The SDC and SECO provide regular news and highlights from their projects in Lithuania. Besides the latest results and findings you can also find information on important events and short films.
Newsletter No. 9
Lithuania, October 2016 – The newsletter provides information on the progress and results of projects in Lithuania. The current edition features three project descriptions.
New methodologies and perspectives in linguistics
In the international research project Baltic Language Morphosyntax in Space and Time, researchers from the Universities of Vilnius and Zurich cooperate to investigate various new methodologies and perspectives in linguistics.
Online psychological therapy for cancer patients
Cancer patients and their families face various psychological problems. Professional onco-psychological support in Lithuania is still rudimentary. In this research project, the Lithuanian National Cancer Institute and the University of Bern are conducting an effectiveness study on online psychological therapy for cancer patients.
Prevention and assistance services for families forced to live apart due to migration
There have been various side effects of the high levels of emigration in Eastern Europe over the last decade. With financial support from the Swiss contribution the Lithuanian public institution GEBU has established a psychology centre. This centre combines integrated prevention and assistance services for families which have to live apart due to migration.
Other news about the projects
Lithuania, September 2016 – The newsletter provides information on the progress and results of projects in Lithuania. The current edition features project descriptions of special training programmes and advanced methods that have been developed in three projects. The first is an NGO project called Strengthening of the Lithuanian Association of People with Disabilities. Through various educational programmes, about 30 disabled people became job consultants for other disabled people. The second project description highlights the success story of a young mother whose life was saved during childbirth thanks to the development of unique methods which were financed by the Swiss Lithuanian cooperation health programme. The last project description offers insight into the research and development subproject Brain Care, a joint clinical study carried out in Switzerland and Lithuania. Thanks to this collaboration, innovative technologies in diagnostics were developed, for example a non-invasive intracranial pressure meter that helps to measure the pressure inside the skulls of patients with traumatic brain injury.
Lithuania, July 2016 – This newsletter provides information on the progress and results of projects in Lithuania. The current edition features three different projects. The recently completed project ’Asymptotic Problems and Applications’, which deals with the description of the motion of fluids, is the focus of the first project. It is a research and development subproject whose results demonstrate the highly successful cooperation between Lithuanian and Swiss universities. Next up are three institutions in Kaunas that received financial support from Switzerland and were visited by a Swiss delegation in April. One of the three institutions visited aims at integrating disabled people into the labour market. The last article deals with a project that aims to mordernise the judicial system by installing remote court hearing and video equipment. This equipment was successfully installed in Lukiškes Remand Prison, where now up to five court hearings can be held successfully per day.
Lithuania, Vilnius, 26 May 2016 – At the closing conference of the Lithuanian-Swiss research programme, the eleven successful projects that have been jointly implemented by scientists of the two countries were presented. Switzerland supported the research programme with a total budget of CHF 9.7 million. Lithuania’s Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Rolandas Zuoza, acknowledged that cooperation between scientists at the international level is essential for tackling global challenges, developing scientific expertise and enhancing competitiveness. Among the results of the joint research shared by the Lithuanian and Swiss scientists are the establishment of prototypes for biological experiments, the development of methods for the evaluation of air quality and genetic research aimed at curing diabetes.
Lithuania, May 2016 – This newsletter provides information on the progress and results of projects in Lithuania. The current edition features three different projects. Ferroelectrics (electrically polarised materials) are the focus of the first project, a research and development subproject whose results demonstrate highly successful cooperation between Lithuanian and Swiss universities. Next up is the NGO project Goodwill Code, which helps to strengthen institutional, financial and structural capacities in the NGO sector. The last article assesses the impact of an already completed project aiming to modernise Lithuanian courts. This modernisation not only facilitates everyday court business, it has also led to a number of amendments to legislation.
Lithuania, Vilnius 06/04/2016 – During his stay in the Baltic states from 5 to 6 April, Swiss ambassador Nicolas Brühl visited the project ‘Swiss-Lithuanian Ferroelectrics’ (SLIFE) in Vilnius. Within the framework of this project, Swiss and Lithuanian scientists study specific materials with specific interest in further extending their functionality in medical diagnostics, microelectronics and communications, as well as energy harvesting. The project is executed by Vilnius University, Kaunas University of Technology and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The project is part of the research and development programme, which Switzerland supports with CHF 9 million through its EU enlargement contribution. The programme provides Swiss and Lithuanian research institutions with the opportunity to cooperate for mutual benefit.
Lithuania, March 2016 – This newsletter tells you about the progress and results of projects in Lithuania. The current edition portrays four different projects: The aim of the first is to improve medical care for pregnant women, mothers and newborns. The second is being implemented by an NGO and supports people with congenital heart diseases. The third focuses on improving the quality of life of people with mental health problems. «Climate Change in Peatlands» (CLIMPEAT) – the fourth and final project in this newsletter – researches climate change and its impact on the biodiversity of peatlands in Lithuania.
Lithuania, December 2015 – BrainCare is a project run under the Swiss-Lithuanian research programme. Its goal is to develop the world’s first non-invasive ICP (intracranial pressure) meter to measure the pressure inside the skulls of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The project led by Prof. Arminas Ragauskas from Kaunas University of Technology in close cooperation with Prof. Javier Fandino, Neurochirurgische Klinik Kantonsspital Aarau, has produced excellent results.
Based on the developed non-invasive technologies, the Lithuanian partner contributes vital clinical data to the global research project CENTER TBI, the aim of which is to advance medical care for patients with TBI, a field in medicine with one of the greatest unmet needs.
Lithuania, Vilnius, 18.12.2015 - At a conference, Lithuanian health minister Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė explained that the infant mortality rate in Lithuania has declined significantly thanks to Swiss aid. In 1992 the infant mortality rate stood at 16.5 in 1,000, while in 2014 this figure had fallen to 3.9. Switzerland is supporting the neonatal departments of 27 Lithuanian hospitals with training for healthcare personnel and the modernisation of outdated infrastructure. In addition, work is being done to improve energy efficiency in 24 of these hospitals. This support builds on transition assistance provided by Switzerland in the 1990s.
Lithuania, 09.2015 – This newsletter tells you about the progress and results of projects in Lithuania. The current edition portrays two NGO fund projects and a diabetic project which falls under the research programme. You can also read about the progress that has been made in the health project in the Kėdainiai hospital.
Lithuania, 09.2015 – This newsletter tells you about the progress and results of projects in Lithuania. The current edition portrays four different projects: a partnership project between the Lithuanian Natural Science Research Institute and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research; a health project for women and children; a project that helps integrate people with disabilities in the labour market; and a project to improve the capacity and quality of the Lithuanian judiciary.