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THE INTERNATIONAL EVALUATION OF SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS’ ACTIVITY

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 GENERAL INFORMATION 

Institution

Latvian Academy of Sport Education

Address

333 Brivibas street, Riga

Phone

+371 67543412

Website

www.lspa.lv

Assessment entity (if applicable)

Address

Phone

Website

Head of the Institution / Unit

Juris Grants

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+371 67543412

Responsible contact person for the assessment communication and organisational inquiries

Jānis Žīdens

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G.1. Institution’s/Assessment entity’s research profile

G1.1. Primary field of science according to Cabinet Order of Jan 23 2018 N49.

(single choice)

Please choose 1 primary field of science to state the focus of the institution’s / assessment entity’s scientific activity. For precise definition of fields of science please refer to the original document in Latvian of the Cabinet Order of Jan 23 2018 No. 49.

☐ 1. Natural sciences

☐ 2. Engineering and technology

3. Medical and Health sciences

☐ 4. Agricultural and veterinary sciences

 5. Social sciences

☐ 6. Humanities and the arts

G1.2. Corresponding field/ -s of science according to Cabinet Order of Jan 23 2018 No. 49. (multiple choice)

Choose at least one corresponding field of science to specify the focus of the institution’s / assessment entity’s scientific activity. For precise definition of fields of science please refer to the original document in Latvian of the Cabinet Order of Jan 23 2018 No. 49.

☐1.1.Mathematics

☐1.2.Computer and information sciences

☐ 1.3.Physical sciences

☐ 1.4.Chemical sciences

☐ 1.5.Earth and related environmental sciences

☐ 1.6.Biological sciences

☐ 1.7.Other natural sciences

 

☐ 2.1 Civil engineering

☐ 2.2 Electrical engineering, electronic

engineering, information engineering

☐ 2.3 Mechanical engineering

☐ 2.4 Chemical engineering

☐ 2.5 Materials engineering

☐ 2.6 Medical engineering

☐ 2.7 Environmental engineering

☐ 2.8 Environmental biotechnology

☐ 2.9 Industrial Biotechnology

☐ 2.10 Nano-technology

☐ 2.11 Other engineering and technologies

 

☐ 3.1 Basic medicine

☐ 3.2 Clinical medicine

☐ 3.3 Health sciences

☐ 3.4 Health biotechnology

☐ 3.5 Other medical sciences

 

☐ 4.1 Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries

☐ 4.2 Animal and dairy science

☐ 4.3 Veterinary science

☐ 4.4 Agricultural biotechnology

☐ 4.5 Other agricultural sciences

 

☐ 5.1 Psychology

☐ 5.2 Economics and business

 5.3 Educational sciences

☐ 5.3 Sociology

☐ 5.5 Law

☐ 5.6 Political Science

☐ 5.7 Social and economic geography

☐ 5.8 Media and communications

☒ 5.7 Other social sciences

       Sport sciences

 

☐ 6.1 History and archaeology

☐ 6.2 Languages and literature

☐ 6.3 Philosophy, ethics and religion

☐ 6.4 Art (arts, history of arts, performing arts,

music)

☐ 6.5 Other humanities


G1.3. Related field/-s of science according toCabinet Order of Jan 23 2018 No 49.
If the institution/assessment entity conducts interdisciplinary research state these associated fields of science. If applicable, choose at least one corresponding field of science to characterise the interdisciplinary profile of the institution / assessment entity. For precise definition of fields of science please refer to the original document in Latvian of the Cabinet Order of Jan 23 2018 No. 49.

☐1.1.Mathematics

☐1.2.Computer and information sciences

☐ 1.3.Physical sciences

☐ 1.4.Chemical sciences

☐ 1.5.Earth and related environmental sciences

☐ 1.6.Biological sciences

☐ 1.7.Other natural sciences

 

☐ 2.1 Civil engineering

☐ 2.2 Electrical engineering, electronic

engineering, information engineering

☐ 2.3 Mechanical engineering

☐ 2.4 Chemical engineering

☐ 2.5 Materials engineering

☐ 2.6 Medical engineering

☐ 2.7 Environmental engineering

☐ 2.8 Environmental biotechnology

☐ 2.9 Industrial Biotechnology

☐ 2.10 Nano-technology

☐ 2.11 Other engineering and technologies

 

☐ 3.1 Basic medicine

☐ 3.2 Clinical medicine

 3.3 Health sciences

☐ 3.4 Health biotechnology

☐ 3.5 Other medical sciences

 

☐ 4.1 Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries

☐ 4.2 Animal and dairy science

☐ 4.3 Veterinary science

☐ 4.4 Agricultural biotechnology

☐ 4.5 Other agricultural sciences

 

☐ 5.1 Psychology

☐ 5.2 Economics and business

☐ 5.3 Educational sciences

☐ 5.3 Sociology

☐ 5.5 Law

☐ 5.6 Political Science

☐ 5.7 Social and economic geography

☐ 5.8 Media and communications

☒ 5.7 Other social sciences

 

☐ 6.1 History and archaeology

☐ 6.2 Languages and literature

☐ 6.3 Philosophy, ethics and religion

☐ 6.4 Art (arts, history of arts, performing arts,

music)

☐ 6.5 Other humanities


1. THE SELF-ASSESSMENT

Self-assessment is an important part of the evaluation. Please answer clearly and accurately.

1.1. Introduction

(no more than 200 words)

Provide concise information on the Institution/ Assessment entity including:

Institution’s / assessment entity’s vision and goals, short information on the size, funding and main research directions

A goal has been set by the “Smart Specialization Strategy for 2014-2020” – economic transformation with science and technology driven growth and movement towards knowledge-based capability de-velopment. LASE will contribute to the achievement of this goal in two transformable directions: growth in sectors where products and services with high added value exist or can be created and in sectors with a significant horizontal impact and contribution to the economic transformation. In the third priority – Increasing energy efficiency, which includes creating new materials, optimizing of production processes, introducing technological innovations – LASE will promote the use of alterna-tive energy resources in transport (behavioural economy). This priority corresponds to the specializa-tion area of „Smart Energy”. A modern sport and health education system that meets the require-ments of the future labour market, which contributes to the economic transformation and the devel-opment of competences, entrepreneurship and creativity necessary for the implementation of priori-ties set by the Smart Specialization Strategy (SSS) at all levels of education. The following LASE strategic directions have been put forward in order to implement the set goal: 1. Development of the study process and the study environment. 2. Scientific research and innovations. 3. International and national cooperation. 4. Development of the sport environment for students. 5. Optimization of the Academy’s structure and infrastructure.

1.2. Institution’s/ Assessment entity’s research

(no more than 2000 words)

This question surveys how the research carried out in the institution/assessment entity has impacted research in its own field(s).

Describe the impact of institution’s / assessment entity’s scientific activity on the relevant scientific sector as well as its related sectors, including:

  • What are the main fields and foci of research at the institution / assessment entity?
  • Has the institution/assessment entity defined its strategic, long-term research goals – and if so, how does the institution/assessment entity seek to realize those plans?
  • How does the institution/assessment entity develop and maintain structures and practices that foster good research and help early-career researchers to make their way into the profession?
  • Is there a shared research results’ dissemination plan, for employing research personnel and guiding the research of the institution/assessment entity?
  • Describe the most important research results and the role of multidisciplinarity or interdisciplinarity and other aspects according to the main directions set out in the results dissemination plan of the institution/assessment entity.
  • Also, describe the role of basic and applied research. In case the research carried out in the institution/assessment entity is clearly divided in specialised fields, describe each field separately.

         LASE, the only sport specific higher education institution in Latvia, is a knowledge base and an innovation resource centre in sport science and health care in sport, which forms a global and in Latvia rooted human capital of education, sport and health care specialists in sport, strengthening and creating innovations in the field of sport as a labour-intensive sector of economic growth. Its main goal is to provide students with an opportunity to obtain higher academic and higher professional education and training, to develop sport science and research in health care in sport, to cultivate culture in order to preserve the intellectual and physical potential necessary for the Republic of Latvia (LV), ensuring and providing a harmonious people development. One of the strategic directions of LASE development is scientific activity and innovations and optimization of the Academy’s structure and infrastructure (including for science and research).

In accordance with the "National Development Plan of Latvia for 2014-2020 ", "Guidelines for the Development of Science, Technology and Innovation for 2014-2020 ", „Smart Specialization Strategy for 2014-2020”, “Education Development Guidelines for 2014-2020”, „Sport Policy Guidelines for 2014-2020” and „Public Health Guidelines for 2014-2020”, the modern practice has confirmed the need to promote the unity of sport science and health care in the field of sport. Since the main causes of death in Latvia are non-communicable illnesses, mainly cardiovascular diseases, and their development is largely influenced by factors related to lifestyle – unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity, while the most effective cardiovascular disease prevention is regular physical activity, the choice of a healthy diet and maintaining an adequate body weight, currently there is a need in the state to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable illnesses, decreasing the negative effects on health of the risk factors; thus, there is an inevitable need for cross-sectoral research and evidence-based action in the field of non-communicable illness prevention. The sport science has developed into a separate branch of science that studies the regularities of the development of physical health, development, fitness and sport achievements.

The following four key directions have been set in LASE scientific research:

1. Sport, sport education and socialization.

2. Promotion of public health – physical activity as a means of preventing non-communicable illnesses in people of various ages: folk sport, child and youth sport, adapted sport.

3. High achievement sport.

4. The socio-economic aspects of sport.

The scientific work at 6 LASE research laboratories is implemented in accordance with the established development directions in sport science and health care in sport and it is implemented by highly qualified academic and scientific staff.

The long-term goal of LASE is to develop and become a strong member organization of a national and international level in sport science and health care in sport, becoming a sport higher education institution with accredited academic study programmes in sport science and health care and several professional high quality, prestigious and internationally recognized study programmes, with development and implementation of international interuniversity study programmes in Master and Doctoral studies, emphasizing the importance of research and integration in the study process.

Sub-goals:

The goal of LASE as a scientific institution is to develop scientific research and innovation into a competitive sector that satisfies the needs of the field of sport and health care and society of Latvia, emphasizing the growth of the capacity and quality of science and research.

-  The medium-term goal of LASE is to create a material and technical basis that will allow to provide studies and qualitative scientific research in the main scientific fields of the Academy’s operation – sport science and health care in sport – and will promote a strategic approach to the economic development (human resources, public health, methodology development for reaching of high sport achievements, etc.) and introduction of innovations.

In recent years LASE has placed emphasis of the optimal use of infrastructure on the development of specialized auditoriums and scientific research laboratories, purchase of scientific equipment. This choice of LASE development direction is determined by the need to ensure the opportunity to carry out full-fledged study and scientific research activities within the framework of the study process. Every year on average 3-5 budding scientists defend their Promotion Thesis at the LASE Promotion Board, while every year an average of 110 students study in Master studies and an average of 25-30 Doctoral students – in Doctoral studies. All budding and existing researchers, as well as representatives of professorship carry out scientific research, using the proposed opportunity to implement it in scientific research laboratories. Currently a topical issue is the optimization of the existing infrastructure at LASE – development of specialized auditoriums and scientific research laboratories within the framework of the study directions, as well as purchase of equipment. The intensity of use of LASE premises – 9.8 m2 per student, but the intensity of the use of equipment should be promoted, facilitating the concentration of investments, creating the Research Centre of Health Care in Sport, reducing the fragmentation in the objects to be modernized.

