|October 1st, 2013|
|Conference||October 2nd and 3rd, 2013|
|UNESCO South East European|
Science Journalism School
|October 3rd to 5th, 2013|
|Venue||National Bank of Serbia|
The Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN), is organizing the First SEE Regional Science Promotion Conference (SCIPROM), under the UNESCO patronage, with the aim to bring together science promotion professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts to share experience and network in order to strengthen the link between science and society in our Region.
In the current competitive global environment it is an imperative to enhance economic and social capacities by improving the educational structure of society, inspiring innovation and technological advancement and creating a milieu for appreciation of the value and benefits of knowledge.
Recently, greater attention has been given to this issue. There are several important initiatives in the Region that aim to encourage interest in science. We strongly believe it is important to place science and innovation higher on the public agenda in order to better meet the challenges on the way towards reaching our goal: development of knowledge-based economy in our Region.
Keynote sessions will bring international experts and representatives of international organizations, research and educational institutions, science camps, science communicators, NGOs, private sector and media on board. They will address the topic of science promotion and communication challenges and open the debate on how to:
We hope that exploring these challenges and finding synergies along the way could result in identification of short and longterm strategic goals for the development of dynamic societies in SEE region, open to the challenges of the future.
Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN) is a public institution, established with the intention of promoting and popularizing science and technology. CPN is a part of the strategic plan that the Republic of Serbia has to develop as an economy of knowledge, where innovation and collaboration represent key resources. To achieve its goals, the Center is striving to make science and technology more accessible and understandable to the general public, thus endeavoring to link progress and creativity, the past and the future.
SCIPROM program committee is responsible for compiling the program of the First SEE Regional Science Promotion Conference in Belgrade, Serbia.
UNESCO believes that Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are key components for propelling economic and social development and ensuring sustainability. Promoting STI is, therefore, crucial to development and to creating strong knowledge societies where all stakeholders can be engaged. In light of this, the Organization strongly supports this important initiative and, as such, I hereby grant UNESCO's patronage to it, as well as authorizing the use of the Organization's logo for the event, in accordance with the enclosed General Conditions.
Call for participation is closed on September 27th.
Thank you for the applying and looking forward to seeing you all in Blegrade.
|08:30 – 9:30||REGISTRATION National Bank of Serbia Building, entrance from Svetozara Markovica Street, Belgrade|
|Green Room Amphitheater, 2nd Floor, NBS||Blue Room Conference Room, 2nd Floor, NBS|
|09:30 – 10:50||Opening Session|
|10:50 – 11:15||Coffee Break|
|11:15 – 12:45||Keynote Session: Science in and for Society|
|12:45 – 13:45||Lunch Break & Poster Session|
|13:45 – 15:15||Knowledge Economy: Science, Innovation and Economic Prosperity||Science Camps Network|
|15:15 – 15:45||Coffee Break|
|15:45 – 17:15||Science Centers as Beacons of Science Promotion||Informal Science Education|
|19:30 – 22:00||Networking Dinner Top of the Hub restaurant, USCE Tower|
|08:30 – 9:00||REGISTRATION|
|Green Room Amphitheater, 2nd Floor, NBS||Blue Room Conference Room, 2nd Floor, NBS|
|09:00 – 10:00||Keynote Session: Science in Public|
|10:00 – 10:30||Coffee Break and Networking|
|10:30 – 12:00||Media and Science (Followed by the South East European (SEE) Science Journalism Workshop organized by UNESCO)||Science Communication from Research and Educational Institutions|
|12:00 – 13:00||Lunch Break & Networking|
|13:00 – 14:30||Science Festivals||Science and Gender|
|14:30 – 15:30||Chevening Open Day||Poster Session|
|14:30 – 15:30||Networking and Coffee Break|
|15:30 – 17:00||International Networks and Projects in Science Promotion||Science Promotion in and for Schools|
|17:00 – 17:30||Conference Closing Ceremony, Action Plan & Conclusions|
Wednesday 09:30 – 10:50
Wednesday 11:15 – 12:45
This session will emphasize the possibility of influencing economic growth and better living conditions through science. Science and innovation can be used to boost economic development.
Wednesday 13:45 – 15:15
The session will shed light on how science and economic prosperity are linked. It will, amongst others, bring together Chevening alumni from the region with the support of the British Embassy in Belgrade.
Wednesday 13:45 – 15:15
Science camps are one of the most popular ways of promoting science, often organized by universities, research institutions, NGOs and science communicators’ organizations, with the aim of making science more understandable and fun. The organizers of science camps from the Region and participants of the EU COMENIUS Science Camps Network are also the participants of the Conference.
Wednesday 15:45 – 17:15
This session will be an opportunity to learn about the best examples of good practices and different work models in the science centers which exist or have just been established in our Region. Experts from well-known science centers around the world will introduce us to their work as well.
Wednesday 15:45 – 17:15
Science communication and science promotion is a segment of informal education and lifelong learning. It is important to have a good definition of target groups for science promotion in order to choose the best methodologies and concepts. Also, it is very important, even in the case of informal education, to find the best possible connections with the formal one and official institutions (schools and academic). The importance of lifelong learning is crucial for successful work in the 21st century, the century of knowledge economy. This panel will present the best practices in the area of informal education in SEE region, and put it in the context of science communication.
Thursday 09:00 – 10:00
This session will be used as an opportunity to talk about the potential of strengthening links between science and the society through communication between public and local institutions, research organizations, the academic community, media and the public.
Thursday 10:30 – 12:00
As a back-to‐back program of South East European Science Journalism School organized by UNESCO Venice Office, participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and information about science topics in the media in the SEE Region. Journalists will discuss the ways of presenting scientific topics in an attractive manner as well as the possibilities of strengthening the network of science journalists.
Thursday 10:30 – 12:00
The days when the academic institutions were perceived as boring places where people in white lab coats are working on some secret trials are long gone. The universities and other scientific institutions today open their doors to all interested citizens, especially high school students, enabling them to become scientists for a day and showing them the fun side of science. The session will cover specific communication concepts of scientific institutions, science promotion policies and the importance of science promotion for professional scientists.
Thursday 13:00 – 14:30
What is the real role of popular science events and how will they develop in the future? - These are some of the questions to be addressed by the panelists. Organization of science events and related challenges – how to reach different groups, from pre‐school children to senior citizens – are also among the topics for this session.
Thursday 13:00 – 14:30
The session will be dedicated to highlighting the relevance of gender equality in science, academia and technology. The main objectives are to identify the ways of increasing the visibility and participation of women in this area and strengthen the link between positive economic effects and better integration of female talents in all spheres of the society.
Thursday 15:30 – 17:00
The main topic of this session will be how to develop even better networks in order to promote existing and future projects and establish new alliances for the promotion of science.
Thursday 15:30 – 17:00
Children usually acquire knowledge in schools, but this is not always done in the traditional way - through formal learning. A number of schools are exploring science with students taking active roles as visitors and organizers, workshop and science exhibit facilitators and peer educators. This session will explore the challenges of organizing such events and present some best practice examples of successful projects held in and for schools.
The UNESCO Venice Office is pleased to announce a specialized SEE regional interactive school on science journalism which will be conducted in parallel with the 1st Regional Science Promotion Conference in Belgrade, Serbia from Thursday 3 October to Saturday 5 October 2013.
This school is oriented towards improving the quality and quantity of ethical science reporting by the SEE media and will contribute to increasing public awareness on the importance of scientific knowledge and towards developing a critical science journalism culture in SEE.
International science media experts and science reporters from the SEE Region will be offered an opportunity to share and exchange information, and lay the foundations for a regional forum/network to discuss emerging ideas and plans relevant to better societal understanding of science and technology.
The SEE Regional school will be focusing on developing participants' skills in:
And cover the following topics:
The official working language of the school is English.
No registration fees for the school will be requested. Travel costs should be covered by the participants.
The UNESCO Venice Office will offer a limited number of participation grants. The maximum number of school participants will be 25 persons. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be issued an official certificate of attendance.
Science Camps is a Pre-Conference program organized only for the members of the project.
