programme “Queen Christina of Sweden and her time. Musical bridges in the 17th-century Europe” is performed by Pirjo Jonas (soprano) and a Baroque music ensemble including Meelis Orgse (baroque viola), Villu Vihermäe (viola da gamba, baroque cello), Kristo Käo (theorbo, baroque quitar). Brilliant music by Corelli, Monteverdi, Purcell, Baltzar and other Baroque composers will be played. The concert is free for all.

Celebrations of the Day of Gustavus Adolphus and the 385th anniversary of Academia Gustaviana are organised by the University of Tartu, UT Department of Scandinavian Studies, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden to Estonia and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia.

Additional information: Kady Sõstar, UT Senior Specialist for Protocol, 511 9188, kady.sostar [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement signed

3 weeks 1 day ago
31.10.2017

On November 1st, at the international symposium in Tallinn (Suur-Ameerika 1), Estonian research institutions and the Estonian Research Council will sign the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement. The symposium is organised by the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu in cooperation with the European Commission, the Ministry of Education and Research, and the Estonian Research Council.

By joining the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement, the research institutions confirm that they respect the main values of research and the principles of action described in the text of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity finalised in 2017 in cooperation between Estonian research institutions, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, the Estonian Research Council, and the Ministry of Education and Research. Every research institution retains the right to decide how to raise its members’ awareness of these principles, how to ensure their observance and how to establish procedural rules for dealing with cases of misconduct.

Before signing the agreement, Estonian research and development institutions finalised the content of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity during a national feedback round. “Lively discussion has shown that different research disciplines and research institutions still have different understandings of what is permitted and what is not,” Professor Margit Sutrop, Head of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, said. “Joint drafting of the document enabled us to compare and to unify these understandings; during the last round of consultations there were more than 100 suggestions for improvement.”

The Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity differs from the Code of Ethics for Estonian Researchers adopted in 2002, as the current document describes both individual researchers’ and research institutions’ responsibilities. Therefore, it is especially important that the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement is signed namely by research institutions, who recognise their responsibility for ensuring the integrity of research.

As Professor Margit Sutrop said, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission has called the Estonian initiative to conclude the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement between all research institutions exemplary. “Signing the Agreement at the seminar of the Forum of National Ethics Councils taking place in Tallinn is not an accident. Thereby, the European Commission wishes to encourage other European states to follow the Estonian example.”

The proposal to sign the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement was made to all positively evaluated research and development institutions in Estonia. The names of all the signatories will be published alongside the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement on the homepage of the Estonian Research Council. “Once the document is signed, it is necessary to think how research institutions, individually or in cooperation, could help researchers in practice so that they would have the best conditions for doing their work in an ethically appropriate way. The institutions must also be ready to deal with possible cases of misconduct,” Professor Sutrop explained.

The signing ceremony of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement will take place on 1 November 2017 at the international research integrity symposium Research integrity: individual and collective responsibility in the building of four ministries (Suur-Ameerika 1). The symposium is organised as a part of the 22nd Forum of National Ethics Councils (NEC).

The seminar programme: http://www.eetika.ee/et/workshop-research-integrity-individual-and-collective-responsibility

The full text of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity: http://www.eetika.ee/et/estonian-code-conduct-research-integrity

The Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity has been created as a framework document that provides guidelines to all Estonian research institutions and the researchers working there. The Estonian Research Council initiated the creation of the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity early in 2016 by forming a work group that included representatives from the Ministry of Education and Research, the Estonian Research Council, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, and research institutions. The Estonian Research Council entrusted the drafting of the text to the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, which had already started preparing the research integrity document for the University of Tartu; therefore, the two initiatives were combined.

Additional information:

Professor Margit Sutrop

Head of the Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu

margit.sutrop [ät] ut.ee

 

Andres Koppel

Director General of the Estonian Research Council

andres.koppel [ät] etag.ee
 

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement signed

3 weeks 1 day ago
31.10.2017

On November 1st, at the international symposium in Tallinn (Suur-Ameerika 1), Estonian research institutions and the Estonian Research Council will sign the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement. The symposium is organised by the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu in cooperation with the European Commission, the Ministry of Education and Research, and the Estonian Research Council.

By joining the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement, the research institutions confirm that they respect the main values of research and the principles of action described in the text of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity finalised in 2017 in cooperation between Estonian research institutions, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, the Estonian Research Council, and the Ministry of Education and Research. Every research institution retains the right to decide how to raise its members’ awareness of these principles, how to ensure their observance and how to establish procedural rules for dealing with cases of misconduct.

