International Conference

The conference is dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the BASNET Forumas association

The situation of young researchers in the Baltic States: Development or waste of future scientific potential?

November 23, 2023

Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Constitution Hall, Gedimino pr. 53, Vilnius



Registrations and welcome coffee


Press Conference



  • Opening talk of Assoc. Prof. Dalia Šatkovskienė, President of BASNET Forumas
  • Welcome of Mrs. Viktoria Čmilytė–Nielsen, Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament –SEIMAS
  • Welcome of Mr. Artūras Žukauskas, Chair of Committee of Education& Science of LR Seimas
  • Welcome of Mr. Andrius Zalitis, Advisor to the Minister of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Welcome of Prof. Eugenijus Valatka, Rector of Kaunas University of Technology
  • Welcome of Prof. Dr. Daumantas Matulis, Director of Vilnius University Life Sciences Center
  • Welcome of Mr. Pascal Sliwanski, Director of Institute Français Lituanie


Key talk

Researchers careers in Europe, especially at the early stage, and especially in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, must be Improved".

Prof. Martin Andler, president of ISE.


1st plenary session.

EU and Baltic States Science Policy: what is being done and what is planned to develop the future scientific potential

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sandra Pralgauskaitė

  • Dr. Gintaras Valinčius, Chairman of the Research Council of Lithuania. Student Fellowship Programmes in Lithuania: Experiences and Opportunities
  • Mrs.Rasa Kulvietienė, Advisor to the Minister of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania. Enhancing Research Careers: Status Quo and Policy Measures
  • Ms. Inga Skendere, University of Latvia, Director of the Study Development and governance improvement program. The situation of young researchers at University of Latvia: short summary    


Coffee break


2nd plenary session.

Addressing Gender Inequality and Promoting Inclusivity in Research Careers

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Giedrė Purvaneckienė

  • Assoc. Prof. Anne-Sophie Godfroy, Université Paris Sciences Lettres (PSL) & COST Action "Voices" coordinator. Making young researchers' voices heard for equality: an opportunity to rethink and transform the European Research Area
  • Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte, Deputy director of the Center of Higher Education at Dortmund Technical University. Precarity, recruitment and promotion in academia
  • Dr. Maria Rosaria Masullo, Senior researcher at National Institute of Nuclear Research, Naples. Gender mentoring program for an inclusive research environment.
  • Prof. Dr. Raminta Pučetaitė, Kaunas University of Technology, Young researchers navigating the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) of the academic environment.


3rd plenary session.

Challenges faced by young researchers in the Baltic States

Chair: Prof. Dr. Aurelija Novelskaitė

  • Prof. Dr. Toomas Vaimann, President of Estonian Young Academy of Sciences (EYAS). Sustaining Estonia's Higher Education and Research: Challenges Regarding PhD Students and Young Researchers
  • Dr. Tatjana Pladere, University of Latvia & LJZA. Addressing academic career instability in Latvia
  • Dr. Arūnas Žiedelis, Vilnius University & LSYR. Challenges for the Well-being of Doctoral Students and key directions for improvement
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Urtė Neniškytė, Vilnius University, Life Sciences Center. Improving the conditions of young researchers: think globally, act locally




4th plenary session.

Collaboration between Academia and Industry for Future Science Potential/ Young researchers in the science based business

Chair: Dr. Inga Matijošytė

  • Dr. Juozas Nainys, CEO of “Atrandi Biosciences”. Role of Young Researchers in Life Sciences Start-ups
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Denis Sokol, Faculty of Chemistry of Vilnius University. Point of view to the situation of YR in industry.
  • Dr. Aušra Baradokė, Director of JSC "Deep Scientific". From Global Academia to Local Innovation: The Return to Lithuania and Advancements in Sensing Technologies
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Agnė Šulčiūtė, Kaunas University of Technology. It takes two to tango


Coffee break


Round table discussion

How to improve the situation of Young Researchers?

Moderator: Prof. Anne-Sophie Godfroy (PSL, France)

Round Table participants:
  • Prof. Hab. Dr. Gintaras Valušis (FTMC)
  • Dr. Toomas Vaimann (EYAS)
  • Dr. Tatjana Pladere (UL&LJIZA)
  • Dr. Aušra Baradokė ("Deep Scientific")
  • Prof. Dr. Raminta Pučetaitė (KTU)
  • Dr. Urtė Neniškytė VU GMC


Closing ceremony

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Živilė Rutkūnienė

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sandra Pralgauskaitė (VU, FF)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dalia Šatkovskienė (VU ITFA)