Science camps are one answer to the lack of young peoples interest in STEM, trying to engage them in scientific questions and helping them develop a positive attitude towards these fields. Not only the career decisions, but also the development of scientific literacy is the aim of these camps. Being held by many and various organizations, science camps have no common strategy, no continuing financial support nor a scientifically prove for the outcome.
The project wants to establish a network with three aims:
Project N°: 527525-LLP-1-2012-1-DE-COMENIUS-CNW
Project duration: 12-2012 until 11-2015
See more about the Science Camps project
|OCTOBER, 1st - Pre-conference Day|
|09:00 - 11:00||Start of the meeting, arrival of the participants on September 30th|
|11:00 – 11:30||Coffee Break|
|11:30 – 13:00||SciCamp Meeting|
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch Break|
|14:00 – 15:30||SciCamp Meeting|
|15:30 – 16:00||Coffee Break|
|15:30 – 17:00||SciCamp Meeting Conclusions and Next Steps|
|18:00 - 20:00||Sightseeing tour|
Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.
At the SCIPROM Conference, Chevening scholars and representatives of the British Embassy in Belgrade will offer detailed information on the application process and requirements, as well as the first-hand accounts of life and studies in the UK.
Cheveniing Open Day will take place in Green Room at NBS, October 3rd from 14.30 to 15.30h.
During the SCIPROM Conference Poster Sessions, institutions, organizations, initiatives and companies will have an opportunity to share information about their projects and research results. Poster sessions are less formal and in some ways more creative than regular conference presentations.
We kindly invite the participants interested in presenting their projects at the Poster Session and/or displaying promotional and information materials to register their materials until October 1st, 2013 by e-mail at email@example.com.
The number of positions is limited and the supported format is 100x70cm. Poster Sessions will be active during both Conference days, while the presentation of activities, projects and ideas will take place in Blue Room at NBS, on October 3rd, from 14.30 to 15.30.
SCIPRO Conference's Business corner is located in front of the Green Room at National Bank of Serbia.
At the Business Bistro companies are invited to show their products, projects and promo materials.
SCIPROM Sponsorship packet:
Roche is a pharmaceutical company based in Basel, with a 118-year long tradition. Still owned by the family which founded it, Roche today sells its products in more than 150 countries and it has been present in Serbia for more than 20 years. Roche Group is a leader in the treatment of malignant diseases and among the most successful companies in the field of virology and rheumatology. The key to its success is an innovative approach which includes long-term and intensive research in therapeutic areas where there is a significant need to improve the outcome of treatment, apply personalized approach and enable a better quality of life. By cherishing family values, Roche makes a significant contribution not only to its innovative pharmaceuticals, but also to projects in the field of prevention, early diagnosis and treatment.
We are doing now what patients need next
Bruns develops and produces complete exhibitions, scale, presentation and interactive models, interior and exterior specials and showcases intended for museums and science centers. These products help visualize scientific phenomena and serve as visual aids in education. Bruns‘s mission is entertainment of museum visitors and customer satisfaction. Bruns has operated since 1963. It has grown continuously, focusing on the goal to produce interactive an innovative exhibits for museums and science centers worldwide. To gain this position Bruns is broadly specializes in engineering, technical design, prototyping, production and installation.
Aleksandra Drecun is Director of the Centre for the Promotion of Science. She is a member of the Science in Society Program Committee, FP7 Capacities Program at the European Commission Directorate General for Research & Innovation. Drecun graduated at Belgrade University Law School and got her master degree at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Since 1994 she worked as a barrister at her family law firm. From 2001 to 2004, Drecun was Coordinator of the Anti-Corruption Activities of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Secretary General at the Ministry of Finance and Economy, Republic of Serbia. In 2004 she became Secretary General to the President of the Republic of Serbia. She was also President of the Board of the Belgrade Philharmonic. After pursuing her academic degree in the US, in 2010 she took her current position with the aim to support the development of knowledge-based economy in Serbia and promote science and innovation as its main driving forces. Aleksandra is the President of the Board of Children to Children Charity Fund, Co-Chairwoman of the Women’s Government of Serbia and Vice-President of the Harvard Club of Serbia.
Aleksandar Bogojevic is Research Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Physics Belgrade. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Belgrade, MS from Columbia University (1985), and Ph.D from Brown University (1989). He was Fellow of the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen. His research is in string theory, gravitation and cosmology, and complex systems. He received the IPB Prize in 2007 for his new method for calculating path integrals. Bogojevic is author of more than 50 research papers, two textbooks, four books, and a number of popular science essays. He was Executive Director (2001-2004) of Education Forum, a think-tank working on education reform. During this period he was, Head of the UNICEF project “Optimization of the Network of Schools”, and regional UNESCO project “Alleviating the Problems of Brain Drain”. He is one of the founders of the Scientific Computing Laboratory housing the PARADOX supercomputing facility.
Aleksandra Ivanovic is ICT teacher at the School for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering “Gosa” in Smederevska Palanka. She has written on the subject of digitization and education for the Review of the National Center for Digitization. She has an MA in Digitization of Cultural Heritage. Her latest project is organization of the Festival of Science in Smederevska Palanka.
Ana S. Trbovich teaches and writes on European integration, strategic management, negotiations and management of public administration. From 2002 to 2006, Trbovich served as Assistant Minister of International Economic Relations, coordinating Serbia’s EU accession process and foreign investment policies. She holds a PhD (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), two MA degrees (Master of Art in Law and Diplomacy, Fletcher School and Master in Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard) and a BA (Tufts University, triple-major in Economics, International Relations and French Literature). Specialized in EU policies at Institut d’Etudes Politiques, France. Trbovich is also Partner at EuroBalkan Advisors (EBA). She manages projects and consults for the private sector and international organizations, including OECD, World Bank and USAID.
A Palestinian electrical engineer, a physicist, and a novelist from Jerusalem. Eng. Husseini has worked in several industrial and educational fields as a developer and a researcher during the past 12 years through which he succeeded in registering a number of patents. Eng. Husseini founded Al Nayzak Organization for Supportive Education and Scientific Innovation in 2001. The organization supports scientific and technological innovation in Palestine, incubating thousands of scientifically talented students and providing them with academic, professional, and financial support in order to improve their capacities and develop their entrepreneur projects. Al Nayzak Organization provides its services in all the Palestinian cities through its main Center (Science House) in Birzeit-Ramallah and other three branches in Jerusalem, Hebron and Gaza. In 2008 Eng. Husseini was chosen as one of top 22 Arab social innovators, he was elected Vice-Chairman of Palestine Subsection in the IEEE in 2011. In addition to his scientific talents, Eng. Husseini enjoys a gift in literary writing. His first novel “Kafer Sabt” was recently published in 2012 by Dar Al Shorouk Publishing House.
Boro Zivkovicc is Blogs Editor at Scientific American, founder and Co-Chair of ScienceOnline.org, and co-founder or ScienceSeeker.org. He is the series editor of The Open Laboratory, the annual anthology of the best science writing online, and co-editor of its multimedia counterpart, Science Studio. Originally from Belgrade, in what was then called Yugoslavia (now Serbia), where he studied veterinary medicine and trained sports horses, Zivkovic did research on Circadian rhythms in birds at North Carolina State University, followed by a stint as Online Community Manager at the Public Library of Science. Based in Pittsboro, NC, in his spare time he sometimes teaches Introductory Biology to non-traditional students at NC Wesleyan College.
Branimir Acković is a member of Strategic Growth Unit at the Institute of Physics in Belgrade and Head of Deep Underground Physics & Electronics facility at the Petnica Science Center. He is also an organizer and licensee for TEDxBelgrade conference. Active in Petnica for more than 15 years as Junior Assistant, Professional Assistant, and Head of the Physics Department, he is deeply involved in Science popularization in Serbia. As a science promoter, he prepared several science exhibitions for Science Fair in Belgrade. Currently, he is developing Science Club for the Center for the Promotion of Science in Belgrade. For last several years, he is an organizer of TEDxBelgrade conference.
