Even More Initiatives to Encourage Research at VMU

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Every year, in order to achieve the highest quality of science and research and encourage scientists by creating favourable, creative conditions for work, the most active lecturers and research fellows are awarded at Vytautas Magnus University. This year, the largest annual salary bonuses were given to five researchers at VMU who have significantly exceeded the scientific production and research activity rates in the past couple of years.

“Thanks to the implemented and frequently improved system of lecturer and research fellow evaluation and encouragement at the university, Vytautas Magnus University is able to pay out bonus awards to the most active lecturers and research fellows for their scientific, methodical and organizational work. Every year, a few of them are leaders by the amount of publications, declared research results at conferences, participation in international projects and other activity”, said the VMU Vice-Rector for Research Prof. Juozas Augutis.

The awarded scientific activities in 2006–2009 were carried out by the Head of the Dept. of Social and Political Theory at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy Prof. Gintautas Mažeikis, Prof. Vida Stravinskienė from the Dept. of Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof. Vaiva Zuzevičiūtė from the Dept. of Educology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Assoc. Prof. Visvaldas Legkauskas from the Dept. of Psychology and Assoc. Prof. Rasa Račiūnaitė-Paužuolienė from the Dept. of Ethnology and Folklore at the Faculty of Humanities.

According to the VMU Vice-Rector for Research, new initiatives are to be introduced soon in the area of promotion of the university’s scientific activities.

“In the beginning of the year, we organized the first contest for the most active doctoral students and young researchers at VMU, where one-time scholarships were given to 13 doctoral students and 4 young researchers who have already defended their dissertations. This year we intend to start more contests of different kinds, inviting all university lecturers and research fellows to submit applications for funds from the VMU research foundation for publishing significant scientific monographs, participating in international conferences and other activities”, Prof. Augutis said.

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Information on the universities scientific and artistic activities is supplied by the Office of Science, which administers and organizes doctoral (PhD) studies of science and arts, scientific or artistic activities at the university, coordinates the activities of the clusters of science and research, mediates and maintains relations with various international and national institutions of science and research, various foundations and partners, ensures the spread of information about the results of the university’s scientific or artistic activities and achievements by scientists and researchers, introduces the lecturers and research fellows of the university to the latest innovations of the field in Lithuania and the world. More information available on the website’s section Research.

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