Klaipèda University, Lithuania (KU)


Klaipeda University is located in the Western part of Lithuania, in the city Klaipeda, which is the only sea port of Lithuania. Today KU has 4500 students, 700 academic staff. Klaipeda University is the only institution of tertiary education and research in Lithuania where the main research fields are marine sciences and engineering. Two largest subdivisions of Klaipeda University specializing in marine science and technologies are Marine Research Institute and Faculty of Marine technology & Natural Sciences.

Marine Research Institute is carrying out fundamental and applied research and is aiming for proper operation of scientific infrastructure that is currently available in five subdivisions: 

  • Coastal Environment and Biogeochemistry Laboratory
  • Mechanical and Marine Engineering Laboratory
  • Waterborne Transport and Air Pollution Laboratory
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Laboratory
  • Fleet

Multipurpose research vessel MINTIS as well as research laboratories are working by the principle of open access ensuring the availability of facilities for internal users and external customers. The Institute is a core academic unit of an Integrated Science, Studies and Business Centre - Marine Valley, aiming to foster science - business cooperation through high level R&D service.

The Faculty of Marine Technology & Natural Sciences educates Bachelors and Masters of engineering and technologies, physical, biomedical, mathematics and informatics sciences as highly skilled professionals who are able to engage in lifelong learning and to maintain and disseminate humanistic values. The experience, acquired by the Faculty staff in the field of conducting research in marine sciences and engineering and carrying out unique study programmes, distinguishes the Faculty from other divisions of national universities and promotes sustainable blue development values.

The strategic goal of the participation in the project is implementation of gender mainstreaming integrating gender equality into the regular rules, procedures and practices of the institution that will lead to the transformation of the institution, thus also influencing the organizational culture.


Klaipeda University is the partner of the Baltic Gender project. It is also the leader of task 1.1 of the work package on promotion of gender-balanced career advancement (WP1) and the leader of task 6.2 of the work package on dissemination, exploitation and communication (WP6). 



Core Team  
Dr. Viktorija Vaitkevičienė is a Chairwoman of a Board of Marine Research Institute, previously Open Access Centre for Marine Research, of Klaipeda University. For the period 2015 - 2017 she was a director of Open Access Centre for Marine Research. Elected as the chairwoman of the Board, she is responsible for the ensurance of the strategic development of the Institute and the achievement of its objectives contributing to the success of the Institute and the University. 
Dr. Rima Mickeviciene is the dean of the Faculty of Marine technology & Natural Sciences, member of the university Senate and Board, co-ordinator of R&D activities, formal HE and informal training of welding coordinators and inspectors. As a participant of Baltic Gender project, she reaches defined goals to promote gender-balanced career and disseminate, exploit project outcomes widely.
Mrs. Romutė Pauliukonienė is a member of Klaipeda University BG team. She will provide her expertise in data collection for gender sensitive indicators and monitoring the GEP's progress. Also, she is the administrative and financial contact for Baltic Gender at Klaipeda University.


Gender Equality Implementation Teams 

Vice Rector for Studies

Dean of the Faculty of Marine Technology & Natural Sciences

Chair of the board of the Marine Research Institute 

Representative of Academic Ethics Committee

Representative of Labour Council

2 Researchers