Science Meets Parliaments 2019

July 10th, 2019.

The House of the National Assembly of Serbia, Small Hall

On the 10th of July, 2019, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, and under the patronage of the Joint Research Centrе (JRC) of the European Commission, The Center for the Promotion of Science, for the first time in Serbia, organizes an event under the title Science Meets Parliaments in the House of the National Assembly of Serbia, dedicated to the climate changes and their complex effects.

The Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission is a renowned European institution that unites scientists and researchers in their effort to contribute to an improved role of science in making decisions and creating policies. In 2015, in collaboration with the European Parliament, JRC launched the program Science Meets Parliaments which aimed at enhancing the idea about a necessary relationship and joint action between politicians and scientific and research community. So far, this event has been held only in the member states of the European Union, this being the first time its organization is entrusted to a country outside of the EU.

In Serbia, Science Meets Parliaments is held on the national Science day, with the aim to have, on the one hand, meeting of the science and the researchers, and on the other, members of the parliament and local self-government and the decision makers, as well as the city association representatives. The debate event is conceived to spur the dialogue among all the parties and to open up new points of view about the importance and the position of science in making political decisions and regulations. The main theme of the program is dedicated to the dramatic influence the climate changes have on society, that is, the need of an urgent reaction and the appropriate adjustment of society. In addition to the opening address, the main program consists of three panel discussions with the topics: ”Renewable sources of energy”, ”Climate changes affect water”, and ”Air quality and greenhouse gases”

The Center for the Promotion of Science participates, as well, in the European project TeRRIFICА (Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation Fostering Innovative Climate Action), funded through the Horizon 2020 program, the realization of which they will be working on in the next three years together with the partners from Germany, France, Spain, Belarus, and Poland. The aim of the project is to create a constructive dialogue among the scientific and industrial community, civil society, and policy creators, in order to develop necessary social and technological innovations, procedures, and methodologies in the context of climate changes, social adjustment and the avoidance or reduction of damaging effects. Having in mind a tight relationship between the TeRRIFICА project and the topic of the Science Meets Parliaments event, the Center secured an active participation of all the partners in the organization and realization of this event in Belgrade.



Ms. Maja Gojković

was born on May 22, 1963 in Novi Sad. She finished elementary school “Branko Radicevic” and gymnasium “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj” in Novi Sad. She graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Novi Sad in 1987 and passed the bar exam in 1989. She began her lawyer career in the family law office, founded by her father, Mita Gojkovic.
She has a rich parliamentary experience in all state assembly conferences since 1992. She was also a member of the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina from 1996 to 2000.
She was a Minister without Portfolio of the Government of the Republic of Serbia from 1998-1999. year, and after that she was also a Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1999 – 2000.

In the local elections in September 2004 she was elected mayor of Novi Sad, and thus became the first woman mayor in the history of that city.
From May 2012 to 2014 Maja Gojkovic was a deputy in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee on Judiciary, State Administration and Local Self-Government.
2014 – 2016 she held the function of the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the President of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
After the parliamentary elections in 2016, she was re-elected as the president of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. In the current parliamentary election, Gojkovic is heading the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on Environmental Protection. Gojkovic is also the head of the permanent parliamentary delegation of the National Assembly in the Interparliamentary Union, as well as in the Parliamentary Assembly of the South-East European Cooperation Process.
She is a member of the Presidency of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).

Mr. Mladen Šarčević

Born on January 22, 1957. in Belgrade


He graduated from the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Belgrade, Department of Geography
Postgraduate studies, field- environmental protection completed at the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade

Professional engagement:

He worked as a teacher at the Student Center of the Central Railway School in Belgrade and as a professor of geography in several Belgrade schools.
At the age 33, he became director of elementary school “Nikola Tesla” in Belgrade and led the professional activities of school directors
He participated in the founding of the elementary school “Branko Copic” and the XV Belgrade Gymnasium
In 2003 he organized and started the work of the General Gymnasium “Rudjer Boskovic” in Belgrade. Two years later, in 2005, he founded the primary school of the same name
He is a founder of several schools in Serbia and the region
He is a founder (with a group of like-minded people) of the Republican and Regional Center for Talents. He was the adviser of the German School in Belgrade, the Serbian minority schools in Budapest and South Africa (with Zimbabwe).
In August 2016 he became the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. Since then, all functions of Mr. Sarcevic in the Rudjer Boskovic Education System have been put on hold.
During his previous professional career, he was awarded the Gold Plaque of the Red Cross and the Prize of the Technique and Science Award.