Before signing the agreement, Estonian research and development institutions finalised the content of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity during a national feedback round. “Lively discussion has shown that different research disciplines and research institutions still have different understandings of what is permitted and what is not,” Professor Margit Sutrop, Head of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, said. “Joint drafting of the document enabled us to compare and to unify these understandings; during the last round of consultations there were more than 100 suggestions for improvement.”

The Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity differs from the Code of Ethics for Estonian Researchers adopted in 2002, as the current document describes both individual researchers’ and research institutions’ responsibilities. Therefore, it is especially important that the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement is signed namely by research institutions, who recognise their responsibility for ensuring the integrity of research.

As Professor Margit Sutrop said, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission has called the Estonian initiative to conclude the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement between all research institutions exemplary. “Signing the Agreement at the seminar of the Forum of National Ethics Councils taking place in Tallinn is not an accident. Thereby, the European Commission wishes to encourage other European states to follow the Estonian example.”

The proposal to sign the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement was made to all positively evaluated research and development institutions in Estonia. The names of all the signatories will be published alongside the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement on the homepage of the Estonian Research Council. “Once the document is signed, it is necessary to think how research institutions, individually or in cooperation, could help researchers in practice so that they would have the best conditions for doing their work in an ethically appropriate way. The institutions must also be ready to deal with possible cases of misconduct,” Professor Sutrop explained.

The signing ceremony of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement will take place on 1 November 2017 at the international research integrity symposium Research integrity: individual and collective responsibility in the building of four ministries (Suur-Ameerika 1). The symposium is organised as a part of the 22nd Forum of National Ethics Councils (NEC).

The seminar programme: http://www.eetika.ee/et/workshop-research-integrity-individual-and-collective-responsibility

The full text of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity: http://www.eetika.ee/et/estonian-code-conduct-research-integrity

The Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity has been created as a framework document that provides guidelines to all Estonian research institutions and the researchers working there. The Estonian Research Council initiated the creation of the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity early in 2016 by forming a work group that included representatives from the Ministry of Education and Research, the Estonian Research Council, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, and research institutions. The Estonian Research Council entrusted the drafting of the text to the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, which had already started preparing the research integrity document for the University of Tartu; therefore, the two initiatives were combined.

Additional information:

Professor Margit Sutrop

Head of the Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu

margit.sutrop [ät] ut.ee

 

Andres Koppel

Director General of the Estonian Research Council

andres.koppel [ät] etag.ee
 

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

International recognition to computer science at the University of Tartu

3 weeks 2 days ago
30.10.2017

The University of Tartu was one of the two Central and Eastern European universities to enter the Times Higher Education Rankings table in computer science. In computer science, UT is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world. Furthermore, the head of Institute of Computer Science Prof. Jaak Vilo was elected as the board member of Informatics Europe.

The British journal Times Higher Education has compiled rankings that are considered the most reputable and influential in the world since 2004. Last week THE published the ranking of the 300 best universities engaged in computer science, in which the first 200 are ranked individually, and the rest are grouped in bands of 50. The University of Tartu was placed in the 201–250 range.

In the current rankings, computer science is the UT’s highest-ranked specialisation. To compile the table, THE employs 13 performance indicators, which describe learning environment, research influence, volume of research, academic reputation, income, innovation and international outlook.

While the University of Tartu has been among the top 500 universities in the overall rankings for several years already, UT computer science reached the THE subject ranking for the first time, being one of the two EU Central and Eastern European universities beside the Warsaw University to have made it to the table. The top three in the table are Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from the USA and the University of Oxford from the United Kingdom.

According to vice rector for research Kristjan Vassil, UT deserves comparison with Western European and North American universities: “The University of Tartu’s place in the computer science ranking is impressive, just after Uppsala University and on the same level with the Universities of Bern, Bergen, Essex and Washington State University. This clearly shows that in IT specialisations, our university is the leader in the region, and globally competitive.”

“A high place in the rankings is a recognition to the people of the UT Institute of Computer Science, but also sets high expectations to future development and investments. In addition to the fundamental IT specialisation, graduates and research studies are also needed in interdisciplinary fields, such as digital transformations, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Reseach groups in these fields have already been formed in the Institute, but a boost is possible only with the involvement of adequate financing and human capital,” Vassil added.

The high level of computer science at UT has also gained attention elsewhere in Europe. Last week the head of the UT Institute of Computer Science Prof. Jaak Vilo was elected the board member of Informatics Europe, the association of institutes of computer science and IT faculties of European universities.

Informatics Europe currently joins 120 European universities to promote high-quality education, research and knowledge transfer in the field of computer science in Europe. From Estonia, the Informatics Europe network includes the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology, who have had long-term intensive cooperation in promoting top-level research and education in computer science.

