23rd Paleopathology Association European Meeting

August 20-24, 2020 | VILNIUS, LITHUANIA


February 02, 2020

We are excited to announce that a number of topics for symposia and workshops were succefully submitted. Detailed information is available HERE. Register to the PPA Conference and add one of these events to your curriculum. 

We cannot wait to meet you in Vilnius!

January 29, 2020

As the meeting approaches, we thought we’d share with you some videos on Lithuania that may give you an idea what this beautiful country looks like. But before you check it, have a read at this post! Lithuania is considered to be one of the Baltic states. The country is situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden and Denmark. It is bordered by Latvia, Belarus, Poland, and Kaliningrad (a Russian exclave). It has an estimated population of 2.8 million people, and its capital and largest city is Vilnius. The official language, Lithuanian, is one of only two living languages in the Baltic branch of the Indo-European language family, the other being Latvian.

For centuries, the southeastern shores of the Baltic Sea were inhabited by various Baltic tribes. In the 1230s, the Lithuanian lands were united by Mindaugas and the Kingdom of Lithuania was created in 1253. During the 14th century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was the largest country in Europe; present-day Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia were the territories of the Grand Duchy. With the Lublin Union of 1569, Lithuania and Poland formed a voluntary two-state personal union, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Commonwealth lasted more than two centuries, until neighboring countries systematically dismantled it from 1772 to 1795, with the Russian Empire annexing most of Lithuania’s territory.

As World War I neared its end, Lithuania’s Act of Independence was signed in 1918, declaring the founding of the modern Republic of Lithuania. In the midst of the Second World War, Lithuania was first occupied by the Soviet Union and then by Nazi Germany. As World War II neared its end and the Germans retreated, the Soviet Union reoccupied Lithuania. In 1990, a year before the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union, Lithuania became the first Baltic state to declare itself independent, resulting in the restoration of an independent State of Lithuania.

If you have a spare minute or two, this VIDEO is a great way to get familiar with our beautiful country!

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