Prof. Dr. Slavica Đukić Dejanović

was born on July 4, 1951 in Raca. She finished elementary and high school in Kragujevac, and the Faculty of Medicine, Masters, Doctoral Studies and Specialization in Neuropsychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade.
She served as President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia from 2008 to 2012, as well as the function of Acting President of the Republic of Serbia, from the beginning of April to the end of May 2012. From 2012 to 2014, she was the Minister of Health in the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

She is a full-time professor, Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Vice-Rector for International Cooperation at the University of Kragujevac. She was the youngest woman doctor of medical science in Sumadija and the founder of the daily Psychiatric Hospital. She was a director of the Clinical and Hospital Center in Kragujevac in the period from 1993 to 2000, and from 2014 to 2016 she was Director of the Clinic for Psychiatric Diseases “Dr Laza Lazarevic” in Belgrade.
Since August 2016, she holds position of Minister without Portfolio in the Government of the Republic of Serbia in charge of demography and population policy. This position is a candidate for expertise, experience, achieved results in the previous career, as well as the fact that she was the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in full term, the Minister for Family Care and the Minister of Health.
She is the author of seven books, two textbooks for regular students and one of the authors of three textbooks for students after graduation. She is the author and co-author of more than 200 scientific and professional papers. She is a holder of the Psychiatric Section certificate of recognition of the Serbian Medical Society, the Charter for the Contribution to the Health of the City of Kragujevac, and the Djurdjevdan Prize.
Her hobby is reading, writing, visiting theaters, and spending most of her spare time with her grandchildren Filip and Nina.
She is a member of the Association of Psychiatrists of Serbia, and she served as the president of this association in two mandates. She is a member of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) since its inception in 1990.

Dr. Sanja Damjanović

Sanja Damjanovic started her PhD studies at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany in 1999. She received PhD in Physics in 2002 with the Grade ‘Magna cum laude’. In 2006, she obtained an award-type position, a CERN Fellowship.

Since 1999 embedded in international teams, working in two large International Organizations, CERN (Geneva) and GSI-FAIR (Darmstadt), both in basic and applied research in the field of high-energy nuclear physics. About 100 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. About 50 technical reports, colloquia, seminar and conference talks all around the world.

HE Sem Fabrizi

Sem Fabrizi has been Ambassador of the European Union to Serbia since July 2017.

From September 2013 to June 2017 he was Ambassador of the EU to Australia.

An Italian career diplomat, he has served as an advisor on international relations to the President of the European Council in Brussels and to the Prime Minister of Italy in Rome.

His earlier postings included Geneva, at the Italian Permanent Mission to the WTO and UN, and the Italian Embassy in Beijing.
At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome he has held positions in the EU Department and the Secretary General’s Office.
He holds degrees in International Law and International Economy from “La Sapienza” University in Rome, and he has served as a lieutenant in the Italian Army.
Sem has been awarded the honour of Cavaliere Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. 
He is married to Rebecca, and they have three children.

Prof. Dr. Viktor Nedović

Prof. Dr. Viktor Nedović is the State Secretary for higher education and internationalisation of science in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia as from July 2018. Before that he served as Assistant Minister for International Cooperation and EU integration in the same ministry in two mandates, 2007-2011 and 2014-2018. He has been coordinator of the negotiation group for the chapter 25 (“Science and Research”). He is responsible for the continuous dialog with EC in the fields of science, research, and innovation, as well as for IPA programming in those fields. He is coordinating the process of Research and Innovation Strategy for the Smart Specialization of Republic of Serbia (4S) development and adoption. 

Also, he is coordinating the implementation of the EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, at national level. He is a member of many committees, bodies, platforms and expert’s ad hoc groups that are responsible for the creation and implementation of EU policies in the fields of science, research and innovation, like European Research Area Committee, ERAC, Board of Governors of Join Research Center, JRC BofG, ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy’ of the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee, COST Scientific Committee, Steering Platform on Research and Innovation for WBs and so on.In addition to that he is coordinating Priority Area 7 (PA7) of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), Knowledge Society, that is related to the regional cooperation in research, higher education and ICT.
Viktor Nedović is full professor at Deptartment of Food Technology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. His research areas are biotechnology, food science&technology, and biochemical engineering. As author and co-author he has published over 400 articles, out of which more than 80 papers in SCI journals and more then 30 as book chapters. In addition, he has edited four books for the renowned scientific publishers (Kluwer and Springer). Viktor is founder and president of the Serbian Association of Food Technologists (SAFT). In 2015 he became an associate member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia (AESS). Besides it, he is a member of numerous national and international professional and scientific organizations, like: European Federation of Food Science and Technology, EFFoST, International Society of Food Engineering, ISFE; European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group, EHEDG; European Academy of Food Engineering (EAFE). He is a char person of EFFoST Task Team for the organization of CEFood congresses. He has been a member of scientific boards of more than 40 international food and biotechnology congresses.

Charlina Vitcheva

Charlina Vitcheva was appointed Deputy Director General of the JRC in September 2016.

Previous to this, she was Director of Smart and Sustainable Growth and Southern Europe at DG Regional and Urban Policy, and also held a position in Inclusive Growth, Territorial and Urban Development and Northern Europe.

Before joining the Commission, Charlina spent 15 years in the Bulgarian public administration including at the Permanent Representation in Brussels, dealing mainly with agricultural and fisheries issues.
During this period, she was actively involved in the accession negotiations of Bulgaria and headed, between 2000 and 2004, the negotiations teams in the area of agriculture and rural development, food safety and fisheries.

Prof. Dr. Ivanka Popović

Prof. Dr. Ivanka Popović, a full professor of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, is the Rector of the University of Belgrade, elected for the term of office 2018-2021. She was Vice-Rector of the University of Belgrade for International Cooperation for 2015-2018 term and for Science for 2012-2015 term.

