CERIC meets the scientific community in Serbia through ACCELERATE
15 January 2018, University of Belgrade - Serbia

In October 2017, the General Assembly of CERIC confirmed FAMA as perspective Serbian Partner Facility of CERIC. FAMA will provide access to scientific users on a trial basis already at the currently open call for proposals, allowing to make a stronger impact in the European Research Area.

Following this achievement, a delegation of CERIC met with researchers at the University of Belgrade on January 15th to raise awareness among the scientific community in Serbia about the opportunities and services offered by CERIC, also guiding them in writing successful proposals to get free open access to top-class research infrastructures in Central and Eastern Europe. 

The central part of the event was chaired by Ms. Željka Dukić, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia. To give the audience tangible examples of CERIC’s scientific opportunities, CERIC invited two researchers from the University of Belgrade: the CERIC user Andjelika Bjelajac, and the CERIC CONTACT workshop participant Vera Obradovic.

Ms. Bjelajac shared with the audience her first-hand experience as a CERIC user of the Czech and Italian Partner Facilities. She told the researchers about her successful beam times and highlighted the professionality, competence and helpfulness of the CERIC technical and scientific staff.

Ms. Obradovic shared with the audience how the CONTACT workshop impacted her career and contributed in expanding her knowledge through the theoretical lectures on synchrotron, ion beams and magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and the practical tutorials on synchrotron beamlines at the Italian CERIC facility at Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste. The presentation was also an opportunity to inform the audience about the CERIC’s open call for proposals and its application procedure.

The event was organized in the framework of the ACCELERATE project.

ACCELERATE is funded by the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, under grant agreement 731112