Intersection is the co-organizer, with the Temple University, USA, and the Mathematical and Archeological Institutes of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, of a very important regional science event: US-Serbia and West Balkan Data Science Workshop, to be held in Belgrade 26-28 August, 2018.
The sponsors of this workshop are the US National Science Foundation and the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. The workshop will engage more than 500 researchers and industry representatives, as well as policy makers and CSOs.
Serbia and the United States have signed, in 2010, the Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation. The purpose of the Agreement is to strengthen the scientific and technological capabilities of both countries, to broaden and expand relations between their scientific and technological communities, and to promote scientific and technological cooperation in the areas of mutual benefit. Among the priorities of the foreseen collaboration are data science, mathematics, archeology, anthropology, cultural heritage protection, etc. The cooperation is supposed to be conducted through multiple instruments, including joint research projects.
In the last few years Serbian delegation had numerous valuable meetings with the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the Smithsonian Institution and the National Institute of Health, in Washington DC, facilitated by Intersection, Center for Science and Innovation and with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. Last year, NSF representatives visited Serbia and met with the Organizing Team of the planned US-Serbia Research Collaboration Workshop, as well as with Mr. Mladen Šarčević, the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, the representatives of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the University of Belgrade, and other prominent research institutions. As a result of those exchanges, the US-Serbia research collaboration plans got full support of the NSF leadership. In May 2018, the NSF awarded the grant for “US-Serbia and West Balkan Data Science Workshop” project, to be implemented under the direction of Zoran Obradović, as the General Chair.
The workshop program and more information can be found at: www.nsfserbia.rs