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On June 9, 2023, a meeting was held at the headquarters of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) with Elena Paskaleva, Doctor of Leiden University (Netherlands), corresponding member of IICAS. Dr. Paskaleva is a well-known specialist in Iranian studies and the author of many research papers on this topic.

During the meeting, the parties discussed prospects for cooperation between IICAS and Leiden University in the research of the cultural heritage of Central Asia, in particular, participation in international projects, organization of academic events and exchange of publications. Dr. Paskaleva also spoke about the preparations for the European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS), which will be held at the Leiden University in August 21 to 25, 2023. She invited IICAS representatives to speak at the events, with reports on their research activities and publications.

The European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS) is one of the major conferences in Europe on Iranian studies. It is held every four years and is organized by the European Society of Iranian Studies (Societas Iranologica Europaea, SIE). The conference gathers scholars from different countries engaged in the study of various aspects of Iranian civilization from antiquity to the present day. Detailed information about the conference can be found on its official website https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/ecis10/about.

Ona Vileikis was another participant in the meeting. Dr. Vileikis is an architect and heritage expert with extensive work and research experience; she is a researcher at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London (UCL). The joint trilateral meeting between the long-term partners featured the discussion of prospects for joint work in future projects.

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