New scientists participate in conferences (scientific competitions) abroad. Non-formal educational activities for lecturers and Doctoral students are organized – International Summer Schools. Doctoral seminars are organized within the framework of the Baltic Sport Science Society (Baltic States, Poland and Spain). In Doctoral studies, student and lecturer exchange (ERASMUS) is organized within the framework of research, thus researchers of another state are involved in the research of the Doctoral Thesis (Estonian University of Tartu – Prof V. Oopik, Prof. M Paasuke; the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences (GIH) – Prof. R. Carlson, Prof. J. Nillson).

The high pedagogical and scientific qualification of the academic staff and researchers is implemented in cooperation with LOK (Latvian Olympic Committee, Whole Class Do Sport), LOV (Latvian Olympic Unit) and sports federations;

· close scientific cooperation with 39 foreign higher education institutions and scientific institutions;

· organization of the annual Baltic Sport Science Conference with the framework of the Baltic Sport Science Association; organization of LASE, Doctoral, Master and Bachelor conferences;

· every year 1-4 Promotion Thesis are defended at the LASE Promotion Board, obtaining a Doctoral scientific degree in sport science;

· organizing of LASE scientific equipment exhibitions within the framework of the European Researchers’ Night, informing sport and health care specialists, as well as the society about the methodology and opportunities of the equipment’s practical use;

· use of the potential of LASE research laboratories and centres for conducting research for the needs of students, lecturers and commercial structures;

· reflection of the LASE scientific capacity in the internationally cited English journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” and the collection of LASE scientific and methodological articles (www.lspa.lv/petniecība/zinatnikie_raksti)

In project "Innovative Physical Activity Measures in Health and Sport Science Studies" (Nr. EEZ/NFI/S/2015/021) with Norwegian School of Sport Science (NSSS) the aims to strengthen bilateral relations between higher education institutions in Norway and Latvia providing study programs in sport science and health care disciplines. The project activity outcome will be development and implementation of innovative study module on health and social indicators in inclusive physical activities at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. This project will have synergy with the research project "Health and Social Indicators of Participation in Physical Activities for Children with Disabilities" (Nr. NFI/R/2014/070) coordinated by the LASE.


1.3. Impact on the objectives of the national science, technology and innovation development policy, as well as education development policy

(no more than 300 words)

Describe the impact of institution’s / assessment entity’s scientific activity in conformity with the objectives set out in the national science, technology and innovation development policy, as well as education and innovation development policy.

Research shows that sport is an important economic sector in the EU (2.98% of gross domestic product (294.36 billion Euro per year)), its share in national economies is important, it is comparable to the contribution to the economy provided by agriculture, forestry and fishery as a whole. In addition, the share of sport in national economies is expected to continue to grow in the future. Sport is a labour-intensive growth sector. The expected growth in the sports sector will create additional jobs, thus increasing overall employment, which in turn means that the sport sector will contribute to the achievement of the goals of „Europe 2020”. Sport can also contribute to convergence in all EU Member States. A research on the contribution of sport to economic growth and employment shows that production in sport and services will grow faster in low-income countries than in countries with higher income. By promoting the development of sport, it is possible to reduce the economic imbalances in the EU. Moreover, health care is one of the most important sectors, contributing to the economy (10% of gross domestic product), 8% of workers in the EU are employed in health care. It is essential to improve the health of people living in Latvia, bringing it closer to the best EU health indicators. Over the past decades, the sustainability of the health care system has been faced with a number of challenges – structural changes in demography and increase of morbidity in the EU. The financial and economic crisis is further aggravating these challenges. In Latvia, the indicator of healthy life years lags far behind the EU average indicators. As a result of population aging and changes in lifestyle, the illness trends will also change significantly, e.g. the spread of chronic illnesses will increase and people will more often suffer from multiple diseases at the same time. Therefore, new solutions are necessary – an innovative modernization of the health care system. Given the aging of society in the European Union and the heavy pressure of competitiveness exerted by globalization, further economic growth and creation of new jobs will depend on innovation regardless of whether or not they are related to products, services, processes, organization or business models. Innovative solutions for disease prevention, early diagnosis, monitoring and provision of independent life may have a crucial role in providing health, mobility and independence, and hence in improving the quality of life of the population, especially the elderly. By 2020, due to the aging of the workforce, there is expected an increase in the need for health care specialists in the labour market of the EU of up to 8 million.

 


1.4. Economic, social and culture impact

(no more than 400 words)

Describe how institution’s /assessment entity’s scientific activity has contributed to economic, social and cultural development by clearly describing the resulting impact or the potential of scientific results to promote higher education, foster social equality, integration and welfare, public health, national security, sustainable development of social, economic and culture fields, public understanding of the significance of scientific activity, national identity and national culture.

The Latvian Academy of Sport Pedagogy (LASE) is one of several European universities/higher education institutions that implements the EU project “VSPORT +”. The main goal of the project – to develop an international valorisation framework in sport science to raise awareness of the Lifelong Learning Strategy for the Sport and Active Leisure Sector. Furthermore, this project supported the activities that introduced and implemented these strategies at EU, national, regional, local and international levels.

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) and its structural units together with LASE implemented the international research project "Health and Social Indicators of Participation in Physical Activities for Children with Disabilities”, during which work was put into the analysis of results of the scientific project on the qualitative indicators of data replenishment, as well as into agreeing on the development process of international publications. As a result, an interdisciplinary health and social indicatormodel for the participation of children with disabilities in physical activities was created.

Participation in EU Expert Group on Human Resources Development in Sport(XG HR) (2015 – 2017) One of the work theme – Dual Career in Sport. The current situation is being researched by interviewing university sport functionaries and high-class athletes. Currently LASE students are interviewed – high-class athletes (members of national teams) on the opportunities to combine sport and studies, while showing good achievements in both directions.

Participation in EU project “European Physical Activity and Sports Monitoring System (EUPASMOS)”. Aim: to implement an EU Physical Activity and Sport Monitoring System, through the development of an integrated and shared methodological process that will provide comparable, valid and reliable PA and sport participation data across EU MS. This will support the EC, MS, WHO and other relevant organisations in the design, promotion, implementation and surveillance of effective and adjusted HEPA policies and strategies across Europe and governance levels.

Participation in EU as Expert from Latvia in the Expert work group created by the European Commission and EU Member States "Expert Group on Health-enhancing Physical Activity" (XG - HEPA)

Participation in EU as Expert from Latvia in the Expert work group created by (European Commission Expert Group "Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport") (XG HR).

1.5. Impact on RIS3 objectives, priorities and specialisation areas

(no more than 300 words)

Describe how institution’s / assessment entity’s scientific activity has contributed to achieving the objectives of the Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3), as well as the development of its priorities and specialisation areas.

A goal has been set by the “Smart Specialization Strategy for 2014-2020” – economic transformation with science and technology driven growth and movement towards knowledge-based capability development. LASE will contribute to the achievement of this goal in two transformable directions: growth in sectors where products and services with high added value exist or can be created and in sectors with a significant horizontal impact and contribution to the economic transformation. In the third priority – Increasing energy efficiency, which includes creating new materials, optimizing of production processes, introducing technological innovations – LASE will promote the use of alternative energy resources in transport (behavioural economy). This priority corresponds to the specialization area of „Smart Energy”. A modern sport and health education system that meets the requirements of the future labour market, which contributes to the economic transformation and the development of competences, entrepreneurship and creativity necessary for the implementation of priorities set by the Smart Specialization Strategy (SSS) at all levels of education. The following LASE strategic directions have been put forward in order to implement the set goal: 1. Development of the study process and the study environment. 2. Scientific research and innovations. 3. International and national cooperation. 4. Development of the sport environment for students. 5. Optimization of the Academy’s structure and infrastructure.

1.6. Other impact

(no more than 300 words)

What are the main channels through which the institution/assessment entity interacts with the society at large? Describe how the institution’s/assessment entity’s research activities and cooperation with other organisations have promoted the activities of other social actors, e.g. industry or SMEs. What are the most important research projects the institution/assessment entity has carried out with non-university partners from the public or private sector during the assessment period? Has the research of the institution/assessment entity produced spin-off companies? Are the active academic personnel and academic research personnel amongst the preferred experts outside the academic research field?

 

The cooperation between LASE and the society of Latvia takes place through 38 Latvian sport federations; 42 local governments; 119 sports clubs; 56 children and youth sport schools; 4 Olympic centres; 48 schools of general education; 19 professional associations and 6 clinics. Currently, cooperation with the industry and local governments is being implemented as participation in the implementation of student research projects and provision of practice places for students, as well as market-oriented research, involving local governments and other interested parties (sport federations, sports clubs and other organizations) in awarding scholarships and grants for research to students and lecturers, as well as co-financing or sharing of infrastructure, training materials and the technical base for promotion. Sport specialists (coaches, teachers, sport managers) are regularly introduced with the research results on the latest methods and achievements in sport by organizing seminars and conferences.

 

1.7. SWOT – evaluation of the Institution’s / Assessment entity’s scientific strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

Analyse the Institution’s/ Assessment entity’s scientific expertise and achievements, funding, facilities, organisation and management. What are the major internal Strengths and Weaknesses as well as external Threats and Opportunities in the Institution’s/ Assessment entity’s activities and research environment? Assess what the present Strengths enable in the future and what kinds of Threats are related to the Weaknesses.

Internal Strengths Weaknesses
  • the high pedagogical and scientific qualification of the academic staff and researchers;
  • successful research of indicators of high-class athletes in cooperation with LOV and sport federations;
  • close scientific cooperation with 39 foreign higher education institutions and scientific institutions;
  • every year 3-4 Promotion Thesis are defended at the LASE Promotion Board, obtaining a Doctoral scientific degree in sport science;
  • use of the potential of LASE research laboratories and centres for conducting research for the needs of students, lecturers and commercial structures;

· Reflection of the LASE scientific capacity in the internationally cited English journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science”.

  • insufficient provisions of state funding and support for the acquisition of scientific databases and the implementation of scientific research;
  • high academic workload for the lecturers and researchers involved in research;
  • lack of infrastructures and technologies for conducting innovative scientific research in sport and health care in sport.
External Opportunities Threats
  • to develop closer research cooperation with other higher education institutions and research institutes in Latvia, especially within the framework of the academic Doctoral higher education programme „Sport Science”;
  • to expand cooperation in research with higher education institutions and research institutions in the European Higher Education Area;
  • to promote the development of the established research laboratories, emphasizing the provision of independent activities un self-financing in the process of project implementation, attracting the business resources interested in research;
  • to improve the infrastructure for sport science and health care in sport by attracting state funding, financial resources from European projects and private entrepreneurs; Latvian Academy of Sport Education
  • to promote offers of innovative ideas, promoting close cooperation with economic sectors to increase their productivity and to activate the transition to high-technology industries and products;
· to integrate the requirements of employers and the market in science and LASE study programmes;
  • starting from 2016, there will be no ensured state based funding for LASE sport science and health care research in sport, which will threaten the provision of the optimal level of physical health of the new generation;
  • a change in the values of the society can be observed, which is largely evidenced by the opinion of the public that research in sport science and health care in sport cannot be considered as a guarantee of health and individual’s personality formation;
  • lack of incentives to attract new specialists to research.

1.8. Evaluate the Institution in the global research environment

(no more than 400 words)

How does the institution/assessment entity locate itself in the international context? What is the “niche” of the institution/assessment entity in the global research environment? What are the main channels through which the institution/assessment entity interacts with the international scientific community? Are the professors and leading researchers at the institution/assessment entity active in international learned societies etc.?

