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Isidora Kešelj and Milica Radaković, winners of the national scholarship “For Women in Science”

On December 25, 2023, the national awards “For Women in Science” for 2023 were awarded, and out of three, two winners are from the Faculty of Sciences. The awards were given to: Ana S. Dobrota, Isidora Kešelj and Milica Radaković.

Isidora Kešelj is Assistant Professor in the field of Animal Physiology at the Department of Biology and Ecology, and her work is based on finding solutions for male infertility.

Our focus is on men and we treat male infertility. We want to see how it can be solved and the government is supporting our research. The projects we implement are also supported by the government. In the world of science, women have their place. There are a lot of us in Serbia.

Isidora Kešelj

Milica Radaković works at the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, dealing with climate and environmental change research, and this award will contribute to further advancement of her work.

The award means a lot to me and contributes to expanding my knowledge of science and my results even more.

Milica Radaković

The National Awards ceremony within the thirteenth cycle of the L’Oréal-UNESCO program “For Women in Science” was organized by the Ministry of Science, Technological Development and Innovation, the Commission of the Republic of Serbia for Cooperation with UNESCO and the L’Oréal Balkan company. Through this program, female scientists receive funds for the realization of their research projects (€5,000 each).

Previously, Marija Lesjak and Snežana Papović from the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Protection, Mirjana Ćuk and Nevena Veličković from the Department of Biology and Ecology and Jelena Aleksić from the Department of Mathematics and Informatics have received this scholarship.

New project of HORIZON EUROPE Innovation actions – “Restore4Life”

“Restoration of wetland complexes as life supporting systems in the Danube Basin (Restore4Life)” is a HORIZON EUROPE Innovation Action project in which our Department is a partner. The coordinator of this international project is Dr Mihai Adamescu, head of the research center for systemic ecology and sustainability from Romania, while the coordinator of the project for the Faculty of Sciences is Prof. Dr Dušanka Cvijanović. This project under the project name HORIZON-MISS-2022-OCEAN-01; Action: HORIZON-MISS-2022-OCEAN-01-02 will be implemented in the period from 2023 to 2027.

Horizon Europe project Restore4Life launches a Call for Associated Regions

Restore4Life (GA number: 101112736) has recently launched its Open Call for Associated Regions.

Restore4life is looking for at least 5 Associated Regions to prepare roadmaps, plans, and projects to restore wetland ecosystems in their region with up to 100 000 Euros per project to create new opportunities and collaborations that will shape the future.

We are looking for at least 5 Associated Regions that we can provide with technical assistance to use the outcomes and knowledge of Restore4Life to prepare roadmaps, plans, and projects to restore wetland ecosystems in their region.

The aim is to share the results and knowledge of the project on an ongoing basis with the selected ‘associated regions’ and to provide them with scientific and technical support for the implementation of wetland restoration solutions in their territory. This will involve the twinning of each Associated Region with a similar demonstration site and the provision of technical advisory services necessary to prepare roadmaps, plans and projects to restore ecosystems in the associated regions addressing possible barriers and showing the feasibility of implementing innovative solutions.

For more info on the Open Call, please visit the official Restore4Life website.

Deadline for submitting your application: 29 May 2024.

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Balkan Pollinator Digital Survey (Balkan PolliS)

  • Project title: Balkan Pollinator Digital Survey (Balkan PolliS)
  • Project number: 101081903
  • Institutions participating in the project: University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences (UNSPMF, Serbia), University of the Aegean (UAegean, Greece), Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI, Slovenia), Natural History Museum of Montenegro (PMP, Montenegro)
  • Status in the project: Main Applicant
  • Project leader: Ante Vujić, Department of Biology and Ecology
  • Project call: Third Party Project Grant Contract (3PP Contract) under the TETTRIs Project
  • Project type: HORIZON EUROPE
  • Period of realization: 1 January 2024 – 31 October 2025
  • Project website: https://tettris.eu & https://tettris.eu/background-to-the-call

Research network on the metabolome of cyanobacteria (CyanoMeta)

  • Project title: Research network on the metabolome of cyanobacteria (CyanoMeta)
  • Project number: 22320076
  • Institutions participating in the project: Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology (Poland); University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences (Serbia); Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Faculty of Science, Department of Botany (Slovakia); Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Institute of Aquaculture and Environmental Safety, Department of Aquaculture (Hungary); Masaryk University, Faculty of Sciences, RECETOX (Czech Republic)
  • Status in the project: Partner
  • Project leader: Nada Tokodi (Department of Biology and Ecology)
  • Project type: Visegrad+ Grants
  • Period of realization: October 2023 – April 2025
  • Project website: https://cyanometa.project.uj.edu.pl

A European flyway research network for the effective conservation of migrant landbirds (EUFLYNET)

  • Project title: A European flyway research network for the effective conservation of migrant landbirds (EUFLYNET)
  • Project number: CA22117
  • Institutions participating in the project: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA22117/
  • Status in the project: Partner
  • Project leader: Dimitrije Radišić
  • Project type: COST action
  • Period of realization: 12.10.2023-11.10.2027
  • Project website: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA22117/

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.

