Balkan Workshop: Beyond the Standard Models
The meeting of the Southeastern European Network in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics (SEENET-MTP) brought together about 40 leading researchers in the fields of High Energy Physics and Cosmology of South East Europe (SEE), Europe and the USA. Up to 20 advanced Ph.D. students from SEE, representatives from the European Physical Society (EPS), the Balkan Physical Union (BPU), the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), UNESCO Venice Office, the Committee for European Integration (CEI), the Physics National Societies, and Serbian Ministry of Education and Science also participated.
- The Southeastern European Network in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics was established ten years ago and the UNESCO Venice Office is one of its main partners. This programme was implemented in the framework of the Office’s strategy aimed at strengthening scientific capacity and promoting dialogue in the post-war Balkan countries.
This year’s edition of the Balkan Workshop (BW2013) was organized from 25-29 April in Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia, by the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Niš, in cooperation with the CERN Theory Division and the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy).
The scientific part of the workshop included recent developments in “Beyond the Standard Model(s)” of particle physics and cosmology. The workshop also offered a platform for a discussion which should lead to “Beyond the Standard Model” in regional and inter-regional cooperation in science and education.
The first two days were devoted to the pure scientific problems as new trends in (Astro)Particle Physics and Cosmology. It was an opportunity to gather leading experts in Physics and gifted students from CEI countries, EU, USA and Eastern Europe, to discuss open problems and perspectives in the main topics of the workshop.
The third day was organized as a series of roundtables with a few invited lecturers and moderators from CEI, UNESCO, European Physical Society (EPS), Balkan Physical Union (PBU) and others. Since the development of national science and education policies plays an essential role in the building of sustainable knowledge-based societies, the roundtables’ discussions were focused on actions promoting and strengthening education and capacity-building in science to reinforce the capacity of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, to contribute to the identification of means and methods and, to propose models and actions for further development of Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation (ICBS).
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