LASE is the only higher education institution in Latvia that implements sport science and it is one of the leading higher education institutions in the Baltics. In order to strengthen its position in the field of science, LASE is one of the higher education institutions that has founded and is active in the Baltic Sport Science Society. Every year the Baltic Sport Science conferences take place, gathering up to 250 sport scientists from 25 countries. Within the framework of BSSS, a scientific journal (database: (EBSCO, SportDiscus) has been created jointly with higher education institutions from the Baltic states, where it is possible to publish the latest scientific data. Young scientists (Master students, Doctoral students and teaching staff) in the field of sport education recreation gather from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Croatia, Spain, Sweden, and Norwayevery year at theOUTDOOR SPORTS AND RECREATION EDUCATION SUMMER SCHOOL (OSRESS).  LASE teaching staff are members of various international associations (International Physical Education FIEPFÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE D´ÉDUCATION PHYSIQUE), as well as thePresident at European Federation of Adapted Physical is one of the leading LASE researchers. The international scientific journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” is already recognizable (ERIH, Copernicus, De Gruyter Open) and it is edited by scientists from 14 countries (Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Israel, Germany, Slovakia, Finland, Spain) and sport scientists of various countries are publishing in it.

The Foundation for Global Community Health (GCH), a 501(c)(3) public charity was created to develop best practices regarding school-based well-being programs, provide peer-reviewed research, and bridge the resource gap preventing schools around the world from implementing research-validated programs.http://www.gchfoundation.org/index.html#about  

The ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub) is an official network for university cooperation in Lifelong Learning Research between Asia and Europe.
The ASEM LLL Hub's operation is a part of the ASEM education process and it is a strong partner of the Asia Europe Foundation. The Hub brings together more than 100 researchers in its 5 research networks, senior representatives of 36 universities in its University Council and Senior Officials from 25 ministries of education and five flagship international organisations. Research Network 5 "ASEM LLL Core Competences
" http://asemlllhub.org/researchnetworks/corecompetences/rn5members/

An international organisation working towards the development of the sport and active leisure sector, expert in building bridges between the worlds of education and employment and ensuring the development of a competent workforce with the right skills. http://eose.org/other-languages/latvijas/

LASE professors’ work in different higher education institutions both as teaching staff and in Promotional Boards and in development of Promotional Thesis as consultants and reviewers (University of Malaga, Lithuanian Sports University, Josef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw, University of Ottawa and Hokkaido University of Education.

1.9.Evaluate the Institution in relation to its leading scientific competitors

(no more than 400 words)

What are the most relevant competitors (university departments or other research institutions) of the institution/assessment entity in the international context? What characteristic features distinguish the institution/assessment entity from its international competitors?

LASE is the leading higher education institution in Latvia that works in the field of sport science, therefore there is no real competition in Latvia. If viewed from the perspective of the Baltic states, one higher education institution in sport science is in Lithuania, Kaunas, and faculties in Vilnius, as well as Faculty of Sport Science at the University of Tartu. In terms of international projects, there is cooperation between the 3 Baltic states and Poland. Since each of the Baltic higher education institutions has its own leading direction, LASE is more geared towards sport science in terms of education, recreation and health, as well as in high achievement sport, and it is related to cooperation, not competition. LASE internal competition is based on the developed criteria.

1.10. Development potential

(no more than 400 words)

Describe the development plan of the institution / assessment entity linking it to following aspects:

•   the ability of the selected scientific objectives to influence the international scientific community

•   the ability to develop new research directions

•   the ability to attract students, doctoral students, and foreign researchers

•   the ability to attract funding as a result of project calls

• international competitiveness of the academic personnel and academic research personnel

 

The operational goal of LASE scientific activity and development of innovation is to continue to develop and to become a strong higher education institution of an international level in sport science and health care in sport, systematically improving the accredited academic and professional study programmes, emphasizing the importance of research, innovation and integration. LASE scientific activity takes place in accordance with the LASE scientific research directions.

After graduation, LASE Doctoral students have the opportunity to participatein the operational programme “Growth and Employment” of the 1.1.1. specific support objective’s “To increase the research and innovation capacity of Latvian scientific institutions, as well as the ability to attract external funding by investing in human resources and infrastructure” 1.1.1.2. event “Research Support Post-Doctoral Studies”, indicating the following fields as priorities in the research project selection:

- improving public health through physical activity for people of all ages: folk sport, children and youth sport, adapted sport;

- high achievement sport;

- sport education and socialization;

- socio-economic aspects of sport.

 

1.11. The research strategy

(no more than 500 words)

Describe the framework of the institution’s/assessment entity’s research strategy* for the next 6 years, the key research goals and means to achieve these objectives. What is the role of basic and applied research? Is there need for new knowledge, facilities? Is the present level of funding sufficient for achieving the goals set out? Do the strategies of the institution/assessment entity and the state support each other? How do you take into consideration possible ethical issues within research?

* Assessment entities which are part of universities or higher institutions – should additionally describe its correspondence to the overarching strategy of the host institution (university / higher education institution).

The operational goal of LASE as a scientific institution is to create scientific research and innovations as a competitive field of sport and health care in Latvia that satisfies the needs of the society, emphasizing the growth of the scientific and research capacity and quality. Establishing a material and technical basis that will allow to provide qualitative scientific research in the main science fields of the Academy’s operation – in sport science and health care – will promote a strategic approach to economic development (human resources, public health, development of methodologies for achieving high athletic results, etc.) and implementation of innovations.

The main objectives:

  1. the opportunities identified in the analysis of scientific activity and innovation development will be used to create new innovative products and to activate the transition towards high-technology industries and products. The development of a closer research cooperation is a prerequisite for the development of various interdisciplinary projects, the development of research and interdisciplinary end products of together with other higher education institutions and research institutes in Latvia.
  2. a prerequisite for the creation of new innovative products, for example, in promoting public health, is the continuous improvement of the scientific infrastructure in sport science and health care in sport, bases, attracting state funding within the framework of performance funding and projects, within the framework of European projects and contract work, attracting private funding, as well as integrating the economic needs and demands into science;
  3. improving the scientific infrastructure of LASE for the performance of innovative scientific research of scientific infrastructure in sport and health care in sport, attracting state funding, as well as financial resources from European projects and private entrepreneurs;
  4. to improve the environment for conducting scientific activity and to increase the full-time equivalent (FTE) for both researchers and gradually to the majority of the teaching staff (FTE from 0.1 to 0.5) for conducting research work within the framework of one workload; introducing into practice a variety of innovative physical activity and sport training, sport and health learning technologies;  
  5. to attract scientific and technical staff (hardware servicing staff);
  6. to systematically raise the prestige of the sport and health care in sport as a field in the society by actively informing the society about the discoveries within them and their practical applications in everyday life (LASE website, press releases, scientific conferences, seminars, further education courses) as a guarantee of individual’s health and personality formation;
  7. to expand the opportunities for attracting new specialists to research, additional funding for the accomplished research, ensuring the participation of new specialists in international conference, research projects and exchange programmes, to create an annual one-year scholarship for conducting a study necessary to the society;
  8. in parallel to the Promotion Thesis, as dissertation, to encourage the Doctoral degree applicants to defend a thematically unified set of scientific publications or a monograph;
  9. reflection of the scientific capacity in the LASE internationally quoted journal in English “LASE Journal of Sport Science”;
  10. to establish the LASE Health Care in Sport and Sport Science Research Centre, in cooperation with the Sports Department of the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Latvia, functionally consolidating with the Olympic Committee (LOK), Latvian Paralympic Committee (LPK), Latvian Olympic Unit (LOV), Latvian Sports Federations Council (LSFP), Murjāņi Sports gymnasium, Olympic centres and sports federations in sport science and State sport medicine centre in health care in sport, as well as research in cooperation with other higher education institutions and research centres in Latvia, Europe, especially Baltic, Scandinavian and in the world, strengthening infrastructures, material and technical basis and the development of human resource provision, also attracting ERDF funds;
  11. to develop cooperation with Madona municipality, (a sport centre for cyclic winter sports of an international level), establishing a branch of Sport Science Research Centres for winter and summer cyclic sports (biathlon, cross-country skiing, winter and summer orienteering, roller-skiing), providing support for athlete functionality and technical fitness testing, assessment and giving recommendations;
  12. to promote fast action in conducting applied research, if taking immediate action is required, for the analysis of an element in high achievement sport and its implementation in practice together with practitioners, for instance, luge riders;
  13. to strengthen the cooperation with sports federations, local governments and economic sectors to create innovations and high value-added products and technologies and to effectively coordinate the development of science and sport education and health care in sport;
  14. to strengthen the existing material and technical base of LASE research laboratories and centres, which will promote research in public health and high achievement sport. In order to explore the opportunities for improving the quality of life for people of all ages and to encourage innovation creation in sport biomechanics, recreation, ergonomics, sport physiotherapy, in the perspective it is planned to involve full-time researchers.
  15. sport science is an interdisciplinary branch of science, thus, to continue the development of the sport science branch in cooperation with Riga Stradiņš University (sport medicine), Riga Technical University (sport technologies), University of Latvia, Liepāja University, University of Daugavpils (dual career, sport pedagogy, didactics), National Defence Academy of Latvia (persons’ physical and functional abilities).

Within the framework of the Baltic Sport Science Association, together with partners from the University of Tartu (Estonia), Lithuanian Sports University (Lithuania) and Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education (Poland), to create a new Doctoral programme in English “Sport Science” and to implement it in practice by 2023.

1.12. Strategy for the development of scientific personnel

(no more than 500 words)

Describe institution’s / assessment entity’s strategy for the development of scientific personnel (include the strategy employed for the period of 2013-2018, as well as highlighting the priorities of the next evaluation period).

In 2017, the research conducted by the World Bank on LASE states that it would be necessary for LASE to continue to strengthen the international cooperation as a strategic priority, taking into account the close link between research and teaching, as well as the high-quality education process. The development of LASE academic staff and career support would be provided by a more systematic approach as part of a comprehensive LASE staff management policy, where academic career development opportunities are provided if Doctoral students are employed after obtaining the Doctoral degree. It is also necessary to include different competence development opportunities not only for the academic staff, but also for Doctoral students. However, the LASE evaluation report “The Investors in Excellence Standard” performed in December 2017 stated that it is necessary to invest in employee development, but it is also important to take into consideration the limited financial opportunities of LASE for investing in employee development in raising competence.

The age structure of the LASE academic staff envisages targeted activities by LASE to change the employee age structure, promoting recruitment, integration and teaching of younger employees. The renewal of the academic staff is aimed at a gradual formation of the LASE new scientist generation and ensuring the development of succession, when the senior lecturers transfer knowledge and skills to younger lecturers with the aim to preserve the intellectual capital created by LASE, while evaluating the contribution of experienced lecturers. LASE needs to develop programmes for attracting outstanding young scientists and for further work at the Academy. The renewal of the academic staff is facilitated by the increase of the number of Doctoral students and the promotion of the development of Doctoral student academic career, promoting the interest of young lecturers and their willingness to start and continue their career at LASE in order to ensure a qualitative study process and research.

1.13. Research infrastructure

(no more than 500 words)

Describe institution’s / assessment entity’s research infrastructure (including research equipment, computer resources, databanks, material collections, archives, research management, support services and technical staff) and its conformity to the scientific activity of the institution/assessment entity, the conformity with the institutional management, ensuring open access approach, long-term development and resource planning.

