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Junior Scientists to Take Active Part in the Berlin Process

Belgrade, November 27, 2015 – At the invitation of PERFORM, Mr Lucian Brujan from the Germany Academy of Science Leopoldina, Programme Director of the Joint Science Conference (which is part of the Western Balkans / Berlin Process) visited Belgrade from November 25th to 27th.

The purpose of his visit was to meet with the representatives of social science community in Serbia, as well as the government representatives and explore options of directly involving young researchers in the region into the Joint Science Conference Western Balkan Process (JSC-WBP). During his 3-day visit, Mr Brujan met with PERFORM, high officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Serbian European Integration Office, as well as the representatives of the Rectorate of Belgrade University and a group of young social science researchers from Serbia and Albania. 

The main topic of discussion were the priority issues for young social science researchers and how to place these issues on the agenda of the Joint Science Conference. It was agreed that PERFORM will facilitate a process of drafting a position paper by junior researchers and academic professionals from the Western Balkan Countries, as a preparatory step for the 2nd JSC-WBP in Vienna, to be held from May 22 to 24, 2016. Three representatives of junior researchers will be invited to participate in the 2nd JSC-WBP, as full members of the main stakeholder group. The latter will be subsequently fed into the consultations of the 3rd Western Balkans Process Summit (of Heads of Government and Ministers), to be held in Paris, in July 2016.

Read more about PERFORM and the 2nd Joint Science Conference at the Leopoldina site http://www.leopoldina.org/en/events/event/event/2405/