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“Lara” from the Faculty of Sciences Won the First Place in Europe

Last year in October, the team from the Faculty of Science “Pannonian Crew”, consisting of Aleksandar Rončević, Mihailo Milenković, Petar Kapriš and Vladimir Krsmanović, all attending Computer Science Program, won the first place in the national competition for best technological innovation in the category of student innovations. They developed the innovation “Lara” – a system for automatic accident detection and rescue of sailors, which consists of hardware and software systems.

These talented young people, Computer Science students, had contacts with associations such as Maker even as high school students, when they studied and expanded their horizons and ambitions through extracurricular activities. This victory gave them additional confidence that the real potential of their idea was recognized, which paved the way for a much broader dimension of the process of innovation creation. Young researchers’ plan is to continue with the development of the idea and to test it on real ships soon.

Here’s the good news about Lara again!

POPRI International is an international competition for innovations and business ideas. The competition is held every year as part of the EUSAIR Forum which was held in Tirana this year.

The 7th Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is an annual forum dedicated to connecting the countries of the Adriatic-Ionian region. The event itself provides an opportunity to promote projects for the development of the region, as well as for connecting young people and presenting their ideas to influential people from the region.

As part of the delegation from our country, the PMF Student Team and their Lara Project, won the first place in the competition of the 9 best teams from each country in the region. It is important to mention that our high school team, which competed in the second category, also won gold.

The competition was opened by Giuseppe Di Paola (European Commission Policy Coordinator, EUSAIR DG Regio) and Edona Bilali, Albanian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Startups.

Welcoming speeches at the award ceremony were given by Mirela Koci (Auleda – Local Economic Development Agency), Tanja  Kožuh (Primorski Tehnološki Park) and Ruta Zarnauskaite (Head of the Research and Innovation Department of the European Commission).

H2020 project – GreenSCENT

In the next three years, colleagues from the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management will work together with 15 institutions from 10 European countries on the implementation of the H2020 project Smart Education of Citizens for a Green Future – GreenSCENT. The research team consists of Miroslav Vujičić (manager), Biljana Basarin, Tin Lukić, Uglješa Stankov and Djordjije Vasiljević.

The project aims to change the behaviour of citizens by giving them an opportunity to actively participate in the implementation of the European Commission policy in the context of the European Green Agreement Strategy.

Changing the behaviour of citizens by encouraging empathy towards social and global issues due to climate change is essential for achieving the goals of climate neutrality in Europe by 2050.

The first info day regarding the realization of the TOURCOMSERBIA project

The first info day related to the realization of the TOURCOMSERBIA project was held on April 12, at the Museum of Vojvodina in Novi Sad.

In addition to members of the project team, the event was attended by members of institutions from the tourism sector as key stakeholders in the development of tourism in Serbia, from whom the project received support. During the Info Day, the leaders presented the goals of the project, pointing out the uniqueness and innovation of the project for the improvement of tourism as a growing economic activity of our country. In addition, the participants of the event had the opportunity to get acquainted in more detail with the planned activities that members of the project team will carry out in order to achieve continuous measurement and monitoring of the overall competitiveness of tourism in Serbia.

After the official part, a tour of the exhibition “Where migration ends – from Roman Pannonia to today’s Vojvodina” was organized, which in an innovative way shows the synergy of science, culture and various forms of contemporary art.

Innovative micrometeorological research stations acquired

Thanks to the cross-border project GReENERGYfunded by the Interreg-IPA CBC Croatia-Serbia program and implemented by the Faculty of Sciences, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hospitality, we have procured innovative stations for monitoring microclimatic conditions in urban areas. Micrometeorological carts (MMCs) are equipped with Hukseflux NR01 sensors in combination with Testo Globe sensor and automatic meteorological station Davis Vantage Pro2 sensors. The most important element on these MMCs is that it is possible to measure solar and thermal radiation from six different sides simultaneously.

We are proud that our institution is only the fifth in the world to have this type of instrument (after colleagues from America, China, Germany and France). We believe that these instruments will contribute to further research on urban climate and intensify further research of our Urban Climate Research Group (Dr. Stevan Savić, Dr. Dragan Milošević, Dr. Jelena Dunjić, Dr. Ivan Šećerov, Dr. Daniela Arsenović).

Our student Nikola Arsić was admitted to the prestigious Master LIVE program in the field of vaccinology

Nikola Arsić, a third-year student of the primary academic studies program Bachelor of Biology, was admitted to the Master LIVE program (Leading International Vaccinology Education) in the field of vaccinology, within the Erasmus Mundus project, with a full (EACEA) scholarship. This is a two-year program that includes studies at 5 universities in three (or more) European countries: Université Claude Bernard Lyon and Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne in France, University of Antwerp in Belgium, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat de Barcelona in Spain. This year, 25 students from all over the world were admitted to the program, 19 of whom received scholarships, while there were over 1,300 who had applied in the first round.

We congratulate Nikola on such an amazing success.