During the reporting period, by using the ERDF operational programme "Entrepreneurship and innovation" additional 2.1.1.3.2. sub-activities "Improvement of information technology infrastructure and information systems for scientific activities", the project „Creation of a United National Academic Network of Latvia for Ensuring Scientific Activity” was implemented, the goal of which is to establish a next-generation data transmission network for ensuring scientific activity and to improve information systems in state scientific institutions and higher education institutions. Provision of development and efficiency of the implemented scientific ICT (information and communication technology) infrastructure, within the framework of which the establishment of the Latvian academic network of state importance took place, as well as the development and equipping of a shared data centre, development of a joint access and modernization for foreign academic networks and scientific libraries. Improvement of the competitiveness of science and research, through which the purchase of technological resources to modernize the research infrastructure of project cooperation partners took place. Modernization of the management and administration of the science, research and teaching process through the establishment of the National Scientific Information System. As a result, the Latvian academic network of national significance was established for the provision of scientific activity and research, which provides an opportunity to improve the current activity and return of the science branch, to provide researchers with opportunities to fully and effectively participate in science activities of Europe and the world, as well as to ensure the full exploitation of the potential of the respective field.

In addition to the already existing 10 LASE research laboratories, two new ones were created - Kinesiology Research Laboratory and Physical Work Capacity Research Laboratory, as well as additional research equipment was also equipped – Strength platforms BTS P-6000 (Italy)Video system BTS VIXTA (Italy), Pulse Meter System POLAR TEAM SYSTEM (USA), Treadmill LIFE FITNESS (USA) and Electromyograph BTS FREEEMG 100

ERDF support for research institutions and higher education institutions is provided within the framework of the planning document – operational programme "Growth and Employment" of the 8.1.1. specific support objective "To increase the number of modernized STEM study programmes, including medicine and creative industries". Within the framework of the project, the Academy develops infrastructure for the needs of STEM study programmes, improves the premises of the LASE central building, purchases equipment, hardware, computer equipment, inventory and develops a modern study and scientific research working environment.

1.14. Role in doctoral and post-doctoral training and its impact

(no more than 400 words)

Assess the role of the institution/assessment entity in doctoral and post-doctoral training, as well as the academic and societal need for institution’s/assessment entity’s provided doctoral and post-doctoral training in comparison to other competitors in the same field of science as stated in G1.1.

Is the placement record of the institution’s/assessment entity’s doctoral graduates from 2013-2018 available for inspection? Has the institution/assessment entity been able to place doctoral graduates into foreign universities on non-Latvian funding?Are the professors and leading researchers at the institution/assessment entity active in tenure and doctoral committees etc.?

During the reporting period, 12 Doctoral Thesis were defended. 10 of them are LASE teaching staff and researchers. One Doctor is working at the University of Bologna, another one – at the Liepaja University. Three of the Doctoral Thesis are related to the society of Latvia –  “Physical recreation to improve the well-being of 45 – 55 years old people”, “Correlations between students’ healthy lifestyle awareness and habit formation” and “Promotion of physical capital in fitness”. Already in a narrower specialization that would allow to improve the economy of Latvia - “Innovative Model of Strategic Planning of Sport Sector in Latvia”. Considering sport education and new quality - “The development of coach professional didactic competence in further education” and “Optimization of high qualification sport game referee preparation process”.  On the development of professional sport - “Goalkeeper Competition Activity in Handball (Taking HC LSPA Team as Example)”, “Effect of local vibration on rower anaerobic power and anaerobic power capacity”, “Partners’ Physiological Engagement and Body Contact Improvement in Standard Sport Dances”, “The forehand stroke biomechanics in athletes of different qualifications and the evaluation of the locomotor system of young tennis players” and “Body hydration in team sport players”. One Thesis has been developed, considering health in the sport aspect - “Changes of Sportsmen Neck and Chest Segment functional condition due to Reflector Irritation”.

There are 12 professors working at the LASE Promotional Board, whereas 5 professors are working in various cooperation higher education institutions throughout Europe. 

1.15. Plan for ensuring sustainability of doctoral programmes

(no more than 400 words)

Relevant only to universities and higher education institutions and their assessment entities.

Does the institution / assessment entity have a plan for ensuring the sustainability of its doctoral programmes? If yes, please provide a short framework of the plan by stating the main strategic priorities; include an evaluation of internal and external strengths, potential opportunities and risks. Please, state a sustainable strategic plan for ensuring resource and infrastructure management and the necessary funding for doctoral training.

An innovative, research-based international interuniversity joint Doctoral study programme “Sport Science” by the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. The project objective is to reduce the fragmentation of study programmes and to strengthen the sharing of resources in the Latvian Academy of Sport Education by developing an innovative, research-based international interuniversity joint Doctoral study programme «Sport Science».

Main project activities:

  1. International publicity of the new study programme developed within the framework of the project and informative and publicity events on the implementation of the project.
  2. Development and licensing of a new joint Doctoral study programme” Sport Science” (51813) implemented in languages of the European Union; 
  3. Approbation of a new joint Doctoral study programme” Sport Science” (51813) implemented in languages of the European Union, including events for experience exchange;
  4. Accreditation of the study direction, which corresponds to the joint Doctoral study programme “Sport Science” (51813) developed within the framework of the project, at the EQAR Agency;
  5. Management of the project and ensuring of project implementation.

Planned results of the project:

  1. One closed study programme (by June 30,
  2. One new joint Doctoral study programme, the development and implementation of which is supported by the European Social Fund and which has received accreditation by the EQUAR Agency.


 

1.16. Science communication and public engagement measures

(no more than 400 words)

List the main directions and approaches employed by the institution/assessment entity to communicate science to stakeholders and a wider society. What are the target groups relevant to the institution/assessment entity?

LASE regularly organizes further education courses for sport specialists (for teachers, coaches, recreation specialists, managers in the field of sport and physiotherapists), which also introduce the latest research. There is also cooperation with sports federations, where concerns of the federations are heard and together with LASE researchers their causes are being sought, experiments are conducted and concrete solutions are offered. LASE scientists are also consultants for both sports teams and local governments, as well as merchants. LASE communicates with the society by publishing monographs. During this period, 5 monographs have been published in Latvian and 3 – in English. LASE actively participates in European Researchers’ Night and shows and tells about topical issues in sport science to the inhabitants of Latvia. LASE scientists participate in public TV and radio discussions on science issues, as well as publish articles in LV periodicals.    


 

1.17. Measures implemented as a result of previous evaluation carried out in 2013

(no more than 800 words)

Describe the main recommendations in the framework of previous evaluation, and the actions taken by the institution/assessment entity in order to implement the recommendation

LASE Science Strategies for 2018–2024 have been developed and they clearly define 4 research directions:

1. Improving public health through physical activity for people of all ages: folk sport, children and youth sport, adapted sport;

2. High achievement sport;

3. Sport education and socialization;

4. Socio-economic aspects of sport.

The editorial board of the magazine Lase Journal of Sport  Science has been expended with members from 9 new countries – Spain, Canada, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Russia. http://journal.lspa.lv/index.php/2015-03-04-08-25-13/international-editorial-board

Cooperation agreements with various higher education institutions have been highlighted in terms of research. https://www.lspa.lv/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2688:veselbas-un-socilie-indikatori-brnu-ar-invaliditti-dalbai-fizisks-aktivitts&catid=266:projekta-aktualittes&Itemid=477

The Foundation for Global Community Health (GCH), a 501(c)(3) public charity was created to develop best practices regarding school-based well-being programs, provide peer-reviewed research, and bridge the resource gap preventing schools around the world from implementing research-validated programs.http://www.gchfoundation.org/index.html#about  

The ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub) is an official network for university cooperation in Lifelong Learning Research between Asia and Europe.
The ASEM LLL Hub's operation is a part of the ASEM education process and it is a strong partner of the Asia Europe Foundation. The Hub brings together more than 100 researchers in its 5 research networks, senior representatives of 36 universities in its University Council and Senior Officials from 25 ministries of education and five flagship international organisations.
Research Network 5 "ASEM LLL Core Competences"
http://asemlllhub.org/researchnetworks/corecompetences/rn5members/

An international organisation working towards the development of the sport and active leisure sector, expert in building bridges between the worlds of education and employment and ensuring the development of a competent workforce with the right skills. http://eose.org/other-languages/latvijas/

Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00075262. EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY DIPLOMA IN ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. http://www.haaga-helia.fi/en/education/non-degree-programmes-0/eudapa?userLang=en . International Blind Sport Association (IBSA). European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education. European Sports Medicine Association.

ERDF support for research institutions and higher education institutions is provided within the framework of the planning document – operational programme "Growth and Employment" of the 8.1.1. specific support objective "To increase the number of modernized STEM study programmes, including medicine and creative industries". Within the framework of the project, the Academy develops infrastructure for the needs of STEM study programmes, improves the premises of the LASE central building, purchases equipment, hardware, computer equipment, inventory and develops a modern study and scientific research working environment. http://www.lspa.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=275&Itemid=549

In order to increase the LASE Journal of Sport Science, indexing has been done in the ERIH database. https://dbh.nsd.uib.no/publiseringskanaler/erihplus/periodical/info.action?id=481328

 

Despite the fact that the government and external funding is not enough, LASE itself provides funding for the development of science.

In order to improve the quality of research in the development of Promotional Thesis, bilateral agreements have been concluded, attracting additional supervisors of Promotional Thesis from University of Tartu, Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Bologna, Josef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw.

2. RESOURCES

2.1. Personnel in 2013-2018 (persons/ FTE)

Provide the information in terms of full-time equivalent (FTE) about all personnel working in research during the period under review. FTE refers to annual full-time work (40 hrs per week). If a person’s working time in the institution/assessment entity is 40% of that of normal working time (i.e., 16 hrs per week), but other time is spent in different work (for example, teaching, administrative duties, consultations, this is calculated as 0.4 FTE. Shaded fields are to be left empty.

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Academic personnel

(relevant only to universities and higher

education institutions)

64 63 59 58 60 49
Professors 17 18 17 18 19 17
Associated professors 15 14 12 11 12 12
Docents 22 22 19 19 16 12
Lecturers 8 7 9 6 7 5
Assistants 2 2 2 4 6 3
Other acting academic personnel - - - - - -
Including Masters students 2 1
Including Doctoral students 6 6
Including Arts Doctoral students - -
Including Medical residents - -
Including Postdoctoral researchers - -
Academic research personnel (defined in the Law of Scientific activity as Academic positions in scientific institutions) 8 8 9 10 17 12
Lead researchers 4 5 5 5 8 9
Researchers 2 2 3 3 3 2
Research assistants 2 1 1 2 6 1
Research attending staff 1 - - - - - -
Research technical staff 2 - - - - - -
Other acting academic research personnel - - - - - -
Including Bachelor students - -
Including Masters students - -
Including Doctoral students 1 1
Including Arts Doctoral students - -
Including Medical residents - -
Including Postdoctoral researchers - -
Other institution personnel 3 3 4 5 5 6

Visiting Professors and lectures

(according to the Law of Higher

Education Institutions)

3 3 4 5 5 6
Visiting researchers (according to the Law of Higher Education Institutions) - - - - - -
Visiting research students - - - - - -
Non-paid visiting professors3 - - - - - -
Non-paid visiting researchers3 - - - - - -
Non-paid research students3 - - - - - -
Total active academic and research personnel - - - - - -
Including Bachelor students - -
Including Masters students - -
Including Doctoral students - -
Including Arts Doctoral students - -
Including Medical residents - -
Including Postdoctoral researchers - -
Trainees / interns / residents - -

1) Includes all research administrative personnel, as defined in the Law of Scientific Activity article 1 section 1 paragraph 6.

