Several of BAFF alumni and participants attended the 2018 AABS International Conference at Stanford University, held on June 1-3, 2018. The conference celebrates two extraordinary milestones: the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), as well as 100th anniversary of independence for the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The AABS conference highlights the important achievements in Baltic studies throughout the century following their independence and 27 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. The conference program featured 124 panels, roundtable discussions, and workshops on 15 broad topics.
One Fellow who shared her conference experience with us was Latvian Research Scholar, Inga Lasenko, who not only attended the conference, but also presented her expert knowledge in science. Her first session was on June 2, presenting the topic “Development Composite Structure of Polimer-Baltic Amber (Succinite) and Fibre for Potential Biotextile Applications”. Inga was also recognized for having gifted her publication “Amber Way: Towards the Future of Latvia in the World” to the Stanford Library. Inga’s second session was titled “State-of-The-Art Concept of Using Baltic Amber in the Book the Amber Way – Towards the Future of Latvia in the World”. Finally, Inga attended the roundtable discussion with Prof. Yi Cui which delved into possible collaborations in the field of Material Science and Engineering. Many thanks to Inga for contributing her talents to this conference.