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The history of the Baltic region and Europe

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Plenary / Panel

Speakers

Austrian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, London
Dean of History Faculty Vilnius University
Former President, Republic of Estonia, Tallinn
Vice-Rector of Lativan Art Academy

Mag. Dr. Emil BRIX

Austrian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, London

1975-1979 Studium der Geschichte und Anglistik, Universität Wien
1979-1980 Forschungsprojekt "Soziale und kulturelle Konflikte in der Donaumonarchie"
seit 1982 Österreichischer Diplomatischer Dienst
1982-1984 Bundesgeschäftsführer des Management Clubs des Österreichischen Wirtschaftsbundes
1984-1986 Klubsekretär im Parlamentsklub der Österreichischen Volkspartei
1986-1989 Leiter des Ministerbüros im Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung
1990-1995 Generalkonsul der Republik Österreich in Krakau/Polen
1995-1999 Direktor des Österreichischen Kulturinstitutes in London
2000-2003 Leiter der Abteilung "Durchführung kultureller und wissenschaftlicher Veranstaltungen im Ausland" (Gesandter) in der Kulturpolitischen Sektion des Bundesministeriums für auswärtige Angelegenheiten
2002-2010 Botschafts Leiter der Kulturpolitische Sektion im Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten
2007, 2008 Präsident von EUNIC (European Union National Institutes of Culture)
seit 2010 Botschafter der Republik Österreich im Vereinigten Königreich Großbritannien und Nordirland

Doc. Alfredas BUMBLAUSKAS

Dean of History Faculty Vilnius University

 Historian, Doctor of humanity sc., docent, Dean of History Faculty Vilnius University, Head of History Theory and Cultural History department
 Graduated from: Vilnius University in 1979
 Academic research field: History of Historiography, History of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, History of Reformation, Theory of history and didactics of history

Lennart MERI

Former President, Republic of Estonia, Tallinn

 worked as dramatist and producer of radio plays in the Estonian broadcasting
1953 graduated from the Faculty of History and Languages of Tartu University
 many books and films on more travels followed and were translated into a dozen languages
 significantly contributed to the preservation of the Estonian national identity; first to take protest abroad against Soviet plan of mining phosphate in Estonia (later: the "Singing Revolution")
1958 wrote his first book after trip to Central Asia and old Islamic centrs in the Kara-Kum Desert
1988 founded non-governmental Estonian Institute to promote cultural contacts with the West & send Estonian students to study abroad
 participated in the CSCE Conferences in Copenhagen, New York,
1990 appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs after the first non-communist elections

Dr. habil.art. Ojars SPARITIS

Vice-Rector of Lativan Art Academy

 Post Doctoral stdies at the University of Kiel, Germany1994,
 Doctoral studies at Latvian Art Academy 1991.-1994.,
 Studies in Art History at Latvian Art Academy 1982.-1987.
 Studies of Phylology at Latvian University 1974.-1979.
 Dr. art. - since 1997.
 Dr. habil. art.- since 1998.
 Editor at Scientific Library of Latvian Academy of Sciences 1979.-1981.,
 Inspector of the Council for Protections of Monuments of Culture and Environment 1981.-1986.,
 Lecturer, Docent, Vice-Rector, Chief of the Dept. for Art History, Chief for Dept. for Doctoral studies of Latvian Art Academy - 1986 - up to now.
 Minister of Culture 1995.-1996.
 Art Theory and history of Latvia in context of European culture, preservation of cultural heritage, church renovation, culture of national minorities of Latvia, public monuments and decorative sculpture in urban environment.