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Call for Applications: 2nd edition of the South East European Science Journalism Workshop (Deadline: 18 August 2014)

Posted 17 July 2014 by Mićo Tatalović

From UNESCO and Balkan School of Science Journalism: "The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), is pleased to announce that the 2nd edition of the specialized South East European (SEE) regional workshop on science journalism will be conducted from 19 to 22 September 2014 in Podgorica, Montenegro, during the Open Science Festival. The relationship between science and society can be challenging. Linking science to society, improving public understanding of science and encouraging and attracting the... Read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina gets yet another ethnic science academy: a (second) Croatian one

Posted 15 July 2014 by Mićo Tatalović

Academies of science and arts have a long history of being intertwined with political and religious issues, and this is perhaps nowhere as evident as in the troubled Balkans - the meeting place of Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim faiths, where many ethnicities lay claim to the land. I wrote about some of the issues surrounding science academies as proxies to nation-state building in Science a couple of years ago, when new Roma and Bosniak (Muslim) academies were being set up.... Read more

Serbian journal lands in hot water after challenge on 24 hour peer review that cost 1785 euros

Posted 7 July 2014 by Mićo Tatalović

This story began as a report of a one-off case of potential predatory practice last month, and has escalated to an official call to disband an entire international editorial board, and an accusation against the editor of mass-scale nepotism and other publishing misconduct, reports Retraction Watch blog. The journal, Archives of Biological Sciences (ABS) is the official publication of the Serbian Biological Society, co-published by ten organisations in Serbia and Bosnia. It was accused (on June 12) on the Scholarly Open Access blog of accepting... Read more

Balkans ‘could learn’ from Nordic research collaboration

Posted 6 July 2014 by Mićo Tatalović

The threat of invasion after World War II eventually brought the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden, closer together through the Nordic Council of Ministers. Now the region has the biggest air force in Europe and a GDP larger than Russia, according to Bertel Haarder, former Danish minister and member of the council, who was speaking at Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2014) on 23 June. The political cooperation eventually yielded gains for research, too, with the establishment in... Read more

Serbian mathematicians, Slovenian physicist among the ‘world’s most influential scientific minds’

Posted 4 July 2014 by Mićo Tatalović

Several researchers based in the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe have made it onto the “World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” list compiled by Thomson Reuters. Otherwise dominated by traditional science powerhouses such as the United States and the United Kingdom, the list also includes academics based in Poland (5), Hungary (3), Czech Republic (2), Serbia (2), Lithuania (1), Slovenia (1), and Slovakia (1). Some other scientists on the list originate from the region but are currently based abroad, such... Read more

Croatia’s science one year into its EU membership: Q&A with EC’s Tania Friederichs

Posted 1 July 2014 by Mićo Tatalović

Today marks the first anniversary of Croatia becoming the 28th member state of the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013. Despite progress in science and a good performance in drawing on EU framework programme (FP7) grants, Croatia's research policy and funding landscape leaves much to be desired. The reforms have been slow to kick in and funding has been stagnating. I recently spoke about the challenges to Croatia's science with Tania Friederichs, policy officer for research and innovation relations... Read more

Report: Belarus science funding goals ‘remain elusive’

Posted 28 June 2014 by Mićo Tatalović

The Belarus government's plans to boost science funding "remain elusive", while basic research and the number of scientists are being eroded by the financial crisis, according to a recent recent report by the Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support of Scientific and Technical Sphere.  The country's science could benefit from more international cooperation, from which much of the research funds come, but policies to boost such collaboration with key regional partners, such as the European Union, Commonwealth of... Read more

EU-Georgia Association Agreement pledges to boost capacity in science and statistics

Posted 27 June 2014 by Mićo Tatalović

Georgia, a small country in the Caucasus, may see an increase in its science and statistical capacity if the pledges made today (27 June) in the Association Agreement signed between it and the European Union are fulfilled. The EU signed the agreements with Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, promising wide-ranging cooperation on science with Ukraine, for example. Chapter 12 in the part of the agreement with Georgia on 'Other cooperation policies' says the EU and Georgia "shall promote... Read more

EU-Ukraine Association Agreement promises renewed cooperation on science

Posted 27 June 2014 by Mićo Tatalović

There is a whole chapter on cooperation in science and technology in the agreement the EU and Ukraine just signed today (27 June) after months of political instability in Ukraine. Chapter 9 of the Economic and Sector Cooperation part of the agreement commits the two parties to "develop and strengthen their scientific and technological cooperation in order to contribute both to scientific development itself, and to reinforce their scientific potential for contributing to the resolution of national and global challenges".... Read more

Croatia, Czech Republic and Slovakia among members of Anne Glover’s new European Science Advisers Forum

Posted 23 June 2014 by Mićo Tatalović

Several East European countries took part in the first meeting of a pan-European network of chief science advisers - people who advise governments on a range of issues based on scientific evidence - in Copenhagen, Denmark, yesterday. The meeting took place at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2014) conference with Eastern European representatives coming from Croatia, Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Hungarian representative was scheduled to take part but did not attend, a press briefing at ESOF2014 was told yesterday (23... Read more