News archive - [Project Announcement] The South East European International Institute for Sustainable Technologies

The South East European International Institute for Sustainable Technologies (SEEIIST) proposed in late 2016 by Prof. Herwig Schopper, a former Director General of CERN and initiator of the international SESAME project in Jordan, received first official political support by the Government of Montenegro in March 2017.

After the signing of the Declaration of Intent in October 2017 at CERN, the Initiative was transformed into a Regional project gathering following Parties: Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Bulgaria, Kosovo*, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia and Republic of Slovenia.

The main Missions of the SEEIIST Project:
  – Science for Peace
  – Scientific Excellence
  – International Collaboration
  – Sustainable development of society
  – Education
  – Technology Transfer
  – Development of powerful digital network
  – High performance computing and Big Data handling

Initially, there were two project options: a ‘4th Generation Synchrotron Light Source’ that would offer a broad spectrum of research and industrial applications, and a state-of-the-art ‘Facility for Hadron Tumour Therapy and Biomedical Research with protons and heavier ions’. Concept Studies behind each proposal were worked out by the two groups of the international experts.

At the second SEEIIST SC meeting, held on 30 March 2018 in Tirana (Republic of Albania), SC members took an unanimous decision to support the Hadron Cancer Therapy and Biomedical Research with Protons and Heavy Ions as the option for the Institute. Moreover, SC reached an agreement on a Draft of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC).

The Seventh Meeting of the SEEIIST Steering Committee was held on 24 January 2020 in Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia.

The Steering Committee also considered further steps in the preparation of an international agreement which will define the long-term legal status of the Institute. In addition, an application for additional funding of EUR 3 million to be submitted to a special call under EU Horizon 2020 was considered, as this is necessary for the implementation of the technical specification of the project, which will be more technologically advanced than the existing centres. Another important item on the agenda was the positioning of the SEEIIST project on the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap, which would provide an opportunity to obtain the support of EU structural, cohesion and other investment funds in the amount of up to EUR 200 million.

A new SEEIIST Brochure, reflecting the status of the Project as of February 2020. is available under the link and in the attachment of the project entry.

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Geographical focus
  • WBC
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

Entry created by Admin on March 3, 2020
Modified on March 3, 2020