Opening Session and Meeting, April 23-25

House of the Blackheads

Built-in 1344 as a veritable fraternity house for the Blackheads guild of unmarried German merchants, the original house was decimated in 1941 and flattened by the Soviets seven years later. Somehow the original blueprints survived and an exact replica of this fantastically ornate structure was completed in 2001 for Rīga’s 800th birthday.


Adress: Ratslaukums 7, Riga, Latvia

FEES                     UNTIL 15.04.2019         AFTER 15.04.2019

Participant                                         150,00 EUR                                                     200,00 EUR

Resident/student                                75,00 EUR                                                      100,00 EUR

Gala Dinner                                    70,00 EUR                                                       70,00 EUR



Reception- April 23 19:00

Welcome reception, House of Blackheads, 7 Ratslaukums, Riga

Concert by Marina Rebeka (soprano) and Andrejs Osokins (piano)

The Latvian Marina Rebeka is one of the leading sopranoes of our time and considered one of the world’s best Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata”. She has also gained a wide reputation as one of the greatest Rossini and Mozart singers in the world. Find out more:

Laureate of the world’s most prominent piano competitions – including the Leeds, Rubinstein, Long-Thibaud, Queen Elisabeth, as well as International German Piano Award – London-based musician Andrejs Osokins is one of the most sought-after Latvian pianists. He was described by critics as impeccably stylish, praised for his powerful intellect and charisma, wide expressive sound palette, notably convincing in many different styles of music. Find out more:

19:30 – Excursion, Drinks & Bites in Blackheads house Historical cellar

Historical cellar: A historically original part of the house that was built in 1334. The cellar was used by merchants as a storage place. Wine supplies and other trading goods were stored here – grain, leather, linen, honey, wax and much more. A hypocaust or hot air stove was installed here to provide heating during the cold winter months, which is open for viewing. Now you have the chance to get to know the history of the Black Heads house and the brotherhood. Informative activities make it easy to get familiar with the characteristics and elements of the house.


April 24 - Gala Dinner in the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation

The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation is the oldest in Latvia and the whole of the Baltics, and one of the oldest in Europe. The Museum is situated in Old Riga, in a remarkable architectural monument of the 13th–20th centuries – the ensemble of the Riga Dom


18:30 Short walk from the House of Blackheads, 7 Ratslaukums exploring the old town

19:00 Meeting in Cross Gallery of the Riga Dom, drink & bites while viewing and exploring this remarkable early Gothic masterpiece

19:30 Meeting in Museum's column for networking and dinner, including live jazz musicians




For participants arriving without a transfer previously acquired and paid for registering for the conference:

Feel free to use the Baltic taxi (+37120 008 500) and Red Cab (+371 60 008 383) services, as trusted taxi companies in Latvia, right next to the airport exit (Approximate price 20 EUR till center) 


Public Transport

As a short term visitor, you will use the public transportation disposable e-ticket (e-talon, 1.15€ per trip) with 5-10-20 trips per e-talon. 3 and 5 days and 1 day group options are available. The e-talons are validated using the readers on board.  e-talons are available at automatic vending machines (instructions in Latvian, Russian, English and German), Narvesen kiosks or at Riga Satikmes or Tourist information centers, ask at your hotel desk.  You can buy a single trip paper ticket directly from the driver (2.00€ in cash and better have the exact change!), if you change the vehicle for your trip, then you need to buy a new ticket. 

Full information, including the uses and types of e-ticket (e-talons), transport routes, timetables, etc at:




  • Early registration deadline 15 April
  • Presentation (poster and oral) deadline 20 April


REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK OPENING HOURS (venue: House of Blackheads, 7 Ratslaukums)

  • Tuesday, 23 April: 17:00 – 20:00
  • Wednesday, 24 April: 8:00 – 17:30
  • Thursday, 25 April: 8:30 – 17:30
  • Onsite registration possible by a. filling out c/c authorization form b. cash payment


  • Certificates of attendance will be sent within 1 week after the meeting by email



The standard voltage/ frequency are 220 V / 50 Hz.  The plugs standards are the C and F  Remember to bring your own adaptor and/or frequency converter if needed!


You can check the local weather at: or the popular meteorological pages.

Internet and WiFi access

According to many metrics, Riga is one of the places with the highest mean internet connecting speed and WiFi spots density (the highest, according to some metrics). 

 WiFi access is widely available in Cafes, Restaurants, Hotels and similar places. Many taxis advertise Free WiFi on board.  Starting with a new batch of recently ordered trams, free WiFi will be gradually introduced on the public transport fleet.

You can see this sign in many public open places. If you use the “Lattelecom-Free” hotspots you’ll have to wait 15 seconds and watch ad in a browser until you get the full access.

Cellphone services, SIM’s and tariffs

Latvia code is +371; if you have an EU SIM, remember that the Intra European Union roaming tariff was abolished this year