Scientific cooperation under reconstruction in South-east Europe

20 April 2001 Before the end of the year, Ministers of Science of South-east European countries are scheduled to meet in Paris (France) to decide on major investments in cooperative scientific projects.

This is the outcome of an International Conference of Experts on Reconstruction of Scientific Cooperation in South-east Europe, organized in Venice (Italy) from 24 to 27 March 2001, the report of which will be available next month.

Participants in the Conference discussed ongoing scientific research projects in the strategic interdisciplinary domains of the life sciences, computer sciences and environmental sciences (including biodiversity, ecosystem conservation and fresh water resources, pollution and regional effects of global climate change).

The Conference was structured around five sessions: a review of existing collaboration and new initiatives; the challenge of promoting mobility of young scientists; revitalization of institutes and research capacity; cooperation with European institutions; and mechanisms for enhancing cooperation between research and society.

Eleven countries from South-east Europe participated: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey and Yugoslavia. They were joined by eminent scientists from Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Several non-governmental organizations and European networks were also represented.

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