Keynote speakers

Sandra Kropa


Latvian journalist, Latvia’s national broadcasting radio and LTV channel presenter. Currently works in a field of scientific journalism.

Acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Master’s degree in Environmental Science. The variety of themes presented has given Sandra a unique opportunity to grow both as a person and journalist, sequentially made her focus on environmental studies and feel like a world citizen wherever she went.

During the keynote speaker session, Sandra will talk about the role of media on interdependent health and environmental issues.


Noël Christopher Barengo


Noël Christopher Barengo - asoc. prof. of Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The professor has gained an experience in the field of Public Health in numerous countries around the world. Dr. Barengo has more than 16 years of teaching experience in epidemiology, research methods and public health. He has published almost 70 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and three book chapters.

The professor has payed great attention into studying Diabetes mellitus from a Public Health perspective, examining not only epidemiological factors, screening methods and therapy, but also strategies how to improve lifestyle habits and risk factors to prevent the disease.

The International student Conference 2019 will have the pleasure having Dr. Barengo as one of the three keynote speakers and listening to the professor's presentation on the topic "Prevention of type 2 diabetes: from clinical trials to population". The professor himself has shown a great interest about the Student conference by being honored to participate and taking initiative.


Matthew Goldsmith


Professor of the University of Washington, specializing in pediatric ICU.

Rīga Stradins University has been closely associated with prof. Goldsmith for many years already. As a guest lecturer professor visited Latvia several times (in 2013, 2015). Nevertheless, prof. Goldsmith worked at Rīga Stradins University Faculty of Continuing Education and Pediatric Department during November 2016- February 2017. In 2013, professor helped to develop pediatric intensive care simulation course module for Anaesthesiology and Reanimatology residents in Children’s Clinical University hospital.

He has been a laureate of the prestigious “Best Doctors in America” award twice in a row, as well as received the “Pediatric Scientist Development” award.

We are delighted to announce that prof.Goldsmith will talk about “Recognition, evaluation and initial treatment of seriously ill children” during the opening ceremony of RSU ISC 2019.