She studied at the University of Maryland, USA and the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade (FTM). She obtained all of her degrees in chemical engineering (BSc, MSc and PhD) at the FTM. She became a member of the FTM staff in 1983, rose through the academic ranks to the position of full professor and served as Dean from 2006 to 2012. Her research interests are polymer science and engineering and sustainable development. She was President of the Serbian Chemical Society in the period March, 2009 to April, 2013 and is President of the Association of Italian and Serbian Scientists and Scholars (2012 – ).

Asst. Prof. Dr. Marko Krstić

Marko Krstić was born in 1984 in Niš, Republic of Serbia, where he finished elementary and secondary school. He earned his BS and MS degrees at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, at the Department of Physical Electronics, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade at the Department for Nanoelectronics and Photonics. He joined the Chair for Microelectronics and Technical Physics at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade in 2009, where he is currently at the position of Assistant Professor, teaching courses dealing with physics, mechanics, statistical physics, and optical communications.

His research interests include modeling of semiconductor lasers and optical amplifiers. He co-authored more than 20 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and number of papers presented at national and international conferences, among which three were invited. He participated in 2 international scientific projects (”Techniques Of Modulation And Remodulation for PON (TOMAR-PON)”, project of Portugal Ministry of Science and ”New Approach to Temperature Processes Control Based on Soft Computing Methods (Neuro-temp)”, Eureka project) and 2 projects funded by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (“Photonics communications”, No. OI160001 and “Photonics components and systems”, No. OI171011). He received several awards, “Prof. Dr. Ilija Stojanović” award in 2014, for the best paper in the field of telecommunications, published in international scientific journal, “Aleksandar Marinčić” award in 2015, for the best paper in the field of microwave photonics, published in international scientific journal, and “Andrejević Foundation” award in 2016, for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of technical sciences. He is Co-Chair of the Organization Committee of the VII International School and Conference on Photonics, PHOTONICA2019. He was a referee for IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics and IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology. From June 2, he serves as the Acting Director of the Centre for the Promotion of Science, a government institution competent for science promotion and popularization.

Prof. Dr. Nikola Rajaković

Prof. Dr Nikola Rajakovic graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade in 1969 and graduated as the best and the first student in the generation on February 22, 1974. Since April 1974 he has been employed at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Department of Electric Power Systems. He was elected as a full professor in 1995. Beginning from the summer semester in 1987, he spent three semesters at postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto, where he also took part in the postgraduate program in Power Group.

He has lectured the following subjects in regular studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade: Analysis of Electric Power Systems (EES) I and II, Exploitation of EES, Distribution and Industrial Network and Intelligent Electricity Network. The last two subjects prof. Rajakovic introduced in the class. He lectured at the University of Nis and at the University of Banja Luka, where he was the founder and head of the Energy Department. At doctoral studies in Belgrade, Nis and Banja Luka, he teaches the following subjects: Methods of optimization in EES and Distribution Systems. He was a mentor in the making of more than 150 graduation papers, over 25 master theses, and was a mentor in the preparation of 14 doctoral dissertations as well.
From 1989 to 1991 he was the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering for Economic Cooperation. He was the head of the Chair of the EES in several mandates, a member of the Council of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Council of the Belgrade University in several terms and a member of many faculty and university commissions. He was the Chairman of the Managing Board of the JP TE Kostolac from June 2001 to the end of 2002 and the President of the Managing Board of JP Elektroprivreda Srbije from 2002 to 2004. He was Secretary of State in the Ministry of Mining and Energy from 2008 to 2011, where, among other things, he coordinated work on the drafting of the Law on Energy, which was confirmed in the National Assembly in July 2011. During the term of this mandate Serbia has introduced a tariff system that encourages greater use of renewable energy sources.
He published 40 papers in prominent magazines from the SCI list and over 200 other works. He wrote 8 textbooks and 1 monograph. He presided over international and domestic roundtables and working groups at prestigious conferences, and papers were quoted over 900 times (h is a factor of 14). He is the reviewer of the best world and domestic magazines.
Prof. Dr. Nikola Rajakovic organized prominent international conferences in the field of electrical energy (MedPoweer2016, …), he is a president of the Energy Union of Serbia, leading expert organization in energy since 2004 and organizer of the series of ENERGETICS conferences, was a consultant of the World Bank, … He is a member of the IEEE as a senior member, a member of CIGRE and CIRED.
He led the production of more than two dozen strategic studies in which the achieved results were applied in practice. The total number of projects implemented is over 50. He has managed several FP projects with TEMPUS project and is now the project leader of the Horizon 2020 project group. He is the holder of patent rights in three products. As a consultant, he participated in the selection and procurement of electrical equipment for several power distribution companies and for some power plants.

Prof. Dr. Nebojša Nakićenović

Nebojsa Nakicenovic is the former Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and former tenured Professor of Energy Economics, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).

He is a Member of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts; recipient of the Austrian Grand Decoration in Silver (Österreichisches Ehrenzeichen für Wissenschaft und Kunst); recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for the IPCC with several authors; and of the 2005 Sheikh Zayed Environmental Award for Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) also with several authors.

