UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


02 May 2014 | 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Baltic Symposium 2014

Christopher Ingold Lecture Theatre, 20 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AJ

Following the successes of previous years, the Baltic Council and SSEES will hold the the seventh Baltic Symposium in May.

The symposium is entitled 'The Baltic Way', 2014 being the 25th anniversary of the human chain from Vilnius through Riga to Tallinn, and also the 10th anniversary of the Baltic States’ accession to NATO and the EU.

The keynote speech will be delivered by the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Linus Linkevičius. 


9.30-10.00 Registration
10.00-10.15 Introduction

Keynote Speaker

Chair: HE Asta Skaisgirytė-Liauškienė, Lithuanian Ambassador to London

Keynote Speaker: Linas Linkevičius, Foreign Minister of Lithuania


Have the Baltic States made Europe more secure?

Chair: Dr Andrew Wilson, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Panel: Kadri Liik, European Council on Foreign Relations, London Dr Andris Sprūds, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga

Prof Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius

12.30-14.00 Buffet lunch

How do the creative industries contribute to the Baltic States’ economies?

Chair: Dr Richard Mole, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Panel: Rolandas Kvietkauskas, Lithuanian Film Centre, Vilnius

Dace Melbārde, Latvian Minister of Culture, Riga

Ott Sarapuu, Creative Estonia, Tallinn

15.30-16.00 Tea/coffee

New Directions – Quo vademus?

Chair: Dr Allan Sikk, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Panel: Licia Cianetti, University College London

Dr Dace Dzenovska, Research Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford

Dr Evelina Trutnevytė, UCL Energy Institute

17.30-20.00 Reception