2) Includes all research technical personnel, as defined in the Law of Scientific Activity article 1 section 1 paragraph 5.

3)For example – as part of MSCA RISE mobility programme.

3. RESEARCH OUTPUTS

3.1. Number of scientific publications and other outputs 2013-2018

This question surveys how the research carried out in the institution/assessment entity has impacted research in its own field(s). Provide the indicators of scientific publishing, most important research results during the period under review.

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Articles (full text publications) in peer reviewed scientific edited journals and conference proceedings included in Web of Science or SCOPUS databases 2 7 13 17 5 10
Articles in peer reviewed scientific edited journals and conference proceedings not included in Web of Science or SCOPUS databases 15 22 22 10 20 10
Defended doctoral theses 4 2 3 2 - -
Monographs 1 1 3 3 3 1
Other scientific publications 1) 12 - 5 7 21 -
Text books and other research-related publications 3 2 - - - -
Registered Latvian patents - 1 - - - -
Registered European patents - - - - - -
Other approved international patents - - - - - -
Prototypes, computer programs and algorithms 2) - - - - - -
Cultivars registered each year - - - - - -
Conference abstracts 52 63 49 72 64 47
Visiting lectures 14 15 15 13 16 14
Science communication activities (articles in popular science literature issues, self-published popular science literature issues, media materials – radio, TV, other media appearances. 7 5 4 6 7 2

Reports on research results from

applied research or industry commerce, non-governmental institutions, state and municipality institutions

- - - - - 1
Participation in exhibitions with a prototype (-s) of research results - - - - - -
Art and artistic related activities if they are recognised as R&D by higher education institutions in the respective field 3) - - - - - -
Other 4) - - - - - -

1) Includes edited proceedings, collections and special issues of scientific journals, and unrefereed scientific articles, excluding conference abstracts

2) Approximates the number of programs and algorithms that have been approbated and in use outside the institutions /assessment entity.

3) Only if the institution/assessment entity is implementing research and research based artistic activities in the respective fields: Art (arts, design, history of arts, performing arts, music)

4) May include design products, prototypes, artefacts, exhibitions, performances etc. Please specify.

3.2. Most important research and innovation and collaboration projects

List a minimum of 15 most impactful projects to the research institution / assessment entity during the period under review.

  1. 1.Latvian Luge Federation – based on research findings and conclusions, to accordingly improve the training of high-class luge athletes
  2. 2.Sia “Air Baltic Training” – Monitoring of BBT New Pilots’ Physical Fitness
  3. 3.Latvian Plympic Committee – “Whole Class Do Sport”
  4. 4.SIA “RicBerry” – “Ogu enerģētiskō produktu iedarbības pamatojums uz 4 mērķa grupām, tai skaitā sportistiem” (Rationale for effects of berry energy products on 4 target groups, including athletes)
  5. 5.LU Faculty of Biology – “Metaboli nelabvēlīgās adipozitātes risku un tās samazināšanās iespēju izvērtējums jaunu cilvēku populācijā” (Assessment of the risks of metabolic adverse adiposity and its reduction potential in youth)
  6. 6.EEA and Norway Grant – “Health and Social Indicators of Participation in Physical Activities for Children with Disabilities”
  7. 7.ERDF – “Nanolīmenī modificētu tekstīliju virsmu pārklājumu sintēze un enerģētiski neatkarīgas mērīšanas sistēmas integrācija viedapģērbā ar medicīnisko novērojumu funkcijām” (Synthesis of nano-modified textile surface coating and integration of an energetically independent measurement system in smart clothing with medical observation features)
  8. 8.EU project – “A European Sector Skills Alliance for Sport and Physical Activity (ESSA-Sport)”
  9. 9.Nord Plus Visby programme Linkoping University – “The Physical Health in Baltic Youth Study”
  10. 10.EEA and Norway Grant – “Indicators of Inclusive Education”
  11. 11.Council of Europe Pestalozzi programme – “Pestelozzi Modules for Trainer Physical education and sport for demoncacy and human rights”
  12. 12.Bilateral agreement between LASE and Tartu University – ”Determination of Athletes Body Hydration Degree and its Effects on Performance”
  13. 13.MoES – “Sportista kondīcijas optimizācija pirms sacensībām”, “minerālvielu koncentrāciju ietekme uz veģetatīvo nervu sistēmas un muskuļu neiromuskulatūrās regulācijas un sportista darbaspēju atjaunošanās pētīšanai augstas klases sportistiem” (Optimizing condition of an athlete before competitions, influence of mineral concentrations on vegetative nervous system and muscle neuromuscular regulation, and regeneration of athlete working ability for high-class athletes)
  14. 14.Madona municipality – “Fiziskās rekreācijas veidi 45-55 gadus vecu cilvēku fiziskās veselības un pašsajūtas uzlabošanai” (Physical recreation types for the improvement of physical health and mood of 45-55 year-olds)
  15. 15.LZP grant – “Izglītības sistēmas kvalitātes, mūžizglītības, iekļaujošās un mēdiju pedagoģijas pētījums Latvijā un starptautiskā kontekstā”(Study of education system quality, lifelong learning, inclusive and media pedagogy in Latvia and in international context)
  16. 16.The project support from the Swedish Institute – “Elite Sport Training in Upper Secondary Education” – Models for Sportive Success (Sweden, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Belarus)

3.3. Most important publications by academic personnel and researchers

List 10-15 most impactful publications.

List Institutions / assessment entity’s key publications published after 2013, indicated in the order of quality. Please describe the reasoning for the importance of each of the stated publications. The list may also include manuscripts published during the period under review or manuscripts approved for publication but still unpublished. References to books should include names of editors, place of publication, and year.

  1. Brian, A., De Meester, A., Klavina A., Taunton, S., Pennell, A., Irwin, J.M., Lieberman, L., Haerens, L. (2018). PREDICTORS OF AUTONOMOUS MOTIVATION FOR ADOLESCENTS WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS FROM THE UNITED STATES AND LATVIA: A CROSS-CULTURAL EXAMINATION. Journal Of Sport & Exercise Psychology. Vol40, ppS78-S79, Supplement S, Web of Science, Impact factor 2.41
  2. Klavina A. (2018). HIGHER EDUCATION IN EUROPE ON 'ADAPTED, ADAPTIVE AND ADAPTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY'. Journal Of Physical Activity & Health,
  3. Brian, A., De Meester, A., Klavina, A. et.al (2018). PREDICTORS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AMONG LATVIAN AND US CHILDREN/ADOLESCENTS WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS

Journal Of Sport & Exercise Psychology   Vol.40   Supplement:S,   pp S21-S21. Web of Science,Impact Factor 1.173

  1. Kalnina, L., Sauka, M., Timpka, T., Dahlstrom, O., Nylander, E., Selga, G.,Ligere, R., Karklina, H., Priedite, I.S., Larins, VBODY FAT IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS PARTICIPATING IN ORGANIZED SPORTS: DESCRIPTIVE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY OF 6048 LATVIAN ATHLETES. Scandinavian Journal Of Public Health, 43, Issue:6, Pages: 615-622, Web of Science, Impact factor 1.646
  2. Block, M. E.Hutzler, Y., Barak, S., Klavina A et.al (2013). CREATION AND VALIDATION OF THE SELF-EFFICACY INSTRUMENT FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER EDUCATION MAJORS TOWARD INCLUSION. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly 
  3. Kiitam, U., Voitkevica, L.,Timpmann, S.,Pontaga, I., Ereline, J., Unt, E.,Oopik, V., (2018)

PRE-PRACTICE HYDRATION STATUS IN SOCCER (FOOTBALL) PLAYERS IN A COOL ENVIRONMENT. Medicina-Lithuania,  Vol.54, Issue:6, Article No: UNSP 102, Web of Science, Impact Factor 1.429

  1. Vazne, Z., Zidens, J., Grants J. et al. (2018) THE DEPENDENCE OF LATVIAN HANDBALL PLAYERS' EFFECTIVENESS IN COMPETITIONS ON PSYCHOLOGICAL INDICATORS. Transformations In Business & Economics 
  2. Greblikaite, J., Sroka, W., Grants J. (2015) DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EUROPEAN UNION: POLICY AND SITUATION OF LITHUANIA AND POLAND. Transformations In Business & EconomicsWeb of Science, Impact Factor 1.112
  3. Rahman, Yasin, R.M.Buang, N.A.,Oganisjana, K.,Fernate, A.,Koke, T. (2015)

USING PROBLEM-FOCUSED APPROACH TO NURTURE CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AMONG STUDENTS. Conference: Proceedings of 6th World Conference on Educational Sciences LocationGrand Hotel Excelsior Convention Center, Valletta, MALTA Date: FEB 06-09, Proceedings of 6th World Conference on Educational Sciences   Book Series: Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences  Vol. 191   pp 2782-2786, Web of Science

  1. Oks, A.Katashev, A.Bernans, E.; et al. (2017) A COMPARISON OF THE ACCURACY OF THE SMART SOCK SYSTEM TO FORCE PLATFORM AND OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR MEASUREMENT OF TEMPORAL PARAMETERS OF LOCOMOTION. Conference: 17th World Textile Conference of the Association-of-Universities-for-Textiles (AUTEX) - Shaping the Future of Textiles Location: GREECE Date: MAY 29-31, 2017,  17TH WORLD TEXTILE CONFERENCE AUTEX 2017 - SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TEXTILES   Book Series: IOP Conference Series-Materials Science and Engineering   Volume: 254     Article Number: UNSP 072017, Web of Science
  2. Cuprika, A., Fernate, A., Cupriks, L. (2014). CHARACTERIZATION OF WOMEN'S GENERAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN FITNESS. Conference: International Scientific Conference on Society, Integration, Education Location: Rezekne, LATVIA Date: MAY 23-24, 2014  Sponsor(s): Rezekne Higher Educ Inst; Fac Educ & Design; Personal Socializat Res Inst. SOCIETY, INTEGRATION, EDUCATION, VOL III, 2014   Book Series: Sabiedriba Integracija Izglitiba-Society Integration Education   Pages: 379-390, Web of Science  
  3. Sislova, EleonoraFernate, AndraPREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AT HIGH SCHOOL. Conference: International Scientific Conference on Society, Integration, Education Location: Rezekne Acad Technologies, Rezekne, LATVIA Date: MAY 25-26, 2018  Sponsor(s): Klaipeda Univ; Rigas Stradina Univ; Rezekne Acad Technologies, Fac Educ Language & Design. SOCIETY, INTEGRATION, EDUCATION: HIGHER EDUCATION   Book Series: Sabiedriba Integracija Izglitiba-Society Integration Education   Pages: 524-535, Web of Science
  4. Klavina, AijaZusa-Rodke, AnnaGaleja, Zinta
  5. Rodionova, KarinaKlavina, AijaTHE IMPACT OF DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS AND MODALITIES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON HEALTH VARIABLES IN ELDERLY PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES. Conference: International Scientific Conference on Society, Integration, Education Location: Rezekne, LATVIA Date: MAY 27-28, 2016.  Sponsor(s): Rezekne Acad Technologies, Fac Educ Language & Design; Siauliai Univ; Univ Studi Bari Aldo Moro; Rigas Stardina Univ; BIMM. SOCIETY, INTEGRATION, EDUCATION, VOL. III   Book Series: Sabiedriba Integracija Izglitiba-Society Integration Education   Pages: 533-541, Web of Science
  6. Pontaga, IneseZidens, JanisCOMPARISON OF LATVIAN QUALIFIED BASKETBALL AND HANDBALL PLAYERS PERFORMANCE. Conference: International Scientific Conference on Society, Integration, Education Location: Rezekne Acad Technologies, Rezekne, LATVIA Date: MAY 25-26, 2018.  Sponsor(s): Klaipeda Univ; Rigas Stradina Univ; Rezekne Acad Technologies, Fac Educ Language & Design. SOCIETY, INTEGRATION, EDUCATION, VOL IV: SPORTS AND HEALTH ART AND DESIGN   Book Series: Sabiedriba Integracija Izglitiba-Society Integration Education   Pages: 211-221, Web of Science

4. DOCTORAL AND POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING

4.1. Number of students in 2013-2018

Give the number of completed Master degrees and their ratio among those enrolled in the doctoral training. Give ratio of doctoral graduates who had exceeded the period intended by the study programme as the normative time to degree (TTD) – (normative programme duration (credits) in percentages).