Among other positions, he is Executive Director of The World in 2050; Convening Lead Author of UNEP Gap Report; member of scientific advisory boards including UN Technical Group on Sustainable Development Goal 7; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Renewable Energy for the 21st Century; and WIFO; and serves on the editorial boards of eight scientific journals.
Previous positions include the Director of the Global Energy Assessment, UN Secretary General (SG) Special Advisory 10-Member Group on Science, Technology and Innovation; UN SG Advisory Group on Energy and Climate; Convening Lead Author of IPCC; Co-Leader of the Austrian Climate Change Assessment, Co-Chair of the Global Carbon Project, Chair of the OMV Future Energy Fund Advisory Board, Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change (WBGU).
He is Editorial Board Member of the following journals: Technological Forecasting and Social Change; Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Institution of Civil Engineers; Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability; Energy Sector Management; Ecosystem Health and Sustainability; Scientific World Journal; Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions; and the Energy Strategy Reviews.
Prof. Nakicenovic holds bachelors and masters degrees in economics and computer science from Princeton University, New Jersey, USA and the University of Vienna, where he also completed his Ph.D. He also holds Honoris Causa PhD degree in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Among Prof. Nakicenovic’s research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change, sustainable economic development, response strategies to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, information and communication, and digital systems.

Prof. Dr. Milan Martinov

Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia 1988 – PhD

Faculty of Agriculture, Zagreb, Croatia, 1978-1981 – Master of Sciences

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, 1970-1975 – Dipl. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering

Membership of professional organizations and bodies:
Club of Bologna, A World Task-Force on the Strategies for the Development of Agricultural Mechanisation, full member, (
ASABE – American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Vice Chair of Section IV – Energy in agriculture, and Vice Chair of Working Group Rural Development and Preservation of Cultural Heritages, CIGR International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (
Member of five editorial boards of international and national journals,
Present position: Professor, Head of the Chair of Biosystems Engineering
Key qualifications: 
Renewable energy sources, solid biomass and biogas.
Agricultural engineering, education, development of low costs mechanization.
Procedures, equipment and machinery for production of special crops, e.g. medicinal and aromatic crops (book on it published and worldwide used, see publications).
Active in sustainable rural development. Founder of Working Group Rural Development and Preservation of Cultural Heritages within CIGR (

Miloš Kostić

After graduating from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, at the Department of Process Engineering, he initially worked as an associate, researcher at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. During the three-year period, he gained exceptional expertise in EE and RE projects within the Energy Efficiency Network in Serbia on measuring and calculating energy losses at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade. In the period from 2003 to 2009 he was engaged as a welding technician and manager of MT-KOMEX company from Belgrade.

He came in contact with renewable energy sources in mid-2009 when he began to work as a deputy regional manager for the WEBSEFF program of the EBRD, and subsequently as a coordinator for KfW and GGF lenders on energy efficiency lines where he was in charge of verification and detailed energy audits for dozens of businesses. During 2011, the idea is to develop the project of the first solar power plant in Serbia, formed by the company SOLARIS ENERGY and managed to build a solar power plant of 2MW with its partners. The power plant was built in Kladovo and has been operating successfully since 2013. In the consulting house CEEFOR he has been engaged since 2011 as an engineer and project coordinator, and was involved in the development of numerous feasibility studies, construction of small gas power plants, cogeneration plants, solar power plants, hydroelectric power stations, Kostic has a long-standing experience in identifying the feasibility of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) projects and preparing plans for rational use of energy for project financing by banks in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
In addition to these competencies, Kostic had the opportunity to adopt the best practices during work on improving the efficiency of industrial furnaces: determining energy losses, making energy and mass balance, estimating the use of waste energy, applying computers in the process of management and regulation for industrial furnaces. He has the greatest practical experience in the field of consulting, design and construction on renewable energy projects involving biogas plants, biomass, mini hydro power plants, PV and CHP plants.

Dr. Aleksandra Tomić

She was born in 1969 in Vranje. She graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical

Engineering in Belgrade. She has got her Master’s and Doctoral degree at “Alfa” University.

She is a Docent at The Faculty of Economics, University of Pristina and an Associate Professor at The Faculty of Construction Management, University Union Nikola Tesla in Belgrade. From 1997 to 2010 she worked for “Javor” Public Company and after that she was a Director of “Plov put” federal institution and an adviser to the Director General for international cooperation at “Srbija vode” Public Utility Company.

From 2000 to 2008 she was a councilor at the Municipal Assembly of Zvezdara in Belgrade. From 2000 to 2001 she was the Chairlady of Zvezdara Municipal Assembly’s Executive Board and between 2001 and 2004 a member of Zvezdara
Municipal Assembly’s Executive Board. Furthermore, from 2005 to 2008 she was a member of the Municipal Council.
Function in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia
 After the elections in 2012 she was elected a Member of Parliament and she kept this position after the elections in 2016. She is a Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on the Economy, Regional Development, Trade, Tourism and Energy and Chairperson of the Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending.  Moreover, she is a member of Stabilization and Association Parliamentary Committee and Head delegation of PACE.
Friendship parliamentary groups membership
 Austria Belarus Venezuela Egypt Italy China Germany Russia Slovenia Switzerland Italia (Head)

Ivana Milenković

Prof. Dr. Ad de Roo

Ad de Roo obtained a PhD in physical geography in 1993 and worked at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) until 1997, where he developed the LISEM runoff and soil erosion model. Since 1997 he works at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, where he developed the LISFLOOD model for water resources, floods and droughts.

