News archive - [Event Review] CEI Ministerial Meeting on Science in Trieste: SEEIIST project – the finest example of science diplomacy after CERN and SESAME

The Ministerial Meeting, supported by the Ministry of Education, University and Research of the Republic of Italy, the Central European Initiative and the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics, covered a wide range of topics with a focus on innovation, higher education, scientific research, and the promotion of multilateral scientific cooperation. The goal of the event, which was attended by six ministers and twelve heads of delegations from CEI countries, was to strengthen the cooperation of member countries and identify options and solutions to important regional and European challenges. In this regard, the ministers and heads of delegations of the CEI member countries discussed a comprehensive strategy for an efficient, open and sustainable research and innovation system, identifying possible solutions through which effective multilateral scientific cooperation mechanisms would be established. In the plenary session, the event covered various topics such as: science diplomacy and capacity building, Sustainable Development Goals, blue economy, artificial intelligence, etc., after which a ministerial plenary discussion ensued on promoting regional science and technology cooperation for sustainable development in CEI countries. Finally, CEI ministers adopted the Declaration on Science, which expressed, inter alia, support for the regional project of South East Europe International Institute for Sustainable Technologies (SEEIIST), pointing to the importance of science and large-scale international research infrastructures as a basic tool for connecting countries of the region.

 

At the invitation of the Minister of Education, University and Research of Republic of Italy, Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti, Minister of Science of Montenegro Dr. Sanja Damjanović participated in the Ministerial Meeting on Science held in Trieste, Italy, within the Italian Presidency of the Central European Initiative (CEI).

As part of the plenary discussion entitled “Science Diplomacy and Capacity Building”, Minister Damjanović presented the SEEIIST project. In line with the theme of the session, and given that the project activity related to SEEIIST was nominated as one of the events to be implemented during the upcoming Montenegrin Presidency of the CEI, Minister Damjanović stressed that the project provided a unique opportunity for the region to utilise, for the first time, science diplomacy means within an effort to achieve a goal that would represent a significant scientific and technological breakthrough for the entire region.

“Due to its multidisciplinary nature, the project would enhance the cooperation of the sectors of science, technology and the economy and would present a platform for professional development of scientists, engineers, and technicians based on the transfer of knowledge and technology from European centres such as CERN and others. Furthermore, it would stimulate the development of complementary technologies, such as the use of alternative energy sources, development of advanced digital systems, etc.”, Minister Damjanović said.

As part of the plenary discussion entitled “Science Diplomacy and Capacity Building”, Minister Damjanović presented the SEEIIST project. In line with the theme of the session, and given that the project activity related to SEEIIST was nominated as one of the events to be implemented during the upcoming Montenegrin Presidency of the CEI, Minister Damjanović stressed that the project provided a unique opportunity for the region to utilise, for the first time, science diplomacy means within an effort to achieve a goal that would represent a significant scientific and technological breakthrough for the entire region.

“Due to its multidisciplinary nature, the project would enhance the cooperation of the sectors of science, technology and the economy and would present a platform for professional development of scientists, engineers, and technicians based on the transfer of knowledge and technology from European centres such as CERN and others. Furthermore, it would stimulate the development of complementary technologies, such as the use of alternative energy sources, development of advanced digital systems, etc.”, Minister Damjanović said.

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