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Completed their Masters degree1) 10    9 6 11   8   6
Enrolled in doctoral studies2) 9 6 11 8 6
Defended doctoral dissertations 4 3 3 2 - -
Doctoral graduates exceeding the normative time to degree(%) - - - - - -
Number of post-doctoral researchers trained - - - - - -

1) Master students are enrolled at the host universities and complete their degree there. Institution’s/Assessment entity’s personnel is also involved in supervising Master’s theses. Research institutes indicate Master students, if during the period under review at least half of the Master thesis has been performed at research institute under the guidance of the research staff of the institute.

2) Doctoral students enrolled at the university/ or a number of PhD students who during the period under review have been working at institution/assessment entity under the guidance of the researcher of the institution/assessment entity.

4.2. List of the Institution’s /Assessment entity’s academic research personnel’s doctoral dissertations in 2013-2018

List no more than 15 of the Institution’s /Assessment entity’s academic research personnel’s doctoral dissertations which have had the most impact to the research institution / assessment entity during the period under review. If at least half of the doctoral dissertation has been supervised and/or done at a research institute (institution/ assessment entity), the doctoral dissertation can also be listed as its own outcome. In this case also indicate the university (year of completion) where the doctoral dissertation has been defended.

Author’s name Title of dissertation Year of completing the degree University where presented for defence Reasoning for the importance/ impact Elected Non elected
Signe LUIKA Innovative Model of Strategic Planning of Sport Sector in Latvia 2013 LASE The development of innovative strategic planning model of sport sector. +

Monta

JAKOVĻEVA

The development of coach professional didactic competence in further education 2013 LASE Working out of structured, theoretically and scientifically substantiated model for the development of coach professional didactic competence, investigating the efficiency of professional development programmes of further education, and developing the assessment criteria of coach professional didactic competence. +
Andris MOLOTANOVS Goalkeeper Competition Activity in Handball (Taking HC LSPA Team as Example) 2013 LASE The methodology of handball goalkeeper competition performance optimization with the heart rate analysis, reaction speed control exercises and cranial electrotherapy stimulation methods. -
Kalvis CIEKURS Effect of local vibration on rower anaerobic power and anaerobic power capacity 2013 LASE The development of local vibration training application methodology and its approbation, the study of its effect on the increase of rowers’ anaerobic power and anaerobic power capacity +
Alīna KĻONOVA Partners’ Physiological Engagement and Body Contact Improvement in Standard Sport Dances 2014 LASE Based on the prior knowledge about dance development, and the combined knowledge on training process, biomechanics and physiological engagement of the partnered dance, to develop partners’ body contact model in Standard sport dances, as well as to develop and evaluate the practical recommendations for achieving this model. -
Anna ZUŠA The forehand stroke biomechanics in athletes of different qualifications and the evaluation of the locomotor system of young tennis players 2014 LASE The development of recommendations for the improvement of young tennis players' forehand stroke technique and correct posture stereotype development and prophylactics of strength imbalance. +
Renārs LĪCIS Optimization of high qualification sport game referee preparation process 2014 LASE Scientifically substantiated and purposeful development of the factor model, characterizing sport game referees corresponding to high qualification criteria; evaluation of the effect of the methodological content to optimize the content of the main factors. +
Ieva KUNDZINA (Zvīgule) Physical recreation to improve the well-being of 45 – 55 years old people 2015 LASE 1. The impact of physical recreation outdoors (biking, Nordic walking, and cross-country skiing) on the well-being of people in the age group of 45- 55 years of age (using the optimal age-appropriate amount of recreation time (about 50 minutes) with intensity (65-70% of maximum heart rate). The research provides justification for practical use of biking, Nordic walking and cross-country skiing: 2. informing the public about the importance of recreational activities that promote well-being; 3. Encouraging people to do physical activity in order to improve public health and contribute to the economy. +
Zinta GALEJA Changes of Sportsmen Neck and Chest Segment functional condition due to Reflector Irritation 2015 LASE 1. Is set up and approved methodology of the assessment of the mobility of separate pairs of ribs and movement asymmetry, using computerized digital image processing photogrammetry method. 2. Is given a theoretical justification of the effect of the disorders of muscle motor control on the movement patterns, which is to be included in sports coaches, sports doctors and physiotherapists special study courses. 3. Are given recommendations for the combination of applied kinesiology and manual therapy with physical properties developing means. +
Lilita VOITKEVIČA Body hydration in team sport players 2015 LASE To determine body hydration status of sports game players prior to training, changes in hydration status caused by training and rehydration possibilities for sports game players -
Helēna VECENĀNE Correlations between students’ healthy lifestyle awareness and habit formation 2016 LASE Development, implementation and effectiveness evaluation of scientifically proved health promoting integrated physical activities’ guidelines for the development of students’ capacity during their studies for a self-directed healthy lifestyle application. -
Aleksandra ČUPRIKA Promotion of physical capital in fitness 2016 LASE Evaluation of effectiveness of a theoretically justified physical capital promotion model in fitness as an implementation of a healthy lifestyle and development of practical recommendations for promoting physical capital for women +

 

5. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

5.1. National collaboration

List no more than 30 national collaboration partners for the institution / assessment entity. The collaborator refers to a person or a research team with whom the cooperation has generated at least one of the outcomes indicated in section 3.1. Types of collaboration include e.g. joint projects, researcher mobility. In "Field of science", give the main field of the collaborator according to Cabinet Order of Jan 23 2018 No 49.

Organisation Type of collaboration

Period

(from – to)

Field/s of science (as stated in G1.2.) Monetary value (RI share) EUR
Universities
1. Riga Technical University Cooperation in science, research and innovations, to conduct joint research 2018 Up to now 5.7 Other social sciences/ sport science
2. Riga Stradiņš University Research in the following directions: 2016 Up to now 5.7 Other social sciences
Other institutions of higher education (including colleges and academies)
1. Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy Applied and scientific research and innovation. 2016 2017 5.7 Other social sciences
2. Rezekne Institution of Higher Education State research programme “Innovative Solutions in Social Telerehabilitation in Latvian Schools in the Context of Inclusive Education” 2015 5.7 Other social sciences
Public research institute
Enterprises*
1.SIA “Jumava” Publishing of books/ monographs. 2018 Up to now 5.7 Other social sciences
2.SIA “Air Baltic Training” Monitoring of Pilots’ Physical Fitness 2017 2018 5.7 Other social sciences
3. SIA “APPLY” Project “Establishment of a Prototype of a Senior Rehabilitation System” 2016 2017
4. SIA “Sporta centrs “Mežaparks”” Providing scientific research in sport and health care in the field of sport 2014 2015 5.7 Other social sciences
5.SIA “ErgoEkoActiv” Developing, researching and patenting new products. 2014 2016 5.7 Other social sciences
6. Physical health, sport medicine and rehabilitation center “Sporta laboratorija” To coordinate scientific cooperation through joint scientific research on topical issues 2014 Up to now 5.7 Other social sciences
Research project: 3D printed prosthesis and orthosis customization aspect, P&O improvement with sensors implementation 2016 2018 5.7 Other social sciences
Sectoral public partners – government institutions, subordinated institutions, municipalities
1.Latvian Luge Federation 2018 Up to now 5.7 Other social sciences
2. Carnikava municipality 5.7 Other social sciences
3.Latvian Olympic Committee

Development of a methodological handbook for sport activities.

Development of methodology for functional property measurements and performance of measurements for children.

2013 2018 5.7 Other social sciences
  1. VS “Traumatoloģijas un ortopēdijas slimnīca”, Raivis Aršauskis Health Center
Cooperation in scientific research on human joint ligament health, strength, trauma causes, rehabilitation for physically active people 2017 2018 5.7 Other social sciences

National conferences, workshops and seminars

organised by the institution/ assessment entity

Latvian Academy of Sport Education 1.LASE International Scientific Conference 2013 Up to now 5.7 Other social sciences
Latvian Academy of Sport Education 2.Science Equipment Exhibition 2013 Up to now 5.7 Other social sciences

* Experts will take in consideration that some information cannot be disclosed by the institution / assessment entity, due to possible limitations stated in the EU or national regulations on protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets).

5.2. Visits abroad during after 2013

List no more than 15 visits which are of the most significance to the institution / assessment entity (e.g. research visits – exchanges, conferences, practical workshops) during the period under review. List the visits in ascending chronological order. In “Purpose of the visit”, indicate clearly the objective of the visit. In “Outputs and outcomes of the visit”, indicate clearly the resulting collaborations, projects and scientific results (including the ones described in section 3.1.).

Name (include full academic or job title) Visit organisation Country

Period

(from – to)

Purpose of the visit Outputs and outcomes of the visit

Prof. Juris Grants

University of Ottawa, School of Human Kinetics, Canada 2015/04 Exchanges, practical workshops Topic: Development of High-Performance of Sport Coaches, PhD program
Hokkaido University of Education,

Asahikawa,

Japan

2018/05

Exchanges, practical workshops Topic: New Trends of Sport Science in Latvia in Europe and World Context. Master and Bachelor Study program
J.Pilsudski University of Physical Education Warsaw, Faculty of PE in Biala ala Podlaska Poland 2013-2018 Exchanges, practical workshops

Research Methodology in Sport Science, Master Program

Prof. Aija Kļaviņa

Assist. Karīna Ostrovska

Norwegian School of Sport Sciences Norway 5-12 September, 2016

International research project

"Health and social indicators for participation in physical activity for children with disabilities”

An agreement on the qualitative indicator section of project result analysis data replenishment, as well as agreement on the development process of international publications.
Žermena Vazne Lithuania Sport University Lithuania 2013 up to now Doctoral theses

Research Methodology in Sport Science, DSoctoral Program

5.3. Visits to the Institution / assessment entity after 2013

List no more than 15 visits which are of the most significance to the institution / assessment entity during the period under review. List the visits in ascending chronological order. In "Purpose of the visit”, indicate clearly the objective of the visit. In “Outputs and outcomes of the visit”, indicate clearly the resulting collaborations, projects and scientific results (including the ones described in section 3.1.).