Kovacevic was Research Associate in the Computer Systems Labaratory, Institute Mihailo Pupin, Belgrade, and also worked as Research Fellow at the Department of Automatic Control, Military Institute of Technology, Belgrade. In 1981 he joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, where he is presently Full-time Professor, teaching courses in Control Systems Theory and its applications, as well as in Signal Processing. Kovacevic is presently the Rector of University of Belgrade and President of Conference of universities in Serbia. He is the author of twelve books and over 90 scientific journal papers and more than 190 conference papers. He was also the supervisor of nearly 150 Diploma engineering thesis, 40 M.Sc. thesis and 12 Ph.D. thesis, and participated in more than 40 research and scientific projects, as well as at several TEMPUS projects. Presently, he works at the FP7 scientific project, representing the only project for which one Serbian scientific institution (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade) is the grand holder.
Clarisse Behar Molad, Ph.D, Professor of Global Business Management, author of Woman Weaving Webs: Will Woman Rule The Internet, has over 25 years of experience in leading mission critical global change efforts. She was a recipient of two prestigious Fulbright Scholarships of the US State Department. In that mission she was sent to the Balkans, where she provided advising and lecturing to regional universities on the use of e-Business technologies. She continued to work for the US government as USAID adviser on major e-Business initiatives in South Eastern Europe and consulted USAID on making key economic investments. She was elected to serve on the Board of the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology. She worked in countries such as Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Israel, Great Britain, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy, Austria, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Russia, Japan, Singapore, and Australia.
Danel Solabarrieta holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Psychodidactics, Bachelor of Arts in Educational Psychology and Bachelor in Childhood. Since 2002, he has been working in the field of educational media editing within ELHUYAR. He has been responsible for the coordination and development of content in the production of about 20 multimedia educational products in different media (CD-ROM and online) for various stages of education (primary, secondary and baccalaureate). He has been a partner in different European projects as Moblang, STIMULA, or SciCamps.
Danica Ramljak received her DVM and MS at the University of Zagreb. In 1987 she obtained the USDA Cochran Scholarship for research at the Russel Research Center in Athens, Georgia where she spent five years and attended the graduate program class work at the University of Georgia in toxicogy and pharmacology. She received Ph.D. degree at the University of Zagreb in 1992. In the year 1999 she started working at the Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University. In 2003 she started a career in scientific management, writing and coordination of international research projects. Dr. Ramljak serves as an Expert Reviewer for scientific journals and EU funded projects. As of May 2009 until April 2012 she has served as Director-General of the Rudjer Boskovic Institute, the largest natural science research institution in Croatia. Presently, she works as Regional Expert for the World Bank on the Regional Western Balkan R&D and Innovation Strategy Development.
Graduated at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Zagreb. After getting great experience in executive production on Croatian National Television he started dedicating his time to entrepreneurship. Creativity is big part of his personality and when you add work in teams and love for innovative projects, ideas and great implementations are no surprise. Along with great co-workers and friends he has created many known projects like Be CROative (international exhibit showing the best of Croatian science, history and heritage) and the Nautic Cinema. As they are always bringing new technologies in Croatia, it was no surprise that AQUIS got the official license for Musion Ltd.’s hologram projections for Croatia and Southeast Balkan region. In 2011 AQUIS became the first Croatian member of ESCITE, the European organization representing science centers, museums and institutes in 25 countries. In September 2012 AQUIS co-organized a Science picnic, world format event for promoting science and knowledge.
Dejan Donev, Ph.D, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law “Justinian I”, Institute for Journalism, Media and Communication, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje at BA and MA level for the courses Ethics in Journalism 1, Media Ethics, PR Ethics and Philosophy of PR, and, since 2009, at the Institute for Political Sciences at MA level for the subjects Political Ethics and Theories of Globalization. He has been President of NGO “Centre for Integrative Bioethics” since 2009, a representative for Macedonia in the International Bioethical forum for South-Eastern Europe since 2008, member of the Regional coordinating group for bioethical education since 2011, member of the Croatian, Macedonian and Serbian Philosophical Society since 2006. He has also been a member of SEEMO, IMC and SECEPRO since 2010.
Dr. Dejan Vinkovic received his Ph.D in Physics from the University of Kentucky. He has worked for four years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Split, Croatia, and a founding director of a private non-profit Science and Society Synergy Institute (S3I) in Cakovec, Croatia. Dejan has an extensive science research and teaching experience. He has been actively involved in public policy debates for almost a decade. He has participated in initiating non-governmental organizations and public channels of communications related to science and technology policy debates. His engagement with S3I is a natural step toward more advanced levels of non-governmental activities in science and technology research and policy.
Divna Vuckovic received BSc and MSc degree in Electrical Engineering in Belgrade. She in ICT sector for more than 30 years - she has worked with Ericsson for fifteen years. Vuckovic currently works as a consultant at the Center for the Promotion of Science as ICT and Innovation Coordinator. She is a member of the team, working on several research EU funded FP7 Project, as well as a member of EC COST genderSTE project, exploring the usage of latest mobile and social networking technologies for women empowerment in the light of their personal and professional development to use ICT for improving and enriching their lives, businesses and social skills. Vuckovic is actively involved in the work of the ITU-D Work Group on Gender Issues from 2001. She has been a project leader and winner of the “Ericsson European Equal Opportunity Award” in 2002 for Ericsson in Belgrade. Vuckovic is co-founder of the NGO Equal Opportunities and member of the Women’s Government.
Dobrivoje Lale Erić, Art Historian, works at the Center for the Promotion of Science in Belgrade as Head of the Department of Exhibitions and Publishing. Visiting lecturer of Art History at the Belgrade department of French School for Fashion and Design – Mod’Art, Paris. He received his M.A. in Art History at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, and attended the main program of the Belgrade Open School, as well as Archaeology and Ethnology seminars in the Petnica Science Center. His previous works include documentary films, publishing and archaeology. He realized two exhibitions as an author at the Belgrade International Architecture Week in 2010 and 2011, and published art and architecture criticism in Politika, NIN, Remont, Forum.
Based in Valencia, Spain, Domingo Escutia, as Director of Sales and Distribution for Europe, is leading the European distribution office for Giant Screen Films & D3D Cinema, promoting a growing library of large-format and digital 3D productions. He also oversees D3D’s theater sales into museums, aquariums and attractions, digital 3D system integrations, touring exhibition venues, and 70mm theater conversions. Escutia is well known in the museum theater industry, having worked in business administration for over 13 years at Valencia’s distinguished Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, a museum and aquarium complex catering to over 3 million annual public and schools visitors. Escutia led a staff of over 120 museum professionals and oversaw programming, exhibitions, and operations in the museums and theaters, including the L’Hemisfèric IMAX Dome, 3D digital venue, and planetarium. Nowadays, he is also providing consultancy services in connection with the project: “Higher Education Teaching Infrastructure Program”, Republic of Serbia, as part of EPTISA expert team.
Dragan Jevtic is Research Assistant at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland), where he will defend his PhD thesis in early 2014. He holds an MSc degree in Ecology from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Scientific research topics include ecotoxicology and ecological modelling, bioenergetics and ecological risk assessment. Dragan Jevtic is a member of SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry), where he holds the position of Chair of the SETAC Europe Student Advisory Council. He was the president of the local organising committee for two international science conferences. He has been Associate of Petnica Science Center for many years, where he actively takes part in the extracurricular education of high school and undergraduate students. During the last three years, he took part in several panel discussions on the current state of scientific research in Central and South Eastern Europe.
Dubravka Vejnovic, Expert Associate in the Center for the Promotion of Science, was born in Belgrade where she graduated from the Faculty of Biology, University in Belgrade with the highest marks (MSc in molecular biology and physiology, module applied genetics, master thesis: Narcolepsy). At the moment she is at the second year of PhD studies in genetics at Faculty of Biology and works as research trainee at the Institute for Human Genetics. She is the youngest member of Cambridge working group for Bioethics Education in Serbia (Center for the Study of Bioethics, University of Belgrade). Her fields of interest include human genetics, behavioral genetics, forensic genetics, journalism and science communication. She has been volunteering in Red Cross of Serbia and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies more than 15 years (Department for restoring family contact for disaster victims, refugee camps, work with orphans and children with special needs, HIV prevention, blood donors), trainer of young volunteers and delegate of Red Cross of Serbia in Austria, participant and lecturer of numerous international camps with huge experience in dangerous situations and team work.