Prof. Jaak Vilo explained the role and effect of computer science, “Computer science, known under various names in both English and Estonian, is an extremely broad field of science dealing mainly with topics related with computers, networks, information systems and software. Today, computer science has grown into an important and extensive discipline next to physics, mathematics, biology and others. In addition, computer science has an ever-growing impact on all other specialisations – from the phenomena of internet and social media to data acquisition, data management and analysis.”

THE rankings can be found on the Times Higher Education website.

Informatics Europe

www.informatics-europe.org

Additional information: Jaak Vilo, UT Head of the Institute of Computer Science, 504 9365, jaak.vilo [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

Category: Press release
Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

International recognition to computer science at the University of Tartu

3 weeks 2 days ago
30.10.2017

The University of Tartu was one of the two Central and Eastern European universities to enter the Times Higher Education Rankings table in computer science. In computer science, UT is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world. Furthermore, the head of Institute of Computer Science Prof. Jaak Vilo was elected as the board member of Informatics Europe.

The British journal Times Higher Education has compiled rankings that are considered the most reputable and influential in the world since 2004. Last week THE published the ranking of the 300 best universities engaged in computer science, in which the first 200 are ranked individually, and the rest are grouped in bands of 50. The University of Tartu was placed in the 201–250 range.

In the current rankings, computer science is the UT’s highest-ranked specialisation. To compile the table, THE employs 13 performance indicators, which describe learning environment, research influence, volume of research, academic reputation, income, innovation and international outlook.

While the University of Tartu has been among the top 500 universities in the overall rankings for several years already, UT computer science reached the THE subject ranking for the first time, being one of the two EU Central and Eastern European universities beside the Warsaw University to have made it to the table. The top three in the table are Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from the USA and the University of Oxford from the United Kingdom.

According to vice rector for research Kristjan Vassil, UT deserves comparison with Western European and North American universities: “The University of Tartu’s place in the computer science ranking is impressive, just after Uppsala University and on the same level with the Universities of Bern, Bergen, Essex and Washington State University. This clearly shows that in IT specialisations, our university is the leader in the region, and globally competitive.”

“A high place in the rankings is a recognition to the people of the UT Institute of Computer Science, but also sets high expectations to future development and investments. In addition to the fundamental IT specialisation, graduates and research studies are also needed in interdisciplinary fields, such as digital transformations, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Reseach groups in these fields have already been formed in the Institute, but a boost is possible only with the involvement of adequate financing and human capital,” Vassil added.

The high level of computer science at UT has also gained attention elsewhere in Europe. Last week the head of the UT Institute of Computer Science Prof. Jaak Vilo was elected the board member of Informatics Europe, the association of institutes of computer science and IT faculties of European universities.

Informatics Europe currently joins 120 European universities to promote high-quality education, research and knowledge transfer in the field of computer science in Europe. From Estonia, the Informatics Europe network includes the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology, who have had long-term intensive cooperation in promoting top-level research and education in computer science.

Prof. Jaak Vilo explained the role and effect of computer science, “Computer science, known under various names in both English and Estonian, is an extremely broad field of science dealing mainly with topics related with computers, networks, information systems and software. Today, computer science has grown into an important and extensive discipline next to physics, mathematics, biology and others. In addition, computer science has an ever-growing impact on all other specialisations – from the phenomena of internet and social media to data acquisition, data management and analysis.”

THE rankings can be found on the Times Higher Education website.

Informatics Europe

www.informatics-europe.org

Additional information: Jaak Vilo, UT Head of the Institute of Computer Science, 504 9365, jaak.vilo [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Inaugural lecture by Iñaki Sandoval “Color Palette: Influences of Impressionism in Jazz Harmony”

4 weeks 1 day ago
24.10.2017

On 26 October at 16:15, UT Professor of Jazz Music Iñaki Sandoval will deliver his inaugural lecture on the influences of Impressionism in jazz harmony. The lecture is in English and is held in the assembly hall of the University of Tartu.

Impressionist music follows the same concept as employed by Impressionist paintings, giving just an “impression” of the figure represented, with no sound being more important that the other and without specifically outlining its characteristics. Harmony in jazz music is typically based on a prevailing vertical approach, i.e. tonality. However, as taken from French Impressionism, harmony can also be approached in a horizontal or modal manner, considering primarily the mode and scale instead of the guide tones. 

Present-day jazz musicians regularly incorporate classical music concepts, including elements of Impressionism, in their music and the stylistic division lines across genres have become blurred over time. This primary characteristic defines jazz music as an all-encompassing art form that combines a variety of music resources to develop a creative and often spontaneous musical expression. Jazz musicians who are well-known for their Impressionistic approach include, for example, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. 