He initiated and led the European Flood Awareness System EFAS until 2010. Besides his work at JRC he is also Professor in Physical Geography at the Utrecht University since 2012. During his work at JRC he worked with several river commissions for the Oder, Meuse, Elbe and Danube.

Norbert Steinhaus

Mr Norbert Steinhaus holds a diploma (masters) degree in agriculture from Bonn University. He is board member of Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (WilaBonn) since 1990. For the last 19 years he cooperated in international projects on citizen participation in science and technology or responsible research and innovation. He is directly involved in EC funded projects as consortium partner or coordinator, such as TeRRIFICA, a project on territorial Responsible Research and Innovation in Climate Change Adaptation, but also supports more Horizon 2020 – the European Research Framework program – projects through being on their advisory board. Since the end of 2007 he is coordinator and international contact point of LIVING KNOWLEDGE, the international Science Shop network.

In 2014 he has been member the steering committee for the SIS-RRI conference which was organized by the National Research Council of Italy and held in Rome within the 2014 Italian presidency of the European Union. He was invited by and is active in the network of National Contact Points in Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS) as member of the Expert Group of SwafS in the area of Public Engagement.
He is peer reviewer and on the advisory board for Gateways – International Journal of community research and engagement (Sydney/Chicago) and peer reviewer and associate editor for “Research for All” (UK). He also was invited to be auditor for European proposals in H2020 calls as well as for a transfer audit for cooperation strategies of a German university, initiated by Stifterverband for German Science and the North-Rhine Westphalian ministry for Culture and Science.
Besides he is active member in GACER (Global Alliance on Community Engaged Research) and APUCEN (Asian Pacific University Community Engagement Network), and is networking in local, regional, national and international networks such as NCCPE (National Cooperation Center for Public Engagement, UK) or GUNI (Global University Network for Innovation).

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Đurđević

Dr Vladimir Djurdjevic is employed as an associate professor at the meteorology group of the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade, where he completed basic, master and doctoral studies. She is an external associate of the Subregional Climate Center for South-East Europe (SEEVCCC – Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia) since its inception in 2009. He was a visiting researcher at the “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)” in the United States; “Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC)” in Italy; “Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa” in Portugal; “Mediterranean Center on the Insular Coastal Dynamics (ICoD) of the University of Malta” in Malta.

He participated in several international scientific projects financed from EU-H2020, EU-FP, IPA, JRC, IOC-UNESCO and GEF. He is currently the leader of a group from the Faculty of Physics, which is a partner in the IS-NES3 project, funded under the H2020 program. He participates in the international initiative “Mediterranean Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (Med-CORDEX)” and member of the International Committee “Initiative for Regional Hydroclimate Project for Pannonian Reagion (PannEX)”. He also participated in 10 national projects, financed from international and national funds. In the ongoing project cycle of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, he is the manager of the subproject “Regional integrated geophysical model and scenarios of climate change in the territory of Serbia” within the project “Research on climate change and their impact on the environment – monitoring of impacts, adaptation and mitigation” , but also as a researcher engaged in the project “Meteorological Extreme and Climate Change in Serbia”. As an expert and consultant, he co-authored the national climate report for the UNFCCC for Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Brazil. He was a member of the National Council for Climate Change of the Government of the Republic of Serbia as a representative of the University of Belgrade, and a member of the working group for the implementation of the Action Plan for Adaptation to the Climate Change of the City of Belgrade. He is the winner of the annual Prize of the Faculty of Physics for the most productive researcher, and the award of the Fund Borivoje Dobrilovic of the World Meteorological Organization.
His expertise is numerical climate modeling, climate analysis, climate change impact assessment, risk assessment, vulnerability assessment and climate change adaptation. Dr Vladimir Djurdjevic has published more than thirty works in the revised international scientific journals, some of which are most prestigious in the field of atmospheric science and climatology. In addition to his academic career, he has held a series of public lectures on climate change as well.

Prof. Dr. Stevan Prohaska

Prof. Dr Stevan Prohaska, Scientific Advisor, Regular Member of the Serbian Academy of Engineering (IAS), was born on May 13, 1944. in Orlovat. He graduated in 1967 from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, he graduated in 1974 at the Hydrometeorological Institute, University of Leningrad, Russia, and received his Ph.D. in 1980 at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Zagreb.

From 1976 to 1972 he had worked at the Federal Hydrometeorological Institute. In 1972, he moved to the Jaroslav Cherni Institute of Water Management, where he progressed from researchers (1972), through leading (1974) and independent (1976) researchers, then scientific (1980) and senior research associate (1985) to scientific adviser (1989), and since 2007 he has been the director of the Institute for Scientific and Research Work and Informatics. From 1982 to 1985, he was elected Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Mining and Geology, and from 1985 to 1991, he was an associate professor. He was elected as a full professor in 1991. During his professorial career, he lectured at the Faculty of Mining and Geology “Hydrology” and “Fundamentals of Water Management”, while at the Architectural and Civil Engineering Faculty in Nis, subjects “Hydrology I” and “Hydrology II”. He was a lecturer at several international courses and seminars.
In his rich scientific and professional career, he has published over 350 scientific and professional papers in the country and abroad. He is the author of the book Hydrology I, Hydrology II, Hydrology III, Hydrology through theory and practice, and others, used by engineers and students throughout Serbia and the former Yugoslav republics. He is the author of the international Monograph A Hydrological Monograph, Follow-up volume IV, Coincidence of the Flood Flow of the Danube River and its Tributary, Bratislava, 1999, and co-author of several international monographs in the field of hydrology of the Danube Basin. He is the leader of numerous expert and scientific projects and studies in the country in the field of hydrology, water management balance, impact assessment of climate change on water resources of Serbia, etc.

