It is important for each specialist to raise qualifications and learn from advanced organisations. Institute of Agroecosystems and Soil Science assoc. prof. dr. Ausra Sinkeviciene and senior laboratory assistant Lina Skinuliene from Faculty of Agronomy visited Agricultural Resources Stende Research Centre in Latvia, June 11-15.
Throughout the stay there was a number of meetings and cooperation discussions, as well as resource and infrastructure excursions. First of all, representatives of the Agricultural Resources Stende Research Center were introduced to the Aleksandras Stulginskis University, the activities of which are directly related to scientific cooperation. Moreover, assoc. prof. dr. Ausra Sinkeviciene and senior laboratory assistant Lina Skinuliene focused on the resources available at the Faculty of Agronomy. During the second part of the meeting, laboratories dealing with plant genetic research were introduced and the representatives exchanged with good practices concerning management of existing laboratories and effective cooperation with the business sector. Furthermore, scientists also visited Priekule Research Center. At the meeting, the Priekule Research Center introduced ongoing research and experience when providing business with academic services, and was actively interested in possible cooperation opportunities. Guests visited the fields and the greenhouses. They also got acquainted with the laboratory equipment and the types as well as the peculiarities of the cultivated vegetables there.
As AF Institute of Agroecosystems and Soil Science assoc. prof. dr Ausra Sinkevicienė and senior laboratory assistant Lina Skinuliene say, „Our scientists are particularly interested in cooperation with researchers and research centres from the neighbouring country, but we are exploring and seeking to strengthen the provision of scientific services for business, and one of the possibilities is to create mixed groups of Lithuanian-Latvian scientists. The main purpose of this visit is to get familiar with the existing laboratories and to find opportunities for cooperation „. Therefore, the Gardening Institute was also visited in Dobile City during the stay. Since 2016 the institute has been working as the most modern genetic laboratory and has a very good experience of collaboration between science and business. Their common products have already reached consumers. During the meeting, the representatives of both countries talked about the possibilities of further cooperation and future projects.