“The lecture focuses on the influences of Impressionism, which developed both in painting and music, on jazz music, and especially jazz harmony. In addition, jazz music has been influenced by many 20th-century styles,” said Professor Iñaki Sandoval about the theme of the lecture. “The lecture is suitable for everyone. In the lecture I describe works of art, paintings, and compare them to pieces of jazz music. I also play a few examples on the piano.”

Iñaki Sandoval is Professor of Jazz Music and Director of Viljandi Culture Academy of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Tartu. He has formerly served as the director of the jazz department and the dean of graduate studies at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, Spain.  He is a pianist and composer, with bachelor’s degrees in both classical and jazz piano performance, master’s degree in jazz piano performance and PhD in Art History and Musicology. Over the last two decades, he has developed a brilliant artistic career, performing all over the world, collaborating and recording with internationally acclaimed musicians. He has published five albums as a leader and is preparing for the upcoming publication of “Estonian Trilogy”, a collection of three studio albums, which will be released in 2018.

Additional information: Kady Sõstar, Senior Specialist for Protocol in UT International Cooperation Unit, 511 9188, kady.sostar [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Inaugural lecture by Iñaki Sandoval “Color Palette: Influences of Impressionism in Jazz Harmony”

4 weeks 1 day ago
24.10.2017

On 26 October at 16:15, UT Professor of Jazz Music Iñaki Sandoval will deliver his inaugural lecture on the influences of Impressionism in jazz harmony. The lecture is in English and is held in the assembly hall of the University of Tartu.

Impressionist music follows the same concept as employed by Impressionist paintings, giving just an “impression” of the figure represented, with no sound being more important that the other and without specifically outlining its characteristics. Harmony in jazz music is typically based on a prevailing vertical approach, i.e. tonality. However, as taken from French Impressionism, harmony can also be approached in a horizontal or modal manner, considering primarily the mode and scale instead of the guide tones. 

Present-day jazz musicians regularly incorporate classical music concepts, including elements of Impressionism, in their music and the stylistic division lines across genres have become blurred over time. This primary characteristic defines jazz music as an all-encompassing art form that combines a variety of music resources to develop a creative and often spontaneous musical expression. Jazz musicians who are well-known for their Impressionistic approach include, for example, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. 

“The lecture focuses on the influences of Impressionism, which developed both in painting and music, on jazz music, and especially jazz harmony. In addition, jazz music has been influenced by many 20th-century styles,” said Professor Iñaki Sandoval about the theme of the lecture. “The lecture is suitable for everyone. In the lecture I describe works of art, paintings, and compare them to pieces of jazz music. I also play a few examples on the piano.”

Iñaki Sandoval is Professor of Jazz Music and Director of Viljandi Culture Academy of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Tartu. He has formerly served as the director of the jazz department and the dean of graduate studies at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, Spain.  He is a pianist and composer, with bachelor’s degrees in both classical and jazz piano performance, master’s degree in jazz piano performance and PhD in Art History and Musicology. Over the last two decades, he has developed a brilliant artistic career, performing all over the world, collaborating and recording with internationally acclaimed musicians. He has published five albums as a leader and is preparing for the upcoming publication of “Estonian Trilogy”, a collection of three studio albums, which will be released in 2018.

Additional information: Kady Sõstar, Senior Specialist for Protocol in UT International Cooperation Unit, 511 9188, kady.sostar [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Rectors of the Guild network: universities are the leaders of innovation

1 month ago
16.10.2017

Rectors of the top science universities belonging to the Guild network gathered in Tartu on Oct 13 to discuss how to expand the influence of scientific research and make the contribution of universities more visible to the society.

At the General Assembly, the rectors discussed different opportunities for the universities to support innovation and smart leadership. The rectors found the key elements to be in further developing business relations, supporting the cooperation of different research fields, and providing scientific advice to policymakers. The basis of all this, however, is expanding funding for research and development.

The Rector of the host university, University of Tartu, Volli Kalm said that the goal of the meeting was to agree on the Guild’s strategic objectives in the shaping of European higher education and research, as well as in the communication with the European Parliament, the European Commission and other strategic partners. “We established the network’s priorities of the next three years, emphasizing that the European potential for information is related to a science-based higher education,” Kalm said.

The Guild’s Secretary General Jan Palmowsky said that the General Assembly made key decisions about how the Guild will contribute to current debates about the future of the next European Framework Programme. “It agreed a number of key areas of collaboration among members, and it approved a strategy for the Guild’s future development. The Presidents of the Guild’s universities appreciated both the opportunity to learn more about the achievements of the University of Tartu’s staff in teaching, internationalisation, and research,” Palmowsky summarized.