Nataša Đokić

Born in 1971 in Krusevac. She graduated from the Mining and Geological Faculty in Belgrade, heading hydrogeology. After graduation, she started working as an associate at the Institute of Hydrogeology until 2003. From 2003 to 2007 she worked at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, first in the Geological Survey Department, then in the Department for International Cooperation. From October 2007 to 2017 she worked at the City Administration of the City of Belgrade at the Secretariat for Environmental Protection. During her work in this Secretariat, she was engaged in the process of drafting the Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Republic of Serbia.

On behalf of the City of Belgrade, she led the project “Adaptation Action for Climate Change with Assessment of Vulnerability” made within the project “Adaptation to Climate Change in the Western Balkans”, implemented in cooperation with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) for the City of Belgrade.
She is a co-author and one of the coordinators for the development of the Environmental Protection Program in the City of Belgrade (“Official Gazette of the City of Belgrade” No. 72/15) and numerous other projects and activities in the field of environment for the city of Belgrade.
She is the author and co-author of over twenty scientific papers published in the country and abroad, author and co-author 20 Projects and Study on Groundwater Reserves with the title of independent designer. She has won numerous awards and honors in the field of ecology. She is currently at doctoral studies.
With more than 20 years of working experience in the field of environmental protection currently engaged in Dvoper as an environmental expert, where she is part of a team of experts in implementing various projects in the field of waste management, industrial pollution, environmental impact assessment, climate change and others.

Prof. Dr Anđelka Mihajlov

United Nations expert, consultant and scientist, full professor at the Faculty of Technical Sciences at the University of Novi Sad, retired from 2015. She has more than 300 reference scientific publications (of which significant number is in reference world scientific journals) in various fields of environmental management, chemical engineering thermodynamics and material protection, as well as consulting references in various countries, including projects supported by the EU and the World banks. Among other things, she is one of the external reviewers of the Global Environment Outlook-GEO-6 study, the UN Environment Program, 2019. In the TeRRIFICA-Horizon 2020 project, she was included as a member of the Monitoring and Valuation Committee.

She is a graduate engineer of technology. M.Sc. and Ph.D. in technical sciences at the University of Belgrade. She has additional education in the field of chemical engineering in the United States. On invitation, she teaches at various universities in the country and the world. She was a member of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in the affairs of the Minister for the Protection of Natural Resources and Environment from June 2002 to March 2004. She was a member of the Advisory Board for Environmental and Social Issues of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from 2005 to 2010, London, and a member of the National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO from 2008 to 2015. Since August 2015 she has been a member Negotiating Team for Negotiating the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, in charge of the environment and climate change.
The UN Environment Program (UNEP) in 2006 identified her as one of the world’s women who made a significant contribution to the environment as a “leader in the environment of the Western Balkans”. She is a coordinator for the green economy and environment of the Institute for Public Policy, she is honorary president of the Association of Ambassadors for Sustainable Development and Environment, as well as the Serbian Association for Waste Management. She speaks English. And she is a mother of two children.

Dr. Claudio Belis

Claudio A. Belis is a senior scientist at the Air and Climate Unit of the JRC Directorate C Energy, Transport and Climate. He developed his PhD work on environmental and climatic long-term trends at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (1994-1997) and continued his post-doctoral activity at the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich and the University of Bern (Switzerland).

He has long-term experience in monitoring and modelling atmospheric pollution in urban and natural ecosystems, with particular reference to the identification of emission sources for the development of pollution reduction measures.
He was responsible for an air pollution monitoring network within the Environmental Protection Agency of Lombardy (1998-2008) and led the JRC Aerosol Physics Laboratory (2011-2012).
He led the working group on source apportionment of the Forum for Air quality Modelling in Europe (2012-2019) and was Convenor of the CEN/TC 264 /Working Group 44 on source apportionment (2016-2019).
From 2013 to 2018 contributed and coordinated the environmental area of the JRC scientific support to the EU Strategy for the Danube and other macro-regions.
He currently leads the JRC activity on Air quality and Climate on the Western Balkans.
He authored more than 100 publications including peer-reviewed scientific papers and technical/policy reports.
Main scientific interests: integrated assessment modelling, air pollution source identification, evaluation of model performance, urban sustainability, chemical and physical properties of aerosols, organic pollutants, long-term climatic trends.

Dr. Yue Tao

Tao Yue, male, PhD/professor, is the director of the Research Department of Air Pollution Control of Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection, Beijing Academy of Science and Technology, and also holds concurrent posts of the vice chairman of the Beijing Environmental Science Society and other social positions.

