Inter Academy councile of the national academies of South East Europe



Conclusions of the Ad Hoc Committee concerning the Program of Interacademy Activities

I. Project proposals for EU FP-7 (potential list)          Table for expresing interest (.pdf file)

a) Basic, science-driven research

European Research Council will support long-term curiosity-driven research with peer-reviewed scientific quality as the sole criterion.
1. How the brain creates the mind: biophysical and neurological bases of cognitive functions
2. Blood – brain barrier
3. The structure of matter – experimental and theoretical studies

b) Strategic research with prioritization of subjects

The topics that have been identified as relating to the European Union’s policies and which will receive particular attention are: health, consumer protection, energy, the environment, development aid, agriculture and fisheries, biotechnology, information and communication technologies, transport, education and training, employment, social affairs and economic cohesion, justice and home affairs.
1. Diabetic nephropathy in the SEE Region / Balkan nephropathy
2. Neurobiological correlates of behavior with the emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases and aging
3. Multiple drug resistance
4. Study of anti-inflammatory activities of medical plants
5. Biomedicine as preventive healthcare of inhabitants
6. Neurolinguistics studies
7. Sustainable energy development in the SEE Region
8. Economic and social aspects of transition in the SEE Region / The importance of institutions for the economic development in the transition countries
9. Civil society cohesion in a multiethnic ambient / Traditional type of multiethnic cooperation and civil society
10. Ethical principles in contemporary science

II. Project proposals of regional interest for EU COST, UNESCO, etc. (potential list)

a) General themes

1. Brain drain in the SEE Region and the cooperation with native overseas scientists
2. Modeling electronic corpus of SEE languages
3. Potential centers of excellence in the SEE Region

b) Cultural heritage

1. Scientific approach to cultural heritage in the SEE Region
2. Ancient Christian monuments in the SEE Region
3. Neolithic era in the Balkans: chronology, typology and variants
4. The richness of cultural and ethnical versatility of SEE inhabitants
5. Protection of cultural heritage at Balkan Peninsula
6. Cultural and historical monuments in the SEE Region -versatility, preservation and repair

c) Geology

1. Ophiolitic belts - ancient ocean basins on Balkan peninsula
2. Influence of geology and anthropogenic activities on eco-systems
3. Geochemistry and mineralogy of weathering crusts on Balkan Peninsula

d) Chemistry

1. Study of the cave faunas in the karst areas
2. Development of catalysts for heterogeneous catalytic processes / Synthesis and catalytic properties of heterogeneous catalysts
3. Synthesis and modification of Ni-containing catalysts for vegetable edible oils hydrogenation
4. Secondary metabolites and lipid in plants and marine organisms from the Balkan Region: medical and ecological significance
5. Coal and carbon. Effect of coal weathering on geochemical parameters. Activated carbon and its applications

e) Biology and ecology

1. Flora and fauna of Balkan Peninsula
2. Ecological variability and biodiversity in the SEE Region
3. Biodiversity and population-genetic polymorphism in the SEE Region
4. Inventory of the virus diseases in the fruit tree crops
5. Danube and its tributaries as a network of mutual connections of Balkan with Central Europe
6. Fresh waters: manipulation, use and control of the ground waters and rivers

Note: In I and II above, all project proposals submitted at the AC meeting are listed. The final list might be shorter, since only those with participation of at least three Academies should be followed.

III. Interacademy committees

1. Program Committee
2. Committee for Academy-Government interaction toward EU integration
3. Committee for public relations
4. Committee for financial affairs

IV. Additional recommendations to the Council

1. Request the European Commission for favorable consideration of SEE Academies proposals with special funds targeting the SEE Region
2. Encourage active participation in the negotiation and decision-making processes concerning the European research programs and funds
3. Establish a consulting group for EU FP-7 joint applications
4. Initiate surveying of school textbooks by national academies and coordinate this action on a regional level
5. Cooperate with the existing regional scientific associations, journals and research projects
6. Exchange peer-reviewers among SEE Academies, as well as from diaspora-scientists living abroad
7. Urge extensive use of SEEA website as a key tool in fulfilling interacademy activities
8. Inform the not-present SEE Academies about the outcome of Skopje meeting