Before the General Assembly, the rectors participated in a Tallinn conference titled “European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society”, held in conjunction with Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. They also met with Taivo Raud, Head of the Research Division of the Ministry of Education, who introduced the guests to the focuses of Estonia’s science, research and innovation strategy “Teadmistepõhine Eesti” (“Knowledge-based Estonia”).

The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities is a network of universities created in summer 2016. The network is comprised of 19 of the top research-intensive universities in Europe, and has set itself an objective to mold research policies and expand the funding into research and development. Additionally, the cooperation also focuses on innovation and business relations. Even more information about the Guild can be found on its website.

Contact: Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu, +372 737 5601, rektor [ät] ut.ee

Category: UniversityInternational
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Rectors of the Guild network: universities are the leaders of innovation

1 month ago
16.10.2017

Rectors of the top science universities belonging to the Guild network gathered in Tartu on Oct 13 to discuss how to expand the influence of scientific research and make the contribution of universities more visible to the society.

At the General Assembly, the rectors discussed different opportunities for the universities to support innovation and smart leadership. The rectors found the key elements to be in further developing business relations, supporting the cooperation of different research fields, and providing scientific advice to policymakers. The basis of all this, however, is expanding funding for research and development.

The Rector of the host university, University of Tartu, Volli Kalm said that the goal of the meeting was to agree on the Guild’s strategic objectives in the shaping of European higher education and research, as well as in the communication with the European Parliament, the European Commission and other strategic partners. “We established the network’s priorities of the next three years, emphasizing that the European potential for information is related to a science-based higher education,” Kalm said.

The Guild’s Secretary General Jan Palmowsky said that the General Assembly made key decisions about how the Guild will contribute to current debates about the future of the next European Framework Programme. “It agreed a number of key areas of collaboration among members, and it approved a strategy for the Guild’s future development. The Presidents of the Guild’s universities appreciated both the opportunity to learn more about the achievements of the University of Tartu’s staff in teaching, internationalisation, and research,” Palmowsky summarized.

Before the General Assembly, the rectors participated in a Tallinn conference titled “European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society”, held in conjunction with Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. They also met with Taivo Raud, Head of the Research Division of the Ministry of Education, who introduced the guests to the focuses of Estonia’s science, research and innovation strategy “Teadmistepõhine Eesti” (“Knowledge-based Estonia”).

The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities is a network of universities created in summer 2016. The network is comprised of 19 of the top research-intensive universities in Europe, and has set itself an objective to mold research policies and expand the funding into research and development. Additionally, the cooperation also focuses on innovation and business relations. Even more information about the Guild can be found on its website.

Contact: Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu, +372 737 5601, rektor [ät] ut.ee

Category: UniversityInternational
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Groundbreaking research of blood cells brought the author a scholarship

1 month 1 week ago
13.10.2017

On the 13th of October, along with the celebrations of the 385th birthday of the medical faculty, the Valda and Bernard Õun Scholarship will be awarded to Silva Kasela, a specialist at the Estonian Genome Center and a doctoral graduate of University of Tartu.

In her research “Pathogenic implications for autoimmune mechanisms derived by comparative eQTL analysis of CD4+ versus CD8+ T cells“, Kasela looked into the gene regulations in specific types of white blood cells and their connection to autoimmune diseases. The inappropriate activation or lack of regulation of these cells may contribute to the onset and course of several inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

“The topic is important in today’s medical field, as it explains how genetic information helps us understand the genetic paths of illnesses, which in turn helps to discover how certain genetic markers of the illnesses impact a person’s wellbeing,” the author Kasela said. “The information gathered here helps us inch closer to using the human genome in drug development and clinical practice. Our findings specifically have the potential of use in medicine targeted at type 1 diabetes.”

The head of the scholarship committee, professor of molecular immunology at UT, Pärt Peterson confirmed that the scholarship was competitive and agreed with Kasela’s assessment of the potential of the research: “The work may have actual impact on new medicines used to treat diabetes. The author also published some of the work in a prestigious science journal “PLoS Genetics” and those specific qualities made this piece of scientific research particularly outstanding.”

The Valda and Bernard Õun Memorial Foundation was created to the University of Tartu Foundation with the purpose of recognizing the published research of UT students in the field of biomedicine. The scholarship is 5000€ and is appointed from the total donation of 500 000€, made by Valda Õun in her will.