He is the National Youth Talent of Environmental Protection, the selected candidate of Beijing Talents Project, and won the excellence award winner of first Young Scientist Award of Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences in 2018. He is mainly engaged in research works related to air pollution control of stationary sources. In recent years, as the person in charge and backbone, he participates in a number of national and provincial research projects, including National Key R&D Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing Municipal Natural Science Foundation, Ministry of Environmental Protection Public Welfare Projects, etc. He presides over or participates in the formulation and revision of environmental protection technology policies and industrial standards. He won one second prize and two third prizes for the Science and Technology Award of the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and published one monograph. He has published more than 40 academic papers, many of which have been included in SCI/EI.

Mirjana Jovanović

Mirjana Jovanovic is a project manager at the Belgrade Open School, in the program area Energy, Climate and Environment. The focus of her interest is public policies in the field of climate change and decarbonisation of the energy sector, air protection, sustainable urban planning, as well as public participation in decision-making regarding these issues. In the Belgrade Open School she works on the strategic development of the program area, creates, coordinates and supervises the implementation of projects in the field of environmental protection, energy and climate change.

She completed her master studies in the field of environmental management and energy efficiency in the Netherlands. Previously, she graduated from the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Forestry in Belgrade. She gained experience through years of work in the business and civil sector, student and professional associations.

Dr. Ljubinko Rakonjac

is Doctor of Biotechnical Sciences he was born on January 03, 1963.

Membership in professional associations: IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations), EFI (European Forest Institute), Member of the Association of Forestry Engineers of Serbia; Member of Serbian Genetics Association and other.


1995-2002: Doctor of Forestry, Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, Serbia

1989-1993: Master of Forestry, Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, Serbia

1983-1988: First degree studies – Forestry engineer; Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Employment information:
  Since 1990, he has been working at the Forestry Institute in Belgrade as a researcher, collaborator, project manager, and since 2004, he has been the Director of the Forestry Institute in Belgrade.
In the period from January 2002 to June 2004 he worked in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection as Assistant Minister.
Russian – 1) conversation – good
                   2) Reading – good
                   3) writing-good
English – 1) conversation – good
                    2) Reading – good
                    3) writing-good
He participated in the following projects:
International projects:
  1. Participation in the International Project: ODA Slovak Aid Project “Strengthening Skills and Infrastructure for the Protection and Regeneration of Forests in Serbia”, Contract G57 / 2006
  2. Participation in the International Project: YUG / 012 09 211 “Forest Seed Supply Advisory Team” signed between Lux-Development, 10 rue de la Greve, L-1022 Luxembourg and the Instute of Forestry, Belgrade, Kneza Viseslava 3, Belgrade, Serbia
  3. Participation in the International Project: YUG / 812 11 634, signed between Lux-Development, 10 rue de la Greve, L-1022 Luxembourg and the Instute of Forestry, Belgrade, Kneza Viseslava 3, Belgrade, Serbia
  4. Participation in the International Project: Engagement of Expert for Forest Fire Risk Management. IPA. (2015-now)
  • Other projects:
  1. Project MNTR 6821 “Selection of tree species for afforestation and reclamation” – Project financed by the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia; period 2004-2007 – researcher
  2. MNTR project 20052 “Changes in forest ecosystems under the influence of global warming” Project funded by the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia; period 2008-2010- Researcher
  3. Project MNTR 31070 “Development of technological procedures in forestry for the purpose of realization of optimal forestry” Project financed by the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia; period 2011-2014- Researcher
  4. Project MNTR 43007 “Research on climate change and their impact on the environment – monitoring of impact, adaptation and mitigation”. Project financed by the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia; period 2011-2014- Researcher
  5. The influence of technological methods of afforestation on the survival and development of forest cultures of black pine and white pine on Pesterska Plateau; Forestry Fund of Serbia. Project Leader.
  6. Sustainable use and improvement of forest ecosystems in Serbia; Project sub-leader, Ministry of Science and Environmental Protection – Environmental Protection Administration
  7. Project (2004-2007): Improvement and sustainable use of genofunds of domestic forest trees in Serbia, Institute of Forestry, Belgrade.
  8. Archives of forest fruits in the territory of Serbia. Project Manager-Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management – Forest Administration.
  9. Assessment of potential collection, harvest and trade of medicinal herbs, forest fruits and mushrooms in Serbia – Sub-project manager, Ministry of Environmental Protection.
  10. The afforestation strategy in the Belgrade region, co-leader of the project.
  11. Potentials and functions of forests and forest areas in SR Serbia – project (task)
  12. Identification of needs, potentials and optimal measures for the development of forest regions T. Uzice, project (task)
  13. Research in order to determine criteria for habitat identification and habitat degradation that require radical reconstruction measures with species replacements. Project (task)
  14. Survey of the optimal method of melioration of leachate and degraded forests depending on the habitat and soil degradation and the need to convert the effluent forests into a higher breeding form. Project (task)
  15. Results of comparative research on the regeneration of degraded habitats of boron on the serpentine complex Maljen, Study of the Institute of Forestry (assignment within the study)
  16. Analysis of the performance of works carried out on the establishment of plantations in Serbia. Forest Fund of Serbia, Institute of Forestry, Belgrade.
  17. Results of comparative research on the regeneration of degraded habitats of boron on serpentine complex Maljen, Forest Fund of Serbia, Institute of Forestry, Belgrade
  18. Identification and mapping of tidbits for afforestation and their demarcation from the area intended for agricultural production in the municipalities of Tutin, Sjenica, N. Pazar and Raska. Forestry Fund of Serbia, Institute of Forestry, Belgrade.
  19. Identification and mapping of boulders for afforestation and their demarcation from the area intended for agricultural production in the municipalities of Leposavic, Z. Potok, Zvecan and Brus. Forestry Fund of Serbia, Institute of Forestry, Belgrade.
  20. Finding the most favorable biological-breeding measures for improving the condition of forests and forest habitats. – A task, a project of basic research.
  21. Finding methods for the production of spatial-ecological models of high urban and rural areas, potentials and their comparison and draft criteria for optimal utilization. Project, Ministry of Science (theme).
  22. Planning harvesting and revitalizing forest resources in hilly and mountainous areas. Theme – Evaluation of the production and use of the value of the area in the hilly and mountainous region.
  23. Project Rehabilitation Techniques and Technology of Extremely Adverse Locations in Mountainous Mountainous Areas in Serbia, Institute for Forestry, Belgrade.
  24. Monitoring of morphological-anatomical and physiological changes on woody species in Belgrade parks as an indicator of the state of the environment, Secretariat for Environmental Protection of the City of Belgrade – Head of the Department