Name of visitor

(include full academic or job title)

Home organisation Country

Period

(from – to)

Purpose of the visit Outputs and outcomes of the visit
Prof. Jonny Nilsson

Dalarna University, Falun,

Sweden

Sweden 2013 up to now

Doctoral

lectures

Doctoral Theses
Prof. Rolf Carlson GIH Sweden 2013 up to now

Doctoral

lectures

Doctoral Theses

Article in the LASE journal of Sport Science

Assoc. Prof. Arturs Litwiniuk

Assoc Prof. Krzystof Piech

Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw 2013 up to now

Doctoral

lectures

Doctoral Theses

Article in the LASE journal of Sport Science

Prof. Pier Trudel University of Ottawa Canada 2017 up to now 10th Baltic Sport Science A special edition of the LASE journal of Sport Science
Prof. Roland Seiler University of Bern Switzerland 17.-24.04.2013

Develop and strengthen the potential of Latvian higher education and research institutes by increasing availability of high quality higher education and research

International keynote speech: „Sport Psychology – needs and perspectives for research, education and application”.

 (6th Baltic Scientific Conference Sport Science for Sustainable Society).„Conceptual and methodological issues (in the measurement) in sport psychology research” . Consultations for Doctoral students.

Dr. Sharon Tsuk,

Dr. Yael Pernick

Dr.Nili Steinberg-Knopp 

Zinman College for Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the Wingate Institute Israel 6. - 12. May, 2018 Master lectures Lectures for LASE Health Care Master students on fatigue machanisms in the training process; cardiovascular system factors that affect the effect of physical exercise; musculoskeletal risk factors in athlete evaluation; athlete trauma and rehabilitation.

5.4. Most important foreign collaborators after 2013

List no more than 30 foreign collaborators which are of the most significance to the institution / assessment entity, as defined in item 5.1. Please list the information in ascending chronological order.

Organisation Type of collaboration

Period

(from – to) / permanently

Field of science (as stated in G1.2.) Outputs and outcomes of the collaboration1

Monetary value

(RI share) EUR

Universities
1.Bohdan Khmelnystsky National University of Cherkasy (Ukraine)

Participation in contributing to research and scientific accomplishments in the areas of common interests.

Joint organisation of conferences, seminar and workshops.

Educational and popularising activities aimed at promoting scientific accomplishments.

2016 - 2019 5.7 Other social sciences

Research projects, Master Theses

2.Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw (Poland)

Participation in contributing to research and scientific accomplishments in the areas of common interests.

Joint organisation of conferences, seminar and workshops.

Educational and popularising activities aimed at promoting scientific accomplishments.

2013 up to now 2016 - 2019 5.7 Other social sciences
University of Bern Research project: Promotion of physical capital in fitness 2016 5.7 Other social sciences

Doctoral Theses

Article in the LASE journal of Sport Science

Mykolas Romeris University Research project: The Latvian sport sector legislation coherence with EU sports policy regulation 2016 5.7 Other social sciences Article in the LASE journal of Sport Science
Islamic Azad University Research project: ”Effectiveness of plyometric training with Blood flow restriction on physiological and functional factors in Taekwondo players ” 2018 5.7 Other social sciences

Doctoral Theses

Article in the LASE journal of Sport Science

University of Tartu, Faculty of Exercise and Sport Science Research project: Determination of athletes` body hydration degree in dependence on sport specialization and its effect on performance 2014 5.7 Other social sciences Article in the LASE journal of Sport Science
University of Bologna Research project: Eating Disorders and the physical activity professionals 2014 5.7 Other social sciences

Doctoral Theses

Article in the LASE journal of Sport Science

Other institutions of higher education (including colleges and academies)
  1. Norwegian School of Sport Science
Cooperation in scientific research. Invite researcher to participate in seminars, conferences, courses and meeting on research themes of common interest; develop scientific research programs in fields of common interest. 2014 – 2016 5.7 Other social sciences Research projects, Conferences, workshops, articles
Public research institutes
Enterprises*
International conferences, workshops and seminars organised by the institution / assessment entity2
1.Baltic Sport Science Society Baltic Science Conference From 2008 5.7 Other social sciences Abstract book

2. Latvian Outdoor Sports and Recreation Education federation

Outdoor Sports and Recreation Education Summer School From 2010 5.7 Other social sciences Collective monography
International Scientific journals published by the institution / assessment entity
LASE LASE Journal of Sport Science From 2010 5.7 Other social sciences Journal
Baltic Sport Science Society Baltic Journal of Sport and Health Sciences From 201 5.7 Other social sciences Journal

1 Describe e.g. key joint publications, researcher training, adoption and use of new technologies or new approaches.

2in the section “Period” indicate the whole period of organization of the conference etc.

* Experts will take into consideration that some information cannot be disclosed by the institution / assessment entity, due to possible limitations stated in the EU or national regulations on protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets).

6. CONTRIBUTION TO INNOVATION, DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITATION OF RESULTS AND OTHER SCIEN-TIFIC AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES*

*In accordance to the institution’s / assessment entity’s research strategy and other strategic goals.

6.1. Invited presentations in scientific conferences

List no more than 15 of the most important invited plenary and other presentations. Please list the information in ascending chronological order.

Name/s of the researcher/s

Topic of presentation

(link if available)

Name and date of the conference Outputs and outcomes of the collaboration
Aleksandra ČUPRIKA Promotion of physical capital in fitness

The 11th Conference of the Baltic Sport Science Society

April 26-28, 2017 Riga, Latvia

Prof. Aija Kļavina (Latvia) Evidence based research on measures of physical activity in children with and without disability

The 10th Conference of the Baltic Sport Science Society

April 26-28, 2017 Riga, Latvia

Ieva Kundzina Physical recreation to improve the well-being 45-55 year old people

The 9th Conference of the Baltic Sport Science Society

April 27-29, 2016 Kaunas, Lithuania

Anna Zuša The forehand stroke biomechanics in athletes of different qualifications and the evaluation of the locomotor system of young tennis players

The 7th Conference of the Baltic Sport Science Society

My, 7-9, 2014, Tartu Estonia

Zermena Vazne,

Overview on the research of athletes psychological preparation

aspects carried out in Latvia.

2nd International Scientific Conference 6th ISSSS

Conference Sport and Leisure Management: Tendencies and Challenges. 2014/4-5th December). Kaunas, Lithuania,

Book of

Abstracts. pp.100-102. ISSN 2335-2248

Andra Fernāte

The physical education teachers` competences in a learning society”,

 

the 8th Conference of Baltic Society of Sport Sciences „Sport Science for Sports Practice and Teacher’s Training“, Vilnius, Lithuania  23.04.2015 2016. - 2018 Erasmus+ (KA2 - Key Action 2) Strategic project on  “Identification of good practice in the training of sports teachers: a European perspective” ining of sports teachers:a European perspective”(2015-1-TR01-KA203-021768). Eksperte. Book
Juris Grants Sport Science – for Health and Physical Activity. Regional Forum for NOK, NIC, Baltic States and Georgia. Riga, Latvia, 8 June, 2018.
New trends of sport science in Latvia in European context. 10th international Baltic sport medicine congress.  Riga, Latvia, April 21, 2018.
Models of Sport Reserve Training: European Experience. », Presentation as a keynote speaker, Minsk, Belarus, 26 October, 2017.
Incorporating Sports with our Life

International Scientific Practical Conference «Sports Reserv System Hestourex World Health Sport Tourism Congress & Exhibition,

Antalya, Turkey, April 6-9, 2017.

Qualitative research on dual career for professional athletes in Latvia: Inductive Approach.

20th European Fair Play Congress “Fair Play values – The bridge between Sports and Culture in Europe without discrimination”, October 9-10, 2014, Riga, Latvia.

6.2. Memberships in editorial boards of scientific journals

List no more than 15 of the most important memberships. Present names for the most important journals in the field. Tick the box if the journal is indexed in either Web of Science or Scopus databases or both.

Name Journal Period Web of Science SCOPUS
Juris Grants

1. Journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” Journal of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga, Latvia, Chief Editor (www.journal.lspa.lv)

2. Journal “Baltic Journal of Sport and Health Sciences”, Journal of the Baltic Sport Science Society, Deputy Editors in Chief

3. Journal “Sport Science” (Sporto Mokslas), Journal of Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuanian Olympic Academy, Lithuania, Member of Editorial Board

4. Journal “Polish Journal of Sport and Tourism”, Journal of Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw, Poland, Member of Editorial Board

5. Journal “Journal of Outdoor Activities” of University of Jan Evangelista Purkyne Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, Member of Editorial Board

6. Journal “Motus in Verbo: Young Scientist Journal” of University of Mateja Bela, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, Member of Editorial Board

7. Journal “Human and Health” of Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education in Biala Podlaska, Polska, Member of Editorial Board

8. Journal of Applied Sport Sciences of the National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski”, Sofia, Bulgaria, Member of Editorial Board

9. Journal “Leisure researches” of the Lithuanian Sports University, Kaunas, Lithuania, Member of Editorial Board

10. Journal “Journal of Physical Education and Human Movement (JPEHM)” of University of Malaga (Spain) and in co-direction with Quality Leadership University (Panama), Member of Editorial Team

2010 up to now

2010 up to now

2015 up to now

2014 up to now

Agita Ābele Journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” Journal of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga, Latvia, Member of Editorial Board (www.journal.lspa.lv) 2010 up to now
Leonīds Čupriks Journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” Journal of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga, Latvia, Member of Editorial Board (www.journal.lspa.lv) 2010 up to now
Andra Fernāte

Journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” Journal of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga, Latvia, Member of Editorial Board (www.journal.lspa.lv)

The Journal of Education Culture and Society. ISSN 2081-1640, zinātniskā recenzente (http://joedcuso.eu/Journal/People) .

ECER 2010-2019 konferences 11. tīkla “Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance” zinātnisko rakstu pieteikumu recenzēšana. https://eera-ecer.de/networks/11-educational-improvement-and-quality-assurance/convenors/

2010 up to now

2012 – up to now

2010-2019

Rasma Jansone Journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” Journal of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga, Latvia, Member of Editorial Board (www.journal.lspa.lv) 2010-2018
Jānis Lanka

Journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” Journal of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga, Latvia, Member of Editorial Board (www.journal.lspa.lv)

Journal “Baltic Journal of Sport and Health Sciences”, Journal of the Baltic Sport Science Society, Member of Editorial Board

2010 up to now

2015 up to now

Inese Pontaga

Journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” Journal of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga, Latvia, Member of Editorial Board (www.journal.lspa.lv)

“Acta Facultatis Educationis Physicae Universitatis Comenianae”, e-ISSN: 2585-8777 (Bratislava, Slovākija). https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/afepuc/afepuc- overview.xml

«Наука и спорт: современныетенденции»,

ISSN 2308-8826 (Kazan, Russia) https://www.sportacadem.ru/files/tom_15_2.pdf

2010 up to now

2015 up to now

2014 up to now

Jānis Žīdens

Journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” Journal of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga, Latvia, Member of Editorial Board (www.journal.lspa.lv)

Journal “Baltic Journal of Sport and Health Sciences”, Journal of the Baltic Sport Science Society, Deputy Editors in Chief

Journal “Sport Science” (Sporto Mokslas), Journal of Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuanian Olympic Academy, Lithuania, Member of Editorial Board

2010 up to now

2015 up to now

2014 up to now

Uldis Grāvītis

Journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” Journal of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga, Latvia, Member of Editorial Board (www.journal.lspa.lv)

Baltic Journal of Sport and Health Sciences

2010 up to now

2015 up to now

Zermēna Vazne Journal “LASE Journal of Sport Science” Journal of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga, Latvia, Member of Editorial Board (www.journal.lspa.lv) 2018 up to now

6.3. Prizes awarded to researchers, honours and scientific positions of trust

Give no more than 15 of the most important prizes and awards to the personnel.