Additional information: Katrin Linno, UT Foundation assistant, (+372) 5657 1221, katrin.linno [ät] ut.ee

 

Maria Kristiina Prass Assistant to the Press Officer Tel. (+372) 737 5509
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Category: ResearchPress release
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Groundbreaking research of blood cells brought the author a scholarship

1 month 1 week ago
13.10.2017

On the 13th of October, along with the celebrations of the 385th birthday of the medical faculty, the Valda and Bernard Õun Scholarship will be awarded to Silva Kasela, a specialist at the Estonian Genome Center and a doctoral graduate of University of Tartu.

In her research “Pathogenic implications for autoimmune mechanisms derived by comparative eQTL analysis of CD4+ versus CD8+ T cells“, Kasela looked into the gene regulations in specific types of white blood cells and their connection to autoimmune diseases. The inappropriate activation or lack of regulation of these cells may contribute to the onset and course of several inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

“The topic is important in today’s medical field, as it explains how genetic information helps us understand the genetic paths of illnesses, which in turn helps to discover how certain genetic markers of the illnesses impact a person’s wellbeing,” the author Kasela said. “The information gathered here helps us inch closer to using the human genome in drug development and clinical practice. Our findings specifically have the potential of use in medicine targeted at type 1 diabetes.”

The head of the scholarship committee, professor of molecular immunology at UT, Pärt Peterson confirmed that the scholarship was competitive and agreed with Kasela’s assessment of the potential of the research: “The work may have actual impact on new medicines used to treat diabetes. The author also published some of the work in a prestigious science journal “PLoS Genetics” and those specific qualities made this piece of scientific research particularly outstanding.”

The Valda and Bernard Õun Memorial Foundation was created to the University of Tartu Foundation with the purpose of recognizing the published research of UT students in the field of biomedicine. The scholarship is 5000€ and is appointed from the total donation of 500 000€, made by Valda Õun in her will.

Additional information: Katrin Linno, UT Foundation assistant, (+372) 5657 1221, katrin.linno [ät] ut.ee

 

Maria Kristiina Prass Assistant to the Press Officer Tel. (+372) 737 5509
Mob: +(372) 5566 2832 E-post: maria.prass [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

Category: ResearchPress release
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Faculty of Medicine celebrates 385th anniversary

1 month 1 week ago
12.10.2017

This week the Faculty of Medicine is marking its 385th anniversary with two conferences, the awarding of its faculty medals and recognising its best students. The focal topic of the traditional anniversary conference is drawing attention to the importance of scientific research in benefiting the health of the people of Estonia.

The anniversary celebrations are open to everyone and begin on Thursday 12 October with a science conference at the Biomeedikum, where faculty research fellows, faculty members, doctoral students and students will be showcasing scientific research results from the past year in 21 presentations and 62 posters.

On 13 October, a conference dedicated to studies awarded with national prizes is being held at the Biomeedikum. The conference will open with an academic lecture by Helsinki University Professor Emeritus and newly elected Honorary Doctor of the University of Tartu Markku Kaste, who is one of the world’s leading researchers into acute strokes. Eight medical scientists from the Faculty of Medicine who play a significant role in conducting health studies and who have been awarded with national prizes for their work will then introduce their research. The topics include diabetes, the possibilities of molecular diagnostics, infections, panic disorders, inherited autoimmunity syndrome, early detection of cardiovascular disease, psoriasis and cancer research.

At the dean’s reception on the evening of Friday 13 October in the White Hall of the University of Tartu Museum the Faculty of Medicine medals will be awarded, as well as the research award of Tartu University Hospital and several grants, and the best presenters from the science conference will be recognised.

This year, the Faculty of Medicine medal is being awarded to English-language Bachelor’s and Master’s studies programme director and Associate Professor of Children’s Gastroenterology Oivi Uibo for her dedicated work in developing English-language medical studies and to Associate Professor of Gastroenterology Riina Salupere for her consistent work in leading the committee assessing doctors’ competence.

More information on the Faculty of Medicine’s anniversary programme is available on the faculty website.

 

Maria Kristiina Prass Assistant to the Press Officer Tel. (+372) 737 5509
Mob: +(372) 5566 2832 E-post: maria.prass [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

Category: University
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Faculty of Medicine celebrates 385th anniversary

1 month 1 week ago
12.10.2017

This week the Faculty of Medicine is marking its 385th anniversary with two conferences, the awarding of its faculty medals and recognising its best students. The focal topic of the traditional anniversary conference is drawing attention to the importance of scientific research in benefiting the health of the people of Estonia.

The anniversary celebrations are open to everyone and begin on Thursday 12 October with a science conference at the Biomeedikum, where faculty research fellows, faculty members, doctoral students and students will be showcasing scientific research results from the past year in 21 presentations and 62 posters.