Born in Rome in 1966, he is a member of the Italian Order of Professional Journalists since 1994. He is Director of the Agency Zoe of scientific and medical information based in Milan – working for several media, mostly on medicine and health. Since 2012, he is also Managing Editor of the peer reviewed journal “Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health”. He is President of the professional association “Science Writers in Italy” (SWIM), which he helped create in 2009 to promote the diffusion of accurate information about science and technology through all media – currently federated with both the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA) and the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ). Fabio is Course Director at the Erice International School of Science Journalism in Italy and works with the UNESCO Venice Office at the project of the Balkan School of Science Journalism.
Gizella Szeles is Engineer of Textile Technology with more than twenty years experience in textile industry in management of planning and analysis of production, education and sales. In 2012 Gizella Szeles has founded Science organization dealing with science, innovation, training and popularization of science and organized Science Festival “Science Road” in Senta in 2013.
Dr Goran Pitic is Full-time Professor and Council President of the Faculty of Economics, Finance and Administration (FEFA), and President of the BoD of Societe Generale Serbia. He is a Member of the BoD Company Metalac Gornji Milanovac. Dr Pitic holds a PhD from the Faculty of Economics, Belgrade University. He also holds two MA degrees – from the Belgrade Faculty of Economics, and from the University of Toronto, Economics Department. He specialized in Economics (postgraduate - Quantitative Development Economics Program) at the University of Warwick, Great Britain in 1991/92. From October 2000 to March 2004, he held the position of Minister of International Economic Relations in the first democratic government of the Republic of Serbia.
Hanne Hautop is Talent Manager of ScienceTalenter at the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Moller Science Center, External Examiner for schools in Physics and Science History at Aarhus University and lecturer and debater at confences and courses relating to the education sector. She has also worked as Education Manager in HTX-cooperation between the Jutland Craftsman School and Favrskov Gymnasium and as Assistent Professor at Favrskov Gymnasium.
Born in 1951, in Pennsylvania, USA. Ockman holds degrees in Government (BA, Harvard), International Rural Development (MA, University of California at Davis), and Law (J.D., New York University School of Law). From 1977 to 1986 he worked as attorney in New York. From 1995 to 1999, Ockman worked as Chief of Party (CoP) on two USAID-funded Commercial Law projects (with $2 million and $3 million budgets, respectively) in Kyrgyzstan, supervising over 15 staff members. In 1999, engaged as Senior Associate at a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where he supervised technical work on Commercial Law report programs in the former Soviet Union. From 2001 to 2005 worked as Chief of Party for a USAID Economic Growth and Investment Project in Bulgaria, with a $6 million budget and a team of 21 local staff and consultants, focusing on cluster and SME development, investment promotion and economic policy reform. In the following four years, until 2009, Ockman was engaged as CoP on two projects implemented by the Chemonics International: a $13 million USAID Local Economic Development Project in Kyiv, Ukraine, and a $23 million USAID Local Investment and National Competitiveness Project in Ukraine. In late 2012, Ockman assumed his current position as CoP of the USAID’s SLDP, where he still works on supporting inter-municipal partnership to add jobs and reduce unemployment in regional economies.
Igor Stankovic is Senior Research, at the Institute of Physics Belgrade. He received his degree in electrical engineering at the University of Belgrade in 1999, and a degree at the Technical University of Berlin in 2003, and a Ph.D degree at same University in 2004. He worked as Senior Simulation Engineer at Toyota Motor Europe in Brussels from 2005 to 2009. During this period, he coordinated and actively contributed to several industrial research projects with a number of external partners: exhaust gas after-treatment simulations, design of brake polymer material molecular structure, etc. His research interests are: transport in porous media, multi-scale modeling, interfaces and dry friction. He coordinated project with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich and participated in several FP7 projects (HP-SEE, PRACE-1IP, PRACE-2IP, PRACE-3IP, and EGI-InSPIRE). Since 2009, he is Project Adviser of the Enterprise Europe Network in Serbia.
Irina Anghel is an enthusiastic supporter of entrepreneurship who 10 years ago left KPMG to create the first Romanian law firm specialized in advising both funds and entrepreneurs in connection to private equity transactions. Irina also has an academic career of more than 14 years, at the Law School in Bucharest and a special law course, that she developed herself, specifically aimed at Romanian MBA students. Irina is the Secretary General of the South Eastern European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and sits in the Representative Group of the European Venture Capital Association. Founder and CEO of Triple Helix, an NGO dedicated to economic development by strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the education system and the administration, Irina leads transformational projects in Eastern Europe. She is one of the Experts of AllWorld. Since November 2010 she became Program Director for New Europe for the same organization. In 2008 she was one of the 4 Global Ambassadors of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, covering 77 countries. Irina earned an MC/MPA degree from Harvard Kennedy School, she also holds an MBA degree from the program of HEC Montreal and University of Ottawa in Bucharest and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Law in Bucharest.
Irene Laura Gorosito has a degree in Biology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA, Argentina), and she is currently doing her Ph.D studies in the same institution with a fellowship granted by the UBA. She researches the ecology and behaviour of small mammals in connection to Hantavirus, at the Population Ecology Laboratory (Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, UBA). She has also taught Biology and Natural Sciences at schools and held Docent position at theUBA. She has participated in several popularization activities organized by UBA.
Isidoros Karatzas, Head of the Ethics Sector, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Unit B6, is a biochemist by training. After joining the European Commission, he was responsible for the ex-post evaluation of the EC Framework Programs where he participated in setting up the European Network on RTD Evaluation. He was the scientific secretary of the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB). Currently, he is the Head of the Ethics Sector in DG Research and Innovation. As Head of the sector he has set up the first European system on ethics follow-up and audit. In addition, starting in 2012, he has initiated contact groups between high school students in Europe and South-East Asia around the theme of ethics and research. These contact groups are organized around a theater play produced by the National University of Singapore.
Istvan Palugyai, Science Editor at Nepszabadsag, the daily paper in Hungary, Media Track leader of MSc of Science Communication and Lecturer at the University of Lorand Eötvös. Istvan Palugyai was President of the Club of Hungarian Science Journalists (CHSJ) and currently he is President Emeritus of the Club of Hungarian Science Journalists.
Ivan received his Master Degree from the University of Split in education in Physics and Computer Science. He is currently working at the Science and Society Synergy Institute (S3I) as Coordinator of educational projects and teaches physics at the Varazdin Second Gymnasium. Since 2007 Ivan has participated in the Summer Science Factory (SSF) project, at first as a mentor in educational activities and after 2009 as the project manager. In 2010 Ivan was the coordinator for the activities of science popularization and outreach at the Faculty of Science in Split. Ivan took part at numerous scientific and expert seminars in Croatia and abroad and is actively engaged in science outreach. Additional to organizing SSF he’s currently working on S3I’s new project for promoting high school students scientific research projects.
Ivana Gadjanski is a scientist and entrepreneur. She is a researcher and Project Leader at the Center for Bioengineering-BioIRC, Kragujevac, working in the field of stem cells and tissue engineering; Assistant Professor at the Belgrade Metropolitan University and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University Columbia, New York, USA. Ivana obtained her Ph.D in Neuroscience and finished 2 post-doctorate positions at high-ranking research institutions in Germany. She published 10 scientific publications in high-impact journals; Ivana Gadjanski is also a co-founder and Chief Science Officer in the academic research startup Pubsonic dealing with visual search of scientific literature. She is active in outreach as the TEDGlobal Fellow and Front Line Scholar at TEDMED; She co-organized one TEDx event in USA, was a speaker at TEDxNoviSad2012 and obtained licence for TEDxBelgradeWomen 2013. She received Fulbright alumni grant for the project FabLab - Forum Entrepreneurship in biotech that resulted in the 1-day conference in September 2013. As a part of the science promotion activities she founded a group Science in Serbia on Facebook that currently has more than 500 members. Ivana also blogs about science and entrepreneurship on her blog on Scilogs in collaboration with Nature network and occasionally on Scientific American.
Jan Riise has a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning form the University of Gothenburg. He co-founded the International Science Festival Gothenburg and works on a number of science communication projects. Riise is currently on the Scientific Committee of the global PCST Network. He has been a speaker, moderator and organizer at several international conferences, including Eusea, ESOF, AAAS and Ecsite Annual Conferences. Riise will be coordinating the Eusea participation in the PLACES project.
