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From this Sunday, scientists will come together at a conference held as part of the Western Balkans Process. The second edition of the “Joint Science Conference on the Western Balkans Process”, organised by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, will run until Wednesday, 25 May.
The goal of the conference in Vienna is to substantiate the findings of the first Joint Science Conference. Four key topics will be under discussion: systemic and institutional changes in the science systems of the Western Balkans; quality assurance in the countries’ higher education systems; research and innovation in line with the standards of the European Research Area; and draft measures for making improvements and implementing new approaches.
The conference is organised by the Leopoldina and the Austrian Academy in collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and PERFORM – Performing and Responsive Social Sciences, a project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and run by Helvetas. The stakeholders of the conference include members of national academies of sciences and arts, rectors’ conferences, individual outstanding scientists, science managers and junior scientists, and invited representatives of the European Commission and the Regional Cooperation Council based in Sarajevo.