On 13 October, a conference dedicated to studies awarded with national prizes is being held at the Biomeedikum. The conference will open with an academic lecture by Helsinki University Professor Emeritus and newly elected Honorary Doctor of the University of Tartu Markku Kaste, who is one of the world’s leading researchers into acute strokes. Eight medical scientists from the Faculty of Medicine who play a significant role in conducting health studies and who have been awarded with national prizes for their work will then introduce their research. The topics include diabetes, the possibilities of molecular diagnostics, infections, panic disorders, inherited autoimmunity syndrome, early detection of cardiovascular disease, psoriasis and cancer research.

At the dean’s reception on the evening of Friday 13 October in the White Hall of the University of Tartu Museum the Faculty of Medicine medals will be awarded, as well as the research award of Tartu University Hospital and several grants, and the best presenters from the science conference will be recognised.

This year, the Faculty of Medicine medal is being awarded to English-language Bachelor’s and Master’s studies programme director and Associate Professor of Children’s Gastroenterology Oivi Uibo for her dedicated work in developing English-language medical studies and to Associate Professor of Gastroenterology Riina Salupere for her consistent work in leading the committee assessing doctors’ competence.

More information on the Faculty of Medicine’s anniversary programme is available on the faculty website.

 

Maria Kristiina Prass Assistant to the Press Officer Tel. (+372) 737 5509
Mob: +(372) 5566 2832 E-post: maria.prass [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

Category: University
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

UT doctoral student teaches robot to express emotion

1 month 1 week ago
09.10.2017

On October 6, Kairi Tamuri defended the doctoral dissertation ‘Basic emotions in speech read out in Estonian: acoustic analysis and modelling’ at the University of Tartu, during the preparation of which she managed to identify the acoustic sound of anger and sadness in text that is read aloud and teach a robot producing speech to express these.

Synthetic speech is used in many areas, such as communication between humans and machines, multimedia and assistive tools for people with impairments, which is why it is necessary for synthetic speech to sound natural. One way to achieve this is to add emotion to it with acoustic models. To create such models, it is necessary to know how emotions are expressed in human speech vocally, meaning what exactly the acoustic parameters are so that the machine can express recognisable emotion when following them.

“Human speech always includes emotion, which is why it should also be perceptible in synthetic speech mimicking human speech,” said Tamuri. “The relevance of speech is something you sense daily, for instance, during phone conversations when all communication is done at the level of sound alone.”

The author had two aims in her dissertation: to determine the acoustic expression of three emotions (joy, sadness and anger) in speech read out in Estonian; and to create emotional speech acoustic models for an Estonian speech synthesiser based on the results. Since the expression of emotions differs between languages, both aims required separate study.

To create the models it had to be identified whether and to what extent emotions affect the values of the acoustic parameters – such as tone, intensity and speech tempo – and which parameters distinguish emotions from one another and neutral speech. The aim set in the thesis was partially achieved: the synthesiser satisfactorily expressed anger and sadness, but based on the acoustic models of joy it was unable to express the emotion so that it could be understood.

“The problem was not recognising joy in Estonian human speech, since there’s nothing difficult about expressing or perceiving joy,” Tamuri explained. “The difficulty was in the speech synthesising. The situation could be improved by expanding the search area of the parameters, meaning playing with these parameters on a larger scale than in this research. Emotional synthetic speech should also definitely be tried out with machine learning methods. Studying the acoustics of emotion and modelling emotions are still in their early stages and there’s room for improvement.”

The synthetic clips can be heard on the website of the Institute of the Estonian Language (EKI).

Additional information: Kairi Tamuri, dissertation author, (+372) 50 65 572, kairi.tamuri [ät] eki.ee

Maria Kristiina Prass Assistant to the Press Officer Tel. (+372) 737 5509
Mob: +(372) 5566 2832 E-post: maria.prass [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

Category: StudiesResearch
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

UT doctoral student teaches robot to express emotion

1 month 1 week ago
09.10.2017

On October 6, Kairi Tamuri defended the doctoral dissertation ‘Basic emotions in speech read out in Estonian: acoustic analysis and modelling’ at the University of Tartu, during the preparation of which she managed to identify the acoustic sound of anger and sadness in text that is read aloud and teach a robot producing speech to express these.

Synthetic speech is used in many areas, such as communication between humans and machines, multimedia and assistive tools for people with impairments, which is why it is necessary for synthetic speech to sound natural. One way to achieve this is to add emotion to it with acoustic models. To create such models, it is necessary to know how emotions are expressed in human speech vocally, meaning what exactly the acoustic parameters are so that the machine can express recognisable emotion when following them.

“Human speech always includes emotion, which is why it should also be perceptible in synthetic speech mimicking human speech,” said Tamuri. “The relevance of speech is something you sense daily, for instance, during phone conversations when all communication is done at the level of sound alone.”

