Business & Science>Research


Turiba University



Conference date
: 26th April 2019

Conference venue: Turiba University, Riga, Latvia

Topicality of the Conference:

A digital environment and digitalization processes in enterprises, organizations, management and communication are the hallmarks of modern day life. Digitalization is a positive driving force for economics, politics, legislation, society and the daily lives of citizens. "Future digital highways will connect people, things and places" (Ansip, 2017). In the technological era, the role of human factor, human values and creativity in the development and application of technologies, in communication with the user is increasing. The purpose of the conference is to identify the opportunities and problems of the digitalization process, to disseminate research results and discuss solutions to problems faced in various fields.



1. Global economics and tourism

2. Tourism as a driving force for regional development

3. Tourism and innovation

4. Development of the tourism and hospitality product

5. Digital technologies and social networks in tourism

6. Special interest groups in tourism


7. Education for meaningful & comprehensive development

8. The role of lifelong learning in professional and personal development

9. Education and new media

10. The new role of tertiary education institutions in the digital era

11. New approaches and methods in research

12. 21st century skills for promoting innovation


13. Responsible and ethical businesses

14. New business concepts as  a basis for competitiveness

15. Tools and indicators for a sustainable economy


16. Enforcement of Law and efficient legislative processes

17. Strengthening competences in security and law enforcement institutions


18. Information technologies for communication development

19. Journalism in the digital era

20. Social media networks in the changing world

21. Modern communication tools in business and public administration



8:30- 9:00        Registration

Lecture – room No 321

9:00- 9:10        Opening of the Conference

9:10- 10:50      Plenary session

10:50  – 11:15   Coffee break

11:15  – 12:30  For and against digitalization  

12:30 – 13:30    Lunch

13:30-15:00     Sessions

15:00 – 15:20    Coffee break

15:20 – 17:00   Sessions

17:00 – 18:00   Closing of the Conference



Plenary session keynote speakers:

1. Neil Brewis: Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality for Cultural Heritage Tourism.

The presentation discusses the available commercial Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality solutions available to museums, archaeological sites and wider cultural sectors.   With the reference to recent case studies, the presentation will focus on possibilities for widening visitor demographics, encouraging on-site engagement, developing narratives, displaying digital ‘restorations’ and of providing alternative commercial avenues for administrators.  The presentation will also discuss potential pitfalls in adopting AR/VR technologies and means of future proofing designs.  

Neil Brewis is a Course Leader and Senior Lecturer at Solent University.  He recently developed the universities two new dedicated degree programs in Virtual and Augmented Reality.  Prior to joining Solent University in 2017, Neil designed AR and VR applications for use at museums and archaeological sites in the UK and Italy.  He is currently studying a PhD exploring crowd psychology for AR simulations.  

2. George Ubbelohde: Education in the Age of Digitalization

As a result of the global proliferation of new technologies, we all now live in a “digital world” that is characterized by fast-paced, technology-driven social change. The future will be full of tremendous opportunities, but it will also be a world of tremendous uncertainty. Such uncertainty creates a huge challenge for educators. With the current pace of innovation, it seems obvious that new technologies are going to continue to transform every aspect of how we live and work.

As constant technological disruption is becoming the new normal, “Old world” concepts, models, paradigms and ideas will no longer be relevant.

The “first wave” of digital education focused on creating, sharing, and accessing instructional content in digital forms, in­cluding online courses, digital libraries, games, and apps.

Digitizing the educational content, bringing devices to school, and one-off stand-alone learning apps were basic steps in the drive toward bringing technology into classrooms.

Despite the initial efforts to digitalize education, higher education and beyond still face major key challenges: skills gaps, the need for innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation.

Is technology the answer, or at least part of the answer, to these issues?

George Ubbelohde – Dean of Yuexiu Institute of Hotel Administration (YIHA) at Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages (ZYUFL), China.

MSc (Higher Education Management, ULB, Brussels), senior lecturer, Certified Hospitality Educator and Trainer (CHE, CHT), Master Trainer and Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) by American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. (Since 2000)

Honorary professor in several hospitality institutions in Europe, Turkey, China and Indonesia.

Certified “Excellence Assessor” for EFQM- European Foundation of Quality Management (Business) and certified “Quality Auditor” Themis Foundation- UN.WTO, TEDQUAL Program (Academic)

Project commission member of Themis Foundation, UNWTO Academy, for implementing Global Code of Ethics within the higher education curriculum. 

Keynote speaker, author and co-author of international papers on education excellence, quality models, diversity and culture in hospitality, competence development and framework.


CONFERENCE LANGUAGE: Latvian and English.


Authors and presenters are requested to submit their research papers abstracts (1400 – 1600 characters, including spaces) online by visiting the Turiba University website section Business & Science by 31st January 2019.


Full text research papers not exceeding 8 pages (40 000 characters with spaces), must be sent to the conference organising committee at by the March 3rd, 2019.

Guidelines for manuscripts are available HERE.


STUDENT SECTION: Information regarding for the scientific research works to be submitted to a student section - type, structure, requirements and layout, can be received in accordance with the scientific direction of the study in the faculty performing the relevant study programme.

  • SIGN-UP: For participation in the Student Section by15.04.2019.filling out the form ”Registration for the XX International Scientific Conference Students Section April 26, 2019”.
  • SUBMITTING: Submission of the paper and presentation by 24.04.2019. sending them to e-mail:

PUBLICATION: The conference proceedings shall be published in electronic format, on the Turiba University website and on EBSCO and ProQuest databases. All papers shall be reviewed by experts of the conference editorial board.

CONFERENCE VENUE: Turiba University, Graudu street 68, LV- 1058.

Registration of the participants HERE.