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Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it. - Confucius

The COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant public health emergency of the 21st century. It has become more than just a threat to our physical and mental health but has also affected our way of life, the way we think, and the way we work and move around. It has been a time of extraordinary pressure globally, not only for scientists, public health specialists, and practitioners, but also for each member of society as we have come to experience that relying on evidence-based data alone is not enough to act anymore. What lessons have we learned?

The pandemic has proved that we need to change our approach and think outside the box, be open, and work with other disciplines. Answers can often be found in the space where several fields overlap. We need to venture beyond our comfort zones and embrace complexity.What will the “new normal” be?

To try to answer these and other questions, Rīga Stradinš University (RSU) will be organising an international COVID-19 conference – Impact, Innovations and Planning – on 28-29 April. The conference will include plenary sessions, poster sessions, and panel discussions as well as open public conversations.

We invite you – researchers, experts, practitioners, and individuals who are dealing with the realities of the pandemic – to participate in the conference, share your knowledge and expertise, and discuss and connect with one another. Together we will analyse various aspects of both the local and global experience – health, public health, clinical practice, communication, behaviour, and other social issues.

Conference President, Rector, RSU
Chair of the Organising Committee, Vice-Rector for Science, RSU
Chair of the Scientific Committee, Head of Department of Internal Diseases, RSU