Janet Traub has a BS Mechanical Engineering and MS in Computer Science degrees. She works at the Google New York office as Technical Program Manager on the Networking team. She colaborated with the non-government organization “Expanding Your Horizons Network”, working on the programs which support girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Jasminka Laznjak is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at University of Zagreb where she teaches following subjects: Society and Technology, Sociology of Work and Organization, Economic Sociology and Introduction to Methodology of Social Sciences. She holds MA and Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Zagreb. Main areas of research are: science, technology and society studies, innovation policy studies, future of work, women in science and engineering. She has worked on the projects dealing with innovation culture and S&T and innovation policy analysis on the national level and participated in several FP7 Science in Society projects (MASIS, MORE II) and WBC INCO- NET project.
She is professor of French and Russian languge and literature. She worked on marketing projects such as “Be CROative”, multimedial exhibition which presented interactive presentation of Croatian famous scientists. As a sicence promoter, she supportedd number of projects, among others: “Scientific Picknick” (2012) with more than 9,000 visitors, as well as “Planet’s Earth Mathematics”, which will take place in several Croatian cities in the year 2013. She is also participating in the ESCITE project INPROFOOD and will be one of the participants at the Science Festival ESOF in Copenhagen (2014) with the topic “Science in the City”. Together with her colleague Davor Komericki, she initiated the opening of the first science center in Croatia ZEZ. Jelena is a member of EUSEA (European Science Events Association) and ESCITE (The European Network of Science Centres and Museums). She is one of the initiators of the association “Initiative Croatian Castles”, as well as “Creative Atom”.
Jovan Markov is a third grade student at Mathematical High School in Belgrade. He is also the initiator of the School Science festival at his former Elementary School “Despot Stefan Lazarević”, also in Belgrade (where he was the best student of his generation). Markov occasionally records and puts videos on his YouTube channel devoted to the popularization of science. He cooperates with the Centre for the Promotion of Science, and last year took part in the Festival of Science 6.0 as a demonstrator and one of the coordinators. In the seventh grade he fell head over heels for Petnica Science Center, during the Summer Science School and after that he attended the Physics seminar. He likes to hang out at regional competitions in physics, mathematics and chemistry. In his free time he writes for the internet newspaper The House of Good News and scientific youth portal Viva fizika.
Jovan Mirkovic got his Ph.D. at the Moscow University “Lomonosov”. He obtained his postdoctoral degree at the National Research Institute for Metals in Tsukuba, Japan. He has published over 150 scientific papers and participated in numerous scientific projects. Mirkovic is an expert in Physics, especially in the fields of materials and nanotechnology. He is President of the non-government Foundation for Science Promotion PRONA.
Korado Korlevic is Croatian astronomer and educator, as well as prolific discoverer of asteroids. He became active in astronomy during his college years in Pula. In 1981, Korlevic was qualified with a B.Sc. from the Pedagogical Faculty of Rijeka. Towards the end of the 1980s, he co-founded the Yugoslav School of Astronomy, later known as the Visnjan School of Astronomy. Within this organisation he was able to study meteors and asteroids more seriously, and played a central role in the forming of the International Meteor Organisation as the organization formed. Korlevic participated in the First International Tunguska Expedition. In 1995 a newly made telescope produced the first astrometric line, and started the asteroid astrometry program in Visnjan. The teaching of astronomy, and passing his enthusiasm for it onto younger generations, is still a central priority for Korlevic, and he spends much of his time teaching.
Kosta Jovanovic is a Ph.D student at the School of Electrical Engineering, where he graduated and gained a Master degree. He received University of Belgrade Award for the best student paper in the field of technical sciences in 2011, and Nikola Tesla Junior Achievement Award for outstanding achievements of a young researchers in the field of technology in 2012. He was one of the main organizers of popular science event “Days of future: Robotics”, awarded as the most important public event in Belgrade in 2012. In 2013, he was selected by Superste Club for the best young Serbian scientist in the field of natural and technical sciences. His interests are robotics and control systems. He is a member of the Belgrade research group ETF Robotics.
Kresimir Canic has held a number of positions, from Marketing Manager, creator and Director of The Flying Circus of Physics, and physics laboratory exercises demonstrator for IT students of the University of Split, to high school physics teacher. He is one of the leaders of Little Meteorological Workshop and co-author of “Little Meteorologist”, book of experiments for children aged 8-12. He hosted children’s and youth’s popular science workshops at many science events and festivals and hosted more than 100 workshops at schools, nurseries and libraries. He is Co-founder and President of the Croatian Urban Network and active member of Croatian Meteorological Society and Croatian Interdisciplinary Society and he is also listed in the Agency for Mobility and EU programs mentor’s database for Youth in Action program.
László Lengyel is Leader of branch office of Corvinus University of Budapest in Senta. He is also organizer of education at the Cultural and Educational Centre “Thurzó Lajos” and Councillor for high education at the National Council of Hungarian National Minority. His research includes biology and food quality management.
Ljiljana Damjanovic is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Physical Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She obtained her Ph.D in 2004 at the same Faculty. She has worked at the Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse, CNRS, Villeurbanne, France for eleven months and at the Chemistry Department, Durham University, UK for five weeks. She currently holds position as Vice Dean for Research & Postgraduate Studies and works as a Sub-Editor for Physical Chemistry in Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society. She has published 20 publications in international journals, 3 book chapters, presented 68 communications at international conferences and advised 6 MSc and 14 BSc students.
Malcolm Love was formerly a journalist (Central America) and later had a career as a senior producer for the BBC (documentaries and features). He is now a visiting lecturer in ‘Broadcast Science’ part of a Masters degree course in Science Communication (University of West of England, Bristol). Although he is still involved in independent programme making, the majority of his work is as a public communication skills coach, trainer and consultant. Malcolm is a specialist in public engagement of science and runs workshops in the UK and internationally in helping scientists and engineers to better engage with the media and the public.
Mariano Marziali Bermudez has a degree in Physics from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA, Argentina) and he is currently doing his Ph.D studies in the same institution with a fellowship granted by the National Council of Scientific and Technical Activities (CONICET, Argentina). He researches the dynamics of vortices in type-II superconductors, at the Low Temperature Physics Laboratory (Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, UBA). He has also taught Physics and akin subjects at a school and holds Docent position at the UBA. He has participated in several popularization activities organized by the UBA.
Marija Jelic is a student of Physical Electronics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. She finished the Mathematical Grammar School and Music High School “Kosta Manojlovic” for flute, and now she is studying opera singing. She is working with the most famous opera singers and singing at the Baroque Academy as a solo soprano. Marija was rewarded with many prestigious awards in mathematics, physics, flute, opera singing, art and essay writing. She has written seven research papers at the Institute of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics, IRITEL, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. She attended several seminars and conferences about leadership in the region. Marija is Principal of School for Business Skills for students of the University of Belgrade. Also, she is Coordinator of Leadership Academy in Belgrade and with her team she will organize an IT seminar.
Marija Nikolic is science journalist, editor and author of popular science portal of the Center for the Promotion of Science - Elementarium. Marija is also Editor-in-Chief at Radio Galaxy, popular science radio talk-show that is co-production of NOFM online radio and Center for the Promotion of Science. Marija is a Content Editor at SHARE Magazine, an offline evidence of SHARE Conferences and founder of Mini SHARE initiative, children new technology educational program. She is Associated Journalist at National Geographic Serbia and Popular Science Serbia.
In her long career in education, Marina Drndarski has been the author, co-author and demonstrator in many certified programs for teaching skills improvement, author and co-author of numerous articles, reviews, handbooks, primary school Biology workbooks and textbooks. She has participated in national and international educational projects, and is an active member of many local and international professional organizations and societies. Drndarski is a member of the editorial staff at the National Geography Junior and Editor-in-Chief for Biology Science editions at Klett.
