Dr. Tarmo Soomere was promoted to the honorary doctor of Klaipeda University
On May 4, a professor of Tallinn University of Technology and the president of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Tarmo Soomere, became the first Estonian to earn the title of honorary doctor of Klaipėda University.
Tarmo Soomere is recognised for his excellent cooperation and contributions to cross-border marine science.
According to Rita Vaičekauskaite, the Vice Rector for Research of Klaipėda University, the historical and cultural relations between Lithuania and Estonia are very close, but the two countries are connected by another dimension, which emphasises this proximity – the Baltic Sea.
Vaičekauskaite states: "It is symbolic that we will give the honorary doctor title to the outstanding marine scientist Tarmo Soomere, whose research deals with the study and interpretation of the complexity of sea water as a phenomenon. Public Folklore speaks of mythological sea power, while modern studies help to find both renewable sources of energy and other resources from the power hidden in the sea. Marine science is the flagship of Klaipėda University. Professor Tarmo Soomere has made a significant contribution to the development of Lithuanian marine science in order to achieve excellence at international level as well. Tarmo Soomere's fundamental achievements are complemented by rather unusual communication skills that enable the unification and promotion of different cultures, generations, personalities and knowledge to create the future and prosperity of a modern society."
According to Dr. Soomere, the promotion as the honorary doctor of a sister university is one of the greatest honors for a scientist: "However, not everything in this world is as persistent as the tradition of electing honorary doctors. The academic landscape is caught up in the fluctuations of change. The patterns of production as well as the use of knowledge have changed radically, also how science relates to society."
Tarmo Soomere emphasises: "One of the essential goals of science is to look as far ahead as possible. We can create an adequate image of the future only in terms of knowing the past and understanding the nature of the current problems. Dr. Soomere appreciates the Klaipėda University for the special recognition and adds that in the name of the Estonian academic community, he is grateful to Lithuanian colleagues for the joint contribution to a knowledge-based future in which we would all like to live.
Tarmo Soomer's inauguration speech was "Multifaceted patterns of climate change in the eastern Baltic Sea."
Since 2012, Dr. Soomere has been a visiting professor at Klaipėda University.
The Senate of Klaipėda University elected Tarmo Soomere as an honorary doctor on September 22, 2017.
Ebe Picture, Chief Specialist of Public Relations
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