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December 11, 2020            

Lithuania allocated humanitarian aid to Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 100,000 in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The funds will be transferred to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

On 27 October, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) published a report stating that humanitarian aid was needed for 3.4 million people living in Ukraine. Since the beginning of the conflict, more than 3,000 people have been killed and 7,000 injured.

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The President invites us to remember the victorious 1989 Christmas Eve

President Gitanas Nausėda initiates a series of events to tell more about the history of the secret protocols of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact since its signing in 1939 until they were made public and condemned in December 1989 and encourage a debate on the importance of historical memory in strengthening Lithuania’s statehood.

“With attempts to manipulate and falsify history in neighboring countries, it is our duty to remember the events of the past as they were”, the President said.

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Hydrogen platform being developed in Lithuania to promote advanced energy technologies

The Ministry of Energy and 19 organisations, including the Ministry of Economy and Innovation, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, business associations and large energy companies, have signed an agreement on the establishment of a hydrogen platform in Lithuania. The signatories have agreed to cooperate in the creation and development of hydrogen technologies, which will be crucial for achieving national and European energy and climate targets.

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Lithuania's Acting Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius highlighted the obligation of the states to ensure the safety of journalists

On 9 December, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in a virtual ministerial roundtable on the safety of journalists. The event took place in the course of the 2 days of the World Press Freedom Conference 'Journalism without Fear or Favour', organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and UNESCO.

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Lithuania celebrates Nobel in Chemistry

A Lithuanian-native Prof V. Šikšnys is one of the most important pioneers in CRISPR-Cas9 technology, which enables geneticists and medical researchers to alter, remove, and add sections of the DNA sequence, in turn editing parts of the genome.

The discoveries in this field were awarded the Nobel Prize this year, and the professor contributed greatly to this global achievement by being the first to show that the CRISPR-Cas9 system could be transferred from one bacterium to another.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Expands Manufacturing Capacity in Lithuania

Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, is expanding its presence in Lithuania by increasing its manufacturing capabilities of products for the life sciences market. The investment will enable increased production for a growing industry and create an additional 140 new jobs at the company’s site in Vilnius.

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Drones and satellites will be used to study plastic pollution in the Baltic Sea

Consumer trends and the closed nature of the Baltic Sea are making the problem of plastic pollution in water more and more acute. Drones and satellite information will be used to more effectively identify areas of concern on the Lithuanian and Latvian coasts. After analyzing it, scientists will present their proposals for innovative pollution management measures.

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Revolutionary Life Science Innovations are Born in Vilnius

Vilnius celebrates this year's Nobel Prize ceremony by honouring one of the most prominent Lithuanian pioneers in life sciences – Prof. Virginijus Šikšnys – whose contributions led to important discoveries in the Nobel Prize-worthy CRISPR-Cas9 technology.

Vilnius is funding a scholarship in the name of the scientist, and has commissioned a sculpture for the achievements made in the life sciences field. A DNA spiral by artist Eglė Žvirblytė will be standing in front of LSC as a tribute to Prof. Virginijus Šikšnys’ discovery and human evolution.

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The state of mind which embraces a belief and hope that one’s efforts will produce positive and desirable results is called optimism     |    Credits @ Lithuanian Culture Institute

Vilnius Moves Christmas to Balconies to Celebrate Holidays in Safe Way

In light of the extension of the second lockdown in Lithuania, Adas Vasiliauskas, the photographer and author of “Quarantine Portraits”, welcomes the artists and the residents of Vilnius city to let their imagination shine through the quarantine restrictions and make festivities especially safe by decorating an unexpected area of their home – their balconies.

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Acquaintance with Lithuanian professional art – through the “glass” of digital showcases

The pandemic not only “quarantined” artists’ tours abroad, participation in international festivals and biennials but also indefinitely postponed the very preconditions for such activities to continue in the “post-Covid-19” world – it suspended the Visits programme that the Lithuanian Culture Institute has been successfully running for several years through which international cultural experts from various countries of the world travelled to Lithuania to get acquainted with its professional art scene and consequently invite artists for partnership and joint projects.

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Lithuanian traces in The Queen's Gambit on Netflix: Mikėnas' game variation and 'old man' Budraitis

We all love looking for Lithuanian details in big Hollywood productions – and there are several to be found in Netflix's recent hit show The Queen's Gambit.

In the very last scene of episode seven, the protagonist, chess prodigy Beth Harmon, is walking in Moscow and comes across a group of ordinary people playing chess in a park. One of them recognises Beth and challenges her to a match before the end credits roll.

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Lithuania: A Land where the Head is Held High

Tucked away in the east of the Baltic, there are many surprises to be discovered here. 

A journey through Vilnius, Kaunas, Šiauliai and other cities reveals a country with breathtaking natural beauty and myriad stories. Its wooded towns and lake-fringed cities have a rich history, a thriving art scene, a native language that is closely related to Sanskrit, and even a hidden Tagore translation or two.

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December 18

Arab Culture Days 2020

On the international day of Arabic Language Arabic Culture Forum with partners invites to participate in an online discussion on Arabic Culture through architecture, sociology and theology.

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Highlight of the Week
Farewell to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius

Photo credits @ URM / J. Azanovas

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