We were continuing the tendency of the last year choosing again a river of Kurzeme: Abava. We started in Kandava where the boats were brought by CAMPO right in time. 94 kilometers were in front of us to reach Nabes lakes. CAMPO people were sceptic about our plan to reach our destination in three days, so boats were reserved for four days for the price of three days. No idea how Agnese Kokina arranged that flexibility of CAMPO. Perhaps she did something criminal and as a consequence she had to stay in USA for some weeks until it settles down.
Starting the trip we realized that very heavy rain last days has helped us in two ways: 1) we had lots of water like it would be in springtime and 2) there was no water left in the clouds and we had no rain all the three days.
First day evening we spent at Abavas rumba enjoying voleyball and huge amount of boiled potatoes. Next morning started with extreme sports performed by the boat of Janis Liepins. They jumped over the Abavas rumba after good preparations for the case of failure. The boat sunk and the well packed bags were caught after some swim. Other boat teams were trying to avoid rumba choosing a small branch on the right side of the river. All of them succeeded. Some have got extra water on board.
Third day on the boat of Stalidzans family started by a conclusion that the both ends of the boat are not equal and the rest of the trip the boat was going front ahead. It became so easy to manipulate with the boat!!! So read the manual if you have one. Egils did not have it.
At the end it turned out that we finished third day about 15.00 and had to wait for boat pickup. So we had time for a lunch and a swim in the Nabes lake.
Coincidental meeting at the exhibition Biotechnica 2010 in Hannover, Germany led to renewal of old links between Estonian and Latvian scientists, more precisely between Raivo Vilu and Uldis Kalnenieks.
We had a joint scientific event in January 2011 in Tallinn, at the premises of TFTAK where scientific activities of Sysbio.lv group and TFTAK researchers were presented. Bioreactor control systems were demonstrated showing increasing tendency to control bioreactors via computer instead of standard embedded control system. We could conclude that the Competence center idea is very well implemented and works at a relatively large scale both in terms of involved specialists (very young team) and in terms of modern equipment. Very important aspect is the successful collaboration with industry where both sides are interested in the implementation of results. It was concluded that mutual cooperation should be started both at scientific and educational levels.