Foreign Ministry holds conference on security challenges in digital era
On 4-5 June, an international conference "Security Challenges in the Digital Era: the Role of Science Advice" was held at the Palace of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. The event, which was open to the broader public, focused on the role of science in building resilience to various threats we face in today's world.
The conference discussed topics related to cyberattacks, gray zone tactics, abuse of Big Data, Bots, applications of Artificial Intelligence, becoming resilient to combat fake news, etc.
“Bearing in mind our geopolitical situation, Lithuania and other countries in the Baltic region face security challenges every day. Thus, evidence-based policy-making is of vital importance to us,” the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius noted in his opening remarks.
The conference speakers included Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, President-elect of International Science Council, Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice, and Dr. Vaughan C. Turekian, Executive Director of the Policy and Global Affairs Division at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The conference brought together experts and specialists from Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, the European Commission, and NATO.
On 5 June, the Foreign Ministry also held a closed session with a simulated radiation accident scenario for officials from Lithuanian state institutions. Participants were offered the opportunity to share their insights into the role of science and evidence in the critical infrastructure protection of the country.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the International Network for Government Science Advice, the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Lithuania, and the Research Council of Lithuania.