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The Project ‘Stone Monument Ensembles and the Climate Change Impact’ (STECCI)

As of September 1, 2023, the Faculty of Sciences University of Novi Sad officially started the implementation of this scientific research project financed within the EU Program for Research and Innovation ‘Horizon Europe’ (2021-2027) titled ‘Stone Monument Ensembles and the Climate Change Impact’ (STECCI). The project was rated as outstanding by the evaluators of the European Commission and the Horizon Europe Program with 14 out of 15 possible points.

The project will certainly arouse the interest of those who know what ‘stećci’ are, as well as of all those who will be acquainted with this type of medieval tombstones for the first time, getting to know their unique shape and ornamentation, and exceptional cultural and documentary value, rightfully included in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.

The research topic is very up to date because it is about the climate change impact on cultural heritage monuments, here specifically on ‘stećci’ (medieval tombstones), including anthropogenic threats, environmental threats, neglect of cultural heritage, etc. Furthermore, the research that will be carried out within the project is especially multidisciplinary because it holistically combines different scientific disciplines and expertise. The topic of ‘stećci’ is more than relevant for the geographical coverage of our region, where ‘stećci’ are a unique phenomenon – countries of the Western Balkans, Ex-Yugoslavia countries: predominantly Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, while the international partners are from France, Germany, Austria and from Malta.

Under the coordination of the University of Sarajevo, UNSPMF is a partner in a very compact international consortium that combines all relevant scientific disciplines: climatology, social sciences, digitization, economics, creative industries, preservation and conservation of cultural heritage applying the newest approaches. The added value of the project is the active involvement of citizens in the project (Citizen Science).

Project duration: September 1, 2023 – August 8, 2027

The project leader at UNSPMF is Prof. Snežana Radulović, Ph.D. from the Department of Biology and Ecology, and the wider team of researchers including almost all departments of UNSPMF: Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Department of Physics, Office for International Cooperation and Projects, which is an excellent example of interdisciplinary cooperation at the Faculty itself.

The role of researchers from UNSPMF is twofold – in addition to the relevant research contribution, UNSPMF is in charge of a unique work package called “Dissemination, communication and exploitation of project results”, which is an added value of participating in the project, bearing in mind how important scientific communication and raising awareness of the significance of this project is – both among professionals and the general public.

New virtual exchange established via COIL Connect in March 2023

The Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad has established the first virtual exchange collaboration via COIL Connect network with The Catholic University of Manizales, Colombia.

The virtual exchange collaboration will be realized through General English classes and English for Geosciences classes by our professor Stanka Radojičić from the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management and Adriana Maria Ramirez Garcia, a professor at the Catholic University of Manizales, Colombia. The overall topic of the collaboration will be UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 15 ‘Life on Land’ which will connect 14 Health (Bacteriology) students from the Colombian university and 14 + 9 students of Geography and Geoinformatics from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad. Students will examine and compare the realization of this UN goal in their countries and present at the final online mini-conference. The collaboration will be done through joint tasks synchronously and asynchronously using a variety of digital tools.

European Commission – Innovation Radar Prize 2022

Our institution, University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences (UNSPMF) participates as a project partner within the EU H2020 ASCAPE project. ASCAPE has not only been listed in the EU Innovation Radar catalogue, but is was also selected for the short-list of the top 10 innovations during this year’s EU Innovation Radar Prize competition, under the Kickstarter category.

The ASCAPE Innovation, a Healthcare Open AI Platform, allows data collected and held at different hospitals and primary care centres as well as personal wearable devices, room sensors, and environmental or other relevant data to be used for training high-precision ML models which can provide personalised predictions about an individual’s healthcare progression, as well as evidence-based health intervention recommendations. It has been validated in the context of automated cancer patient monitoring with ML models trained from some of Europe’s leading hospitals and health services innovators. For further information, see

“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.

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.