News archive 2018

International conference on the consequences of human-caused regional risks

2018 02 01

On 30 January–1 February, The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania holds the international conference Regional Risks and Risks to the Regions encouraging discussions on modern risks, their complexity and impact on the regions’ sustainable development. The conference has brought together researchers and practitioners of different fields analyzing the origins, nature and consequences of human-caused risks and their management.
 
The researchers of the Military Academy of Lithuania dedicated the conference to the 100th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania and initiated a discussion on the forthcoming centenary, potential risks to the state and its citizens. By drawing a historical parallel between the years 1917 and 2017, researchers call the period ‘years of crises’ due to dramatic changes, such as rapid urbanization, environmental destruction, regional conflicts, migration and technological developments altogether causing regional risks.
 
The conference was honoured by the opening speech of Edvinas KERZA, Vice-Minister of National Defence, reports by Vygaudas UŠACKAS, Director of Institute of Europe at Kaunas University of Technology, Col Gintaras BAGDONAS, Director of NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence and guests Anna OLOFSON, Professor of Sociology and Director of Risk and Crisis Research Centre at Mid Sweden University and Prof. Preben HEMPEL LINDØE, University of Stavanger, Norway.
 
As the topic of the conference is wide-ranging, the reports are grouped according to the risks they address – technological, social, political, etc. The researchers discuss how social theories could be put into practice by interpreting potential risks in the regions focusing on the Baltic Sea Region and evaluate different research methods and methodologies by identifying the risks in the fields of economics, cybersecurity, bioengineering, etc. Contextual ethics and moral issues are subjects of discussions as well.
 
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