A graduate in Agricultural Sciences and a post graduate in Plant Physiology from the Superior School of S. Anna in Pisa and the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Mario Scalet became in 1986 a researcher and professor at the University of Udine, Department of Applied Biology. Further to gaining academic experience in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry implementing national and international research projects in the fields of agriculture and environment and, giving lectures in different Universities (Zurich, Udine, Davis, Roma, Maputo, L’Aquila, Trento) till 2006, Scalet published some 50 scientific papers. As of 1993, Scalet mainly dealt with programs of international cooperation on science and technology. He participated in a program of cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Maputo (1993-94) funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the EU-TACIS project for restructuring the Agriculture University of Moldova (1995-97) coordinated by the University of Udine. In 1997 the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome appointed Scalet as expert in science & technology of the Department for Cultural Cooperation, dealing with various aspects of bilateral and multilateral S&T relations.
Martin Kern is born in 1972 and has worked since 13 years for the European Commission. He is currently Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Serbia since November 2011. He worked before for two years as country coordinator for financial assistance for the Turkey team in DG Enlargement at the European Commission. In 2009 he was seconded by the Commission to the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm during their EU Presidency. Earlier he worked on financial assistance for the 12 new Member States, dealing inter alia with the problems encountered with corruption and irregularities in Bulgaria and Romania. He started his career after a brief stint at the UN with the European Commission and was posted in Lithuania and Estonia 1999-2005.
Martin Lidner started his professional career as a teacher at a secondary school. After 10 years he moved to teacher education at the University of Flensburg for a period of 4 years. After that he coordinated a long-term teacher professional development program for Mathematics and Science teachers called SINUS from 2000-2010. Parallel to this he researched on this program as well as on similar innovation programs like Chemistry in Context and Science in Context, the research done at the Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) at the University of Kiel. Since 2010 he is full-time professor for Biology and Geography Education at the University of Halle. He is one of the directors of the Center for teacher education at the University. Martin Lindner was member of consortia of several projects. International projects are PARSEL, CROSSNET and ESTABLISH, national SINUS, Chemistry in Context, Science in Context, Year of the natural Sciences and several more. All programs deal with science and Science (and Mathematics) education at school level and are targeting the work of teachers (Lindner 2008). At the present he is member of consortia of ESTABLISH (FP7 EU-funded network, 2009-2013) and the COMENIUS-Network SciCamp and INSTEM. These programs deal with STEM-Education, especially in the collaboration between schools, university and companies. His main interest in research is professional development of pre- and in-service-teachers, who work together in long-term professional development courses.
Mico Tatalovic studied Biology at the University of Oxford (BA) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil), and Science Communication at Imperial College London (MSc), on a range of scholarships including those from the City of Rijeka and Croatian Ministry of Science. He works as News Editor at SciDev.Net (Science and Development Network), and is actively involved in science journalism in UK and Croatia. He writes a blog about science policy and journalism at Jutarnji List daily, and freelances for magazines in Croatia and Serbia, including Tehnopolis, Priroda, Drvo Znanja, and Planeta. His experience involves both successful and less successful science communication initiatives in Croatia, including setting up a Café Scientifique, science film festival, science centre and exhibitions, and science press release service. He is a member of the Association of British Science Writers, Balkan Association of Science Journalists, Croatian Science Journalists’ Association, and Mreza naucnih novinara.
Miha Kos is a team leader and project developer, as well as science centre establisher and Director with a sense of teaching. He worked as Editor-in-Chief at KOSKOS, publishing children’s magazine Petka and science popularization books. Also, he used to work as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.
Milena Milunovic was one of the participants at the PCST 2012, which presents international network of science journalists. This network, beside science journalists, gathered public relation managers and scientists themselves, museum and festival representatives so they could share and explore the possibilities of science and technology promotion and popularization.
Born in 1964, Miodrag Stojkovic went to Germany in 1991, where he first worked for two years as a male nurse at the University Hospital of Hamburg. In 1993, he moved to Munich where he received his doctorate and habil degrees from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in 1996 and 2002, respectively. He was working with research interest in early mammalian embryology, cell biology, and epigenetics. In 2002, he moved to UK and joined the University of Newcastle where he was appointed as Chair and Deputy Director of the Centre for Stem Cell Biology & Developmental Genetics. In 2006, he joined the Research Centre Prince Felipe in Valencia, Spain where he was working until 2010 as Deputy Director and Head of Cellular Reprogramming lab. Currently, he is Professor of Human Genetics at the Medical School, University of Kragujevac (Serbia), and founder of Spebo Medical, a special hospital for fertility treatments located in his home-city Leskovac.
Miroslav Veskovic gain his excellency at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom (1986-1987), National Laboratory in Oak Ridge and Vanderbilt University in the United States (1989), the European Centre for Research in Nuclear Physics - CERN (1991-1992) and Oxford (1994-1996).The main scientific areas of his work and research are rare nuclear processes, nuclear structure - nuclear magnetic moments, low temperature nuclear orientation, low-phonic gamma spectroscopy, environmental protection and radio-ecology. He has published over 140 scientific papers. Miroslav Veskovic is rector of the University of Novi Sad and Serbian coordinator of Priority Area 7- Knowledge Society, The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).
Holds Ph.D from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering in Belgrade. She has vast experience in Telecom sector where she was holding top management and strategy making positions in the region. She is Full-time Professor at the Universities Belgrade and Novi Sad. Also, in her capacity as chairperson of ITU-D WG on Gender Issus, she was responsible for developing the policy and strategy for improvement of women’s position in Telecom sector. She was a lecturer in more then 40 of professional workshops, symposia and forums. She is President of the NGO “Equal opportunities” dealing with women’s empowerment through the use of info-communication technologies (ICT). Natasa Gospic is organizing and participating in a number of conferences and round tables like the UN “Women in the information society”, UNECE “Improving women access to new technologies: a way forward”, “Women in innovative business: How to create alliance to promote women’s access to innovative business”, among the others. She is a member of the Government of the Republic of Serbia’s Council on Gender Equality and local expert for drafting IPA project on Prevention of violence against women, project leader for developing Action plan for Strategy for improvement of women position and gender equality in Serbia priorities, project leader of training on use of ICT for improvement women position on labour market and the active member of CSI Women’s Government.
Neva holds a degree of Master of Physics and Computer Science Education and is currently teaching Computer Science in two elementary schools. She would really like to start Ph.D. studies in one of the many fields of physics that interest her, but it’s a hard choice since she loves teaching and working with children as well. Neva was introduced to the Summer School of Science in 2011 as a workshop leader on magnetism. The energy of the School got under her skin almost instantly as she met all these wonderful people who shared the same passion to bring science closer to kids and high school students. That’s why Neva came back the following year to co-lead a project on Physics of strongly correlated electronic materials. In 2013, she decided to join the Society for Out-of-Frame Education and co-organized the S3++ camp in Pozega. In the following year the plan is to use her fundraising and organising experience and know-how to help and teach the next generation of Summer School of Science organizers.
Nikola Bozic is an astronomer and science communicator. He writes popular scientific articles, gives popular public scientific lectures and organizes scientific camps. He works as Editor of the scientific chapter of the biggest Internet news portal B92.net. He was the author of the astronomical exibition at the biggest regional scientific festival in Belgrade. Nikola is the member of the Executive board of the Society of Astronomers of Serbia. He was also Serbian national coordinator for International Year of Astronomy 2009. Nikola Bozic is working at Petnica Science Center, the biggest independent non-profit organization for extracurricular, informal science education in South Eastern Europe, as Head of the Department of Mathematical and Technical Sciences. Also he is associate of the Serbian Center for the Promotion of Science. „Astronomy“ is the book for kids (age 8-12) that he published in 2012. For his contribution to science popularization he was awarded by Serbian Ministry of Science and Technology Development, at the end of the International Year of Astronomy.
Finished high school in 2002. and then enrolled the Faculty of Science, University of Novi Sad, majoring in Astronomy. Currently enrolled in Master’s program at the same faculty. He is a member of Astronomical Society ADNOS Novi Sad, since October 2002. Held lectures on various astronomical topics in Planetarium of ADNOS, as well as observational sessions, and in recent few years, a highly successful “Novi Sad School of Astronomy”. Currently engaged as Vice-President of the Astronomical Society ADNOS. He is developing some new observational tools as well as practical exercises for students of astronomy as part of the cooperation between the Astronomical Society and the Faculty. His personal research interest is active galactic nuclei.
