foto home pageDr Blerjana Bino, expert of the working group of the Joint Science Conference of the  Western Balkan Process / Berlin Process explains the results of the Trieste Summit regarding science and the establishment of the – Western Balkans Research Foundation, as a self-governing international organisation, which awards ad personam grants to junior scientists to build up excellent research labs and teams in the Balkans, and which supports mobility and interlinking with European counterparts.

 

 

The 3rd Joint Science Conference of the Western Balkans Process / Berlin Process (JSC-WBP) convened at the French Académie des sciences – Institut de France in Paris to take further the process started in Germany in July 2015 and continued in Austria in May 2016. The outcomes of both the 1st and the 2nd JSC-WBP were summarised in Joint Statements, which were endorsed by the Heads of State and Government at the Western Balkans Summits in Vienna (2015) and Paris (2016). The 3rd JSC-WBP focused on two major topics:

  1. Investing in Junior Scientists and
  2. Education and Innovation for Jobs and Growth.

Key Recommendations

  1. Establish the Western Balkans Research Foundation as a self-governing international organisation, which awards ad personam grants to junior scientists to build up excellent research labs and teams in the Balkans, and which supports mobility and interlinking with European counterparts.
  2. Develop a Western Balkans Action Plan for Smart Growth containing recommendations to optimise the link between education, research and innovation, and the labour market and economic development.

Western Balkans Research Foundation

The Foundation is designed to enable outstanding junior scientists from the Balkans and from Europe to build up excel- lent research labs and teams in the Balkan countries within a period of five years through ad personam grants, enjoying grant portability. The grants will allow a preceding one to two-year training period in top research organisations in Europe, thus enhancing scientific links between the WB and the EU. These grants are a central measure of brain gain aimed at the Balkans. As further instruments for brain circulation and transfer of excellence, three optional add-on actions will support:

  1. the establishment of research networks within the Balkans,
  2. the outreach of scientific findings in society and
  3. innovation and technology transfer into economy and society.

Through the Foundation’s grants, a critical mass of excellent researcher teams in the Balkans will be shaped progressively. In the global competition for the greatest minds, the Foundation should attract the best of the best, paying particular attention to junior scientists from the Balkans. Participation is open to all scientific fields. Criteria are clearly defined: junior scientists (max. 45 years of age), PhD certificate in hand and publicised PhD thesis. The quality of applicants and research projects are evaluated in a two-stage process with a final interview.

 

 

3rd Joint Science Conference Declaration (Click Here)

Read more about the Joint Science Conference of the Berlin Process and Summits at: http://www.leopoldina.org/en/jsc/

 

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