On June 20, 2018, Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General of the Research and Innovation Department of the European Commission, visited the Academic Centre of Natural Sciences of University of Latvia (UL), where the scientific achievements of the Institute and Horizon 2020 project CAMART² were presented by director of ISSP UL Martins Rutkis.

Jean-Eric Packe, entered in this position on 1 April 2018, replacing Robert-Jan Smits who will become Hors Classe Advisers in the European Political Strategy Centre. With 23 years of experience in the European Commission, he helped shaping the European Commission's proposals for deepening the Economic and Monetary Union and for an Industrial Policy Strategy. He also served as the Deputy Head of Cabinet of former Commissioner for Research, Philippe Paquet.