Category: Talks

Mārtiņš Zaumanis

How green asphalt roads will save you tax money

Mārtiņš Zaumanis is an asphalt researcher – member of a rare breed of professionals that rarely anyone has heard of. In his talk, Mārtiņš speaks about his belief: that asphalt can be fully recyclable and produced in environmentally friendlier way....

/ June 11, 2015
Aha! Now I Get How Everybody Lives

Aha! Now I Get How Everybody Lives

Imagine the world as a street ordered by income. Everyone lives somewhere on the street. The poorest lives to the left and the richest to the right. Everybody else lives somewhere in between. Anna Rosling-Rönnlund tries to figure out how...

/ June 11, 2015

Nature-inspired architecture

With the budget 10 times smaller than average — how do you make a country’s World Expo pavilion rank amongst the Top 10? How do you make Shaolin monks fly? And how do you architect a sacred place for Latvians?...

/ June 11, 2015
Heidi Reinson

Decisive details: can we predict others’ decisions?

Heidi’s mission is to combine the two distinct research areas – marketing and cognitive science – in the most practical way. At TNS, Heidi has conducted neuromarketing studies and consumer behavior experiments, as well as spoken at seminars and conferences...

/ June 11, 2015
Valdis Zatlers: Death Can Positively Impact Your Life

Death can positively impact your life

You would expect the former President of a country to speak about politics, right? But in his TEDxRiga talk, Valdis Zatlers brings up a different topic: one that many consider a taboo — death. Moreover, Mr. Zatlers is sure that...

/ June 11, 2015
Iveta Vaivode

Photography and remembrance

Is there some connection between the place you are coming from and your personality? Can you discover something new about yourself knowing the place both of your parents are coming from? Iveta Vaivode tries to find the answers — via...

/ June 11, 2015
Healthcare -- from pixels to picture: Leo Seļāvo

Healthcare — from pixels to picture

Do you know the whole picture of your health? Do you think you doctor does? Probably not. Leo Seļāvo looks into how technology could connect the dots and pixels of the information we have and contribute to digital healthcare, while...

/ June 12, 2014
Latvia — worthy of Lacplesis
Dabas koncertzāle

Science in concert with nature

What happens when musicians playing ambience music break out of the traditional concert venues and the scientists bring their fascinating knowledge to the public? The beneficiaries of this idea are the audience who are privileged to experience a form of...

/ June 12, 2014
What giant robots teach us about life

What giant robots teach us about life

Toms Kreicbergs a.k.a. Tom Crosshill is a writer whose fiction has been nominated for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Awards and the Latvian Literature Award. Toms has won the Writers of the Future contest, and his...

/ June 12, 2014