Name/s of the researcher/s Date Prize, position
Juris Grants 29 November, 2018. Honorary Doctor’s title at the J. Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw for long-lasting, positive and productive cooperation in sport science, guiding and organizing a unified sport and active lifestyle policy in the Baltic region, as well as for the support to the J. Pilsudski University by developing and implementing most progressive trends in sport education and recreation.

6.4. Memberships in committees and in scientific advisory boards of business companies or other similar tasks of no primarily academic nature

Give no more than 15 of the most important memberships in governmental and private structures.

Name/s of the researcher/s Tasks Period Outputs and outcomes of the collaboration*
Juris Grants

Expert. Latvian Council of Science. Expert of Promotion Council in Sport Science field;

Expert- Lithuanian Sport University, Tartu University, Malaga University, J. Pilsutski Warsaw Sport Education University    doctoral commission expert;

Baltic Sport Science Society - president

(2011-2018)
Zermena Vazne

Expert. Latvian Council of Science. Expert of Promotion Council in Sport Science field;

Expert- Lithuanian Sport University, Doctoral commission expert;

ExpertRPIVA, doctoral commission expert;

(2011-2018)

(2015-2016)

 (2015)

Andra Fernāte

Expert. Latvian Council of Science. Expert of Promotion Council in Sport Science  and Pedagogy field;

Expert from Latvia in the Expert work group created by the European Commission and EU Member States "Expert Group on Health-enhancing Physical Activity" (XG - HEPA)

European Commission Expert Group “Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport” (XG HR)

Council of Europe Pestalozzi Programme, Pestalozzi Modules for Trainer Training „Physical education and sport for democracy and human rights”, Nr. CoE 2014 1021-1024 SPORT, expert

(2011-2018)

2014 - 2017

2018 -

06.2014.- 06.2015

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/sites/eacea-site/files/recommendations_pe_at_schools_2015.pdf

Aija Kļaviņa

President European Federation in Adapted Physical Activity (EUFAPA)

present President-Elect, European Federation in Adapted Physical Activity (EUFAPA)

Education Committee Member, International Paralympic Committee

 present Board Member, Latvian Physiotherapy Association

European Representative, International Federation in Adapted Physical Activity

Expert. Latvian Council of Science. Expert of Promotion Council in Sport Science field;

2018 up to now

2014 - 2018

2012 – 2014

Since 2014

2008 -2014

2011-2018

* Experts will take in consideration that some information cannot be disclosed by the institution / assessment entity, due to possible limitations stated in the EU or national regulations on protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets).

6.5. Non-academic collaboration

List here no more than 15 of the most significant non-academic collaborations during the period under review, e.g. industry contacts and describe clearly the type of collaboration. In the field: “Outputs and outcomes of the collaboration” please clearly describe the significance of each of the listed collaborations, as well as its resulting outputs and outcomes. Please list the information in ascending

Name and Organisation Type of collaboration Country Outputs and outcomes of the collaboration
European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education Research project EU Scientific article, conference
International Blind Sport Asociation (IBSA) Research project, worshops EU Scientific article, conference
Latvian Association of Outdoor Education and Recreation Research project Latvia International summer school
European Observatorie of Sport and Employment Research project EU Scientific article, conference

6.6. Main contributions to practical innovations and development of industries, policy planning or evaluation

Give no more than 15 of the most significant contributions during the period under review. In the field: “Outputs and outcomes of the collaboration” please clearly describe the significance of each of the listed collaborations, as well as its resulting outputs and outcomes.

Type of collaboration, Organisation, Country Collaboration period Outputs and outcomes of the collaboration
Practical innovations

Imants Upītis, Patents, LASE, Latvia

https://www.lrpv.gov.lv/sites/default/files/20140620.pdf

2014 Device for swimming teaching, method and application of its assembly 
Development of industries Research project, Riga Technical University, Institute of Textile and Technology, and Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnology, Latvia 2016 up to now Article “Smart Socks System as an Equipment To Analyse Temporal Parameters of Human Gait and Running”
Biomechanical research, Riga Tehnical University, Latvian Luge Federation 2018-2019 On the start ramp in luge sport
Contributions to policy planning or evaluation Research project, EOSO, EU https://eose.org/category_partner/european_members/page/2/ 2016 up to now Joint research project of employment in sport (recommendation)
Research project,  University of Latvia Foundation 2017-2018 Enhancing the heaalth and quality of life of type 2 diabetes patients’ will be promoted through monitoring and management of the interval method physical activity programmes through a mobile device. (recommendation)

Research project, Latvian Olympic Committee

2016- 2018 Assessment of pupils' physical abilities in Latvian schools and development of recommendations.

 

7. FUNDING

7.1. The institution’s/assessment entity’s funding for scientific activities

Basic funding applies to the institution’s/assessment entity’s budget received annually under the Regulation No 1316 adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers on 10th November 2009. The funding covers both the salary costs with taxes and operational costs. Use of research funding received from external sources, indicated per year.

Sources of

funding

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Total

2013-2018

Base funding (euro)
Competitive research projects (euro)
State budget funding (euro) 13782 25188 27442 66412
EU Structural funds budget (euro) 125670 96737 35532 257939
EU Framework Programmes’ budget* (euro)
Other national sources of finances (euro) 22452 5519 3921 946 15271 28186 76295
Other international sources of finances (euro) 498624 498624
Infrastructure and institution development projects (euro)
State budget funding (euro) 48375 48378 21894 38623 157270
EU Structural funds budget (euro) 834831 834831
EU Framework Programmes’ budget* (euro)
Other national sources of finances (euro)
Other international sources of finances (euro)
Private funding (euro)

* FP7 and Horizon 2020

7.2. International competitiveness

Characterise the international competitiveness of the institution/assessment entity in attracting the funding (number of projects granted, types of the projects during the period under review).

Source of funding Name of the project Execution time Allocated funds (euro)
EEA and Norway Grants Health and Social Indicators of Participation in Physical Activities for Children with Disabilities.: NFI/R/2014/070 2015-2017 216295.00
Company  “Star Natur woll produkte und Mehr” Einwirkung der Oszillationischen Massage Star-Medico auf Funktionalen Zustand des Organismus des Menschen 2016-2017 3785.00
Swiss–Latvian Cooperation Programme “Activities of Swiss researchers in Latvia”  Research project: Promotion of physical capital in fitness 16-25.04. 2013 1640.00

The Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Region Cooperation

Elite Sport Training in Upper Secondary Education - Models for Sportive Success

2011-2013
EU Commission

VSPORT” 

2011-2014
EUPASMOS

Support for Collaborative Partnerships in the field of Sport

2018-2019 20860.00

7.3. Commercialisation of the research

Characterise the potential contribution of the institution/assessment entity in economic development – the orientation to commercialisation of the research and implementation of the results of research (collaboration with industry partners/entrepreneurs, contract research, Market-oriented research projects, and International support program for market-oriented R&D, spin-offs and innovation projects by industry to develop innovative and competitive products).

Source of funding Name of the project Execution time Allocated funds (euro)
Sia “Air Baltic Training” Monitoring the physical preparedness of BBT's new pilots 2017 – 2018 400,00
ZS "Strēlnieki" The creation of a 100% natural, innovative energy product group (highenergy and industry-friendly bioactive substances). 2017-2018 3000,00

7.4. Role of different funding sources

(no more than 400 words)

Evaluate the role of different funding sources (State and different funding organisations) in promoting the scientific and societal impact of research.

Describe how the funding awarded by State and other sources has supported the institution/assessment entity in achieving the institution’s/assessment entity’s scientific and social impact. Scientific impact refers to the contribution of the research carried out by the institution/assessment entity to the development of the field.

As a scientific institution, LASE does not receive basic funding for the provision of science, therefore the attraction of various sources of funding to the development of science is very important. State support for the development of sport science is not provided, thus the further development of this socially important field is at risk. As a scientific organization, LASE uses every opportunity to attract various sources of funding for further development. In a very competitive environment, LASE has attracted various international sources of funding – ESF structural funds, EEA and Norway Grants, Swiss–Latvian Cooperation Programme “Activities of Swiss researchers in Latvia”, The Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Region Cooperation, EUPASMOS, as well as private funding. Currently, LASE is implementing the ERDF support for research institutions and higher education institutions which is provided within the framework of the planning document – operational programme "Growth and Employment" of the 8.1.1. specific support objective "To increase the number of modernized STEM study programmes, including medicine and creative industries", which will contribute to the growth of the field in the future. Sport science has a very important horizontal, social impact – improving health of the population, social inclusion. Society has changed and is facing new economic and societal challenges – migration crisis, growing economic inequalities, etc., which are calling into question the inclusiveness and cohesiveness of our European societies.

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

 

  1. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (B LEUVEN01), Belgium
  2. National Sports Academy „Vassil Levski“ (BG SOFIA17), Bulgaria
  3. Charles University in Prague (CZ PRAHA07), Czech
  4. J.Purkyne University of Usli nad Labem (CZ USTINAD01), Czech
  5. University of Zagreb (HR ZAGREB01), Croatia
  6. University of Tartu (EE TARTU02), Estonia
  7. Tallinn University (EE TALLINN05), Estonia
  8. University of Southern (DK ODENSE01), Dānija
  9. University of Bologna (I BOLOGNA01), Italy
  10. University „Foro Italico” of Roma (I ROMA05), Italy
  11. Lithuanian Sports University (LT KAUNAS04), Lithuania
  12. Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (LT VILNIUS04), Lithuania
  13. Klaipeda University (LT KLAIPED01), Lithuania
  14. Siauliai University (LT SIAULIA01), Lithuania
  15. Telemark University College (N PORSGRU01), Norway
  16. Josef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw (PL WARSZAW12), Poland
  17. Gdansk University of Physical education and Sport (PL GDANSK06), Poland
  18. University School of Physical Education in Wroclaw (PL WROCLAW08), Poland
  19. The State Higher School of computer science and business administration in Lomza (PL LOMZA03), Poland
  20. Universitye of Coimbra (P COIMBRA01), Potugal
  21. Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica (SK BANSKA01), Slovakia
  22. HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences (SF HELSINK40), Finland
  23. Universityof Malaga (E MALAGA01), Spain
  24. University of Physical Education (HU BUDAPES42), Hungary
  25. Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (D KIEL01), German
  26. Friedrich-Shiller University of Jena (D JENA01), German
  27. Beijing Sport University (BSU)
  28. Russian State U-ty of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism
  29. Белорусский государственный университет физической культуры
  30. Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism – Federal State Budgetary Institution of Higher Education in Russia, having its registered address at 35, Universiade Village, Kazan, 420010, Russia (DATE: 20.02.2019)
  31. Dnipropetrovsk State Institute of Physical Culture and Sports - having its registered address at 49094, Dnipropetrovsk, vul. Victory Quay, 10. Phone / Fax (0562) 46-05-61   Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (DATE: 2018 – 2022)
  32. “The South Kazakhstan State Pedagogical Institute” of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan - having its registered address at KAZAKHSTAN Shymkent 16, Ilyaev Street, 160012 (DATE: 2018 – 2023)
  33. Beijing Sport University, Beijing, P.R. China (DATE: 2015)
  34. Kazimierz Pulaski Technical University of Radom, Radom, Republic of Poland, ul. Malczewskiego 29, 26-600 Radom (DATE: 28.11.2011)
  35. Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, 14 A. Nevskogo ul., Kaliningrad, 236041

 

 

 




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