Best Latvian scientific achievements of 2021 receive their awards in a virtual ceremony

On 17 February, the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) organized a virtual awards ceremony honoring the authors of the best Latvian scientific achievements in 2021. The ceremony was streamed online via the LAS Facebook account.

In December 2021, the LAS named eleven works as the winners of the competition and awarded eleven works with the LAS President Letters of Recognition. Among the winners were scientists from the ISSP UL.

One of the most important achievements in theoretical science in 2021 was the work of Mg.phys. Inga Pudža, Dr.rer.nat. Georgijs Bakradze, Dr.phys. Andris Anspoks, Dr.phys. Aleksandrs Kalinko, and Dr.phys. Alexei Kuzmin explaining the influence of the local atomic structure of molybdates and tungstates on their thermochromic and magnetic properties.

Whereas one of the most important achievements in applied science in 2021 was the work of Dr.phys. Mārtiņš Rutkis, Dr.phys. Kaspars Pudžs, Dr.phys. Aivars Vembris, and Mg.phys. Jānis Busenbergs on the development of innovative, high-speed thermoelectric radiation sensor (TESS).

The LAS Letter of Recognition was awarded to the team of authors representing various institutions involved in the development of the project ‘Integration of reliable technologies for protection against Covid-19 in healthcare and high-risk areas’ within the National Research Program. Among the authors is the leading researcher of the ISSP UL, head of the Thin Films Laboratory Dr.habil.phys. Juris Purāns.

All the winners were greeted by the Prime Minister of Latvia Krišjānis Kariņš, the Minister of Education and Science Anita Muižniece, and, emphasizing the need to promote closer cooperation between science and industry, the Chair of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Aivars Rostovskis.

This was the 20th year the competition took place. From 2011 onwards, the winners of the competition are awarded special diplomas, and the special ceremony is organized gathering not only the organizers and the winners, but also the supporters, sponsors, media representatives, and a wide range of stakeholders. The results of all competitions organized by the LAS can be found here.