Latvian Clay Science Society (LCSS) is an organization that brings together scientists and other interested people in Latvia working in clay science related fields. LCSS was founded on 22 September 2015 by active scholars from various Latvian and foreign universities (University of Latvia, Riga Technical University, Poitiers University, University of Tartu). The aim of the Society is to promote scientific research of clay and clay minerals and to enhance the recognition of this research in Latvia and abroad. One of the main tasks of the LCSS is to enhance a scientific cooperation between different fields of science promoting the sharing of knowledge and the infrastructure between different scientific institutions. Other LCSS’s tasks include the promotion of research in clay science among young scientists and students, as well as the cooperation with other societies in Latvia and abroad related to clay science.
The exchange of knowledge and the possibilities for cooperation are ensured by regular Board meetings at least once a month and regular meetings for all Society members at least once a semester.
To promote the research of clay science for young scientists and students, the Society organized a free two-day seminar “Clays and their characterization methods” on February 1 – 2, 2016. Nearly 40 participants attended the lectures of professors having received a recognition for their work in Latvian clay science research. On 28-29 January 2016, the Society participated in the organization of the 1st International Symposium “Clay and Ceramics” in the framework of the 74th Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia. The symposium was attended by researchers from the largest universities in Latvia, as well as guests from Russia, Estonia and Denmark.
Members of the Society are actively participating in the leading conferences in the field of clay Science in Europe and in the world. At the end of 2016, the LCSS received an invitation to join the European Clay Groups Association.
University of Latvia (UL)
The University of Latvia has been founded in 1919 and currently, with its more than 14 000 students, 13 faculties and over 20 research institutes and independent study centres, is one of the largest comprehensive and leading research universities in the Baltics. The University offers more than 130 state accredited academic and professional study programmes. At University of Latvia, research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent four main areas of inquiry: the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences. The University of Latvia pays great attention to the development of international collaboration .
The objective of the University of Latvia is to develop a world-class research centre, at the same time providing research-based and innovative studies in a wide spectrum of sciences. The knowledge and technologies created at the UL are highly acknowledged internationally .
One of the UL research priorities today is to support young scientists and promote the establishment of new research groups; however, the University also focuses on matters and challenges like knowledge spillover effects and commercialization of scientific findings, science communication, internationally significant research results, development of research infrastructure, and support of research projects dedicated to the Latvian language and culture .
 Information about University of Latvia taken from https://www.lu.lv/eng/general/about-university-of-latvia/