The author had two aims in her dissertation: to determine the acoustic expression of three emotions (joy, sadness and anger) in speech read out in Estonian; and to create emotional speech acoustic models for an Estonian speech synthesiser based on the results. Since the expression of emotions differs between languages, both aims required separate study.

To create the models it had to be identified whether and to what extent emotions affect the values of the acoustic parameters – such as tone, intensity and speech tempo – and which parameters distinguish emotions from one another and neutral speech. The aim set in the thesis was partially achieved: the synthesiser satisfactorily expressed anger and sadness, but based on the acoustic models of joy it was unable to express the emotion so that it could be understood.

“The problem was not recognising joy in Estonian human speech, since there’s nothing difficult about expressing or perceiving joy,” Tamuri explained. “The difficulty was in the speech synthesising. The situation could be improved by expanding the search area of the parameters, meaning playing with these parameters on a larger scale than in this research. Emotional synthetic speech should also definitely be tried out with machine learning methods. Studying the acoustics of emotion and modelling emotions are still in their early stages and there’s room for improvement.”

The synthetic clips can be heard on the website of the Institute of the Estonian Language (EKI).

Additional information: Kairi Tamuri, dissertation author, (+372) 50 65 572, kairi.tamuri [ät] eki.ee

Maria Kristiina Prass Assistant to the Press Officer Tel. (+372) 737 5509
Mob: +(372) 5566 2832 E-post: maria.prass [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

Category: StudiesResearch
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Latvia and Estonia join forces to boost local startup scene

1 month 2 weeks ago
02.10.2017

Are you ready for an exciting life of an entrepreneur? Apply for the pre-accelerator program, build your team, develop the idea and start a business! As simple as that with the new project ‘EstLat-Accelerate’ that is launched as a part of European Regional Development Fund program ‘Interreg Estonia – Latvia’. There are two partnering cities involved – Riga and Tartu. And five strong community partners have joined forces to boost startup scene of both countries. 

University of Tartu, Garage48 Foundation, Baltic Innovation Agency, TechHub Riga and Latvian Startup Association, has taken part in the project with the aim to create a pre-acceleration program for helping very early teams to get to the acceleration phase. The first pre-acceleration batch for early stage teams will run 8 weeks in October/November of 2017 culminating with graduation days in Tartu and Riga. Mentoring will comprise of series of individual meetings and joint events with highly experienced entrepreneurs and business coaches. The aim of these sessions is to help teams to build the successful business model as well as validate customers, their problems and the new product or service as a proposed solution.

Pre-acceleration will end with the graduation day where teams will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors. Organizing team expects ten new companies to be formed during the pre-acceleration program that should be ready to apply for the acceleration and pre-seed financing.

The pre-acceleration program enables to move forward with the development of the product with the most insight possible still without full commitment.

The application can be submitted online at estlat-accelerate.eu. The deadline for application is 3rd October.  

‘EstLat-Accelerate’ is pre-accelerator program for boosting Latvian and Estonian startups supported by ERDF programme ‘Interreg Estonia - Latvia 2014 – 2020’. The programme is implemented under the European territorial cooperation goal of the cohesion policy and it supports cross-border cooperation. The programme carries on the co-operation relationship between Estonia and Latvia, which started during implementation of the Estonia-Latvia-Russia INTERREG IIIA Priority within the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme in 2004 and Estonia - Latvia programme 2007 - 2013. It is funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Latvia.

The University of Tartu is Estonia's leading center of research and training. It preserves the culture of the Estonian people and spearheads the country's reputation in research and provision of higher education. University belongs to the top 2% of world's best universities.

 ‘Garage48’ event series started in Estonia in April 2010 and have expanded to other countries in Northern Europe and Africa since then. All ‘Garage48’ events are held in English and have ~100 international participants. Participants have different skills, ranging from software development to design, marketing, sales, and entrepreneurship.

Baltic Innovation Agency provides innovation, clustering, and technology development related services to public, private and third sector organizations. Main competence areas include startup consulting, cluster management, strategic and business planning, technology transfer and commercialization, market research and analysis.

TechHub Riga is a community of new technology startups who can meet, work, learn and collaborate. It is a home for 20+ startups and a host of various events, such as Monthly Meetups and annual startup community get together ‘TechChill’.

Startin.lv is an organization founded with the aim to develop the Latvian Startup ecosystem and to promote startup movement in Latvia, as well as facilitate respect and cooperation in the startup environment.

Additional information:

Marge Seppo, Project Manager at UT Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

marge.seppo [ät] ut.ee (+372 527 0173)

 

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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)
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