Latvia lags behind in R&D investment and science and technology skills. The aim of the PSF Specific Support to Latvia is to provide external advice and recommendations on reforms and actions to address the development of Latvia’s human capital for research and innovation (R&I), focusing on:
Expert panel of the Specific Support to Latvia.
An overview of the Specific Support to Latvia.
This report provides background information on the Latvian research and innovation system with specific focus on human capital for research and innovation. It includes a concise overview of Latvia’s current performance in research and innovation, and the defined national priorities and targets for research and innovation system development, as well as recent achievements in fulfilling the set objectives.
In kicking off the PSF Specific Support to Latvia, this meeting brought together for the first time the expert panel, European Commission and Latvian R&I authorities in order to set the agenda for the project. Discussions covered the background and scope of the work, the schedule for in-country fact-finding visits, and the main expected outcomes, in terms of concrete operational recommendations and key policy messages, appropriate to Latvia’s context, backed by evidence, best practice and analyses of similar approaches and reforms in other countries.
This fact-finding visit was the first opportunity for the panel of policy experts and peers from other countries to meet a range of Latvian R&I system stakeholders. The mission informed the panel’s deliberations on policies to attract and retain science and technology (S&T) talents, and develop S&T careers and human resources.
The panel of policy experts and peers from other countries took their second trip to Latvia to meet a range of R&I system stakeholders. They meet representatives of the Ministry of Education and Research, among others, and presenting their first findings. Discussions focused on policies for attracting and retaining talents in scientific and technological careers in Latvia, developing their skills and productivity, and strengthen the employment of S&T human resources in the Latvian private sector.