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Aleksandras Stulginskis University (LITHUANIA)

Algirdas Augustaitis

Alvydas Zibas, Gintaras Pivoras, Ingrida Augustaitiene

Aleksandras Stulginskis University is the only institution in the country providing high quality studies in the field of life sciences and playing effective role in research, education and society. Founded in 1924 as Agricultural Academy, today’s Aleksandras Stulginskis University offers students a unique educational experience on study at compact research and training (Training farm, Experimental station, Park of Science and Technologies, Pomological garden, Dendrology park, Training ground, Field laboratories, etc.) campus located in the suburb of Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania. Five faculties – Agronomy (AF), Economics and Management (EMF), Forestry and Ecology (FEF), Water and Land Management (WLMF) and Agricultural Engineering (AEF), and three institutes - Institute of Environment, Institute of Studies of Fundamental Sciences, and Institute of Rural Culture belong to the university. Here one can experience challenging studies led by outstanding teaching staff working in modern and innovative environment. More than 400 teaching staff and researchers convey their knowledge to over 5500 students.

University carries out cutting edge research and studies in the areas of agronomy, bio-technology, ecology, silviculture, forest management, agro-energy and renewable energy, mechanical and environmental engineering, hydraulic engineering, land management, economics, business management, rural development, accounting and finances. Through the adoption of progressive world experience and new technologies the university fosters a unique form of cooperation between science, studies and business.

The Integrated Science, Studies and Business Centre – the Nemunas Valley – creates favorable environment for the University’s researchers and students. This centre is a potential of agriculture, forestry and food scientific research, studies and knowledge intensive business and facilitates creating in Lithuania the science, studies and knowledge-economy clusters of the international level as well as promotes their linkages and consistency with scientific, economic and societal needs

The Forest Monitoring Laboratory was established at the University in 1986 with the aim to set up/establish forest monitoring system in Lithuania and assess the impact of high pollution level on forest ecosystems. Recent activities of the Forest Monitoring Laboratory focus on long term investigations of forest ecosystems on territories under regional pollution (Curonian Spit, Žemaitija, Dzukija and Aukštaitija national parks); integrated assessment of factors contributing to changes in them, investigations on regeneration processes of damaged forests.

The scope of the activities includes theoretical, basic and applied research in the fields of forest ecology, climate change and environmental pollution. Current research topics in collaboration with participants of IMS programme include studies on diversity and long-term dynamics of the plant communities and biota of fresh waters and soils, vegetation and habitat mapping, the effects of climate change, forest pest, local and regional air pollution on forest disturbances as well as recovery, especially in forest under former high pollution load. The newest GIS technologies and instruments (hyper spectral camera) are applied investigating spatial changes in forest ecosystem parameters including specific diversity, tree health and productivity. In the year 1993, the laboratory became one of the main executives of the UN ECE Integrated Monitoring Programme. In the branch of the Laboratory in Aukstaitija national park Aukstaitija Integrated Monitoring Station was established. Since the year 2003 laboratory has coordinated activity of the IMS programme at Aukstaitija and Zemaitija IM stations in Lithuania.


External Assistance

    It manages the Aukstaitija and Zemaitija IM stations included in EnvEurope project

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