Professor Julija Kirsiene is Vice-Rector for Research at Vytautas Magnus University. She is also a professor in the Department of Private Law. She is/was a member of several public bodies, including the Judicial Court of Honour at National Courts Administration of Lithuania, Management Board of European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), chairperson of the board of Kaunas Science and Technology Park, author and co-author of more than 40 books and scientific articles. Research interests include: contract law, tort law, legal ethics and professionalism, and human rights. E-mail:

Keynote Title: Interdisciplinary Innovation as a Commitment to Region’s Resilience Facing the  Energy and Other Crises: VMU experience