Stone monument ensembles and the climate change impact (STECCI)

  • Project title: Stone monument ensembles and the climate change impact (STECCI)
  • Project number: 101094822
  • Institutions participating in the project: University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Heritage Malta (Malta), University Donja Gorica (Montenegro), University of Applied Arts Vienna (Austria), Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Germany), The Centre for Social Innovation Vienna (Austria), University of Split Arts Academy (Croatia), Faculty of Sciences of the University of Novi Sad (Serbia), Mines-Telecom Institute (France)
  • Status in the project: Partner
  • Project coordinator: Nusret Drešković (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Project coordinator for UNSPMF: Snežana Radulović (Department of Biology and Ecology)
  • Project call: HORIZON-CL2-2022-HERITAGE-01
  • Project type: HORIZON EUROPE Research and Innovation Actions
  • Period of realization: 2023-2027 (1 September 2023 – 31 August 2027)
  • Project website: https://steccihorizoneu.com

Restoration of wetland complexes as life supporting systems in the Danube Basin (Restore4Life)

  • Project title: Restoration of wetland complexes as life supporting systems in the Danube Basin (Restore4Life)
  • Project number: 101112736
  • Institutions participating in the project: Universitatea din București (UB, Romania), Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU, Austria), Faculty of Agriculture (University of Novi Sad, Serbia), Faculty of Sciences (University of Novi Sad, Serbia), Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (UNIOS, Croatia), The National Institute for Research and Development on Marine Geology and Geo-ecology (GEOECOMAR, Romania), “The Lower Danube” University (UGAL, Romania), National Administration of Meteorology (ANM, Romania), Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KUEI, Germany), WWF Romania (WWF Romania), Central Tisza Region Water Directorate (KÖTIVIZIG, Hungary), Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences (ILESAS, Slovakia), National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (NIGGG BAS, Bulgaria), Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province (PZZP, Serbia), F6S Network Limited (F6S, Ireland), Water Administration of Northern Hungary (ÉMVIZIG, Hungary), Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (UNISOFIA, Bulgaria), National University of Public Service (UPS, Hungary), University of Montenegro (UOM, Montenegro), University of Sarajevo (UNSA, Bosnia and Herzegovina), National Center for Sustainable Development (CNDD, Romania), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Spain), Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB-IGB, Germany), Bratislava regional conservation association (BROZ, Slovakia), Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia (IZVRS, Slovenia), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (UFZ, Germany), National Research and Development Institute Delta (INCDDD, Romania), via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft m.b.H. (VIA DONAU, Austria), Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests (MMAP, Romania), Αrchipelagos-Institute of Marine Conservation (AIMC, Greece)
  • Status in the project: Partner
  • Project coordinator: Dr Mihai Adamescu, Head of Research Center in Systems Ecology and Sustainability, Romania
  • Project coordinator for UNSPMF: Dušanka Cvijanović (Department of Biology and Ecology)
  • Project call: HORIZON-MISS-2022-OCEAN-01; Action: HORIZON-MISS-2022-OCEAN-01-02
  • Project type: HORIZON EUROPE Innovation Actions
  • Period of realization: 2023-2027
  • Project website: https://restore4life.eu
  • Promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNQNvaUIK90

Integrated Strategy for Rehabilitation of Disturbed Land Surfaces and Control of Air Pollution (RECAP)

  • Project title: Integrated Strategy for Rehabilitation of Disturbed Land Surfaces and Control of Air Pollution (RECAP)
  • Project number: 7726976
  • Institutions participating in the project: Faculty of Sciences (Novi Sad), Faculty of Technology of the University of Niš (Leskovac), Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy (Belgrade), Innovation Center of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy (Belgrade), Institute of General and Physical Chemistry (Belgrade), Faculty of Medicine (Novi Sad)
  • Status in the project: Owner
  • Project leader: Zorica Svirčev
  • Project type: Science Fund – Program IDEAS
  • Period of realization: 2022-2024
  • Project website: recap.pmf.uns.ac.rs