2nd WB Joint Science Conference. Moving Forward: Guidelines to Improved Science Systems

Event date
May 22-24, 2016
Short description

The 2nd ‘Joint Science Conference Western Balkans’ takes place in Vienna on May 22-24, 2016, organised by the Austrian Academy of Science. In one of upcoming WBC-RTI.info Newsletter we will report on the results of the conference.



The 1st Joint Science Conference of the Western Balkans Process was held from July 15-17, in Halle and Berlin, Germany. It was organised by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina together with the German Federal Government and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. It brought together national academies, rectors’ conferences and distinguished scientists invited ad personam – in total over 50 key stakeholders of the national science systems. Participants came from all WB countries as well as from Slovenia, Austria, France, Italy and Germany. Embassies of the participating countries to Germany and other institutional representatives participated as observers.

The Joint Science Conference is one of the pillars of the Western Balkans Process (also known as the Berlin Process), which was officially launched with the 1st Western Balkans Summit held in Berlin by the German Chancellor Merkel on 28 August 2014. Being aware of the importance of education, science and research for the overall success of the EU-integration efforts of the Western Balkans, the political umbrella of the Western Balkans Process has entrusted the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina with planning and organising the Joint Science Conference. Analogue to the meeting of the high-level group of heads of government and ministers, the stakeholders from the science systems will meet annually initially until 2019, working in the form of a standing conference.

Geographical focus
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Ines Marinkovic on May 13, 2016
Modified on July 5, 2016