Policy Club – Public Policy Analysis

In order to improve the practice of creating public policies based on facts and analysis, as well as expanding and strengthening the network of people who deal with public policies from different angles, a Policy Club has been established.

You can register and post your public policy analyses on the Policy Club website, and as an unregistered visitor you can browse, read and download all published analyses.

By joining the Policy Club, you become part of a community that deals with public policies in various fields, and you can contribute to making better decisions that affect citizens.

Trivko Kukolj and Nikola Goleš among the Awarded Best UNS Students in the Previous Academic Year

On December 28, 2021, the Rectorate of the University of Novi Sad presented awards to the best students at the University of Novi Sad: the Best Student of the University Award, the Student of the Generation Award in particular specialist areas and Awards for outstanding results in European and global competitions in the academic year 2020/2021. The decision to award the prizes was made by the University Senate on November 25, 2021.

Financial sponsor of the award The Best Student of the University is the Provincial Secretariat for Higher Education and Scientific Research, while the University of Novi Sad is the sponsor of the Student of the Generation Award in particular specialist areas.

The Winner of the Best Student Award of the University of Novi Sad in the academic year 2020/2021 is Trivko Kukolj, who with a total average grade of 10.00 completed his primary academic studies in Physics Research in only three years, at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad. At the same time, he actively participated in scientific research work in the country and abroad, and thus began to build strong ties in the world of physics at the age of only 20. He was admitted to further education at three prestigious universities at the same time: Cambridge, Oxford and Weizmann in Israel. He chose Israel and is already attending master’s studies there and continuing his journey through science, rushing towards new knowledge and achievements.

The winners of the Student of the Generation Awards in particular specialist fields are the best graduates of the University in the fields of science and mathematics, technical and technological sciences, social sciences, humanities and medical sciences, as well as art: Nikola Goleš from the Faculty of Sciences (student of the generation in the field of science), Sandra Šlegl from the Faculty of Technical Sciences (student of the generation in the field of technical-technological sciences), Reka Korhec from the Faculty of Economics in Subotica (student of the generation in the field of social sciences), Milica Stolica from the Faculty of Philosophy (student of the generation in the field of humanities), Ivana Govorčin from the Academy of Arts (student of the generation in the field of arts) and Isidora Semnic from the Faculty of Medicine (student of the generation in the field of medical sciences).

Stevica Đurović elected Professor Emeritus of University of Novi Sad

The Senate of the University of Novi Sad, at its session held on December 23, 2021, elected Prof. Dr. Stevica Đurović for Professor Emeritus of the University of Novi Sad.

Professor Emeritus Club of University of Novi Sad was founded by the decision of the University Council on June 9, 2016, as an association of Professors Emeritus for the purpose of participating in various forms of academic work.

The Club is the first University Association of Professor Emeritus in the academic community in Serbia.

Snežana Papović received a valuable scholarship from the L’Oréal-UNESCO Program “For Women in Science”

As part of the famous global program L’Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science”, our chemist Dr Snežana Papović received a valuable scholarship.

How can natural products become an alternative to available drugs, what will next-generation batteries look like, and how can artificial intelligence help doctors in medical diagnostics? Marija Ivanov, Snežana Papović and Tijana Šušteršič, young scientists, this year’s winners of the National Scholarship within the world-famous L’Oréal-UNESCO program “For Women in Science” (L’Oréal – UNESCO For Women in Science), have been looking for answers to these questions. Scholarships worth 5,000 euros each are intended for the realization of their outstanding scientific research, which will be conducted in Serbia. These three great young women were presented with awards for outstanding scientific research work in the fields of chemical, biological and engineering sciences at the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

Presenting the awards to the winners, Branko Ružić, the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, pointed out that the achievements of women in science are often at an extremely high level and that the society should always recognize that.

The goal of the international program “For Women in Science” is to support outstanding women researchers around the world, as well as in our country, who contribute to the progress of science and society with their dedication, achievements and vision. For eleven years now, the best young female scientists have been awarded in Serbia within the framework of this initiative, in partnership with the Commission of the Republic of Serbia for Cooperation with UNESCO, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and L’Oréal Balkan. National scholarships “For Women in Science” provide support for their further professional development and an incentive to continue to pursue science in Serbia. Since the launch of the program, more than 600 young scientists have participated in the competition for National Scholarships, and 32 scholarships have been awarded to the best ones so far, in the total amount of almost 20 million dinars.

Researchers from the Faculty of Sciences are again among the most cited scientists in the world in 2020

The list of 2% most cited scientists according to the Stanford List has been republished for lifelong citation rates and citations in 2020.

According to the citations in 2020, our Faculty has been represented on the list by Prof. Dr Neda Mimica Dukić (who is also ranked on the list for lifelong citations), Prof. Dr Dušan JakovetićProf. Dr Slobodan MarkovićAcademician Stevan Pilipović and Prof. Dr Ante Vujić.

These scientist rankings represent a great success and important recognition for their scientific research work, as well as confirmation of the relevance of their research topics and recognition on the international scientific scene.