Robert Firmhofer graduated History of Philosophy at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University. He works as the Co-Leader of the project aimed at building the first science center in Poland. His team developed a detailed concept of the interactive exhibitions, a program plan, as well as financial assumptions for the “Copernicus Science Centre” government program. In 2006, after registering the Science Centre, he was nominated as Head of the institution after consulting with Minister of Science and Higher Education. In the following years, as the proxy of the president of Warsaw, Robert Firmhofer participated in the realization of the construction investment which started in 2008 and resulted in the most modern interactive exhibition of science, technology and art in Poland. Robert Firmhofer is a member of Ecsite, the association of European science centers and museums. He was elected President of Ecsite in 2011.
Rolf Landua studied physics at the University of Mainz (Germany). After obtaining his Ph.D. in 1980, he worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, first as visiting scientist and then as CERN fellow. In 1987, he became CERN staff member. His research focused mainly on the study of antimatter, such as antihydrogen formation or proton-antiproton annihilation. In 1996, he was an initiator of the ‘Antimatter Decelerator’ (AD) project at CERN. He also proposed the ATHENA experiment, which succeeded in producing millions of slow-moving antihydrogen atoms and of which he was spokesman from 1999-2004. For his activities in promoting the public understanding of modern physics, he received the communication prize of the European Physical Society. Since 2005, Rolf Landua is Head of the Education and Public Outreach Group at CERN that offers educational programs for about 1000 physics teachers per year, with the goal of bringing the excitement of modern physics research into classrooms and motivating young students to continue their scientific education. His group also develops and operates permanent and traveling CERN exhibitions, and organizes guided tours of CERN for about 100,000 visitors per year.
Sanja is ICT teacher at the School for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering “Gosa” in Smederevska Palanka. She has written on the subject of digitization and education and her work was published in the Review of the National Center for Digitization. Sanja holds an MA in Digitization of Cultural Heritage and her latest project is organization of the Festival of Science in Smederevska Palanka.
Slobodan Bubnjevic has been Science Editor in “VREME” weekly, an independent, informative, political paper. This was the first Serbian magazine which established a science column after the fall of Milosevic regime in 2000. Before his engagement in “VREME”, Bubnjevic studied Experimental and Theoretical Physics at the University of Belgrade. During 2006-2008, he was also Editor of the Television B92 Web Science section. He has been writing for National Geographic Serbia since 2009. Since 2011 Head of the Communications Department of the Center for the Promotion of Science.
Sonja Pavlovic, Principal Investigator at the Laboratory for Molecular Biomedicine at the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She received her Ph.D in Molecular Biology from the University of Belgrade. Her research interests include: molecular genetics of rare diseases, hematological malignancies and pharmacogenomics. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Since 2009 she is a leader of science promotion and popularization program “Short Course of DNAlogy”. She has also been a coordinator of the EC FP7 project “Researchers’ Night”.
Srdjan Krco has been with Ericsson since 2000, where he held a number of positions (Senior Research Engineer, System Manager, Project Manager) and has worked in and managed a number of product development and research projects. For the last 5 years he has been leading a research and innovation team focusing on M2M, Internet of Things and their application in various domains including the smart cities. He has participated in a number of FP7 projects and is active in the Future Internet Assembly and IoT Forum where he is chairing the Technology WG. In 2007 he received the Innovation Engineer of the Year Award in Ireland from the Institute of Engineers of Ireland. Srdjan holds Assistant Professor position at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade, where he teaches Internet of Things and mobile communication related courses. In 2006, he initiated senZations, an international summer school on Wireless Sensor Networks and Internet of Things, which had more 400 participants over the years.
Srdjan Ognjanovic has been working as Principal of Mathematical Grammar School in Belgrade since 2008. He is the author of many books for primary schools and high schools. Ognjanovic has been awarded the prize for the “Investment in Education” by the Club of Economy Journalists in the year 2011.
Srdjan Verbic is science education advisor, researcher and writer. He is currently employed at the Institute for Educational Quality and Evaluation in Belgrade, where he works on the evaluation of science education in Serbia and the development of educational measurements practice for the sole purpose – the improvement of learning. He has participated in many national and international studies of students’ achievement like national exams, PISA and TIMSS. He is also engaged in out-of-school science education, mainly through activities of Petnica Science Center, where he prepared, organized and realized nearly 100 seminars, workshops and conferences for students, teachers and professionals in informal education. His goal is to promote critical thinking and the use of scientific method.
Stevan Jokic, Professor Researcher at Vinca Insititute of Nuclear Sciences received his Ph.D in Physics in 1980 from the University of Belgrade. He has worked as professor of physics at the University of Kragujevac where he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences. He has published many scientific articles and four books. He was a founder of the Association “Ruka u testu”. He has received the international PURKWA prize for “the scientific literacy of the children on out planet” from the French Academy of Sciences in 2007.
Susana Chaves graduated Applied Mathematics, at Oporto University, Faculty of Sciences. She currently works as Project Manager at the Fundação da Juventude/Portuguese Youth Foundation, in the fields of science and technology. She is responsible for developing the National Competition for Young Scientists and Researchers. She was also the manager of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists organised by the Fundação da Juventude in 1998 and 2010. Chaves also works as Manager of two different European projects: KiiCS – Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science, under the FP7 Program, as well as SciCamp-Science Camps in Europe, under the Comenius Program.
Svenka Savic is Professor of Psycholingvistics at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Philosophy, Professor Emeritus 2010, teaching courses on: Discourse Analysis, Psycholinguistics and Introduction to Linguistics. She was also Professor at the ACIMSI Center for Gender studies University of Novi Sad (2004-2009). Savic worked as coordinator of a number of projects on usage of Serbo-Croatian (now Serbian) language in Yugoslavia (now Serbia). She published 20 books, most of them in language issues and gender studies. She was one of the founders and Coordinator of Women’s Studies and Research in Novi Sad and the coordinator of many research projects.
Prof. Dr. Tatjana N. Parac-Vogt is Professor of Chemistry at KU Leuven, Belgium. She is also President of BeWiSe, Belgian Women in Science Association, a non-profit organization that supports the role and position of women in science via mentoring programs, seminars and focused events. She has active interest in promoting gender and cultural diversity in the working environment, and is active as a coach and mentor to younger female scientists both in the framework of BeWiSe and within KU Leuven.
Tijana Prodanovic has obtained her BA in Astrophysics at the Astronomy Department, University of Belgrade, and a Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, where she graduated researching the field of particle astrophysics. Prodanovic was twice elected Excellent Teacher, and in 2008 she won the national, and came 2nd in the international Fame Lab competition for the best young science communicator. Besides research and teaching at the University, she is very active in promoting science to a wider audience by giving many public lectures, but also through being Program Coordinator of the Novi Sad Science Festival and the Researchers Night in Novi Sad Serbia.
Timandra Harkness is a winner of the Independent’s columnist competition in 1997. She has written journalism, novels, plays and short films. She facilitates public events for the Dana Centre, the Wellcome Foundation, the British Science Association and the British Council, and is on the advisory panel for the Cheltenham Science Festival.
Tomislav Jovanovic is Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of Rebublic of Serbia. Jovanovic served as a Vice-Chancellor at the University of Pristina in 2004, Director of the Postgraduate School of Sport Medicine at the ECPD UN University in the year 2002, and Principal of the Institute of Medical Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade from 2002 to 2006. He is a founder of the International Postgraduate School of Baromedicine. In the year 1999, he became the national coordinator for Hyperbaric Medicine and Principal of the European Postgraduate School Baromedicine supported by EUBS. He also worked as a Chair of Department of Balneoclimatology at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade in 1995. From 1989 to 2000 he served as a Vice-Chancellor for postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine. He is a member and President of organizational and scientific councils at many international and local scientific events and organizations, as well as of several specialized magazines.
Toni Milun is Mathematics Lecturer at the University of Zagreb. He is currently working on his PhD thesis in business economy at the Faculty of Economy in Rijeka. He founded the internet portal www.tonimilun.com, where he publishes video lectures from the field of mathematics and physics. He was awarded the prize “Pride of Croatia” for more than 1800 video lectures published on his website for popularization of science.