Prof. Dr. Marija Jevtić

is a full-time professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Novi Sad. She has been a specialist in hygiene since 1997 and completed a specialization in community hygiene with the pathology of settlements (medical ecology) in 2009 by defending the work “Sustainable Development, Urban Environment and Health of the Population”.

She received her master’s degree in 1999 at the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade, Department of Environmental Protection. She defended her doctoral dissertation in the field of preventive medicine in 2001 at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Novi Sad. Academic master studies – management in the health care system completed at the University of Belgrade, (Medical Faculty and Faculty of Organizational Sciences) in 2011.

She is a Scientific Associate – Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Research Center on Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health 2016-18; 2018-20.
Professional commitment: public health, preventive medicine, sustainable development, environment and health, climate change, air quality, crisis and emergencies and health, food health safety and nutrition, mental hygiene, health management, group analysis, organizational consulting.
She is the author of over 150 papers she published in international and domestic journals, that is, in domestic and international meetings, and she lectures by invitation. Particular attention she pays to climate change, the quality of health care and the importance of health, as well as the study of sustainable development goals for contributing to health. There are chapters in textbooks, monographs and handbooks, as well as participation in several scientific and professional projects.
She is the holder of a national psychotherapy certificate (group analyst). She completed her education from system-psychodynamic organizational consulting within the Psycho-Social Section of the Society of Group Analysts Belgrade (DGAB).
Previous positions: Secretary of the Secretariat for Environmental Protection of the City of Novi Sad, Head of the Department of Hygiene, Director of the Institute for Public Health of Vojvodina, Assistant Minister for Public Health and Sanitary Inspection at the Ministry of Health.
She is a member of the Serbian Medical Society, the Association of Physicians of Vojvodina, the Association of Public Health of Serbia, the Association of Group Analysts of Belgrade, the Association of Serbian Psychotherapists, the European Public Health Association (EPHA), the Group Analytic Society – GAS International, the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations ISPSO), the Scientific-Professional Society for Disaster Risk Management Serbia, the Association of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Serbia (IPPF Serbia), the European Health Management Organization (EHMA).

Prof. Dr. Miroslav Vesković

Miroslav Vesković has been  working since 2015 as scientific expert in European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre, European Commission service for science to policy. His main task is to coordinate scientific support to EU macroregional strategies.   

He received the BSc degree in  physics at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, MSc in Nuclear and Particle Physics at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia and PhD in Nuclear Physics  at the University of Novi Sad.

Miroslav Vesković was rector of the University of Novi Sad,  European Union Strategy for the Danube region  PA7-Knowlwdge Society Coordinator and   the Danubius Awardее  in 2013. Danubius Award  is intended to honor persons with extraordinary achievements in their scientific activities in relation to the Danube Region.  Founder of this award are the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF).
Miroslav is full-professor of Nuclear Physics at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, permanent member of the ISOLDE Collaboration, CERN and member of the European Physics Education Network. Former: Vice president of KONUS (Conference of Universities of Serbia); President of the Serbian Physics Society, Vice Rector for Science and International Relations at the University of Novi Sad, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences,  Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia,  President of DRC – Danube Rectors` Conference.
Miroslav Vesković published  more than 140 scientific papers  in international and national journals and international conferences in the field of nuclear physics and ionizing radiation protection. He worked on a number of projects funded by provincial, national and European institutions related to the development and promotion of higher education and scientific research (European Commission – DG Research & Innovation, Campus Europae, GTZ, the European Centre for Higher Education-UNESCO-CEPES etc.). 
Since elected for EUSDR PA7 Coordinator he dedicated significant efforts to the issues highly relevant for the development of knowledge society in the Danube Region: promotion of the platform for Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), combating brain drain and supporting brain circulation through more balanced mobility within the Danube Region, networking and cooperation particularly between developed and less favored regions of the Danube macro region, connecting Universities and research facilities throughout the Danube region, supporting flagship projects of high relevance and impact made to the whole Danube macro region.
He is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2015.