The University of Latvia (UL) Council of Science (hereinafter – Council) is the collegial advisory institution to the rector and leadership.

The Council's objectives are:

  • Improve the quality and competitiveness of the UL research
  • Promote scientific cooperation in the European Research Area and beyond
  • Facilitate the integration of studies and research in the UL academic work
  • Improve the normative acts regulating the UL scientific work

The task of the Council is to provide proposals, recommendations and opinions regarding:

  • UL academic development plan
  • UL doctoral study programme
  • Prepared documents concerning academic matters at the UL
  • Scientific, personnel, structural development matters and related economic activities at the UL
  • Cooperation between the UL and social partners

The Council supervises the work of promotion councils and professors' councils, evaluates their annual reports before the approval by the Senate.

The Council has the right to:

  • be acquainted with the draft documents, reports, plans, strategies, scientific projects and programme plans and reviews, and any other available documentation at the disposal of the UL leadership, which are necessary for the work of the Council
  • invite members of the UL staff, representatives of social partners and scientific institutions to the meetings of the Council
  • invite experts and to form commissions
  • delegate its members to other commissions and councils
  • raise and submit issues for review by the UL leadership  

The Council has the responsibility to:

  • Carry out its tasks
  • Consider the issues raised
  • On its own initiative or at the request of the UL leadership, elaborate recommendations on matters within the competence of the Council

The Council is formed in the following fields of science:

  • Council of Humanities
  • Council of Social Sciences
  • Council of Exact, Natural and Life Sciences
  • Council of Medical Sciences

The Council consists of the UL scientists, representatives of the social partners and cooperation partners – scientific institutes, the UL Vice-rector of the respective field of science.

The Council – its members, chair and deputy chair – are appointed by the UL rector’s order. The chair of the Council and its members are appointed for the period that corresponds to their term of office in their elected academic positions.