Based in Belgrade, Serbia since August 2013, Tony Verheijen returned to the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region after having previously worked for the Public Sector Management and Governance Department in the same region from 2002-2006. From 2007-2013, Mr. Verheijen served as Sector Manager of the Public Sector and Governance department in South Asia (based in New Delhi, India) and as Lead Public Sector Management Specialist and Cluster Leader for East and Central Africa (based in Kampala, Uganda). Since joining the World Bank in 2002, Mr. Verheijen has focused on public sector management, civil service reform, governance and anti-corruption, and economic management issues. He has worked on projects in South and East Asia, Central and East Africa, Russia and Central Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Verheijen worked as Chief Technical Adviser for the UNDP Regional Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, for the OECD and for the European Institute of Public Administration. He has also held teaching and research positions at various universities, including the College of Europe. He has contributed in particular to transformation processes in Central and Eastern European states in the context of their EU accession, serving as adviser to European Integration offices and EU accession negotiation teams. Mr. Verheijen graduated from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, holds an MA in International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a PhD from Leiden University.
Vera Dondur is Chair of Physical Chemistry at the University of Belgrade. Dondur is having long and rich experience in research and teaching, with her basic research interests primarily oriented into physical chemistry. She is President of National Council for Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, Vice-President of the Serbian Chemical Society, serving as Associate Editor of the Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society and a member of the Serbian Chemical Society and the Serbian Physical Chemistry Society. Dondur participated in many national and international projects. She is the author and co-author of many publications in SCI journals, as well as of several books.
Vesna Crnojevic-Bengin received Ph.D degree in Electronics and Microwave Engineering from the University of Novi Sad in 2006, where she is currently Associate Professor, teaching courses in the fields of microwave engineering. She leads EuMA’s topical group MAGEO which mobilizes researchers working in application of microwave technology in agriculture, environment and Earth observation. Crnojevic-Bengin is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Electronics, as well as a reviewer of Republic of Serbia’s Ministry of Science for projects of technological development. Since 2010, Dr. Crnojevic-Bengin has been appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Fund, founded by the Serbian Ministry of Science and Technological Development.
Vladan Joler is Professor of New Media at the University of Novi Sad and founder of Share Foundation, organization that is dedicated to protecting rights of Internet citizens and promoting positive values of openness, decentralization, free access and exchange of knowledge, information and technology. Share Foundation is organizing Share Conference, the biggest regional gathering of activists, experts and creatives in the field of Internet culture and activism.
Wolfgang Tschapeller, Managing Director of Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH, is an architect working in Vienna. He studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Wolfgang Tschapeller has taught as a visiting professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, and the State University of New York in Buffalo, as well as other academic institutions. In 2004/2005, he was the McHale Fellow at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Since 2005, he has been Professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and as of 2012 he is the Head of the Institute of Art and Architecture. Among many successful projects, in 2010 he worked on the design for the Centre for Promotion of Science in Belgrade. Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH was founded in 2007, with Wolfgang Tschapeller as its Managing Director. In 2012 the branch office of Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT Gmbh opened in Belgrade.
Zeljko Tekic is Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Novi Sad. He has MSc in electrical engineering (2003) from the University of Novi Sad and MSc in entrepreneurship (2007) from the University of Nottingham. He received his Ph.D in Innovation Management (2012) from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Novi Sad. He recently was a visiting scholar at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Stuttgart and at the Vienna University of Technology. His current research interests include the knowledge co-creation and knowledge – innovation interface, patent valuation and patent data analysis, business intelligence, and technology entrepreneurship. He was founder and Project Coordinator of eYouwins youth festival. With his team he brought the Researchers’ Night to Serbia in 2010. He successfully coordinated Researchers’ Night projects in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The total area of the South East Europe region is 666,700 km2 and the total population is 59,297,000. The Region meets the Adriatic Sea on the northwest, Ionian Sea on the southwest, the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea on the south and southeast, and the Black Sea on the east and northeast. In the last few decades the countries of the region are experiencing different aspects of EU accession process. One of them is the emergence of science promotion.
“This grand city seems to have always been like this: torn and spilt, as if it never exists but is perpetually being created, built upon and recovered. On one side it waxes and grows, on the other it wanes and deteriorates. Ever in motion and rustle, never calm and never knowing tranquility or quiet. The city upon two rivers, on the grand clearing, bound by the winds.”
Ivo Andric, writer and Nobel Prize winner
Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is the third largest city in Southeastern Europe, after Istanbul and Athens. It has a population of just over 1.7 million. Belgrade is the city of youth. More than 40% of its citizens are between 15 and 44 years of age. The citizens of Belgrade love to talk about the spirit of the city. Open and ever ready for fun, many Belgraders will claim to be true hedonists – and many of them really are - knowing all there is to know about good food, wine and music.
Belgrade is a city with a tumultuous, but also frequently tragic past, primarily due to its unique position at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, on the border between the East and the West. Roads run through it and around it, used by invading warrior peoples conquering and destroying this city, rebuilding it and adding to it over and over.
Check out the website of the Tourist Organization of Belgrade.
The National Bank's edifice is one of the most modern buildings in Serbia. The massive glass building was officially opened in early 2006 when the headquarters moved from a historic building located in the heart of downtown Belgrade.
National Bank of Serbia
Nemanjina St 17
Entrance from Svetozara Markovica St, Belgrade
Hotel Park is located in the heart of the city, at the corner of one of the most beautiful Belgrade streets, Njegoseva, and Svetozara Markovica. Renovated in 2012, Hotel Park proudly wears its three-star rating by international standards and offers excellent quality of service in each of its segments.
Conference Room 1st Floor
Njegoseva 2, Belgrade
Official accommodation for the participants of the SCIPROM Conference is at Hotel Park.
Hotel Park is located in the heart of the city, at the corner of one of the most beautiful Belgrade streets, Njegoseva, and Svetozara Markovica. Renovated in 2012, Hotel Park proudly wears its three-star rating by international standards and offers excellent quality of service in each of its segments.
Its attractive location and excellent position surrounded by greenery provides isolation from noise and offers the same key elements as the real park does - rest, relaxation and peace.
Njegoseva St 2,
First SEE Regional Science Promotion Conference in Belgrade is the biggest event of this kind in the Region in decades. The best science promotion professionals, practitioners, enthusiasts and media officers are coming from all over the world to share experience and network in order to strengthen the link between science and society in the Region.
Accredited journalists are welcome to book interviews with the speakers and participants.
To serve the visiting members of the media, the SCIPROM Conference has a Press Center, located in the Media Room on the second floor of the National Bank of Serbia. The Press Center is open on Wednesday, October 2nd, and Thursday, October 3rd, from 9 am to 6 pm.
Media representatives can register at the Conference Info Desk in the National Bank of Serbia on Wednesday, October 2nd, and Thursday, October 3rd, from 8.30 am to 5 pm.
For all media enquiries, please contact our Press Officers at the media info desk at NBS or:
The First SEE Regional Science Promotion Conference was followed by more than thirty media from the whole SEE region.
You may find the press and video clips here.
Aiming to strengthen the link between science and society in the SEE Region, the Center for the Promotion of Science of the Republic of Serbia, under the UNESCO patronage, organized the First Southeast Europe Regional Science Promotion Conference – SCIPROM (link), held in Belgrade on 1-3 October 2013.
The Conference brought together more than 300 experts and representatives of international organizations, governmental bodies, research and educational institutions, science communicators, innovators, NGOs, private sector and media, who engaged in lively conversations about the role of science in society, the dimensions of science, the importance of responsible research and innovation, the gender gap in science and the ways in which science promotion can help overcome the obvious gap that should be bridged to reach knowledge-based economies, to which understanding of and engagement with science are essential.
The SCIPROM participants strongly believe that investments made today in education, science, technology, engineering, and medicine are critical to each nation's and the overall mankind’s prosperity, and are bound to pay dividends for many years to come. Therefore, they call on all decision makers to provide stronger support to innovation and science, including their promotion and further integration into the society.
The regional network established at the SCIPROM Conference shall act as an annual forum to proactively address the critical issues in our societies, considering innovation and science as an essential element in resolving the economic and social challenges facing SEE countries.